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Wes Anderson

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Born:
May 1, 1969 in Houston, Texas, USA

Birth Name:
Wesley Wales Anderson

Height:
6' 1" (1.85 m)

Short Biography:
Wesley Wales Anderson was born in Houston, Texas. His mother, Texas Ann (Burroughs), is an archaeologist turned real estate agent, and his father, Melver Leonard Anderson, worked in advertising and PR. He has two brothers, Eric and Mel. Anderson's parents divorced when he was a young child, an event that he described as the most crucial event of his brothers and his growing up. During childhood, Anderson also began writing plays and making super-8 movies. He was educated at Westchester High School and then St. John's, a private prep school in Houston, Texas, which was later to prove an inspiration for the film Rushmore (1998).

Anderson attended the University of Texas in Austin, where he majored in philosophy. It was there that he met Owen Wilson. They became friends and began making short films, some of which aired on a local cable-access station. One of their shorts was Bottle Rocket (1994), which starred Owen and his brother Luke Wilson. The short was screened at the Sundance Film Festival, where it was successfully received, so much so that they received funding to make a feature-length version. Bottle Rocket (1996) was not a commercial hit, but it gained a cult audience and high-profile fans, which included Martin Scorsese.

Success followed with films such as Rushmore (1998), The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004), The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) and an animated feature, Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009). The latter two films earned Anderson Oscar nominations.

Isle of Dogs (2018)

# 14685 IMDb PG-13 

Isle of Dogs (2018)

By Wes Anderson (directed by)

Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy (1h 41min)

Germany Germany, USA USA

Fine! Rated 8.0 after 75,657 votes on 21-Oct-18.

7 wins & 5 nominations

An outbreak of dog flu has spread through the city of Megasaki, Japan, and Mayor Kobayashi has demanded all dogs to be sent to Trash Island. On the island, a young boy named Atari sets out to find his lost dog, Spots, with the help of five other dogs... with many obstacles along the way.

Sing (2016)

# 13390 IMDb

Sing (2016)

TaglineAuditions begin 2016

By Christophe Lourdelet (co-director), Garth Jennings (directed by)

Animation, Comedy, Drama, Family, Music (1h 48min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 7.1 after 104,262 votes on 13-Oct-18.

2 wins & 24 nominations

Set in a world like ours but entirely inhabited by animals, Buster Moon, a dapper koala, presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times. Buster is an eternal-some, might even say delusional-optimist, who loves his theater above all and will do anything to preserve it. Now faced with the crumbling of his life's ambition, he has one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its (...)

Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015)

# 13258 IMDb

Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015)

TaglineThe Greatest Story Hitchcock Ever Told

By Kent Jones

Documentary (1h 19min)

France France, USA USA

Fine! Rated 7.4 after 3,116 votes on 04-Mar-17.

1 win & 1 nomination

In 1962 Hitchcock and Truffaut locked themselves away in Hollywood for a week to excavate the secrets behind the mise-en-scène in cinema. Based on the original recordings of this meeting-used to produce the mythical book Hitchcock/Truffaut-this film illustrates the greatest cinema lesson of all time and plummets us into the world of the creator of Psycho, The Birds, and Vertigo. Hitchcock's (...)

She's Funny That Way (2014)

# 12243 IMDb

She's Funny That Way (2014)

By Peter Bogdanovich

Comedy (1h 33min)

USA USA

Rated 6.1 after 21,324 votes on 17-Oct-18.

1 nomination

A married Broadway director falls for a prostitute-turned-actress and works to help her advance her career.

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

# 11505 IMDb TOP250 #188

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

By Wes Anderson

Comedy (1h 40min)

USA USA, Germany Germany

Fine! Rated 8.1 after 603,040 votes on 07-Oct-18.

Won 4 Oscars. Another 127 wins & 218 nominations

GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune -- all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent.

Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

# 10390 IMDb

Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

By Wes Anderson

Comedy, Drama, Romance (1h 34min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 7.8 after 283,473 votes on 09-Dec-18.

Nominated for Oscar. Another 34 wins & 102 nominations

Set on an island off the coast of New England in the 1960s, as a young boy and girl fall in love they are moved to run away together. Various factions of the town mobilize to search for them and the town is turned upside down -- which might not be such a bad thing.

Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

# 06708 IMDb

Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

TaglineDig the life fantastic.

