Author: Matthew Di Paoli
In Oliver Stone’s classic, Wall Street, Gordon Gecko (Michael Douglas) famously proclaims, “Greed, for lack of a better word, is good.” He does so in an impassioned speech to shareholders of a company in which he’s trying to gain a controlling interest. And there’s nothing more American than money, liberty, and gluttony.
Perhaps the defining stylistic vision of one of this generation’s most celebrated directors, Wes Anderson, The Royal Tenenbaums is a film about family, nostalgia, and the intricacies of genuine connection: not concepts normally associated with New York City. So why is it that Anderson’s surreal, stylized vision seems like it couldn’t have taken place anywhere…