Friday Flix features Anderson's quirky style

Oct 28, 2019
From left, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Edward Norton and Bruce Willis in "Moonrise Kingdom" (2012, USA).

Belfast — In November, the Belfast Free Library’s Friday Night Flix film series features four films by director Wes Anderson and a bonus holiday feature. All the movies are free and take place at 7 p.m. in the Abbott Room of the library, located at 106 High St.

In an era of special effects blockbusters, Anderson is one of the few American directors to forge a successful career while exhibiting a unique style that is all his own.

An all-star cast, including Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand and Bill Murray, appears in “Moonrise Kingdom” (2012, USA) on Nov. 1. In this coming-of-age story, set on a small New England island, a young orphan boy escapes from Boy Scout camp and runs away with an introverted local girl, creating turmoil throughout the island. A poignant and whimsical comedy, “Moonrise Kingdom” was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and the Golden Globe for Best Musical or Comedy. In 2016, the BBC included the film in its list of greatest films of the 21st century.

On Nov. 8 the feature will be “The Grand Budapest Hotel” (2014, Germany/USA). Set in the 1930s in a fictional eastern European county, it tells the story of the odd friendship between the concierge and lobby boy in an elegant hotel. Ralph Fiennes stars in a cast that features many of Anderson’s regular performers, including Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman and others. “The Grand Budapest Hotel” was nominated for nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director.

Often ranked among the best movies of the 1990s, “Rushmore” (1998, USA) was Anderson’s breakthrough hit, as well as the launchpad for Bill Murray’s career comeback. Murray stars as a wealthy industrialist who first befriends an eccentric teenager (Jason Schwatzman in his film debut), then finds himself competing with him in an unlikely love triangle. Anderson and Murray both won Independent Spirit Awards for this film.”Rushmore” will be presented on Nov. 15.

“The Royal Tenenbaums” (2001, USA), presented on Nov. 22, is one of the most influential films of the early 2000s. It is a sprawling mix of comedy and drama about an eccentric dysfunctional family. Gene Hackman gives his last great performance as the family patriarch, alongside Anjelica Huston, Danny Glover, Ben Stiller, Gwyneth Paltrow, Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson (who also co-wrote the script) and, of course, Bill Murray. Absurd and whimsical, “The Royal Tenenbaums” has been described as a cross between the work of Orson Wells and J.D. Salinger.

In addition, on Nov. 29, the Friday after Thanksgiving, there will be a special presentation of John Hughes' “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” (1987, USA). This buddy comedy stars Steve Martin and the late, great John Candy as a mismatched pair of strangers who run into one misfortune after another as they try to travel from New York to Chicago to get home for Thanksgiving dinner. Sentimental, hilarious and bittersweet, "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" stands out as one of the finest films centered on the holiday.



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