The most important Wes Anderson movies to date

Wes Anderson is one of the quirkiest, most eccentric directors in recent memory. He has produced films of exquisite cinematic beauty peopled with imperfect, broken, and confused creatures. On the surface, the almost obsessive visual symmetry that his movies are known for and the distinct, unmistakably Andersonian palette seem to jar the senses when coupled with his incongruous characters. In the end, the marriage makes perfect sense. The imagination soars in Anderson’s world, and no one is prevented from reaching that realization. Here are some of the most important Wes Anderson films:

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The Grand Budapest Hotel

This movie is one of the finest examples of the consistency of Anderson’s cinematic vision, featuring a lot of his visual structure but also big on the emotional and psychological landscape of his filmic style. It might look it was just about a concierge trying to prove he wasn’t a murderer, but this comedy mystery is a poignant film about nostalgia, beauty, and loss.

Moonrise Kingdom

Moonrise Kingdom tells the story of two kids who ran away from home without accounting for the fact that they live on an island. The story presents so many layers that go beyond the fact that it is really a love story. The coming-of-age genre can be abused on so many levels, but this one is surely one of the best stories about children realizing the ways of the world.

Fantastic Mr. Fox

This stop-motion film is arguably the most human of all his works, and that says a lot because it is practically populated by anthropomorphic creatures. The excellent animation is, of course, just the outer layer of this brilliant exploration of acceptance and love.

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All Star Wars Movies Ranked

Star Wars is the most iconic film franchise of all-time. The franchise’s fanbase is so diverse it doesn’t even need to market its movies. They just need to know the date of the release and fans will flock the cinemas in droves. With the 9th installment of the franchise showing this December, it’s only fitting we rank the movies from worst to best.

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Many of you will agree to this list but if you disagree, let me know in the comments section.

8. Episode I: The Phantom Menace

7. Episode II – Attack of the Clones

6. Episode III – Revenge of the Sith

5. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

4. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Episode VII)

3. Episode VI – Return of the Jedi

2. Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back

1. Episode IV – A New Hope

There’s no doubt the first three movies (episodes 4-6) were the best of the bunch. The special effects at the time were out of this world. And the whole world was put in commotion in the reveal of the Darth Vader’s relationship with Luke Skywalker.

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The worst were episodes 1-3. They weren’t bad per se, but the casting and acting weren’t as good as the first three movies. The two new movies, Rogue One and episode 7 are great.

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Five Leadership Lessons From ‘Star Wars’

The “Star Wars” universe has plenty to teach when it comes to leadership, its pitfalls and challenges. For one, what are the mistakes committed by the Emperor and Darth Vader during their time as leaders of the Galactic Empire? Here are five leadership lessons straight from the Jedi, according to Forbes.

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Let go of your fear

Yoda once uttered these words: Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose. There’s great truth on this, as being loss averse is a major factor in the decision-making process. According to studies, people would actually prefer avoiding a loss than acquiring a gain.

Approach tasks with success in mind

Remember Yoda’s more famous words – “Do or do not. There is no try” – and how it emphasizes the truth that you cannot expect to be successful at all times? It proves beneficial, however, to approach tasks with a confident mindset and good expectations for yourself.

Be mindful of the present

Distraction comes so easy these days with technology, but it is important to work hard to ignore them and focus on the tasks ahead of you as a leader.

Don’t let emotions cloud your judgment

Do not ignore your emotions, Vulcan-style. They can guide you in your mission, but can also get the best of you and cloud your judgment. Act based on the best available data, and constantly seek feedback from people who matter.

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Believe in your cause

Data and experience may not always suffice when you’re embarking on a new journey, such as a new brand or venture. What Obi-Wan Kenobi told Luke Skywalker is this: let go of the conscious self and act on instinct. Trust that you can do it.

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We all Need Totoro for a Neighbor

Nowadays, it’s no surprise that anime has such a huge following. But the road to its success is paved by classics in the genre like Akira and Hayao Miyazaki’s My Neighbor Totoro.

Though casual Hollywood buffs would probably be more familiar with the Japanese director

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’s other award-winning films like Spirited Away and Grave of the Fireflies, Totoro has become the face of Studio Ghibli, the director’s film outfit.

But what makes My Neighbor Totoro so appealing and loved by those who’ve seen it? One easy answer is that, while the narrative is driven by the fantastic, it offers a very human, realist take on family values, as well as tackles concepts like sibling rivalry, loyalty, devotion, and hope.

The plot revolves around sisters Mei and Satsuki, who moves to the country with their dad, a university professor in Tokyo. Soon Mei encounters the guardian of the forest near their new house, Totoro. The huge, cuddly, and magical creature proceeds to help the sisters cope with their situation and solve their problems, burdens which otherwise might be too great for children to bear.

This film is very poignant; while we might be wondering where their mother is, the film takes its time to give

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us the reveal. It plays up its central themes of innocence and coming of age very well, leaving us haunted at the end.

My Neighbor Totoro is a must-watch, not only for fans of anime, but for the family and maybe even the entire neighborhood.

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Chicago’s Finest: Best Movies Filmed in the Windy City

Chicago has provided numerous movies a great backdrop and setting for their story. Even the late director John Hughes made a career out of writing and directing many of his films in this great city.

Here are some of the best movies that were filmed in Chicago:

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

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This 1986 classic told the story of a high school student named Ferris Bueller who decided to skip school to spend a day with his friends in downtown Chicago. The movie gave us great shots of Chicago’s iconic landmarks, such as the Art Institute of Chicago, Wrigley Field, Sears (now Willis) Tower, Lake Shore Drive, and many more.


This 1932 film is different from the Al Pacino starrer most of us already know, although the latter is actually based on this movie. Scarface is a story about the rise and fall of an American Gangster during the time when Chicago’s very own Al Capone rose to fame for his exploits in the city. The movie also reenacted the infamous Saint Valentine’s Day massacre, which had just happened three years before the movie’s production.

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The Blues Brothers

An homage to the great city, the musical crime comedy film starred Chicago native John Belushi, together with another great comedian Dan Aykroyd. The movie showed the wonderful sights of city, authentic Chicago accents, and a soundtrack that featured the likes of Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, and James Brown.

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