Quote of the Day: Martin Scorcese Explains Why We Love Wes Anderson

“Anderson has a fine sense of how music works against an image. There’s the beautiful ending of Rushmore, when Miss Cross removes Max Fischer’s glasses and gazes into the boy’s eyes — really the eyes of her dead husband — as the Faces’ “Ooh La La” plays on the soundtrack. And I also love the scene in Bottle Rocket when Owen Wilson’s character, Dignan, says, “They’ll never catch me, man, ’cause I’m fuckin’ innocent.” Then he runs off to save one of his partners in crime and gets captured by the police, over “2000 Man” by the Rolling Stones. He — and the music — are proclaiming who he really is: he’s not innocent in the eyes of the law, but he’s truly an innocent. For me, it’s a transcendent moment. And transcendent moments are in short supply these days.”

– Martin Scorcese in a tribute from the March 2000 issue of Esquire via Criterion Collection; their Web site was recently updated, allowing you to watch flicks like Bottle Rocket online.