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One of the most particular and unique directors working in the US today. Anderson's eye for composition and detail is mathematical, but his strong focus on meandering narratives and elaborate yet quirky detours isn't for everyone.


Isle of Dogs

2018 / 101m - USA
Comedy - Animation
Isle of Dogs poster

Spectacular stop-motion animation from Wes Anderson. It's witty, it's classy, it's funny and it looks smashing. There's so much attention to detail, so many different kind of gags and it's all executed so well. Just a smidgen too long, apart from that it's near-perfect.

There are so many priceless moments, so many memorable scenes, and plenty of amazing details that make the film that much better. The Grand Budapest Hotel is Anderson at his very best.

Fantastic Mr Fox

2009 / 87m - USA
Comedy - Animation
Fantastic Mr Fox poster

If you like (stop-motion) animation this film is a definite recommendation. The animation itself could've been better, but the whole setting is just too much fun to pass on.

Asteroid City

2023 / 104m - USA
Asteroid City poster

I wouldn't really call it a return to form for Wes Anderson, but it's definitely a return to normalcy. No messy anthology structures, no stop-motion weirdness, just a simple narrative elevated by Anderson's witty comedy and detailed styling. As such, it's not one of his most remarkable films, but it sure is a blast to sit through. The cast is tremendous, the use of color is magnificent, the soundtrack is perfectly in line with the visuals and the comedy is pleasant, but with a cheeky dark streak. I'm not surprised Anderson managed to pull this off flawlessly, he's done so before, it's just that I don't mind when it's so skillfully executed. A lovely film.

The French Dispatch

2021 / 108m - USA
Comedy, Crime
The French Dispatch poster

This feels like the last film in a cycle. The French Dispatch is pure, unfiltered Wes Anderson, probably at his most aesthetic and precise. At the same time, it's difficult to image what else Anderson can do with this style, as it did get a little repetitive over time. The insane pacing and different stories eat up a lot of energy, still, by the end it felt like Anderson didn't bring quite enough. It's a pretty uneven film that starts to fray once you look too closely at individual elements, on the other hand there's no one else like Anderson and the film is full-on cinematic fun. Not his best work, but if you love Anderson, it's almost impossible not to love this film.

The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar

2023 / 37m - USA
Comedy, Adventure
The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar poster

The best (and longest) of the four new Wes Anderson shorts that are based on the work of Roald Dahl. These are cute little stories, executed in a very peculiar (and similar way), pretty much in line with Anderson's other films. They do feel like a bit like filler though, which is why they can't really compete with his feature-length films.

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Henry Sugar is a passionate gambler. When he hears of a man who can see without using his eyes, he decides to follow in his footsteps. He masters the skill and applies it to his gambling addiction. While it makes him a ton of money, the result isn't quite what he had expected when he started his quest for glory.

The thing with short films is that they present a unique kind of freedom. There's more potential for experimentation, for doing things differently, without burning through the budget of a full-length feature. In the end, Henry Sugar (and the other three shorts) are just regular Wes Anderson films, which is why they feel a little underwhelming. Good fun, but he should've done more with them.

Moonrise Kingdom

2012 / 94m - USA
Comedy, Adventure
Moonrise Kingdom poster

The Darjeeling Limited

2007 / 91m - USA
Comedy, Adventure
The Darjeeling Limited poster

The Royal Tenenbaums

2001 / 110m - USA
The Royal Tenenbaums poster


1998 / 93m - USA
Comedy, Drama
Rushmore poster

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

2004 / 119m - USA
Comedy, Adventure
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou poster

Bottle Rocket

1996 / 91m - USA
Comedy, Drama, Crime
Bottle Rocket poster