DRUGSTORE COWBOY
1989, Park Circus/MGM, 102 min, USA, Dir: Gus Van Sant

Devilishly charming Matt Dillon is the head honcho of a quartet of ne’er-do-well addicts (the superb Kelly Lynch, James LeGros and Heather Graham round out the foursome) who support their habits by robbing drugstores in the mid-1970s Northwest. Director Gus Van Sant expertly shifts his matter-of-fact tone from humorous to gut-wrenching, proving a potent force to be reckoned with in his first major film. The picture that made critics stand up and really take notice of Matt Dillon’s multi-faceted talent. With James Remar as Dillon’s cop nemesis and William Burroughs as a junkie ex-priest.


THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL
2014, Fox Searchlight, 100 min, USA, Dir: Wes Anderson

Somewhere in Zubrowka, before WWII wiped that country off the map, sits the Grand Budapest Hotel; at its heart is concierge M. Gustave (Ralph Fiennes). With faithful lobby boy Zero Moustafa (newcomer Tony Revolori) at his side, he keeps things running smoothly - until a priceless painting that could tip the balance of a family fortune arrives at the hotel. Writer-director Wes Anderson has assembled an all-star cast for this comedy-drama, with Oscar winners F. Murray Abraham, Adrien Brody and Tilda Swinton joining such regular collaborators as Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman and Owen Wilson.


BOTTLE ROCKET
1996, Sony Repertory, 91 min, USA, Dir: Wes Anderson

The movie that introduced Wes Anderson and the Wilson brothers (Owen and Luke) to the world is a sweet, hilarious combination of coming-of-age tale and heist movie. Owen plays a persistently optimistic slacker whose dreams of a big score don't quite mesh with his lack of aptitude for crime and, in the role of elder statesman, James Caan plays the mob boss with whom Wilson and his friends collide.


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