5.17.2006

Armond White, Wes Anderson and A Loaf of Bread

God help me, but critic Armond White's article about why it takes so long for the "American Eccentrics" — namely, Wes Anderson, Spike Jonze, David O. Russell, Alexander Payne, Paul Thomas Anderson, Sofia Coppola — to churn out their films is really great. White's metareactionary reviews normally get my dander up, but if I didn't cop to digging on this piece, I suppose I'd be guilty of the grandstanding I smell in most of his work. Or did I just evidence it now, already? Oy. Meta, meta, meta and not a drop to drink.

Here's the Amex ad by Wes Anderson he references. Much better than The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.

3 Comments:

Blogger fin said...

all my favorite directors....it's worth the wait.

5/31/2006 3:35 PM  
Blogger Eric said...

sadly, i do find most of these films aesthetically "eccentric" or "precious" but ultimately clunky, uneven, and trying too hard. their love for great filmmakers from the 60s and 70s is superficial and their meticulously planned soundtracks make them all look like that annoying guy who makes a mix tape for the girl he likes. am i the only one who sees the artifice? you know why it takes so long for them to produce a film? because they worry too much about what people think. they're that rich kid who says he's a punk when he's really disco. he's erasure covering abba played on a cd at the protest to keep cbgb's alive. and he's squeezing that empty toothpaste container with all of his might to get the final drops of "cute" out for that new valentine to hal ashby, only to run for the hot air of truffaut's later works after seeing brett ratner wanting to deliver the same god-damn letter.

7/31/2006 1:07 AM  
Blogger Eric said...

sadly, i do find most of these films aesthetically "eccentric" or "precious" but ultimately clunky, uneven, and trying too hard. their love for great filmmakers from the 60s and 70s is superficial and their meticulously planned soundtracks make them all look like that annoying guy who makes a mix tape for the girl he likes. am i the only one who sees the artifice? you know why it takes so long for them to produce a film? because they worry too much about what people think. they're that rich kid who says he's a punk when he's really disco. he's erasure covering abba played on a cd at the protest to keep cbgb's alive. and he's squeezing that empty toothpaste container with all of his might to get the final drops of "cute" out for that new valentine to hal ashby, only to run for the hot air of truffaut's later works after seeing brett ratner wanting to deliver the same god-damn letter.

7/31/2006 1:07 AM  

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