By Wes Anderson

Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family (1h 27min)

USA USA, UK UK

Fine! Rated 7.8 after 169,641 votes on 25-Oct-18.

Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 18 wins & 29 nominations

It is the story of one Mr. Fox and his wild-ways of hen heckling, turkey taking and cider sipping, nocturnal, instinctive adventures. He has to put his wild days behind him and do what fathers do best: be responsible. He is too rebellious. He is too wild. He is going to try "just one more raid" on the three nastiest, meanest farmers that are Boggis, Bunce and Bean. It is a tale of crossing the (...)

The Darjeeling Limited (2007)

# 04078 IMDb

The Darjeeling Limited (2007)

By Wes Anderson

Adventure, Comedy, Drama (1h 31min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 7.2 after 159,549 votes on 09-Oct-18.

1 win & 3 nominations

Three American brothers who have not spoken to each other in a year set off on a train voyage across India with a plan to find themselves and bond with each other -- to become brothers again like they used to be. Their "spiritual quest", however, veers rapidly off-course (due to events involving over-the-counter pain killers, Indian cough syrup, and pepper spray), and they eventually find (...)

Hotel Chevalier (2007)

# 04076 IMDb

Hotel Chevalier (2007)

By Wes Anderson

Short, Drama, Romance (13min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 7.3 after 27,503 votes on 25-Oct-18.

A short prologue of one heartbreaking history of love and the prologue of the travel told in

The Squid and the Whale (2005)

# 01595 IMDb

The Squid and the Whale (2005)

TaglineJoint Custody Blows.

By Noah Baumbach

Comedy, Drama (1h 21min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 7.4 after 67,794 votes on 28-Sep-18.

Nominated for Oscar. Another 16 wins & 27 nominations

The patriarch (Jeff Daniels) of an eccentric Brooklyn family claims to once have been a great novelist, but he has settled into a teaching job. When his wife (Laura Linney) discovers a writing talent of her own, jealousy divides the family, leaving two teenage sons to forge new relationships with their parents. Linney's character begins dating her younger son's tennis coach. Meanwhile, Daniels' (...)

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)

# 01492 IMDb

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)

By Wes Anderson

Adventure, Comedy, Drama (1h 59min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 7.3 after 157,653 votes on 27-May-18.

3 wins & 8 nominations

Steve Zissou, sea-film auteur a la Jacques Cousteau, has reason to be melancholy: his partner has been eaten, perhaps by a mythic jaguar shark, his wife may be taking up with her ex-husband, a young man appears claiming Steve is his father (Steve hates fathers), his most recent films have tanked, he's having trouble raising money for his venture to revenge his partner, and he's attracted to a (...)

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

# 00913 IMDb

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

TaglineFamily Isn't A Word... It's A Sentence.

By Wes Anderson

Comedy, Drama (1h 49min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 7.6 after 238,283 votes on 09-Oct-18.

Nominated for Oscar. Another 9 wins & 27 nominations

Three grown prodigies, all with a unique genius of some kind, and their mother are staying at the family household. Their father, Royal had left them long ago, and comes back to make things right with his family.

Rushmore (1998)

# 01399 IMDb

Rushmore (1998)

TaglineShe was my Rushmore

By Wes Anderson

Comedy, Drama (1h 33min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 7.7 after 152,117 votes on 23-Aug-18.

13 wins & 12 nominations

Max Fischer is a precocious 15-year-old whose reason for living is his attendance at Rushmore, a private school where he's not doing well in any of his classes, but where he's the king of extracurricular activities - from being in the beekeeping society to writing and producing plays, there's very little after school he doesn't do. His life begins to change, however, when he finds out he's on (...)

Bottle Rocket (1996)

# 03521 IMDb

Bottle Rocket (1996)

TaglineThey're not really criminals, but everybody's got to have a dream.

By Wes Anderson

Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance (1h 31min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 7.1 after 62,229 votes on 12-Oct-18.

3 wins

Upon his release from a mental hospital following a breakdown, the directionless Anthony joins his friend Dignan (who seems far less sane than Anthony.) Dignan has hatched a hair brained scheme for an as-yet unspecified crime spree that somehow involves his former boss, the (supposedly) legendary Mr. Henry. With the help of their pathetic neighbor and pal Bob, Anthony and Dignan pull a job and (...)

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