Post by twothousandonemark on Jan 14, 2018 5:03:21 GMT
This is a fun list I played with a few years ago, updated because sure why not...
8 Wes Anderson films, my fav 4 characters from each (some films had more favs, I simply wanted to keep it clean cut)... 9th film Isle of Dogs, I'll want home re-watches to marinate it... I ranked my top 4 separate the list at the end.
From #32 to #1... this may be a few days, I'd prefer to find the right photos & words to accompany...
This list isn't exactly in stone, some ballpark'ing it...
Post by twothousandonemark on Jan 14, 2018 5:16:14 GMT
#36 - Richie - The Royal Tenenbaums It took a few re-watches to enjoy & appreciate RT. I'm still not a huge fan of Stiller's or Paltrow's characters, yet Wilson plays Richie straight & approachable. He's not a caricature other than youth tennis phenom, so he's easy to go along with esp in that family. By far the darkest moment of any Wes film via Richie, Luke is solid performing. 'Of course it's dark, it's a suicide note.'
Post by twothousandonemark on Jan 14, 2018 5:22:33 GMT
#35 - Inez - Bottle Rocket Easily the lowest key supporting or lead character of Wes', Inez has both feet in reality playing against the Wilsons' in Wes'verse. I like that she only speaks spanish, stumbling with few english words, & yet it works. Sweet natured, with good ambitions ahead, Inez is quite likeable to chill out with, tying in with the film's good nature. 'Paraguay.'
Post by twothousandonemark on Jan 14, 2018 5:26:43 GMT
#34 - Jopling - The Grand Budapest Hotel Willem on parade. Love his presence with so many actions & so few words. Cool attire, slick action scenes & sequences, a real throwback baddie. Yes he did just throw your cat out the window. 'I've never trusted that butler. He's too honest.'
Post by twothousandonemark on Jan 14, 2018 5:31:11 GMT
#33 - Kristofferson - Fantastic Mr. Fox This one's a bit trickier because my least fav film of Wes, all of the characters seem one note & similar. Kristofferson has grown on me as co-audience if you will, alongside Ash & Mr. Fox (who seem too cold & too warm respectively). I like that Wes' brother Eric voices him, adding some underdog to the role among known actors. 'Divide that by nine please!'
#32 - Boss - Isle of Dogs Bill Murray delivering some nice balance to the crew. Welcome banter & colour apart the more dramatic dogs & goings on. 'She sees the future!'
Post by twothousandonemark on Jan 15, 2018 3:49:51 GMT
#31 - Prof. Watanabe - Isle of Dogs Nice calming centrist of a character amongst the geopolitical madness between the dogs & dog lovers.
#30 - Young Author - The Grand Budapest Hotel I think this role deceived me a bit at first, thinking borderline cameo for Jude Law. In actuality, he serves up our older Zero for storytelling over dinner. I like the nuance of 'Young Author', his dialogue & narrative remarks. Nice bookends to the film. 'Is it simply your last connection to that banished world - his world, if you will?'
Post by twothousandonemark on Jan 15, 2018 3:54:21 GMT
#29 - Jack - The Darjeeling Ltd. I like Jack's youthfulness apart his 2 (often quarrelling) older brothers. He's great in Hotel Chevalier, & with Rita on train. I watch & love Wes' films for escapism & kind relaxation, & Jack is that guy for this movie. Nothing too memorable, & yet I'd not want the movie without him. 'Let me think about that. I'll tell you the next time I see you.'
Post by twothousandonemark on Jan 15, 2018 3:57:59 GMT
#28 - Sam - Moonrise Kingdom I used to want him to be more of a rebel, like the side he shows in the girl's dressing room at the play. More re-watches though I like they made him an unwanted orphan, on the run from boy scouts no less. He's confident even if he may not know all the right answers. His intro, paddling his canoe, with Hank Williams playing in bg is great win. 'You smell like perfume.'
Post by twothousandonemark on Jan 15, 2018 4:00:37 GMT
#27 - Rat - Fantastic Mr. Fox Dafoe plays a great villain, & I prefer his Rat to his near voiceless Jopling. Rat always speaking in prose is a nice bonus, as are his fun fighting scenes with the Fox crew. A small role, literally & figuratively, memorable nonetheless. 'Look at you, girl! You're still as fine looking as a creme brulee!'
