Announcing: Steve Zissou Saturdays

In May, I did this. It was just one post for my Wes Anderson Month project, but ever since then, a larger idea has been haunting me. After all, if it was so much fun — and so self-enlightening — to write such an exhaustive piece on a single scene from The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, why not do the entire film?

Unquestionably the concept owes great debt to Fred Clark’s page-by-page trot through the Left Behind series, but, of course, I like The Life Aquatic.

Actually, that’s not really true. I adore The Life Aquatic. It almost immediately became my favorite film when it was released (Christmas of 2004), and it’s had a firm grip on that top spot for me ever since.

So, after much deliberation, I have indeed decided to deconstruct every scene, in sequence, from The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou. Whereas Fred does a great job of pointing out absolutely everything those books get so appallingly wrong, this will be more of a celebration. It’s a film I love. It’s not without its issues — and we’ll certainly discuss those at the appropriate times — but it’s a chance for me to immerse myself (and a chance for you to immerse yourselves) in a brilliant and misunderstood film.

Join us here on the first Saturday of every month for Steve Zissou Saturdays. We’ll be working through the film in sequence, and I’ll be rewriting my earlier piece slightly to fit in better with this project. Likely that will be the second or third post in the series, so it won’t be long until we have uncharted waters ahead.

I planned on using this post to explain things…to give an idea of what to expect, and maybe even to summarize what I hope to get out of it.

But you know what? Let’s not think too much about it ahead of time. This is an adventure, after all, so let’s just see what comes.

For now, I’m going to go on an overnight drunk, and in 28 days I’m going to set out to study every scene from my favorite movie of all time, and dissect it.

Anyone that would care to join me is more than welcome.

5 thoughts on “Announcing: Steve Zissou Saturdays”

  1. Typo alert: third paragraph, ” It almost immediately become…”

    Please delete this comment once typo is corrected as to maintain site purity. Thanks.

    1. Done, but your comment stands! I feel bad deleting comments, and I’d like to encourage folks to point out typos when they find them, so it’s now instructive!

      Please stay tuned for the rest of this series, which is destined to be riddled with errors. I’ll need more careful eyes than mine.

  2. Very well. I also noticed that the link labeled “Fred Clark’s page-by-page trot through the Left Behind series” takes me not to Fred’s page but to your own review of the opening scene from “Life Aquatic.” And I already read that!

    Was that intentional? I’m kind of interested in what Fred did, as you had proposed a related idea at one point.

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