2012 Retrospective: ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ – Wes Anderson’s Return to Form

There are some instances where a filmmaker stumbles on the road. In 2007, The Darjeeling Limited felt like a misfire for the successful indie darling Wes Anderson. A film about three brothers reuniting after the death of their father was well reviewed and featured some good performances. Yet it also raised questions about Anderson's ability to … Continue reading 2012 Retrospective: ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ – Wes Anderson’s Return to Form

Review: ‘Klaus’ Brings Netflix Into the World of Animation

During the mid-2000s, animation studios began to misunderstand why their films were bombing. As Pixar continued to thrive, thanks in large part to the wonderful stories they were telling with Finding Nemo, Toy Story and The Incredibles leading the way. Meanwhile, Disney and Dreamworks released bomb after bomb from their hand-drawn departments, while Shrek went on to become the … Continue reading Review: ‘Klaus’ Brings Netflix Into the World of Animation

2009 In Review: ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’ – The Perfect Marriage of Filmmaker and Source Material

Film nerds around the country were really into Wes Anderson in 2009. The director had some massive hits under his belt, including The Royal Tenenbaums, Bottle Rocket, and Rushmore. However, he was coming off of The Darjeeling Limited, a movie that divided his fanbase. It embraced some of his worst tendencies as a filmmaker, and never … Continue reading 2009 In Review: ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’ – The Perfect Marriage of Filmmaker and Source Material