Herman Blume: What’s the secret, Max? Max Fischer: The secret? Herman Blume: Yeah, you seem to have it pretty figured out. Max Fischer: The secret, I don’t know… I guess you’ve just gotta find something you love to do and then… do it for the rest of your life. For me, it’s going to Rushmore.
Two official announcements 1) I will NOT be doing a Wes Anderson video essay. The market is saturated and I have nothing to add. 2) I do NOT take requests for video essay topics. Please stop flooding my inbox.
So since I’m not going to do one, here’s a bunch of Wes Anderson links.
Theories abound about the supposed location of the fictional town that purposefully isn’t set anywhere; some claim Oregon, pointing to these comments from Matt Groening, who says the name was based on a Springfield in his home state, while The Huffington Post offers “proof” that it is in Illinois. There’s also some proof that it’s in South Dakota, based on the fact that Rep. Bob Arnold—the crooked congressman in “Ms. Lisa Goes To Washington”—evidently had both Springfield Forest and Mt. Rushmore in his district.
In the episode, which sees Tesla Motors Chief Executive Elon Musk staying with the family because we are far from the show’s Golden Age, there’s a moment where Musk sees a crescent moon where the tips point to the right, which, given that the scene is set in the early evening, would only be possible below the equator. “I don’t even know how to react to this information,” Plait writes, speaking for everyone. “It’s as if… my whole world has been turned upside down.”
From The Big Lebowski to In The Mood for Love, many remarkable films have famously received zero Oscar nominations. Oliver Lyttleton covers the full list of 50 here, but here’s a quick breakdown on the one’s we found the most appalling.
Breathless is one of the most important films in cinematic history. Directed by Jean-Luc Godard, Breathless marked the dramatic rise of French New Wave cinema. Perhaps, the Oscars found it a little too bold, because while Truffault’s 400 Blows was nominated the year before, Breathless received no Oscar recognition.
His Girl FridayThis might be our favorite snubbed film. Why? Because it’s in our library, of course. All favoritism aside, this film is one of the best slapstick comedies ever made and definitely a champion film for legendary director, Howard Hawkes. This classic gets extra points for having the leading lady shine as a top-notch journalist. Cheers to feminism! And Cheers to being able to watch His Girl Fridayfor free!
The Big LebowskiThe Academy Awards are often criticized for listing their attention towards more dramatic films while ignoring the magnificently quirky. In my opinion, the Oscars made a inexcusable oversight with this one.
In the Mood for LoveDirected by Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar-Wai, this luscious melodrama is one of my all time favorite films. And if that isn’t enough of an endorsement for you, it is also ranked highly on the most recent Sight & Sound poll.
The Lady from ShanghaiNow considered a stunning accomplishment for acclaimed director Orson Welles, this masterful film noir received mixed reviews when it was initially released. The Academy often ignore genre films, so it’s iconic film noir quality might of diminished it for Oscar’s eyes.