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Film Discussion => This Year In Film => Topic started by: WorldForgot on February 11, 2020, 02:22:52 PM

Title: The French Dispatch
Post by: WorldForgot on February 11, 2020, 02:22:52 PM
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Searchlight Pictures has released a new poster for The French Dispatch, Anderson’s highly anticipated comedy-drama and the first live-action film for the director since 2014’s The Grand Budapest Hotel.

The poster debut comes a day before the trailer for The French Dispatch is set to hit the internet, and teases the various stories and vignettes of the film, which follows the lives of a staff of a European publication.

THE FRENCH DISPATCH brings to life a collection of stories from the final issue of an American magazine published in a fictional 20th-century French city.

There’s Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand, Bill Murray, and Jeffrey Wright on the top level, presumably in a newsroom. We also see Adrian Brody surrounded by potted plants, Benicio del Toro painting in an art studio, and photographer Owen Wilson balancing on a precariously placed bike. A suited Léa Seydoux stands next to a curiously placed gun and police baton, while Timothée Chalamet relaxes in a bathtub (the latter of which is a wise bit of placement by Anderson, if I do say so myself).

Lyna Khoudri, Stephen Park, and Mathieu Amalric also appear in adjacent rooms to the building, as a reading pilot, a chef, and a butler, respectively. The poster is loaded with little details — I didn’t even touch on the bustling city in the background — all in that whimsical style Anderson is known for.

Along with Liev Schreiber, Elisabeth Moss, Edward Norton, Willem Dafoe, Lois Smith, Cécile de France, Guillaume Gallienne, Jason Schwartzman, Tony Revolori, Rupert Friend, Bob Balaban, Hippolyte Girardot, and Anjelica Huston. Stick around for the trailer release tomorrow.
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Title: Re: The French Dispatch
Post by: Sleepless on February 12, 2020, 09:33:04 AM
Title: Re: The French Dispatch
Post by: eward on February 12, 2020, 10:23:17 AM
We've reached peak Wes. His best cast? Benicio, Elizabeth Moss, Christoph Waltz, plus the old guard. I dunno, every time I go in feeling like, Ugh this precious shit again? and I usually come out loving it anyway. (Except Isle of Dogs.) Yeah I'm excited, shit.
Title: Re: The French Dispatch
Post by: jenkins on February 12, 2020, 12:25:47 PM
i think he's like Malick in that everybody is so used to him they can't tell what he's doing

i'm saying Anderson is getting better and this seems to be building from The Grand Budapest Hotel, which is his most accomplished movie
Title: Re: The French Dispatch
Post by: ©brad on February 12, 2020, 08:33:57 PM
We've reached peak Wes. His best cast? Benicio, Elizabeth Moss, Christoph Waltz, plus the old guard. I dunno, every time I go in feeling like, Ugh this precious shit again? and I usually come out loving it anyway. (Except Isle of Dogs.) Yeah I'm excited, shit.

I actually respect Wes for not allowing himself to be influenced by critics who lodge the same complaints over and over again over his style.
Title: Re: The French Dispatch
Post by: eward on February 12, 2020, 08:45:40 PM
Yeah, that’s legit. My heart clings to Rushmore but it seems clear Grand Budapest is his masterpiece. This is my most anticipated of 2020 so far.
Title: Re: The French Dispatch
Post by: polkablues on February 13, 2020, 06:55:20 PM
Look, I'm not immune to the charms of the Wes Anderson aesthetic, but the question I have is: does Wes even know why he's still making movies? Is there some compelling artistic need inherent in the stories he's choosing to tell that's just flying over my head? Because when I watch a trailer like this, the first thought that pops into my head is, "No thanks, I've already seen a Wes Anderson movie."
Title: Re: The French Dispatch
Post by: jenkins on February 13, 2020, 10:18:53 PM
idk man that's an awkward question really. i'd just read some articles maybe
Title: Re: The French Dispatch
Post by: putneyswipe on February 13, 2020, 10:38:12 PM
His emotional arcs were always calculated and they've become almost mathematical to the point where they leave me indifferent. That being said he's an obsessive with a point of view and that's a rarity in American filmmaking or anywhere, honestly.
Title: Re: The French Dispatch
Post by: jenkins on February 14, 2020, 02:35:17 AM
pater, you know, said that all thought aspires to mathematics, as all art aspires to music

going into all that's being left out of this conversation tires me right now, especially because of all the fundamentals involved. i think the quickest rebuttal is to mention how swift and easy the criticisms are, compared to how expansive the responses could be. there's some static interference taking place here, perhaps exactly because of familiar emotional arcs prohibiting a full view: The Grand Budapest Hotel is genuinely in every way superior to every movie Anderson made before it, and it's different from all of them too, a culmination if you will, except also if you think about it Wes Anderson has a lot to culminate
Title: Re: The French Dispatch
Post by: Drenk on February 14, 2020, 02:43:53 AM
I'll say: I appreciate most of what Anderson has done, but was really blown away by The Grand Budapest Hotel, which seemed like, yes, a culmination and a new path, and I'm very hyped for The French Dispath although I also resent the fact that I'm not playing the part of Timothée Chalamet.
Title: Re: The French Dispatch
Post by: wrongright on April 08, 2021, 04:47:05 PM
Title: Re: The French Dispatch
Post by: WorldForgot on April 08, 2021, 04:52:34 PM
Beam it to us ASAP Wes, thx, o_o
Title: Re: The French Dispatch
Post by: WorldForgot on May 27, 2021, 02:28:52 PM
Title: Re: The French Dispatch
Post by: jenkins on May 27, 2021, 02:30:27 PM
well, funded, not made. but sure
Title: Re: The French Dispatch
Post by: wilberfan on July 13, 2021, 12:10:11 PM


Nine minute Standing O at Cannes (https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/13/movies/cannes-french-dispatch-standing-ovation.html).   

