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Joey’s Home Movies For the Week of August 14th – Take a Trip to Wes Anderson’s ‘Asteroid City’

Welcome back to my Home Movies! This week, the latest Wes Anderson joint leads a fairly varied but rather top-heavy slate. Yes, today is led by none other than Anderson’s Asteroid City. What else is hitting shelves? Read on to find out…

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Asteroid City

Wes Anderson continues his quirky ways with Asteroid City, another ensemble dramedy. As someone who runs hot and cold on the filmmaker, I found this to be one of his more pleasing efforts. Make of that what you will, but when even I don’t mind one of his flicks, that’s usually a good sign. I spoke to cast members Hope Davis and Stephen Park here, Adrien Brody and Jeffrey Wright here, as well as Jason Schwartzman and Scarlett Johansson here. Give those a look, for sure. My review here on the site included the following intro paragraphs:

Whenever I review a Wes Anderson film, it’s admittedly done through the lens of someone who’s very hit or miss with the filmmaker. Usually, his animated movies really charm me, while more of the live-action efforts than not fall flat. So, when I say that Asteroid City is pretty much a garden variety Anderson effort, that means something different to me than to some of you. For those of you who dig on his work, you’re likely to be delighted. For those in my boat, it’s likely to be a lesser, albeit slightly more effective than usual, work.

Asteroid City is pretty much what you expect from Anderson, with the added bonus of some new members of his ensemble really shining. A few of these performances are really some of the best that the writer/director has had up his sleeve in some time. Throw in the normal impeccable visuals and somewhat standoffish story and, well…it’s Wes Anderson.

Also Available This Week

NEON

Babylon 5: The Road Home (TV)

Confidential Informant

Holy Spider

Hotel Transylvania: Transformania

Kill Shot

The Machine

Robots

Sanctuary

Shaw Brothers Classics: Volume Two

Wrong Reasons

Criterion Corner

Criterion

Dim Sum: A Little Bit of Heart

From The Criterion Collection: “Wayne Wang’s follow-up to his watershed indie Chan Is Missing is a family portrait that gracefully combines the director’s signature gentle humanism and eye for poignant detail. Offering another fresh perspective on San Francisco’s Chinese American community, Wang takes a bittersweet look at the generational pas de deux between an aging immigrant widow and her devoted daughter, torn between filial duty and her own desires. Soulfully performed by an ensemble including real-life mother and daughter Kim and Laureen Chew and Victor Wong, the Yasujiro Ozu–inspired Dim Sum: A Little Bit of Heart is as lovingly made as the home-cooked cuisine it celebrates.”

Stay tuned for more next week…

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Written by Joey Magidson

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