December 28 - January 10
As Wes Anderson's THE DARJEELING LIMITED keeps rolling through the fall, fans of the filmmaker's singularly stylish, obsessively detailed, and inventive comedies can revisit his work to date—each a cult classic in its own right.
Member passes will be accepted at all screenings in the Wes Anderson Retrospective.
There's never been a student like Rushmore's Max Fischer, who never met an extracurricular activity he didn't like. He saved Latin—what did YOU ever do? This touching and utterly unique film features Bill Murray as Herman Blume, a droll foil to Max's scheming dreamer. Things get complicated when they both vie for the affections of a lovely first-grade teacher at Rushmore.
DIR/SCR Wes Anderson; SCR Owen Wilson; PROD Barry Mendel and Paul Schiff. US, 1998, color, 93 min. RATED R
Friday, Dec. 28, 7:30; Saturday, Dec. 29, 7:45; Tuesday, Jan. 1, 9:45, Thursday, Jan. 3, 7:00
"A hilarious, inventive and goofy breath of fresh air." —Desson Howe, The Washington Post
Wannabe outlaw Owen Wilson engineer's buddy Luke Wilson's "escape" from his minimum security mental clinic, then sets to scheming some more practice runs for their dreamed-of life of crime: first Luke's parents' suburban home, then a bookstore, and finally a real job for low-level local kingpin James Caan. Wes Anderson's first film, co-scripted with regular collaborator Owen Wilson, displays the quirky charm, deadpan comedy and fondness for big-hearted dreamers that would become his hallmarks.
DIR/SCR Wes Anderson; SCR Owen Wilson; PROD Cynthia Hargrave and Polly Platt. US, 1996, color, 91 min. RATED R
Sunday, Dec. 30, 3:00; Monday, Dec. 31, 2:45; Tuesday, Jan. 1, 12:45, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 7:00
THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS
Family isn't a word...it's a sentence.
Gene Hackman gives one of his best-loved performances as the ne'er-do-well, absentee family patriarch of the eccentric Tenenbaum family. Possibly ill—possibly faking—he seeks to reconnect with his three offspring, child prodigies in their youth, highly disillusioned adults in the present: stock whiz Ben Stiller, a hyper-protective father since the death of his wife; playwright Gwyneth Paltrow, formerly prolific, now merely promiscuous; and tennis pro Luke Wilson, a one-time phenom undone by a broken heart. Wes Anderson's storybook sensibility is in full flower—from the Tenenbaum family history to their rambling old New York mansion—-giving this skewed family comedy great charm and verve.
DIR/SCR/PROD Wes Anderson; SCR Owen Wilson; PROD Barry Mendel and Scott Rudin. US, 2001, color, 110 min. RATED R
Friday, Jan. 4, 7:00; Saturday, Jan. 5, 7:00; Thursday, Jan. 10, 7:00
THE LIFE AQUATIC WITH STEVE ZISSOU
Bill Murray is undersea explorer Steve Zissou, on an Ahab-like quest for the elusive "jaguar shark" responsible for his best friend's death, while trying hard to hold his position in the oceanographer game against flashier, better-funded rivals. Team Zissou includes Anderson regulars Owen Wilson and Angelica Huston, plus Cate Blanchett as an enchanting and very pregnant journalist, Willem Dafoe as Zissou's loyal first mate, and Jeff Goldblum as rival captain Alistair Hennessey.
DIR/SCR/PROD Wes Anderson; SCR Noah Baumbach; PROD Barry Mendel and Scott Rudin. US, 2004, color, 119 min. RATED R
Sunday, Jan. 6, 12:45; Tuesday, Jan. 8, 9:20; Wednesday, Jan. 9, 9:20