MOONRISE KINGDOM

  • June 8, 2012 · 7:00 PM
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MOONRISE KINGDOM is a new indie film directed by Wes Anderson that has been receiving much critical acclaim.

The film is set in the summer of 1965 and stars an ensemble cast that includes Ed Norton, Bruce Willis, Tilda Swinton and Harvey Keitel.

The story centres around a pair of young lovers (Kara Hayward, Jared Gilman) who flee their New England island town, prompting a search party led by the local sheriff (Bruce Willis) and the girl's parents (Bill Murray, Frances McDormand) to fan out and find them.

As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm begins to brew off-shore -- and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in more ways than anyone can handle....

We will be holding a group discussion, as usual, immediately after the film.

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  • Sonja

    yes he is an awesome talent... all these people are very established... any new names you guys are exploring in film?

    November 20, 2012

  • Elizabeth A.

    Hi to everyone who contributed and had already provided a partial correct answer. I think I found the answer that I was looking for re the inspiration for the title "Moonrise Kingdom" “The title references the cove that the two kids run away to. It has the technical name of Mile 3.25 Tidal Inlet on the map, but for them it’s a secret, magical place, so they re-name it: Moonrise Kingdom.”

    I found the explanation online courtesy emanuellevy.com.

    Cheers,
    Liz

    June 25, 2012

  • Jeannie

    Well,that clears that up. We can all sleep soundly now.
    I hope I dream about Moonrise Kingdom!

    June 14, 2012

  • Elizabeth A.

    On another note, I was recently listening to an interview on CBC radio about the beautiful Cdn racing horse that recently was in the news “I’ll have another” that was slated for big wins, but recently retired due to an injury. The jockey was interviewed and asked about the name of the horse. His response: The owner of the horse and his wife were sitting watching TV one night and thoroughly enjoying some cookies. The wife kept stretching out her hand to her husband saying “I’ll have another”

    June 14, 2012

  • Elizabeth A.

    Thanks Roger – but I don’t recall seeing a moon rising – I was hoping to find sometbing profound like “the title of the film was taken from a line in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet at the place where the lovers first met ….” lol

    I love hearing from writers on what inspired the titles to their books, you know, that aha moment when they struggled to find a suitable title and it came out of nowhere 

    June 14, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great article, Roger. The Khaki scouts have a new fan.

    June 14, 2012

  • Roger

    Not sure if any of you have seen this but if you read the third paragraph from the bottom it says that “at the end of the movie we learn that Moonrise Kingdom takes its name from Sam and Suzy’s own secret place, a cove where they try to make a life of their own away from troubles back home.”

    http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2012/05/28/moonrise_kingdom_and_peanuts_wes_anderson_s_latest_is_filled_with_allusions_to_b

    Guess it backs up the answer that Elizabeth got from Eric Snider. Cheers!

    June 14, 2012

  • sharon

    Quirky coming of age film designed as an illustrated book. Good selection for group.

    June 11, 2012

  • Jeannie

    Following up on Eduardo's clue I am completely baffled but so much wiser.

    June 11, 2012

  • Jeannie

    That settles it....we gotta see it again!
    It will be at the Carlton soon and we can check the rocks and the books and the dialogue.
    Personally,I thought it was a reference to the starry sprinkling on the beach.

    June 11, 2012

  • Elizabeth A.

    I asked the question of Eric Snider, an online movie reviewer. He responded: "I do believe "Moonrise Kingdom" is what Sam and Suzy call their secret hideaway, isn't it? That's my recollection anyway"

    I don't recall this. Frustrating huh - there's far too much to absorb in one sitting but a nice frustration :-)

    Cheers,
    E.
    PS And thank you Mike, Tannis, Wendy and Eduardo for your comments.

    June 11, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Following up on Wendy's idea, I thought I'd get a cue from watching this.

    Wes Anderson's animated take on the film's imaginary books
    http://insidemovies.ew.com/2012/06/07/moonrise-kingdom-animation/

    A lovely animation, even if it doesn't answer the question. ;)

    June 11, 2012

  • Wendy

    I thought the name Moonrise Kingdom came from one of the books that Suzie was reading.

    June 11, 2012

  • Tannis K.

    This isn't really an explanation of the title either, but at the end of the credits, they showed an aerial shot of the camp site where Sam & Suzy were found, and Moonrise Kingdom was spelled out in rocks along the shore as part of their campsite.

    June 11, 2012

  • Vivian

    Not very familiar with Wes Anderson films, but I can definitely say I love its use of colours and how the story presentation was somewhat like a play - also appreciate the Francoise Hardy soundtrack - brings me back to the same age when I was discovering the same music. Very whimsical and sweet movie.

    June 9, 2012

  • Roger

    Quirky, sweet, and beautifully shot little film with some great performances. I liked this one a lot and really enjoyed our discussion with the group afterwards to cap off a fun evening. Thanks everyone!

    June 9, 2012

  • Elizabeth A.

    i'm often hung up on names and significance. Does anyone know why the name "Moonrise Kingdom" I tried to find an explanation on google, but nothing came up.

    June 9, 2012

  • Elizabeth A.

    The movie was excellent - i definitely have to see it again - i'm not a seasoned movie buff like the majority of the group and didn't even know the name Wes Anderson before - I now want to see everything that Wes Anderson has directed/produced. I love his style.

    June 9, 2012

  • Jeannie

    Every square inch of the screen was a work of art.
    The placement of each character,their snazzy attire,the pictures on the walls,the arrangement of every prop,the plaid tent,the little red-coated gnome,the 3 tiny boys and the wonderful red house ...all contributed to the Wes Anderson experience!
    Even the trees were lined up in an artful way.
    To top this off,the great Bill Murray loomed in the background.
    oh,and the camera,as it bopped across the screen in 3 short shots for each scene made us feel like we were dancing at the hop in 1965.
    ...never mind that the little doggy was killed.... it wasn't real!

    June 9, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    A lovely tale full of funny quirky details and the art direction of a perfectionist. Really enjoyed learning from everyone during the post-movie discussion. Thanks Roger!

    June 9, 2012

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