Post by twothousandonemark on Jan 15, 2018 22:44:16 GMT
#26 - Jack's Girlfriend - The Darjeeling Ltd./Hotel Chevalier Something a bit hypnotic about her, care free while heightened sophisticated nature. Not sure I'd enjoy longer exposure to her, I think the short film is perfect scenario to enjoy. 'If we fuck, I'm gonna feel like shit tomorrow.'
Post by twothousandonemark on Jan 15, 2018 22:48:15 GMT
#25 - Raleigh - The Royal Tenenbaums Raleigh's a pretty quiet one, though Wes sets him up for several nice little payoffs. I've always loved that Bill Murray continued with the troupe even while not being a lead character. A little here goes a long way. 'She smokes.'
Post by twothousandonemark on Jan 15, 2018 22:51:58 GMT
#24 - Suzy - Moonrise Kingdom Like Sam, it took me a couple viewings to embrace the younger cast, what with tremendous performances by the adults. Suzy has become quite likeable, she's a bit of the audience along for Sam's adventure away from everyone & everything. I like both her confidence enough to leave her family (for a few days) & open to new ideas sharing with Sam she'd otherwise have to read in one of her books. 'I think you've still got lightning in you.'
Post by twothousandonemark on Jan 15, 2018 22:56:15 GMT
#23 - Bean - Fantastic Mr. Fox Brilliant villain, Michael Gambon at work. This character has grown on me as a co-star of the movie. I find myself rooting for him so the heroes have further to climb (or dig as it were). Such a slick & timeless villain. 'That's just weak songwriting. You wrote a bad song, Petey!'
Post by twothousandonemark on Jan 16, 2018 5:38:23 GMT
#22 - Mr. Bishop - Moonrise Kingdom Bill Murray brilliantly on parade yet again. I love the look & feel of Mr. Bishop, maybe he's embracing older age like fine wine here. Great lines in the movie to keep the adults from seeming too mature . 'I'm gonna go find a tree to chop down.'
Post by twothousandonemark on Jan 16, 2018 5:43:33 GMT
#21 - Ludwig - The Grand Budapest Hotel Harvey Keitel as part of Wes' troupe might be the most unexpected fate, & yet here he his taking over the escape sequence, shirts off ftw. While the movie is excellent, that stretch of film needed some unique colour to liven it up, & Keitel nails it. 'What do you mean, "who drew this"? I did.'
Post by twothousandonemark on Jan 16, 2018 5:50:17 GMT
#20 - Francis - The Darjeeling Ltd. The alpha leader of the 3 brothers, I always get a kick out of Francis taking the story by its horns & ever driving forward. One of the more poignant moments breaking a 'Wes-verse' wall - Francis is the one calling out the 3 struggling boys in the racing river 'Look at these a$$holes' before kicking in for attempted rescue. Francis isn't always the most likeable, & yet his energy is fully welcomed. 'Is that dad's belt??'
Post by twothousandonemark on Jan 16, 2018 5:54:14 GMT
#19 - Badger - Fantastic Mr. Fox This movie has some wild characters, Badger is more down to earth & expositional, what I've grown to prefer. I love Bill Murray playing straight... the only thing really quirky here is the fact that he's a talking badger. Nice balance to this ensemble. 'If you're gonna cuss with somebody, you're not gonna cuss with me, you little cuss!'
Post by twothousandonemark on Jan 17, 2018 3:51:46 GMT
#18 - Rita - The Darjeeling Ltd. Sexy, sophisticated, & down to earth up against Jack & his crazy brothers, + her train colleagues she's quite fed up with. Sweet Lime, sometimes I wonder if Wes doesn't have enough female impressions in his work, & yet every film as a very strong & smart winning lady to counter the masculine chaos. I liked Rita the first time she opened the door. 'I've got to get off this train.'
Post by twothousandonemark on Jan 17, 2018 3:55:32 GMT
#17 - Kumar - Bottle Rocket Exceptional comic relief, genius. I've loved Kumar Pallana in all his Wes roles, this one being the standout. Just so much fun running around that yellow jumpsuit with Owen's ribbing & the whole caper falling to bits. 'I don't know, man, I lose my touch, man.'
Post by twothousandonemark on Jan 17, 2018 4:00:45 GMT
#16 - Bert - Rushmore Love Bert. I think there's something Sesame Street'ish about him, warm, trusting, optimistic older gent. Nice counter for Max who dives head first into everything, Bert keeps him real. 'You're like one of those clipper ship captains. You're married to the sea.'