The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival

The MAGNIFICENT ANDERSONS Film Series

The Frida Cinema is proud to present The Magnificent Andersons, a series of 15 movies by two of modern cinema’s most celebrated auteurs, Wes Anderson and Paul Thomas Anderson!

Rushmore – Nov 5, 7, 8
Directed by Wes Anderson | 1998

Max has been a scholarship student at the prestigious Rushmore Academy since the second grade. But he’s far more focused on extracurriculars than academics. The headmaster issues an ultimatum: pick up his grades or be expelled. Max doesn’t give up easily, though—especially not when he’s competing with disillusioned businessman Herman Blume for the heart of Rosemary Cross, a first-grade teacher at Rushmore.

Boogie Nights – Nov 5, 7, 8
Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson | 1997

On a fateful night in the San Fernando Valley, busboy Eddie Adams (Mark Wahlberg) meets pornographic auteur Jack Horner (Burt Reynolds) at a club in Reseda. Upon Horner’s invitation, he’s thrust into the limelight as Dirk Diggler—an up and coming big, bright shining star in the porno world. Alongside Rollergirl (Heather Graham), Amber Waves (Julianne Moore), Reed Rothchild (John C. Reilly), he experiences triumph and tragedy alike—all coming to a head with a climax you’ll never forget.

Hard Eight – Nov 10, 11
Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson | 1996

Following in a long tradition of noirish Las Vegas pictures, the movie tells the story of broke and lonely John Finnegan (John C. Reilly). Having lost all his money gambling, John sits outside a highway diner panhandling when he encounters the articulate and sophisticated Sydney Brown. Played by Philip Baker Hall (in the first of three major collaborations with Anderson), Sydney is a more seasoned gambler that takes John on as a protege when he learns John has nowhere else to go. The familial bond that grows between them becomes more complicated by the arrival of Sydney’s old friend Jimmy (Samuel L. Jackson at his prime) that suggests Sydney’s kindness to John isn’t as selfless as it seems.

Bottle Rocket – Nov 10, 11
Directed by Wes Anderson | 1996

Inspired by Anderson’s 1992 short film of the same name, Bottle Rocket follows friends Anthony (Luke Wilson) and Dignan (Owen Wilson), along with their neighbor, Bob (Robert Musgrave); Anthony has just escaped from a mental hospital and is dragged into Dignan’s plan to commit crime and find his former boss, Mr. Henry (James Caan), as he’s an actual criminal who can show them the ropes. Once the trio head out on the road, they encounter a few mishaps along the way and soon realize they’re in way over their heads.

Magnolia – Nov 12, 13, 14
Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson | 1957

A child prodigy, a motivational speaker, a dying TV producer, his nurse and trophy wife, a religious cop, a game show host, his estranged daughter, and a former child celebrity. These are all lives whose paths will cross and intersect on a particularly stormy day in the San Fernando Valley. As they yearn for connection and forgiveness, often through searing anger and confrontation, the answer to their problems may possibly lie within what binds them together, if not up in the sky waiting to pour downward at any moment.

The Royal Tenenbaums – Nov 12, 13, 14
Directed by Wes Anderson | 2001

All three of Royal Tenenbaum’s children are prodigies. The thing is—they haven’t spoken to him in decades. When he hears that his estranged wife Etheline is getting engaged to another man, Royal claims to have cancer to win back his family’s affections. He soon finds that that’s easier said than done; Royal’s attempts at family bonding are quickly overtaken by the realization that his children are now their own people. For all their genius, though, the Tenenbaums prove less practiced at love.

Punch-Drunk Love – Nov 15, 16, 17
Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson| 2002

Barry Egan (Adam Sandler) is a lonely and anxiety-ridden businessman prone to violent outbursts. His uneventful life of enduring mockery from his seven sisters is interrupted when a musical device appears outside his warehouse. Shortly afterwards, his sister sets up him up with the equally peculiar and mysterious Lena. Their guileless romance soon unfolds while a looming threat of extortion tests Barry’s spirit.

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou – Nov 15, 16, 17
Directed by Wes Anderson | 2004

Obsessed with documenting his ever-dramatic life he so wishes to be remembered for, the eccentric oceanographer Steve Zissou takes his red cap cladded crew– and a man who may or may not be his son (Owen Wilson)–on his (rumored) final voyage and companion motion picture. Zissou and company encounter fierce rivals, economic setbacks, Filipino pirates, and the monstrous “jaguar shark” that is the target of his vengeance.

