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What's Inspiring Us at Ursa Major: Budapest, Cabin life, and the War on Drugs

Ollie Burruss April 08, 2014

Once a month this spring and summer we’re going to take a moment to share the things that are inspiring the UM crew outside of the office. Think of it as a look into what makes the crew behind the Great Bear tick.

Wes Anderson's Grand Budapest Hotel poster

Wes Anderson - The Grand Budapest Hotel I was completely blown away by this movie.  Nearly every single shot is arresting on its own while contributing to a beautiful, captivating whole.  Everything is so meticulously crafted and cohesive, to the point of bordering on visual overload (but in the best way possible).  Wes Anderson's filmmaking eye is incredible. ~ Nicole

Alone in the Wilderness - The Story of Dick Proenneke If you're looking for a way to explore that urge to "live simply" without leaving the confines of your own home, this is the right film for you. Alone in the Wilderness explores the life of Dick Proenekke, a craftsman who left society and its comforts behind to hew his existence from the remote Alaskan landscape with his own two hands. He endeavored to "live simply" and on his own for thirty straight years. I like to think of Dick whenever I need inspiration (to quote another self-reliant woodsman) "to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life." ~ Marshall

The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream I have been listening to this album for the past few weeks and have been drawn to the instant familiarity of it. As a child of the 80's it brings back a lot of memories of riding in a car with my parents and listening to classic rock. In particular, you can really notice the influences of Neil Young and Dire Straits. Now that I think about it, that's probably why I like the song "1904" by the Tallest Man on Earth too ... it kind of has a Bob Dylan feel to it. Check out The War on Drugs, including my personal favorite, "Red Eyes," below. ~ Chris 

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