TGB Episode 110: The Quirky Wes Anderson (Guest: David Bax)

May 24, 2012

The Golden Briefcase - Wes Anderson

On this week's episode of The Golden Briefcase, Tim & Jeremy are joined by guest David Bax from the Battleship Pretension podcast to go through their latest Picks of the Week, talk over the newest trailers for Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master, Baz Luhrman's The Great Gatsby and Sam Mendes' Skyfall and much more. The main topic of the night was a discussion on the career thus far of director Wes Anderson, in honor of his new film Moonrise Kingdom hitting limited release this weekend. They discuss his style and themes and pontificate on whether this Anderson "niche" is tired or if it still maintains its charm. Listen in!

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Our Guest:

David Bax: @thepretension

Picks of the Week:

Jeremy: Hollywood by Charles Bukowski
David: Maïwenn's Polisse
Tim: Ghost Protocol Best Buy Exclusive Blu-Ray

DVD/Blu-Rays Released:

Red Tails
Certified Copy (Criterion)

Episode Timeline:

Pick of the Week: 11:24
New Releases: 21:51
Trailer Watch: The Master: 30:30
Trailer Watch: The Great Gatsby: 39:21
Trailer Watch: Bond's Skyfall: 45:17
Topic of the Night: Wes Anderson: 51:12

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Wes Anderson is creative genius director. His style don't close to any other director. He know his work and have very beautiful cinematic vision. My problem with him is his repetitive style and theme to his movies. He must change his genre for fresh air, or he must change his tone in movies until don't fall in repetitive. He inject his abilities in world of animation and result was fantastic "Fantastic Mr.Fox" I think he can surprise us with his next project

Ehsan Davodi on May 24, 2012


his style is the fact that he uses these characters he is familiar with and can relate to. if you dont like his style dont watch his movies. zing.

Harry on May 24, 2012


why wright such things dear harry? dont read my comment? why say dont watch? you know person wright in this site in love with movies,right? if i say he dont must fall in repetitive is for him noy myself, also i know he dont read this and this is my opinion only. courage others to see the movie dont say dont watch even in bad mood

Ehsan Davodi on May 24, 2012


 Hip-Hip-Hooray Its Golden Briefcase Day! Thank fellas.

DAVIDPD on May 24, 2012


Don't let the haters bring you down, just because they're unable to enjoy Wes Anderson's films, doesn't mean we can't like it. Moonrise Kingdom is a great film, a step up from the mainstream Fantastic Mr. Fox. Just because a small group of people think it's cool to unfairly criticize his films doesn't mean the majority of critics can't appreciate his genius. Just look at his scores on Rottentomatoes: Mostly positive except for The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou. Sensitive people enjoy his work: Look at the ratings on IMDb. And since when is The Darjeeling Limited not a good movie? Come on guys you were way to negative on him. Tim should have defended him more as a fan! Box office? Since when is that a criterion to judge the quality of a filmmaker. Please! His films are student essays on other filmmakers films? Every filmmaker borrows from other art forms, even unconsciously, Wes' films are by far more original than most of the crap that gets praised these days. And why not actually discuss his movies instead of saying superficial stuff like that? Totally pointless and disappointing.

Davide Coppola on May 25, 2012


David. Thanks for the comments. Unfortunately I am going to have to disagree with your assessment. I never backed down on my love for Anderson, instead I acknowledged David's points and stated that he was entitled to them. I even recall saying that I couldn't put my finger on all of the reasons that I love Wes's films yet I attempted to.  I don't see how you came to that conclusion based off of our in depth talk about his style, niche audience and films...We DID discuss the things you wanted... And as for trailer watch? Which trailer did I "back down" on? I stated exactly what I wanted. Sorry for the tirade but I don't see any of the things you stated.... Thanks for the comments as always..

timbuel on May 25, 2012


Thanks for replying. Fair enough, I guess I expected more on the themes in his movies and what makes a Wes Anderson film and more on his actual films (singularly). Maybe I just would have reacted more vehemently to "defend" Wes. I was way too negative with the episode I guess, sorry about that. I'm a fan of your podcast and I hope you enjoy 'Moonrise'! As for the trailer watch comment, I meant that as a more general comment (something I noticed in other episodes), but maybe I'm saying that because I'm a bit like that myself..

Davide Coppola on May 26, 2012


Great episode guys! Entertaining to hear your differences in opinions on my favorite filmmaker. Thanks again!

Cathy on May 30, 2012


The Redford Gatsby isn't the original. It's actually been remade 5 times. The first film was in 1926, the second was in 1949 starring Alan Ladd, then comes the Redford one, the fourth was a tv mini in 2000 and now the Luhrmann version. I agree the Redford version is a bore but the 1949 film is amazing.

ladyofthelake on May 31, 2012

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