HOWL­ING FOR MORE

Some of Wes An­der­son’s other films ranked in or­der of per­sonal pref­er­ence.

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THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS: 2001

The tale of the over­achiev­ing but de­cid­edly dys­func­tional New York fam­ily is one of the best in the genre, filled with pitch-per­fect per­for­mances, droll hu­mour and sad touches.

THE GRAND BU­DAPEST HO­TEL: 2014

Ralph Fi­ennes steals the show as the concierge of an elite Euro­pean ho­tel in a riproar­ing, sharp-tongued farce that dis­plays An­der­son’s love of de­tailed pro­duc­tion de­sign and quirky char­ac­ters to full ef­fect.

RUSHMORE: 1998

This coming-of-age tale of the pre­co­cious stu­dent and de­pres­sive fa­ther com­pet­ing for the at­ten­tions of a teacher is a dry and funny nod to Catcher in the Rye.

FAN­TAS­TIC MR FOX: 2009

An­der­son takes the vo­cal tal­ents of Ge­orge Clooney and An­jel­ica Hous­ton and up­dates Roald Dahl’s clas­sic chil­dren’s tale with lov­ingly ren­dered stop-mo­tion and slyly mem­o­rable char­ac­ter­i­sa­tion.

MOONRISE KING­DOM: 2012

Two young lovers try to es­cape the bore­dom of their New Eng­land town, hotly pur­sued by an odd­ball boy scout troupe and an up­tight so­cial worker — zany and ten­der.

THE DAR­JEEL­ING LIMITED: 2007

Three New York broth­ers jour­ney to­gether on a train across In­dia af­ter their fa­ther’s death. Colour­ful, slightly more down­beat than pre­vi­ous films but still a touch­ing tale.

THE LIFE AQUATIC WITH STEVE ZISSOU: 2004

A Jacques Cousteau-like marine ex­plorer must learn to change his ways when he’s re­united with a long-lost son. Fea­tur­ing the mu­si­cal tal­ents of Brazil­ian artist Seu Jorge.

BOT­TLE ROCKET: 1996

An­der­son’s first film, a low-bud­get tale of an at­tempt by three in­com­pe­tent friends to pull off a rob­bery, fea­tur­ing the Wil­son broth­ers Owen and Luke.

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