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Five Wes Anderson Films to Watch to Celebrate Director’s Birthday

Here’s a comprehensive guide of which Wes Anderson films to binge-watch in honor of his birthday in quarantine.

Legendary filmmaker Wes Anderson celebrated his 51st birthday just last week during quarantine. As avid film watchers, we at New York Minute Magazine couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate such an incredible creative talent than to watch some of his best films!

Here’s a comprehensive guide of which Wes Anderson films to binge-watch in honor of his birthday this coming week in quarantine. 

1. Fantastic Mr. Fox 

This 2009 stop motion animated comedy—based upon Roald Dahl’s 1970 children’s novel— is a crowd pleaser and impossible not to love. Rated PG, this movie is perfect for kids and younger siblings, in addition to adults and movie aficionados. In the film, the protagonist (Mr. Fox) helps his community survive a farmer’s retaliation against his farm raiding. The film stars voiceovers by George Clooney and Meryl Streep.  This film is available to stream on iTunes. 

2. The Grand Budapest Hotel 

This 2014 R rated film stars F. Murray Abraham and Mathieu Amalric. It follows a writer who encounters the owner of a very old, high-society hotel who tells him stories of his past as a lobby boy in the hotel’s glory days. This film is action-packed and thrilling in its dramatic moments. It is rated R for language and sexual content, as well as violence, and is a great choice for anyone over the age of 17. You can stream this film on iTunes. 

3. Moonrise Kingdom 

In this romantic and dramatic comedy, rated PG-13, two young lovers fall in love in New England in the 1960s and decide to run away together. When they leave, their town rallies to search for them, and their community is completely turned on its head. A period piece full of bright humor and passion, Bruce Willis and Frances McDormand star in this beloved film. Moonrise Kingdom is available to stream on iTunes.

4. The Royal Tenenbaums 

This R-rated 2001 comedy stars Gwenyth Paltrow and Gene Hackman. It follows a family that gathers rather reluctantly under the same roof after time apart for a relatively dysfunctional reunion. This film was nominated for an Oscar and follows the dense topic of familial relations. You can download this film from iTunes. 

5. Hotel Chevalier 

This short film serves as the precursor to The Darjeeling Limited (2007), another of Anderson’s films. Starring Natalie Portman and Jason Schwartzman, the piece tells the heart-breaking story of love and grief in the guise of a Paris hotel room. It is strongly suggested to preview the aforementioned film with this short piece, which was very well received and is rated R. This film is available on iTunes.

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