Movie Review: Grand Budapest Hotel | One of Us

Movie Review: Grand Budapest Hotel

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Any new release by Wes Anderson is a cause for celebration for some, for skulking about issuing cynical remarks about all that is good and pure in this world for others (I might be biased). Surprisingly, one of the biggest Anderson nay-sayers on our crew, Martin, might be the Unusual Suspect who liked this new film the most. You’ll have to hear it to believe it.

Chris, JC, Beau, and the aforementioned Martin all take turns digging into this period piece comedy starring Ralph Fiennes as the perfect hotel concierge who finds himself in way over his head when the death of a beloved patron leads to strife with her family. Wackiness ensues….

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Born in the wilds of northern Virginia, in 1992 Chris managed to put all of his survival skills to use and barely escaped with his life to Austin Texas, where ever since he’s dabbled in everything from plumber’s assistant to sandwich maker, from band to bar management. An opportunity to see theatrical release films for free, by becoming a critic on a local public access show called “The Reel Deal”, turned into a full time job when Chris and his friends decided to take it to the internet. They built the site, adding multiple podcasts and animated features, to no small amount of success. During this time, a fortuitous friendship sprung up between Chris and young Brian Salisbury, who was also a local film critic, and they merged their forces of will, and their laundry list of ideas for shows, to eventually build this paradise you see before you.