Friday, October 8, 2010

The Royal Tennenbaums, Living Life Like a Movie, and Dawes

Inspiration of The Day: Wes Anderson's The Royal Tenenbaums.

I love this movie; especially this scene. The golden lighting; the abstract, whimsical era Wes Anderson creates for the backdrop;  the endearing Luke Wilson in those '70s aviators with that scruffy beard; the melancholy Gwyneth Paltrow in that wooly fur coat with her blond bob and thick black liner; Alec Baldwin's low, gravely voice narrating the scene before us; then the cut to slow motion and the long pregnant pause followed by the unassuming entrance of folksy guitar picking as Nico's cover of Jackson Browne's "These Days" begins to play. If only our everyday moments were this charming, right? I think I might start carrying around my iPod speakers so that I can play the soundtrack to my life as it happens.

- Amy
Listening to: Dawes' "Peace In The Valley"
Check out this live version. They really jam at the end. I love the illustrations on the cover of this album, North Hills, too.

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  1. Is Richie Tenenbaum tennis star Björn Borg?

  2. JJ, I read a couple of places that Richie WAS based on Bjorn Borg. Mysterious early retirements, great hair, same swingin' '70s style... it makes sense!

  3. that is probably my favorite scene in the royal tennenbaums


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