Criterion Year Week 21: The Royal Tenenbaums

The Criterion Collection, the last vestige of truly collectible DVD and Blu-Ray movies in existence. These are well produced, fancy pants editions of important and interesting films for the discerning film lover.

We continue our journey through Jim's collection of movies with...

Week 21:

The Royal Tenenbaums

Spine Number: 15

Director: Wes Anderson

Genre: Comedy

Some talent seems to spring into the world fully formed, like Athena emerging from Zeus' skull. This really feels apropos when talking about Wes Anderson. Bottle Rocket, which will be discussed in depth at a later date, was a solid quirky little indie, but everything you really need to know about Wes is there. Rushmore really nailed down what he was all about.

But The Royal Tenenbaums...



Few films are as solid, as effective, as heartfelt, as meticulously and flawlessly executed as this one. Every aspect of it is perfect. Every character is perfectly cast, every performance is nuanced and  heartfelt, every beat, be it dramatic or comedic, lands with a precision that is virtually unmatched. Rushmore was a home run, and somehow Anderson and Wilson followed it up with a grand slam.


So join us as we discuss a movie that is a genuine pleasure to watch. If by some strange chance you haven't seen it yet, please do yourself a favor and correct that immediately.

Next week:

Spine number 163: Hopscotch

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