This week’s movie releases

This week’s movie releases

FILM: The Grand Budapest Hotel
CAST: Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Tony Revolori, MATHIEU AMALRIC, ADRIEN BRODY, WILLEM DAFOE, JEFF GOLDBLUM, HARVEY KEITEL, JUDE LAW, BILL MURRAY, EDWARD NORTON, SAOIRSE RONAN, JASON SCHWARTZMAN, TILDA SWINTON, OWEN WILSON
DIRECTOR: WES ANDERSON

‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ recounts the adventures of Gustave H (Ralph Fiennes), a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars; and Zero Moustafa (Tony Revolori), the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting; a raging battle for an enormous family fortune; and the sweetest confection of a love affair – all against the backdrop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent.
Director Wes Anderson says his eighth feature film comes from a mix of inspirations including the pre-code comedies of the 1930s and the stories and memoirs of Viennese writer Stefan Zweig.

“I had an idea with my friend Hugo,” recalls Anderson of the script’s beginnings. “He and I had talked for some years about a character inspired by a friend of ours, an exceptionally, supremely charming person with a unique and wonderful way with words and a very special view of life. Someone unlike anyone else we know in the world. Then, separately, I had this thought to make a kind of a European movie – inspired especially by Stefan Zweig, a writer who I’ve come to really love in the last several years. There were some other things that I was reading that might not seem connected to this movie, like Hannah Arendt’s ‘Eichmann in Jerusalem,’ which had very little directly to do with this, but it contains a fascinating analysis of how each country in Europe responded to the Nazis, and how the whole place came unglued; as well as ‘Suite Française’ by Irène Némirovsky. Those were some of the things I started with, and I mixed them with the idea that Hugo and I had about this friend of ours. And that’s what this movie is, sort of, in a way.”

Anderson set his tale in a fictional spa town in the imaginary country of alpine Zubrowka, for which he created not only a complete visual aesthetic but also a cohesive 20th Century history mirroring Eastern Europe, with a fascist takeover in the thirties and a Communist period after that – but also a more distant past in the vein of the belle epoque.

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A-scene-from-'Need-For-SpeeFILM: NEED FOR SPEED
CAST: Aaron Paul, DOMINIC COOPER, IMOGEN POOTS, RAMON R
ODRIGUEZ, MICHAEL KEATON, RAMI MALEK, SCOTT MESCUDI, DAKOTA JOHNSON, HARRISON GILBERTSON
DIRECTOR: SCOTT WAUGH

Based on the eponymous car racing video game franchise, ‘Need for Speed’ is a visceral and evocative return to the great car-culture movies of the 1960s and 70s. Tapping into the significance of the car and the open road in American car culture and the freedom and individualism with which they both provide, the film is a story of honour, friendship and loyalty and the testosterone-fueled journey of one man looking for revenge and ultimately, redemption.

For Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul), who runs his family’s auto shop and races the underground street circuit with his buddies on weekends, life is good. But his whole world is turned upside down when he is sent to prison for a crime he didn’t commit. In prison, he spends the next two years thinking about one thing: vengeance. While questioning the morals to which he has always adhered, he is nevertheless determined to bring down his enemies … no matter what the cost.