The Darjeeling Limited – Nov 18, 20, 21
Directed by Wes Anderson | 2007

The Darjeeling Limited follows a common thread among Wes Anderson’s oeuvre: the coming together of a nearly unraveled family. With the backdrop of a foreign country, Francis (Owen Wilson), Peter (Adrien Brody), and Jack (Jason Schwartzman) find themselves in the thick of strange sequences, dizzying realizations, buried truths, and emotional vulnerabilities. 

There Will Be Blood – Nov 18, 20, 21
Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson | 2007

Loosely adapted from Upton Sinclair’s Oil!, There Will Be Blood is a slow-burn showcasing the various stages of oil-tycoon Daniel Plainview’s career, while highlighting his relationship with various characters–most notably his adopted son, H.W. and his nemesis, preacher and self-proclaimed healer Eli Sunday. As Daniel becomes more successful, he becomes increasingly enveloped in his wealth and greed, leading to the deterioration of his relationships and arguably one of the most iconic film endings.

Fantastic Mr. Fox – Nov 22, 23, 24, 25
Directed by Wes Anderson | 2009

Mr. Fox is a former thief who now spends his days taking care of his family after promising to his wife to end his thieving ways. 12 fox years later (or two human years) however, he gives in to his natural instincts and raids the farms of their human neighbors, Boggis, Bunce and Bean. This puts Mr. Fox, his family, and their animal friends in the vengeful farmers’ crosshairs, forcing them to go underground and Mr. Fox to tap into his natural craftiness to save the day.

The Master – Nov 22, 23, 24, 25
Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson | 2012

Joaquin Phoenix stars in this striking, azure portrait of Navy veteran Freddie Quell, who returns home from World War II just as damaged as when he left it. Unable to conform to civilian life, Freddie drifts from place to place until he meets the charismatic writer Lancaster Dodd (played by Anderson’s friend and collaborator Phillip Seymour Hoffman), who employs Freddie in his pseudo-scientific hypnotherapy organization known as The Cause. Freddie finds profound meaning in his burgeoning friendship with Lancaster, until the release of Dodd’s much anticipated second book draws the ire of skeptics everywhere.

Moonrise Kingdom – Nov 26, 27, 28
Directed by Wes Anderson | 2012

In their big screen debuts, Kara Hayward & Jared Gilman play Suzy and Sam: two wayward tweens hopelessly in love on their small, New England island town. Suzy is overwhelmed by her anxious lawyer parents, and escapes her days by reading or listening to records. Sam, meanwhile, is an accomplished Khaki Scout at nearby Camp Ivanhoe, where he’s learned an array of wilderness survival skills. After spending the summer as pen pals, Suzy & Sam plan a surreptitious rendezvous in the woods where they will create a kingdom of their own. Following hot on their heels is a mob of familiar Wes Anderson players, from Bill Murray to Bruce Willis, that play the various parents and grown-ups trying to find the kids and bring them home.

Inherent Vice – Nov 26, 27, 28
Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson | 2014

Hippie private detective Larry “Doc” Sportello periodically emerges from his weed-soaked haze to tackle a case involving the possible abduction of his ex-girlfriend’s new lover, real-estate mogul Mickey Wolfmann. Set in 1970 against the backdrop of a Los Angeles seaside village called Gordita Beach, Doc stumbles through its psychedelic underbelly of surfers, stoners, and cops, gathering food for vibes over thought. The shadow of an international drug syndicate, a stone-faced LAPD Lieutenant, and the FBI at large signal an old order of things creeping into the frame of a decade long fever dream.

Phantom Thread- Nov 29, 30 & Dec 1, 2
Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson | 2017

Reynolds Woodcock (Day-Lewis) is perhaps the most renowned dressmaker in 1950’s London–designing wear for those of the upper class, if not of pure royalty. As he remains haunted by a familial loss, he finds a new muse in the form of a waitress named Alma (Vicky Krieps). Over time, as Woodcock’s ego and controlling personality threatens to swallow them both up, Alma reveals herself as one with her own sense of control. What begins as a lover’s clash slowly begins to blossom into a love informed by morbidity and submission, yet made all the more true by what keeps them tethered.

The Grand Budapest Hotel – Nov 29, 30 & Dec 1, 2
Directed by Wes Anderson | 2014

One of Wes Anderson’s most ornately-styled films, The Grand Budapest Hotel tells the story of Zero (Tony Revolori), the lobby boy of the Grand Budapest, and Monsiuer Gustave H (Ralph Fiennes), the hotel concierge, who prides himself on satisfying the needs of hotel guests – for some guests, in more ways than one. When Gustave’s mistress, Madame D (Tilda Swinton), mysteriously dies and leaves a rare Renaissance painting for him, he becomes the main suspect in her murder. Along with Zero’s girlfriend, Agatha (Saoirse Ronan), Gustave and Zero set out to prove his innocence and keep the fortune that is rightfully Gustave’s.