INTERVIEW: Director Wes Anderson

In 1996, a 26-year-old filmmaker from Houston named Wes Anderson—working with his best friend Owen Wilson and Owen's brother Luke—finished his debut feature film, Bottle Rocket, a stylish, laconic story about crime and sentimentality. Though it initially received mixed reviews,Bottle Rocket has gone on to be recognized as one of the most significant debut films of the '90s, and Anderson has become one of the most recognized names in contemporary American cinema, even though his films—The Darjeeling LimitedThe Life Aquatic With Steve ZissouThe Royal Tenenbaums, and Rushmore—annoy as many people as they delight. As The Criterion Collection prepares to make Bottle Rocket part of its first wave of Blu-Ray releases, Anderson spoke with The A.V. Club about on-the-job training, being despised, and what debut films he admires most.

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