Spencer S. (FrizzDrop)Wisconsin
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Wes Anderson is a phenomenal director who works with limited resources and yet produces seminal masterpieces surrounding the obscure, the antique, and the flowery. With this, his largest effort utilizing a huge ensemble cast and huge set-pieces, he has possibly created a grand masterpiece unparalleled. Though "Moonrise Kingdom" was an amazing triumph and an interesting period piece, this film discovers the perverse dark humor in the history of the world through hyperbole. Using stop-motion, faking an entire history of a European principality in forties' wartime, and using elaborate costuming and set-pieces, Anderson delves into seedy and malevolent territory, letting us see the exploits of Gustave H and Zero as they traipse across the country, trying to win simple respect and keep intact their prime dignity. I also love the spiraling into grotesque and dark humor to such depths, which I've never seen Anderson exact with such a vengeful direction before. It's a refreshing, magnificent story that looks and feels all new.
There have been grosser films: films that are weirder, more upsetting, and bloodier, but undeniably this was the first, and the best, shocker horror film. Though it says in the preface that the events are based in historical fact, none of it really happened. Some of it was based on the exploits of Ed Gein from Wisconsin who also inspired the character of Hannibal Lecter. "Texas" redefined the area of horror dealing with a principle villain, and effectively created the slasher genre. The reason that "Texas" is brutally entertaining is because of the sickening content, but more importantly the ferocity and feral manner of its lead: Leatherface. Leatherface is innocent and yet animalistic, unsure of himself and yet predatory in his actions, making him the perfect killer, and the most lasting character. The first death comes out of nowhere, and from there the elicit story of this strange cannibal family comes to light slowly. These killers have no sympathy for their victims, and they will kill anyone who crosses their path. The final dinner scene is so disgusting and gory that it stays with you in the worst kind of way, making this a mainstay horror classic in every sense of the word.
Spencer's Favorite Movies
This is by far my favorite movie of all time. It's not because of a dramatic turn, Oscar nominated to death, or funny enough for a million spit takes. Sometimes a film can just be what reflects your life, and this one is a transcript of mine. There's action, classic dialouge, a hint of romance, and the ever money grubbing Han Solo, original and everlasting. It may just be because I originally saw this at age four and thought it was the coolest thing ever, but it has resided in my favs for almost fifteen years. I'd like to see another film try to do that.
There's just so much love in this movie. Sure, it's Christmas themed, but if you truly want to know what family, respect, self worth, and time eternal means, this is the right choice. There's only so many nice things you can say about something before you're pouring out your heart and become wishy washy. I won't let that happen to this classic, but know that it's priceless.