Phoenix presents a Wes Anderson season this March
As movie goers try to contain their excitement for Wes Anderson’s latest offering The Grand Budapest Hotel, Phoenix Cinema is showcasing all of his movies in the fondly named ‘Wes AnderSeason’.
Throughout the month of March, fans can relive the joys of Anderson’s entire back catalogue and have an opportunity to learn about the man behind the movies.
In ‘A Day in the World of Wes Anderson’, you can take a journey through Wes’s world from his comedy-crime caper debut Bottle Rocket to his re-telling of the classic children’s tale The Fantastic Mr Fox and beyond. Hosted by film teacher and tutor Alan Seaman, it’s your chance to explore the career of America’s most distinctive and quirky film maker.
Phoenix Programme Manager Jake Harvey is particularly excited to be showcasing March’s Wes-fest: “We are huge fans of Wes at Phoenix and are hugely anticipating his new movie. I thought it was high time Anderson fans got the chance to appreciate his lovingly constructed films on the big screen as I believe they were meant to be seen.”
Why not stop at the cafe bar, where they currently have a new menu on offer, and make an evening out of your Wes Anderson day.
Bottle Rocket / 15 / Tue 4 Mar, 6.30pm
In his debut feature, a comedy about a trio of inept burglars, Anderson lays out themes he has often returned to: fathers and sons, family dynamics and best-laid plans going spectacularly awry!
Rushmore / 15 / Tue 11 Mar, 8.30pm
Anderson’s sophomore effort is a bittersweet comedy starring Jason Schwartzman as precocious student Max Fischer; who falls out with his new mentor Herman Blume (Bill Murray) when they both fall for the same woman.
The Royal Tenenbaums / 15 / Fri 14 Mar, 6.30pm
Perhaps his most critically acclaimed film, Wes’ comedy-drama follows the extended Tenenbaum family when wayward patriarch Royal announces he’s dying. Gene Hackman flexes his comedy muscles, and there are career best performances from Luke Wilson and Ben Stiller.
The Life Aquatic / 12A / Thu 20 Mar, 8pm
Bill Murray. Red beany hat. Speedos. A Glock. Anderson’s flat-out wonderful tribute to Jacques Cousteau is magical, funny and surprisingly moving.
The Darjeeling Limited / 15 / Sun 23 Mar, 3pm
After their father’s funeral three brothers embark on a colourful train-ride across India intended as a ‘spiritual journey’. An inimitable Mr. Anderson story of a dysfunctional family’s peculiar sibling relationships.
Moonrise Kingdom / 12A / Tue 25 Mar, 6.30pm
This Wes-universe lets the runaways – a khaki scout camp boy Sam and his maiden Suzy – experience the excitement and awkwardness of puppy love for the first time on an adventurous and neverland-ish island.
Fantastic Mr. Fox / PG / Sat 29 & Sun 30 Mar
To finish off the season we present Anderson’s brilliant stop-motion animation version of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s story, featuring the vocal talents of George Clooney, Meryl Streep and Michael Gambon.
The Grand Budapest Hotel / 15 / Fri 7 – Thu 20 March
Wes Anderson’s new film tells the story of Zero Moustafa, owner of the eponymous hotel, as he recounts his early tutelage under head concierge Gustav H. It’s farcical, funny and an absolute delight with every scene meticulously constructed and an excellent supporting cast.