Jun 30 2012

Love and loneliness in Moonrise Kingdom




Sam and Suzy are both social misfits who feel alone and apart from other people. They meet at a church production of Benjamin Britten’s Noye’s Fludde, an opera about Noah’s Ark, and make an immediate connection. Sam is only on the island for scout camp so they become pen pals. After a year’s correspondence they meet again and run away together when Sam returns for camp. As a huge storm approaches everyone pursues them to bring them back.

Moonlight Kingdom’s director and co-writer Wes Anderson’s storytelling involves attention to detail. Music, sets, and props all support the script in telling the story and communicating theme. Even the name of the town, New Penzance, is carefully chosen. The opera The Pirates of Penzance is about an orphan boy who falls in love at first sight. Continue reading

Nov 20 2008

Family Dysfunction in the Movies


I find awkward moments really humorous and dysfunctional family movies provide plenty of awkward moments. Dinner with the extended family usually involves lots of emotional undercurrents: veiled resentment, snide comments, whispered asides, and sometimes an awkward revelation. Here are defining lines from some of my favorite dysfunctional family movies. 

The Ref “I’ve seen loan sharks who are more forgiving.”

Home for the Holidays “You don’t know the first thing about me.”

Christmas Vacation “Can I refill your eggnog for you? Get you something to eat? Drive you out to the middle of nowhere and leave you for dead?”

Meet the Parents “Greg, will you pray?”

The Royal Tenenbaums “You think you could start forgiving me?

The Family Stone “Are you comfortable?

Parenthood “It’s my kid brother, Larry, your uncle. Don’t give him any money.”

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