Thursday, April 29, 2010

Anderson - Baumbach

No, it's not the name of a white-shoe law firm on the Upper East Side, it's Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach, Brooklyn's finest purveyors of soul-searching melancholy for the young and the hip.

Wesley Mortimer Wales "Wes" Anderson (born May 1, 1969) is a writer and director who was nominated for Best Original Screenplay for The Royal Tennenbaums (2001).  The Houston, TX native first made a splash with the films Bottle Rocket (1996) and Rushmore (1998), which introduced Owen Wilson and Jason Schwartzman, respectively.  He's known for his quirky art direction, man-boy characters, and mix-tape soundtracks.  His latest film, the stop-motion Fantastic Mister Fox (2009), was a hit with adult and kid audiences alike.

Noah Baumbach co-wrote Fantastic Mister Fox and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004), both of which Anderson directed.  On his own, Baumbach (born September 3, 1969) made his film debut writing and directing Kicking and Screaming (1995) and is best known for the highly acclaimed divorce drama, The Squid and the Whale (2005).  His latest movie is Greenberg, with Ben Stiller.

I am including Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach on The Whole Skinny because they are both quite slim, and quite cute to me in that overly-intellectual, neurotic, artsy-boy kind of way.  Baumbach is more handsome, but Anderson cultivates a charming eccentricity that seems rather delightful.  They both have great hair, too.  Pix after the jump!

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