Number 8 - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Wes Anderson has created an unmistakable style to his films. I remember first seeing the trailer for The Grand Budapest Hotel. It was obvious within the first few seconds that this was his next movie. You both see it on the screen and feel it in the way the actors speak.
There are quite a few things to admire about this movie, but I think I most appreciate the story within the story... within the story. You have three levels of story going on, but it doesn't feel like a forced storytelling technique. It just feels like... Wes Anderson.
Some of Anderson's earlier movies are too quirky. With his last couple movies, he's hit just the right level of quirkiness. While I appreciated movies like The Darjeeling Limited, I didn't enjoy them as much as I've liked The Grand Budapest Hotel and Moonrise Kingdom. I think he's also opened the door for plenty of new viewers.
This was released in March. I saw it in April. It's January, and even though it's out on home video, it's still showing in a local theater. I think that certainly speaks to this movie.