RUSHMORE
1998, Buena Vista Pictures, 93 min, USA, Dir: Wes Anderson

Director Wes Anderson came up with THE GRADUATE for the late 1990s with this affectionate but unblinking look at the rewards and pitfalls that come with the naivete of adolescence. Jason Schwartzman plays Max, a prep school kid who befriends disillusioned businessman Bill Murray - until both are attracted to Max's beautiful teacher (Olivia Williams).


LOST IN TRANSLATION
2003, Focus Features, 105 min, USA, Japan, Dir: Sofia Coppola

Two Americans cross paths one night in a luxury hotel bar in Tokyo. Bob (Bill Murray, never better) is a movie star shooting a whiskey commercial, while Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson) is a young woman tagging along with her workaholic photographer husband (Giovanni Ribisi). This chance meeting soon becomes a surprising friendship. A box office hit, LOST IN TRANSLATION was nominated for four Oscars, earning one for director Sofia Coppola’s Best Original Screenplay.


HAMLET (2000)
2000, Park Circus/Miramax, 112 min, USA, Dir: Michael Almereyda

Transposing some of theater’s most famous soliloquies to Blockbuster Video stores and high-rise apartments, this powerful adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic play is set among the corporate elite of Manhattan. Here the title character (a fine Ethan Hawke), the son of a murdered Wall Street CEO, employs a student film to “catch the conscience” of his father’s killer and exact revenge. The all-star supporting cast includes Kyle MacLachlan, Julia Stiles, Liev Schreiber, Sam Shepard and Bill Murray. “The director's rigorous trimming has a boldness and vivacity that makes this version exhilarating while leaving Shakespeare's language and intent intact.” – Elvis Mitchell, The New York Times


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