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Watch This: The Darjeeling Limited

I guess you can consider this a Throwback Thursday post because the film was released in 2007. Regardless I was planning to share it with you all this week, anyway! My Wes Anderson obsession is not news here (if you read my tweets you’ve seen me ramble about wanting him to direct my life, or how I want to live inside Moonrise Kingdom.) I don’t know why it took me so long because I specifically remember seeing the trailer on this film years ago, and really wanting to see it (maybe because the drive from Inverness to see movies like this was pretty long,) but I finally watched The Darjeeling Limited (official site) this week. My word, it did not disappoint.

In this Anderson film three brothers – Francis (Owen Wilson), Jack (Jason Schwartzman), and Peter (Adrien Brody) have been estranged for a year following their father’s unexpected death. Francis, the oldest brother who is reeling from injuries sustained in a failed suicide attempt has planned a mysterious trip aboard a train through India, The Darjeeling Limited. Francis wants them to be real brothers again, “like before.” Jack and Peter have their own plans in mind for an escape if things don’t seem like they’re necessarily working out but go along for the ride anyway. Where are they headed? Why? What will happen along the way? Well, you’ll just have to watch it to find out. I always feel like you can’t describe Anderson films in too much detail because I like the plot lines and twists to be a surprise. I’ll just say there were of course humorous moments that had me laughing aloud, but also heartfelt scenes tugging on my emotional side. Wilson and Schwartzman are vets to Anderson’s work, but Brody was new on the scene, and I have to say he fit in perfectly. (And I may have had a movie crush on his fictional character.) I always feel like such a dweeb as the movie unfolds on the screen in front of me, and I realize that I have a smile slapped on my face but I just can’t help it. I know I’ll always feel a sentimental attachment to any project of Wes Anderson’s because of events that occurred in my teenage years, but bias aside I highly recommend watching this if you haven’t yet.

Also, I just have to share this image from the limited Criterion Collection edition of the film. If I had blu-ray I would totally want to own all of these because the artwork is just beautiful (especially on The Royal Tennenbaums!) Also, I am sure I’m not the only one wouldn’t mind owning that sweet Louis Vuitton/Marc Jacobs luggage collection that was designed for this film. There are the fun kind of artistic touches that add to the quirkiness, and just make all of his work even more lovable to me. Since I’m so late to the party I’m sure many  of you have already watched this one, what did you think? It’s definitely one of my favorites now.

Throwback Thursday, Watch This

Throwback Thursday, Watch This: Garden State

Alright, alright I know I’ve been failing y’all on providing Throwback Thursday recommendations lately, but today I’m bringing you a really good one. In fact, I can tell you this is one of my favorites. The other night my roommate (well, further back then the other night since my roommate has been gone since mid August, but anyways) we were flipping through the channels, and we landed on Garden State. I got super excited, and she couldn’t remember the last time she’d watched it. She asked me which part we were watching, (Sam (Natalie Portman) and Largeman (Zach Braff) are in her backyard, having a ceremony of sorts…I’m being vague on purpose as to produce as few spoilers as possible guys.) Then she asked something else, and literally I realized I could tell her entire scenes, dialogue and everything. This movie is just that good. “I can’t tap dance, wanna see me tap dance?” Tons of amazing lines. Amazing music. (“You gotta hear this one song. It’ll change your life,  I swear.”) Awesome cinematography. Quirky, funny, tear-jerking. Just, flawless.

Ok, I don’t normally cop out like this, but I am going to give y’all Amazon’s product description, in case you don’t clink on any of the links. The way this movie is I feel like I’d have a hard time describing it without giving things away that I’d much rather you discover on your own!

Writer/Director Zach Braff delivers “an Oscar®-worthy performance” (CBS-TV Chicago) opposite a “wacky and endearing” (Newsweek) Natalie Portman in this quirky, coming-of-age comedy. Twentysomething, emotionally detached Andrew “Large” Largeman (Braff) hasn’t been home to New Jersey in nine years. Now, as Large attempts to re-connect with a variety of odd acquaintances – including his father – he decides to risk getting high on the most potent and unpredictable drug there is…life! Co-starring Peter Sarsgaard, Ian Holm and Method Man, Garden State is “marvelous fun” (Rolling Stone)

So there you have it. Are you convinced? This is a classic favorite of mine. When I was in high school, anytime someone came over who hadn’t seen it, I wanted so badly to share it with them. I remember sitting cross-legged on my bedroom floor in my parent’s house, mesmerized by this film. It didn’t matter if a boy I liked was sitting next to me, it was not one of those “pretend you’re concentrating on the movie” movies, it was an – I am actually watching this movie, and I hope you are too so we can talk about it after – movies. I can’t even tell you the number of times I’ve seen this movie. I had a copy at my parent’s house, and a copy of my own when I left for college.

Anyways, if you haven’t watched this wonderful film yet I hope I’ve convinced you. You can watch the trailer here: