Pastels, literature references, dysfunctional families, and a ton of Bill Murray – it’s Wes Anderson Month at The Frida! We’re giving you the four you’ve asked for the most, starting on September 6th with 2002’s The Royal Tenenbaums!
THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS
Wednesday, Sept. 6th – 5:30pm, 8pm
Thursday, Sept. 7th – 5:30pm, 8pm
Sunday, Sept. 10th – 7:30pm
Crotchety Royal Tenenbaum (Gene Hackman) and his wife Etheline (Anjelica Huston) have three children – Chas (Ben Stiller), Richie (Luke Wilson), and Margot (Gweneth Paltrow). A family of geniuses whose varying eccentricities and deep melancholia lead to an inevitable separation, each celebrate their own degree of success: Chas starts buying real estate in his early teens and seems to have had an extremely deep understanding of international finance; Margot puts her pain into literature and receives a Braverman grant of fifty thousand dollars at an exceptionally young age; and Richie becomes a junior champion tennis player who wins the U.S. Nationals three years in a row. Virtually all memory of the brilliance of the young Tenenbaums is subsequently forgotten by two decades of betrayal, failure and ruin within the family – and almost all of it at the hands of the self-interested Royal. All roads ultimately lead to a sudden and unexpected winter reunion.
Wednesday, Sept. 13th – 5:30pm, 8pm
Thursday, Sept. 14th – 5:30pm, 8pm
Sunday, Sept. 17th – 5:30pm, 8pm
A year in the life of Max Fischer (Jason Schwartzman), a student at Rushmore Academy, one of the most prestigious schools in the country. Max is excessively proud to be a Rushmore student, partaking in many extra curricular activities, such as being the editor of the newspaper and yearbook; founder of the debate team, the dodgeball society, and the Max Fischer Players; and president of the French club, German club, and chess club. There’s only one catch – Max also happens to be one of the worst students in the school. While he touts his many accomplishments, and looks forward to his seemingly inevitable admission to Oxford, Max finds himself threatened with expulsion – a looming catastrophe that barely fazes him when he finds himself falling for lovely teacher Rosemary (Olivia Wilde). But when Max’s business savvy mentor Herman J. Blume (Bill Murray) starts having an affair with Rosemary, Max discovers a new ambition – to be a warrior in the name of love, vanquish his foe, and win the hand of his lady love.
THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL
Wednesday, Sept. 20th – 5:30pm, 8pm
Thursday, Sept. 21st – 5:30pm, 8pm
Saturday, Sept. 23rd – 5:30pm
A mesmerizing, hilarious, and visually stunning marriage of both visual and poetic style, The Grand Budapest Hotel tells the story of the unlikely friendship of Gustave H (Ralph Fiennes at his comic best), a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel, and Zero Moustafa (Tony Revolori), the hotel’s lobby boy. As war breaks out around the world, Gustave and Zero find themselves preoccupied with the theft and retrieval of a Renaissance painting worth a fortune, and the battle for an enormous family fortune. Featuring a strong supporting cast of eccentric characters played by the likes of Tilda Swinton, Edward Norton, Willem Dafoe, Oscar-winners Adrien Brody and F. Murray Abraham, and of course (this is Wes Anderson after all) Bill Murray, The Grand Budapest Hotel is easily Anderson’s most well-reviewed and award-winning film, nominated for nine Academy Award and taking home prizes for Best Costume Design, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Production Design, and Best Original Score.
THE LIFE AQUATIC WITH STEVE ZISSOU
Wednesday, Sept. 27th – 5:30pm, 8pm
Thuresday, Sept. 28th – 5:30pm, 8pm
Internationally famous oceanographer Steve Zissou(Bill Murray) and his crew -Team Zissou – set sail on a submarine expedition to hunt down the mysterious, elusive, and possibly non-existent Jaguar Shark that killed Zissou’s partner during the documentary filming of their last adventure. Zissou is joined by a young airline co-pilot (who may or may not be Zissou’s son), a beautiful journalist assigned to write a profile of Zissou, and Zissou’s estranged wife and co-producer, Eleanor (Anjelica Huston). Along the way they face overwhelming complications including pirates, kidnapping, and bankruptcy – not to mention enough zany twists and eccentric characters as to be expected in a Wes Anderson offering.