Wes Anderson and Jason Schwartzman Doing What They Do Best

Jason Schwartman peaked at Rushmore and Wes Anderson should blow open the escape hatch of his immaculate echo chamber and never look back. In other words, these two could stand to drop the airs of prentense and get their hands dirty – a drum I’ve been beating for so long that I’m tired of writing it, and anyone who’s been lurking around here for a while is no doubt tired of reading. Offered up for those that will get something out of it regardless, the video shows off their knack for tastemaking in an impromptu infomercial session the pair conducted for Borders. In time, Anderson finds his comfort zone and tosses out some helpful viewing suggestions. Schwartzman remains shameless. (via Alejandr)

Posted by Ted Zee on August 11th 2008 | Home Page | 5 Comments Subscribe to this site's feed

5 Responses

  1. Chuck Says:

    Wow, I couldn’t get through that. Anderson was OK, but Schwartzman was completely tedious.

  2. Alexa Says:

    “Immaculate echo chamber” = genius. My thoughts exactly.

  3. ant Says:

    I’m still a fan overall, but that very apt echo chamber assessment reminds me of this Filmspotting interview. Wes Anderson literally directs Schwartzman’s answers. The Filmspotting guys ask a question, Schwartzman answers, and then Anderson suggests a better way for him to answer it. They describe it at the beginning, and then I think they actually play the “direction” in the out takes at the end. http://www.filmspotting.net/2007/10/fs-182-we-own-night-anderson.html

  4. William Says:

    Can I have my 8:13 back?

  5. Ted Zee Says:


    You’ll have to take it up with the Borders in Ann Arbor. I hope you kept your receipt.

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