My friend and "Movies 101" partner Nathan Weinbender finally got around to seeing Wes Anderson's new film, "Isle of Dogs." Congratulations, Nathan. And he promptly caused a bit of an online brouhaha by posting on his Facebook page what he considers to be a qualitative ranking of Anderson's films.
1. (The Royal) Tenenbaums
2. Grand Budapest (Hotel)
4. Moonrise Kingdom
5. Fantastic Mr. Fox
6. (The) Life Aquatic (With Steve Zissou)
7. Isle of Dogs
8. Bottle Rocket
9. (The) Darjeeling Ltd.
A number of his friends, Facebook and otherwise, took issue with him — as well they should. One, local filmmaker/film professor/brewer Adam Boyd, told him — half facetiously, I might add — "Bruh…. you best move Mr. Fox up or we ain't friends"
Ultimately, though, another commenter tried for a larger perspective. Kearney Jordan wrote, "I’ve spent a good five minutes trying to rank his works. It’s too hard, they are all such gems in their own right."
To which Nathan responded, "No one has the same Wes Anderson top 10 as the next person. That’s his appeal!"
Indeed. And if you haven't yet seen "Isle of Dogs," I'd suggest you do. Then you can make your own list.
You might even agree with Nathan. Someone has to.