early spring 2012 series

It’s hard to believe that it was 15 years ago that Wes Anderson quietly made his entrance into the world of widely released films with Bottle Rocket (1996) – his comic meditation on crime and self-punishment. With a distinctive style and a core cast of players (the Wilson boys, Bill Murray, character actors who are well known solely for their bit parts in his films), Wes Anderson has consistently provided a canvas for brightly colored characters, and a megaphone for their inner dialogue. Rushmore (1998) showed us the pain of being a love-lorn, overly enthusiastic, horn-rimmed glasses-wearing teen. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) revealed how angsty and conflicting genius truly is, especially when paired with the proper soundtrack. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) and The Darjeeling Limited (2007) pushed the limits of style and came out the other side with portraits of damaged men with undeniable spirit. Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) broke new ground by [finally, literally] animating Anderson's already animated style. Offbeat and hip, his films are set-pieces for emotional depth paired with a vintage aesthetic. And this calendar, Cornell Cinema will bring all of Wes Anderson's cinematic treats back to the big screen, which truly is the proper home for this visual candy.