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The Magnificent Andersons

Despite their common last names and the similar trajectories of their careers, filmmakers Wes Anderson and Paul Thomas Anderson are rarely mentioned in the same sentence. At first glance, this may seem logical. Their films do not on the surface have much in common. Wes makes nostalgia-drenched hipster fairytales; Paul’s movies are viscerally emotional and…

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“Moonrise Kingdom” Won’t Let Me In

A word like “enchanting” was made for reviews of Wes Anderson films. So were words like “quirky,” “disarming,” and “meticulous.” Which is to say it is very easy to spot a Wes Anderson film and very difficult to be surprised by one. Here is what you can count on: you will hear a great indie-pop…

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The Politics of Bill Murray

“A man has as many social selves as there are individuals who recognize him.” – William James The charisma of Bill Murray lies primarily in his elusiveness. Sure, he’s hilarious, and he has starred in some of the most iconic comedic films of the last thirty years. But he also seems like a regular guy,…