Gerry Canavan

the smartest kid on earth

I Regret to Inform You

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The Wes Anderson Power Rankings 2018:

1. Rushmore (1998)
1. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) (tie)
3. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
4. The Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
5. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
6. “Hotel Chevalier” & The Darjeeling Limited (2007)
7. Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
8. Bottle Rocket (1996)
9. Isle of Dogs (2018)

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UPDATED with some thoughts from Twitter this morning:

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  1. Incubated this one till #cametome— meta-Orientations (👌east, or🙌west) are silly to frame as a working lense, an aesthetic telling the viewer how to look (showing ‘a way/s of looking’) in 2018-set timelines. Period piece, document, even futurist sf, perfect—let the medium inform the artist choice, use your craft. Hey, “as a western audience is unable to, and unavoidably going to, misconstrue” (say, freshman comp student is the layman’s ex. of a film-goer, whether Netflix or cinematic theater), “the authorial intent. Chalk this up to authorship studies not novice viewership (the lay audience is the ideal movie-goer and critics demogrfic). So, the auteur’s “dark as inherent” (a scattershot pallette of 1-10 ranked above) is kinda rather Early Spring Ozu….than, say, avant- Cassavetes blurry-gray shades of performance and artistry. There’s an old academic tale, rich racehorses (think: cap) owner who hires a team of scientifically-minded crewmen—biologist, engineer, physicist to advise him. After a year the * biologist’s self-report: I have some promising data on the bloodline descended from the Darley Arabian of 1704, and its gene complex for protein phosphatase 2. “Helpful?”
    * An engineer selfishly states: These appear to be the optimum ratios of length and mass for femur, tibia, and third metatarsus. “Hmmm?”
    ** And…..The physicist/s: …well….I’m making progress on the spherical homogeneous frictionless horse.

    Balance that, explore the breadth of matter, predictive & precision thought— o: — the Q here less timely, but trenchant nevertheless, “… is this constituent of an/the equivalence in science writing?” Or, “does it reach for what it Longs as, bc it/one cannot obtain what/whom is Longed for,” (the Durer of Melancholia model for shorthand,) No, maybe?? Yessss. The auteur is impotent before his final cut in the best possible way, and so, fraught and rife with symbolism….WA’s only plausible gaze, an over-mediated (box-inside-boxes) currency and it/relevance.
    That’s not a legit crit, just kinda how Edie must have related to his Andyness, and it’s only saying so, is where capital takes over the means of production and capitulation to ticket sales as a likely-motivated end. Sigh, and if only the saying made it so. But with WC, overstating the point makes it “otherwise” a good/serviceable/interesting ticket worth its admission price, seen as the film inside the filmmakers’ box. A lot lived not wisely, but too well, in say Rushmore. (**nb, Early Spring is perfect bc of the pregnancy of pauses and critiques of work-as-labor, let alone what RB could make of thecwriterly textual inference, what I as reader would kvell simpatico over…)

    Erez Avi

    May 1, 2018 at 2:59 am


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