Comfortable and Furious


(Criterion Collection)

  • Directed by Wes Anderson
  • Written by Anderson and Owen Wilson
  • Starring Jason Schwartzman as Max Fischer, Bill
    Murray as Herman Blume, Olivia Williams as Rosemary Cross and Mason Gamble as
    Dirk Calloway

Erich seems to think…

Rushmore is an emblem of the contemporary
art-house comedy.  It has a melancholy tone, a great deal of attention to
the look and texture of the film, deadpan delivery and a cinematic style that
used to be reserved for action and drama.  You can see similar elements in
most of the Coen Brother’s work, Wonder Boys and Election. 
Oh yeah, and The Graduate.  So much for my theory.

    What sets Rushmore apart?  Anderson has some
really nice stylistic flourishes, like the way he captions certain scenes. 
The cast is damn near perfect, from the big star, Bill Murray, to the non-pros
who play his twin boys. 

    But that is “only” enough to elevate the film to the
status of peer with some of the aforementioned films.  It would be going
overboard to call the film hallow or superficial, but it is true that the core
of the film–emotions and junk–isn’t quite up to par with the edifice. 
Although the film is sort of it’s own world, the character’s motivations and
behavior are just a bit too far fetched. 


This comes with a dump-truck
full of features.  The commentary from Anderson, Wilson and Schwartzman is
pretty good.  It’s generic stuff about the making of the film and whatnot,
but some of the stories are interesting, like that Wilson, now a movie star,
began his career reluctantly because they couldn’t get anyone better for their
first film, Bottle Rocket.  The variety of narrators keeps things

    There is also a segment from “Charlie Rose” featuring
Anderson and Murray.  It’s good and a good idea.  So many people go on
that show, it would be nice to see similar segments on other DVDs.

    Wes’ brother, Eric Chase Anderson, shot and narrates a
documentary on the making of the film that is also included.  It’s a very
straight forward but effective look behind the scenes.  It runs about 20
minutes or so. 

   There is also a story board feature, and a story board to movie
feature as well as the usual stuff. 

Special Ruthless Ratings:

  • Overall: 8
  • Direction: 8
  • Story: 7
  • Acting: 9
  • DVD Goodies: 9