Tuesday, February 26, 2008

"Sic Transit Gloria" or "How Do You Take Your Tea?"


Tuesday is always the day of new releases for music and movies in the U.S. (Monday in the UK). Today, the DVD for The Darjeeling Limited comes out! (sadly not on Criterion Collection format due to the studio that released it blah, blah, blah) Regardless, it was one of my favorite movies of the few I saw last year (whitney, too). I plan on picking it up on the way home today, and you should, too (that is if you like Wes Anderson's quirkiness). After their father's funeral which their mother did not attend, three brothers set out across India to find their mother and themselves aboard the Darjeeling Limited. Though I never thought The Royal Tenenbaums would be topped, Rushmore really won top prize in the "Will's Pantheon of Wes Anderson" after repeated viewings of them both over the years (albeit a VERY narrow 1st prize). As my wife can attest, it really wasn't a fair fight, because I truly enjoy everything Jason Schwartzman does from Rushmore, to Huckabees, or bit parts in Shopgirl. Though the Bill Murray action is limited in this Anderson journey (Darjeeling, now keep up people!), he still makes an appearance, and the movie is better for it after his bloated Steve Zissou (which also holds a special place in my heart, too). There are cameos from many of your favorite Anderson players, and a soundtrack riddled with his usual fare of British Invasion Stones and Kinks. Sadly the uniqueness of Mark Mothersbaugh's (leader of DEVO.....whip it!) score (a staple of all of Anderson's movies) is missing...(tear...sniff). I love his scores especially the music from the Rugrats show (what?). Before you watch it, be sure to watch the short film prequel Hotel Chevalier starring Natalie Portman and Jason S.

You can download it for free on ITUNES for a teaser if you like. Then, you should watch it again after you watch the movie. It will mess with your head....not really. Once you've had the experience, try to track down a copy of The Kinks - "Lola vs. the Powerman & the Money-Go-Round, Part 1" (preferably on vinyl bc I'm a snob). Either way, check it out. It'll blow your mind, or my name isn't Robert Goulet.


Kitty Brown said...

Schwartzman is a genius. I'm not the resident movie critic in our house (I leave that to the Boss Man), but I think this one ranked 3rd for me in the Wes Anderson pantheon. Good, but not as good as Rushmore/Tenenbaums. But, that's just me. I'm sure we'll be getting our copy soon -- today, we got the 2008 Baseball Prospectus. Good times.

Will said...

it is #3 with me, too - prospectus, eh? Place your bets!

Kitty Brown said...

I know. I bet A's.