The Grand Budapest Hotel: The Hipster’s Swan Song

SmashCut Talk thumbnailAfter about an hour into The Grand Budapest Hotel, this year’s multi-Oscar nominated film from Wes Andersen, I became very agitated.  I wanted to drive the 20 minutes across LA (which would have taken 45 minutes) to the Silverlake/Hollywood/Los Feliz tri-neighborhood capital of Hipsterwood, emerge from my 4wd vehicle with a bullhorn to my lips shouting cries of “Ok, everyone out of the pool. Party is over.  You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here!”

Of course, I didn’t actually do that, I just wanted to.  What I did instead was turn off the film and retire to my sanctuary – the three foot wide section of the bed I share with my fetching wife.  I’ve vowed long ago, that if I wasn’t enjoying a film, book or anything else that I choose to pick up to read or sit down to watch, I’d stop wasting my time and move on.  I’m willing to hear why I should have used up another precious hour of my time on Earth.

Matt Edwards

Matt Edwards is a filmmaker in his native Los Angeles. He is an alumnus of the 2011 Taliesin Nexus Filmmakers Workshop, a 2014 Liberty Lab Fellow and the current editor of SCC. Matt is also host of the The Rear View film podcast. Follow @TRVpodcast and @mattchrised on Twitter.

  • Andrew Leigh

    Wish I could have retired to my sanctuary during this film, but I was stuck on a plane 35,000 feet in the air. One of the few times I’ve regretted never learning how to skydive.

  • Elisabeth Wolfe

    Haven’t seen it, don’t plan to. Sounds like I’m not missing much. But yeah, I definitely agree: Life’s too short to waste consuming media you don’t enjoy.