These last few nights I’ve been reading “The Wes Anderson Collection” by Matt Zoller Seitz and of course Wes Anderson. For a devoted Wes Anderson fan this book is deeply fascinating and provides insights and background stories to all his movies up to and including The Moonrise Kingdom. The book is divided into chapters where Matt Zoller Seitz and Wes Anderson discuss the people, places, and circumstances involved with the making of each movie. There’s lots of great picture too, because this is one of those big, coffee table books. I have to admit the size makes it not too comfortable to read in bed, but it’s an engaging, quirky book just like Wes Anderson, who is such a modest and likeable guy. Wes Anderson movies are so completely themselves and don’t pretend to be anything else. I love watching them and I’m finding I love learning about them too. Good things do come out of Texas. I am very excited to see his newest movie “The Grand Budapest Hotel” which is opening in Vancouver tomorrow, but reading this book has also got me equally excited to revisit his other movies too. I think the viewing of them will be greatly enhanced by what I’ve learned from The Wes Anderson Collection. I would recommend seeing all his movies before reading the book, because it’s written for people who have already watched them. I guess you could read it without seeing all his work, but I don’t think it would be as interesting or make much sense. Anyway if you’ve never even watched a movie by Wes Anderson, go to a movie theatre and see his newest one “The Grand Budapest Hotel”, you won’t be disappointed. The worlds he creates are magical, tragic, funny, heart breaking and just plain incredible. His characters are memorable and very human. Wes Anderson creates stylized worlds from other eras, that are fun to escape into. Just see his movies and read the book.