(My mileage may vary.)
Title: Re: The French Dispatch
Post by: wilberfan on July 13, 2021, 02:14:22 PM
Good catch.  Sorry for complicating things.  Or you're welcome?   :?
Title: Re: The French Dispatch
Post by: eward on October 25, 2021, 08:00:20 AM
I tend to defend Wes - I'll still go to bat for Moonrise Kingdom any day of the week, and I consider Grand Budapest a masterpiece - but this I just couldn't stick. Visually inventive in all the usual ways, but there's almost nothing to grab onto emotionally. I've never felt more at a remove from his characters.

I'm sorry, what am I missing re Chalamet? What are people responding to? I just don't see it.
Title: Re: The French Dispatch
Post by: Drenk on October 25, 2021, 08:33:43 AM
Chalamet is a nightmare.

Not very hyped by this Anderson. Seems even more all over the place with nothing much to say/feel—I’ll be there for the little fun tricks.
Title: Re: The French Dispatch
Post by: Robyn on October 25, 2021, 08:37:53 AM
I think Chalamet could be perfect given the right role, but he hasn't had much to do since Call Me By You're Name. He's either playing the pretty boy or are just there due to his hype (haven't watched Dune yet, tho)
Title: Re: The French Dispatch
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on October 25, 2021, 12:21:08 PM
Dune has single-handedly made me a Chalamet fan, for what it's worth.
Title: Re: The French Dispatch
Post by: Yes on October 25, 2021, 01:04:00 PM
Chalamet is good in CMBYN and the Greta Gerwig movies. Prob because she recognizes his fuckboi theater kid energy and gives him loose dialogue

I haven’t liked a Wes since Fox but I’m still curious about this. Tenenbaums is so formative to me I’ll always give  him benefit of doubt
Title: Re: The French Dispatch
Post by: Yes on October 28, 2021, 10:11:09 PM
So I saw this.

That's my review.

Not sure what else I can add. I know he'll never make another Tenebaums (he was 30 then compared to 50 now). I suppose the movie is expressing the loneliness of writing but also the simultaneous sensual thrill of it/the adventure? The first story would work without tilda's interjections. I have no understanding of the May 68 to comment on the poltics of 2nd story but Chalamet/MCdormand were fun even if the female journalist sleeping with male subject... is a no-no. The third was most frustrating, no wonder it erupts into an animated segment
Title: Re: The French Dispatch
Post by: AntiDumbFrogQuestion on November 21, 2021, 07:46:03 PM
I liked this movie in so much as Anderson's aesthetic and storytelling devices hit me in a unique spot.
However, some of the smaller parts didn't need to have any major stars cast for them. I guess maybe it's like...taking the piss out of how big people THINK they should be?

Spoiler: ShowHide

like Edward Norton or Saoirse Ronan....or even Bill Murray...or Hey, was Henry Winkler even given a line???


While we have complaints about professional voice actors losing roles to A-Listers, do we think the same should be done for Wes Anderson movies??...whatever....maybe they all had to be cut for time *shrug*....doubtful for an auteur or whatever you want to call him these days.

Still glad to see Anderson following his instincts after all this time, despite mixed results in terms of resonance.

Does this count as a review? *Shrug*
Title: Re: The French Dispatch
Post by: eward on November 21, 2021, 07:57:42 PM
Such underuse of Elizabeth Moss is a crime that shouldn't go unpunished.
Title: Re: The French Dispatch
Post by: Robyn on November 22, 2021, 01:27:44 AM
Such underuse of Elizabeth Moss is a crime that shouldn't go unpunished.

Was fantasizing about Moss in a PTA film the other day. Somehow I had forgotten she was in this. The list is too long!
Title: Re: The French Dispatch
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on November 22, 2021, 02:24:23 AM
Was fantasizing about Moss in a PTA film the other day.

She should have been in The Master.
Title: Re: The French Dispatch
Post by: eward on November 22, 2021, 10:30:44 AM
OMG yes
Title: Re: The French Dispatch
Post by: AntiDumbFrogQuestion on November 24, 2021, 05:26:15 PM
Such underuse of Elizabeth Moss is a crime that shouldn't go unpunished.

Right?!  and I recall being excited that she was going to "be" in this movie.

How about Griffin Dunne?
I didn't even recognize him...don't remember him having any lines, just a guy sitting next to Fisher Stevens with a beard...GRIFFIN F**KIN' "AFTER HOURS" DUNNE!
A lot of talented actors simply came across as set dressing...