Summer in Seattle: cafe patios are open later than 7 p.m. and any excuse to wear shorts and flip-flops is encouraged, even if highs are expected to be in the low 70s. It’s an exciting time for moviegoers; during the summer months, the silver screen can be enjoyed outdoors at several locations in and around Seattle.
Wes Anderson, writer/director, has been a long-time Seattle favorite and you can catch three of his classic films at Fremont Outdoor Movie, located at 3501 Phinney Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98103.
The Royal Tenenbaums (July 12)
The Life Aquatic (July 19)
Rushmore (July 25)
The Royal Tenenbaums is written and directed by Wes Anderson and co-written by Owen Wilson. Royal Tenenbaum, played by Gene Hackman, a conniving father once a successful criminal attorney and later disbarred and imprisoned, tries to get back into his family’s good graces, long after the children had grown up. It’s a comical and sad portrait of a wealthy American family ruined by their patriarch.
His three children were all remarkably talented and his ex-wife, Etheline, played by Anjelica Huston, is beautiful and supportive. Margot, played by Gwyneth Paltrow, won the Pulitzer Prize in the ninth grade. Richie, played by Luke Wilson, was the seventh best tennis player by the age of 17. Chas, played by Ben Stiller, started buying real estate in his early teens. When Royal re-enters their lives, his grown children are down on their luck; nothing is going right for them.
The Life Aquatic is written and directed by Wes Anderson and co-written by Noah Baumbach. Steve Zissou, played by Bill Murray, a documentarian and oceanographer highly revered by his crew for his leadership and knowledge of all marine life, seeks revenge on a shark that killed his colleague and best friend, Esteban.
At a movie premier, Steve meets Ned, played by Owen Wilson, who believes that Steve is his father. Ned uses his inheritance money to help finance Steve’s revenge documentary and joins the crew on the research vessel, Bellefonte.
Rushmore is written and directed by Wes Anderson and co-written by Owen Wilson. Max Fisher, played by Jason Schwartzman, is one of the worst students at Rushmore Academy. Max is Editor in Chief of the school paper, president of the Beekeepers Club, Founder of the Astronomy Club, Captain of the Fencing Team, Founder of the Astronomy Club, President of the French Club, etc., etc. During academic probation, Max falls in love with Rosemary, a new teacher at Rushmore, and does everything in his power to win her affection.