The Wes Anderson Collection Kindel Edition 50% Off!

book wes anderson collection“The most we can hope to accomplish with our handful of salvaged bits — the bittersweet harvest of observation and experience — is to build a little world of our own. A scale model of that mysterious original, unbroken, half-remembered.”– Michael Chabon (introduction to the Wes Anderson Collection)

The Wes Anderson Collection, in the words of the author, is:

“a book-length conversation interspersed with critical essays, photos and artwork,” pertaining to non other than the controversial independent writer/director of Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic, The Darjeeling Limited, The Fantastic Mr. Fox, and Moonrise Kingdom, after a career spanning nearly twenty years since the debut of his short film Bottlerocket.  With a feature length adaptation released two years later under the same name, Wes Anderson drew a line in the sand that continues to divide critics and fans of independent cinema alike.

Variety has excerpts from the book in which Wes describes the wealth of film knowledge from movie books he found in the three different libraries at the University of Texas in Austin, the influence of Charlie Brown, and the inspiration for Moonrise Kingdom.

The Wes Anderson Collection is available now in hardcover and Kindel Edition.

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Blu-ray Review: The Rescuers and the Rescuers Down Under

Buy The Rescuers: 35th Anniversary Edition double feature Blu-ray/DVD combo

The Rescuers Down Under has the distinguished honor of being the first ever sequel from Walt Disney Animation Studios and it even had a much deserved theatrical release.   It also had the difficult task of following the smash hit The Little Mermaid which marked an amazing come back for the studio.  Mice in animation have always been popular but The Rescuers is a uniquely Disney franchise filled with adventure and fun characters.  From a bayou diamond hunt against Madame Medusa to tracking a poacher in Australia, The Rescue Aid Society sends their best mice, Bernard and Bianca to save children in peril and meet lots of fun and interesting characters on the way.  From the inventive and classic artistry of The Rescuers to the Stunning layouts and CGI enhancements of The Rescuers Down Under, the two films boast the state of the art technology and top-notch storytelling that Disney has always been known for.

Featuring the voice talents of Bob Newhart and Eva Gabor, the stories follow two brave mice dedicated to helping children in need– one, a young orphan named Penny abducted by a wicked pawn shop owner in search of a diamond, the other an animal rescuer named Cody,  kidnapped by a poacher who is hunting an extremely rare golden eagle–  The two award-winning films are packaged together as one of Disney’s recent release of Blu-ray double features and include a True Life Adventure titled “Water Birds”, a sing-along video of the Oscar nominated song “Someone’s Waiting For You”, and the classic cartoon “Three Blind Mouseketeers”, plus a great behind the scenes look at the animation of The Rescuers Down Under.

Movie Review: The Odd Life of Timothy Green

My first impressions of The Odd Life of Timothy Green was that it was okay.  I didn’t feel inspired, or have the kind of emotional response I expected.  Still, there wasn’t really anything blatantly awful or annoying that ruined it for me.*  I didn’t love it, or particularly hate it, and I thought it had a few really nice scenes.

After giving it some time to settle, I realized I did not like the movie at all.  It has a promising concept that rests on that old “Disney magic'” we’ve come to love and accept.  So when a kid grows out of the ground over night for a desperate couple who’ve planted a box full of their fantasy child’s dream qualities, you just go with it.  Unfortunately, for as much heart as the little boy has, the film lacks depth and feels empty.

Joel Edgerton and Jennifer Garner play a couple that can’t conceive.  They want to adopt and at an evaluation they pin all of their hope on this story that they have to tell about Timothy.  Now, on the night that they found out that their last-ditch effort to have a kid failed, they decided that before they gave up, they would write down everything that their kid would have been.  They plant a box full of these notes, a storm comes and out pops Timothy.

Timothy is a cute kid, played very nicely by CJ Adams.  Girls are going to love him.  This kid is everything they wanted but he grows leaves on his legs, which means they not only suddenly have a kid they need to explain to their small town, but they have a secret to hide.  This is where things start to deteriorate for me.  Possible spoilers ahead.  Continue reading