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SideNote: “The Wes Anderson Collection” author Matthew Soller Seitz analyzes “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

SideNote: “The Wes Anderson Collection” author Matthew Soller Seitz analyzes “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”

I grabbed a copy around Christmas 2013 of Matthew Soller Seitz’s “The Wes Anderson Collection” and it is easily one of the greatest coffee table books I have ever purchased.

Being a huge fan of Wes Anderson’s films I have followed all of Seitz’s promotional videos that spend 10-15 minutes analyzing the works of Wes Anderson. This analysis of “The Grand Budapest Hotel” can be perspective-shifting to those who weren’t originally converted by the films charm and wit.

As another sidenote, dear God the production design in this film is perfect. Absolutely perfect. You don’t have to be a Wes Anderson fan, but just a fan of cinema, to admire “The Grand Budapest Hotel” as an aesthetically strong film.

You can grab Matthew Soller Seitz’s new book “The Wes Anderson Collection: The Grand Budapest Hotel” here.

Top 20: Films 1990 – 1999

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Greatest Films 1990 – 1999

Schindler’s List
Pulp Fiction
Goodfellas
The Shawshank Redemption
Fargo
The Thin Red Line
The Silence of the Lambs
Hoop Dreams
Saving Private Ryan
Eyes Wide Shut

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Top 10: Most Complex Wes Anderson Characters

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Top 10: Most Complex Wes Anderson Characters

Wes Anderson has directed seven films in his career. Of those films he has also written them (most of the time with a co-writer). All seven of these films have similar things in common, from their symmetrical shots to their color palettes. A common theme in a Wes Anderson film is dysfunctional characters.

Each character is layered in a way that they are suffering from some case of minor mental illness. Characters experience neurotic and unconventional behavior through these illnesses which can consist of bipolar disorder, depression, and a variety of social disorders. I am no psychiatrist, so I couldn’t simply tell you a diagnoses of each characters illness.

This illness within the main protagonists doesn’t mean we will find ourselves immersed in drama. Wes Anderson films are comedies and explore quirkiness around the manner of these illnesses. The more in-depth the illness is the more complex the character is. So without further ado, here is The Media 10’s Top 10 list for the most complex Wes Anderson characters: (more…)