Holywood has to have at least one quirky director or botherhood of directors who can produce films that appeal to the educated and the gothic out there. After all, the middle class is growing in the west and the east.
The mantle fell largely upon Tim Burton and the Cohen Brothers, with perhaps Ridley Scott and now the new doyen, David Fincher. But for sheer originality and the absolute balls and naievity to produce completely whacky films reminiscent of both art house and mad-cap 50s-70s US and EU films, it has to be Wes Andersen who has stolen the lime light.
The cohen brothers really have come up with some pretentious turkeys and even france macdairmad has now perhaps gone over to the Wes side. Burn after reading was an intense load of rubbish which failed to pick up on any thread of the "interest ether" being a kind of post cold war, burnt out spy movie. They threw enough money at the casting couch anyway which secured it sales, but my-oh-my what a turkey even if it did get a thanks giving in the cash tellers.
I await the local release of "Moonrise Kingdom" with some anticipation:_ wondering if it is largely autbiographical or if it somehow captures an earlier period form the 70s when the US was a good place to be a lower middle class kid with hippy parents.
Where the Life Aquatic blew me away, there was only a draft along the platform with the nattering owen wilson being kind of an irritation to an otherwise great concept which was lavishly executed. Bill Murray only had a Cameo, but he has stcuk to them for Moonrise. I wonder if like the Cohen brothers, Wes too will run out of creative genius and be wrapped up in what seemingly has become " another day at the office" for `Bros Cohen, Fincher, Scott and Burton.