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The first rule of Fight Club is: Stop quoting the same line over and over.

In case you missed it, Edward Norton celebrated his 43rd birthday this month!

You know what that means…

Jordan:
Most Popular – Fight Club (1999):
This may seem pretty obvious. When you think of Edward Norton, you think of Fight Club. And inevitably the rules of Fight Club. But it’s definitely still a cult classic. A lot of people know about it, but may have never seen it, or not for a long time. And there are lots of bigger blockbuster movies that Ed’s starred in that have made way more money: Red Dragon, The Incredible Hulk, The Bourne Legacy.
Not that I’m saying those are his most popular by any means. Just playing devil’s advocate.
Worst – Kingdom of Heaven (2005):
Edward Norton is a great actor. He shines even in bad movies. Seriously, google “kingdom of heaven edward norton” and it will all be articles praising his name. Even though the movie is super long and super boring.
Most Underrated – Keeping the Faith (2000):
Keeping the Faith is the type of movie you watch when TBS shows it on a Saturday afternoon. I’m sure that’s how I saw it the first time. And then probably the next ten times. I love this movie. It deals with love, friendship, faith, temptation in a funny and relatable manner. Plus, it sounds like the beginning of a corny joke: So a priest and a rabbi are in love with the same girl…

Kurtis:
Most Popular – Fight Club (1999):
It was between this and American History X but Fight Club has the much broader recognition. Fight Club was basically an instant classic and really cemented Norton’s place in our generation as an exceptional actor. It’s amazing to look at his filmography and see so many great films/roles and nooooot that many duds. David Fincher’s adaptation of this novel is a dark comedy with plenty of social commentary to spare. Brad Pitt and Edward Norton are both perfect in this movie and it’s absolutely worthy of its 96% user rating on RT.
Worst – Down in the Valley (2006):
Honestly, it was hard to choose a worst for Edward Norton because he’s really good about selecting quality roles, there’s just not that much “bad” to choose from. Down in the Valley was a bit of a miss for me though. It’s got an intriguing enough premise, but the second half gets really jumbled and loses steam. Edward Norton plays a mysterious drifter who falls in love with 18-year-old Evan Rachel Wood. Eventually she starts to see Harlan (Norton) for what he really is. This indie film could’ve been so much better.
Most Underrated – Keeping the Faith (2000):
Both directed by and starring Edward Norton, Keeping the Faith is one of the most underrated comedies of Ben Stiller and Edward Norton’s careers. Stiller, playing a rabbi, and Norton, playing a priest, both fall in love with the same girl they knew when they were in grade school. Norton blends the themes of friendship, love and faith seamlessly as a director and shines in his role as an actor. It’s light, upbeat and straightforward; a kind of film that is seriously lacking in our modern comedies.

Morgan:
Most Popular – Fight Club (1999):
This 100% goes to Fight Club. In fact, Fight Club is probably one of the most popular movies ever. It’s so quotable and a cult classic for our generation.
Worst – The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014):
Maybe it’s just because I dislike Wes Anderson movies in general, but Norton was just eh for me. He wasn’t bad, because he never is. But definitely my least fave.
Most Underrated  – The Illusionist (2006):
This movie was okay for me. I think it’s Ed’s most underrated though because it was so overshadowed by The Prestige. They came out the same year and have similar plot lines. I love The Prestige and for that reason I never had a reason or wanted to see The Illusionist. But when I finally did, it was better than I assumed it would be.

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The Grand Budablog Hotel

Over the last couple months, we’ve had this inside joke about taking the crew on a “ride-along.” It all started in January when the instant classic, Ride Along, premiered. Kurtis suggested we go see it for the blog, because January is a desert for good movies. Bryson was for sure against it; Morgan and I were hesitant. So we struck up a deal: If Kurtis picked this movie, we each got to pick our own ride-along later when there was skepticism from the crew. 
This is Bryson’s Ride Along.

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) | Trailer
Run Time: 100 Minutes
Rated: R (For  language, some sexual content, and violence – MPAA)
Directed By: Wes Anderson

Bryson:
Wes Anderson once again gives us another movie to absolutely love. A story about a concierge named Gustave H (Ralph Fiennes) and his lobby boy, Zero (Tony Revolori), The Grand Budapest Hotel pulls out all the stops and keeps us laughing all the way through. Ralph Fiennes shows us how he can hold the camera so effectively and keeps us enthralled all the way to the end. Wes Anderson does such a fine job of using his laid-back style, quirky writing, and strong cast to create quite possibly his most eccentric and hilarious film to date. The Grand Budapest Hotel no doubt is up there with the likes of Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, and Moonrise Kingdom; it does not disappoint.
Bottom Line: It is hilarious, ridiculous, and so enjoyable. If you like or don’t mind Anderson’s unique style there is no excuse for you to not see this movie. It is worth your time.
Rating: 4.5/5

Kurtis:
The Grand Budapest Hotel is the highly anticipated new Wes Anderson movie. It centers around the larger-than-life concierge, Gustave, and his lobby boy that becomes his closest friend. Gustave is played by Ralph Fiennes and is done so excellently. Gustave is probably the most enjoyable character in any of Anderson’s films. He and Zero, the lobby boy, find themselves in a battle to escape the law and a murderous family after Gustave is left a large part of an inheritance when a frequent guest of the hotel dies. The story is actually quite entertaining and the characters enjoyable, but stylistically, the movie falls apart. Unfortunately for Anderson, all the quirk in the world can’t make up for a lack of depth in storytelling. While an enjoyable concept/idea, the story is incredibly hollow and better suited for a short film rather than a full length feature. In the hands of a different writer/director, The Grand Budapest Hotel might have had a better chance to stand as a truly great feature film but isn’t quite there under Anderson’s direction. Honestly, Fiennes saves the movie from being a complete waste of time, as he presents a character that masterfully draws the viewer in with perfect timing and wit.
Bottom Line: Centered visuals and ornate set design is, again, unable to make up for an incomplete film. It’s worth a viewing based on Ralph Fiennes performance alone, but I’d just wait for it to hit Netflix.
Rating: 2/5

Jordan:
Okay, I don’t hate Wes Anderson. I fell in love with The Royal Tenenbaums when I first saw it. And I love whimsical movies. But as time has gone on, Wes Anderson has become more Wes Anderson-y. The Grand Budapest Hotel is the epitome of his style. The scenery is like a dollhouse. The mood changes from silly to offensive to scary to awkward in one scene. And too many characters and plot points to care about. However, I think Ralph Fiennes is entirely impressive in the lead role. He’s probably 1/2 of a point just for being able to deliver all his dialogue.
Bottom Line: I could tell that I wasn’t into it as much as the rest of theatre, who I felt laughed at random times. So you might be a Bryson and love it. But probably not.
Rating: 2/5

Morgan:
Since the boys did such a good job (and partially because I’m lazy) I’m not going to bother with a summary. This movie was SO interesting. There were elements that I really, really liked. Ralph Fiennes was absolutely brilliant, and definitely one of the major highlights of the film. Tony Revolori also gave a great performance throughout. That being said, there was a lot that I didn’t care for. Maybe it’s because this was my first Wes Anderson film, or maybe I’m just not indie enough to appreciate it all, but there were so many things that were just so odd and ridiculous. I will say that it was better than I thought it would be going into it, but the oddities and randomness of it all mostly left me confused.
Bottom Line: Definitely entertaining, to say the least. Go into it with low expectations, and you’ll be somewhat pleasantly surprised. Ish.
Rating: 2.5/5

AGGREGATE RATING: 2.8/5