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Indie films: Wes Anderson

Wes AndersonYou may have heard of Wes Anderson, the funky director whose most recent film is The Grand Budapest Hotel.  All of his movies are unique, yet they can be drawn back to a few characteristics that make them a pure Anderson film.  You know that you are watching a Wes Anderson movie if there is a distinct color palette.  Anderson is also a fan of symmetry, family, nostalgia, Billy Murray and Owen Wilson. Anderson has a knack for finding wonderful composers.

Check out the newly released book The Wes Anderson Collection by Matt Zoller Seitz for a wonderful inside look into Wes Anderson’s mind.


Here I will introduce my 5 favorite Wes Anderson films. Enjoy!

Moonrise KingdomMoonrise Kingdom

Two 12 year olds fall in love and flee together on an adventure, causing a scare in their small town. Bookworm Suzy Bishop and Khaki Scout Sam Shakusky are both headstrong young people who feel a strong connection to one another.

Period setting: 1965

Quote: “We’re in love. We just want to be together.  What’s wrong with that?” (Suzy)

Color palette:MK colors

Best song: Young Person’s Guide To The Orchestra, Op. 34: Themes A-FBernstein & The NY Philharmonic

Darjeeling LimitedThe Darjeeling Limited

Three brothers travel across India in an attempt to reconnect and bond with one another.

Period setting: 21st century

Quote: “I wonder if the three of us would’ve been friends in real life. Not as brothers, but as people.” (Jack)

Color palette:DL color

Best song: This Time TomorrowThe Kinks

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Pink! And other colors…

ColorsThere are primary pigment colors – red, blue, and yellow – and the secondary pigment colors –green, orange, and purple, so where does pink come in?  Pink isn’t a primary or secondary pigment color, it’s a mixture of red and white, so why does it have its own name instead of light red, like how we call a mixture of blue and white light blue, or how we call a mixture of green and white light green?  When we look at the color pink we may not always see how it is a strand of red as easily as we can identify that light blue is a strand of blue.  By not calling pink light red and instead calling it pink, we see it as a completely different color. This may seem ludicrous, but in some parts of the world there’s no green.  The color that we see as green and different from blue some people only see as a shade of blue.  A reason for this may be that blue is all that they know of it to be. Their brains are wired so that they see green as a shade of blue because they’ve never associated it with being its own color.

It’s a difficult concept to explain, one way you might get a better understanding is by reading the book The Giver, by Lois Lowery.  The Giver is a beautifully written book about a society where everything and everyone is the same.  They don’t even see colors.  They don’t know what colors are and their brains don’t register the colors that we see as being any different from each other, like some people around the world may not see green as any different from blue.

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