Book Review: The Wes Anderson Collection by Matt Zoller Sietz (2013)

Unfairly maligned by some as a grown man playing with dolls houses, this makes the case for Anderson as a distinctive filmmaker of depth and genius, one whose vision of adult life as painful and chaotic is cloaked in meticulously curated detail. Featuring admiring though insightful interviews with Anderson and a wealth of storyboards, artwork and preparatory material for all his films (including last year’s brilliant Moonrise Kingdom, bittersweet gem The Royal Tennenbaums and the still bracingly strange Rushmore), this is one of the most visually sumptuous and satisfying books about film in years. Michael Chabon adds a typically stylish and smart foreword.

Favourite Films of 2013


Death Metal Angola

Frances Ha

The Spectacular Now

Before Midnight


For Those In Peril


The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Drinking Buddies

The Punk Singer

The Past

The Way, Way Back

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Silver Linings Playbook


Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa

You Make Me Feel So Young

The Hunt

This is The End

The Place Beyond The Pines

Honourable mention: Mistaken for Strangers

Favourite Gigs of 2013


Neutral Milk Hotel

Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band

The Gaslight Anthem

My Bloody Valentine

Veronica Falls

All Tomorrow’s Parties I’ll Be Your Mirror (My Bloody Valentine & Godspeed You! Black Emperor)

Sharon Van Etten


The XX

Billy Bragg

Martha Wainwright

Ash play 1977

Cat Power

Vampire Weekend

Cloud Nothings

Bob Mould

Bat For Lashes & Japandroids at Laneway

Olof Arnalds


Perfume Genius

Favourite Songs of 2013


1. Veronica Falls – Teenage

2. Veronica Falls – Buried Alive

3. Josh Ritter – New Lover

4. Phosphorescent – Song For Zula

5. Lorde – Royals

6. Low – So Blue

7. Daft Punk – Get Lucky

8. Saturday Looks Good To Me – Polar Bear

9. Superchunk – Me & You & Jackie Mitoo

10. Eleanor Friedberger – Echo or Encore

11. The National – I Need My Girl

12. Camera Obscura – Do It Again

13. Tullycraft – Lost in Light Rotation

14. The Avett Brothers – Another Is Waiting

15. Arcade Fire – Reflektor

16. The Ballet – Feelings

17. Lily & Madeleine – Sounds Like Somewhere

18. My Bloody Valentine – Only Tomorrow

19. The Preatures – Is This How You Feel?

20. Deafheaven – Dream House

21. Kanye West – Bound 2

22. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Wide Lovely Eyes

23. Vampire Weekend – Step

24. Say Lou Lou – Julian

25. The Knife – Wrap Your Arms Around Me

26. Sigur Ros – Isjaki

27. Scott and Charlene’s Wedding – Clock Out and Leave

28. Jason Isbell – Elephant

29. Parenthetical Girls – Sympathy For Spastics

30. Beyonce – XO

31. Vampire Weekend – Hannah Hunt

32. The Fireworks – Runaround

33. Future Bible Heroes – Keep Your Children in a Coma

34. Math and Physics Club – Thank God I Met You

35. Savages – Shut Up

36. Haim – Falling

37. Billy Bragg – Handyman’s Blues

38. Dick Diver – Alice

39. CHVRCHES – We Sink

40. Fuck Buttons – Hidden Xs