Doesn't the title of the list explain it well enough? This is a list of 200+ quality "short" films. Easy…
They're not really criminals, but everyone's got to have a dream.
Upon his release from a mental hospital following a nervous breakdown, the directionless Anthony joins his friend Dignan, who seems far less sane than the former. Dignan has hatched a hair-brained scheme for an as-yet-unspecified crime spree that somehow involves his former boss, the (supposedly) legendary Mr. Henry.
The Wilson Brothers star as simpleminded but lovable crooks in Wes Anderson's feature film directorial debut. The Great Escape. The Notebook. The Tim Howard-esque athleticism of Dignan. Toy Soldiers. Pinball Wizard. Social dysfunction. Kid sister. Dignan lies? Bob is the motherfucker. Luke Wilson before those awful cellphone commercials. I'm scared of Bob's brother. World's worst pool boy. Extreme bullying. The ever so fuckable Stacy Sinclair. Gun runnin'. Target practice. Dignan's earmuffs. Tape on your nose makes you look like a badass. Armed robbery. The Lawn Wranglers? Fireworks. Bottle Rocket? 5 Star Hotel. Sexy housekeeper. Anthony's bathrobe. A barbershop without Ice Cube. Spanglish love. Motel fiesta. Bob's accent. Steamy swim. Cock block. Trinket exchange. On the job fucking. Poolhall beatdown. Perfecto…
I think Bottle Rocket has slowly become my favorite Wes Anderson film.
Lots of people say its the least snappy, least quirky, and least "Anderson" film of his bunch. It's really different from all his other films and for that I think that's why it's my favorite. I love his later films, but he did an amazing job here of channeling early Tarantino and his own style of humor. It's a winning combination of humor, botched robberies, crazy characters, and in some ways it's a coming of age story like we are used to seeing. Owen Wilson is a young man with the big dreams and small intuition that every child has. He robs a public library with a Colt…
"I learned more in the 2 months I spent with Mr. Henry and this crew than I learned in 15 years of academic study."
Bottle Rocket was not only the feature film debut for director Wes Anderson, but it was also the debut for Owen and Luke Wilson who both gave inspiring performances. This is where it all started for Wes Anderson and despite not being a box office hit he slowly built a reputation for himself by remaining unique to his quirky sense of humor. Many criticized the fact that these characters didn't seem real, and that is probably true for all of Anderson's film where he focuses on dysfunctional characters with a whimsical sense of humor. Anderson's comedies…
This is the beginning of a fantastic relationship between The Wilson brothers and Wes Anderson. Especially Owen Wilson with his incredible writing skills that have helped some wonderful story's get told on the big screen.
Having seen some of Wes Anderson's recent stuff (Moonrise Kingdom and The Grand Budapest Hotel) this had to be seen.
Plenty of camera shots that have become quite iconic over Wes's career and here you can see how his directing skills have developed for the future.
Little tiny elements of the instruments that are used for the soundtrack for this movie, infact they are used in all of his movies upto date.
It's best to read a tiny bit about this film before you plunge…
Film #39 in The June Challenge
Probably the best Wes Anderson film I've seen next to Moonrise Kingdom. I love the simplicity of the story and how it focuses on the characters and their relationships. I enjoyed how Wes Anderson' signature stylistic flair would show up in an incomplete form, as if he was constantly experimenting with visual language. I like the characters in the film, and none of them feel unrealistically obnoxious; the three friends feel like incredibly confused and lonely people that are looking for some sense of purpose and keep failing at finding it. Watching their exploits is really enjoyable, and every scene has some type of minimalistic, awkward, or melancholically humourous pay-off.
The film is funny…
Has a really shaky start, but I loved the last half of the movie. Easily the best that Owen Wilson has ever done in a film. No doubt about it.
I don't know, I wasn't the biggest fan.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I'm so glad Mr. Anderson, a famous director, did not kill an animal in this film.
This shows how a director can start off with a unique style and stay with it! I love Wes Anderson and this is a great start to an amazing career for both director and actors, this brought us the Wilson brothers which have done some fantastic movies in their career!
Today is this films 19th anniversary. I didn't even plan that. I'm just trying to watch all of Wes Anderaons films. Bottle Rocket is a good movie, but, not nearly as good as some of his later efforts. This film is fun, never not entertaining and has a handful of interesting characters. The soundtrack is solid too. The plot was a little sloppy and the relationships felt a bit contrived. There wasn't much of any arcs within the characters and the film really wasn't trying to say anything. It felt a bit hollow. It's still a pretty solid film.
While his first feature may not feature as much crafty camerawork as his newer films, the incredibly witty and funny dialogue make Bottle Rocket my favorite Wes Anderson flick.
w/ wes + owen commentary track
Even with his feature debut Wes Anderson was on point. Really great stuff here.
How interesting it would have been to have first seen this in '96 when Anderson was just another young, promising indie filmmaker and not the cinematic giant he is today. I have no idea what I would have thought about it in that context.
The film itself is delightful, sweet, fun, and successful throughout but now ultimately more interesting as a promise of things to come.
So what can one say? MTV gave Wes Anderson a "Best New Filmmaker" award for this film, presented by Patricia Arquette, wearing what looks like a full length latex dress. And if any of that makes sense to you, you were a child of the 90's.
How does an asshole like Bob get such a great kitchen?
- My Neighbor Totoro
- Grave of the Fireflies
- Final Cut - Ladies & Gentlemen
- For All Mankind
- Donnie Darko
- Morvern Callar
- Irma Vep
- Miami Blues
- Babe: Pig in the City
For five years, film critic Scott Tobias compiled "The New Cult Canon" in a regular column for The A.V. Club…
- Grand Illusion
- Seven Samurai
- The Lady Vanishes
- The 400 Blows
The entire Criterion collection organized by spine number.
I don't know why I did this.
Number I've Seen: 186/760 (24%)