Tag Archives: John C. Reilly

A Prairie Home Companion (2006)

A Prairie Home Companion, Robert Altman’s final film, is a delight. It proves, as Altman’s career is testament to, that sometimes all you need to make a great film is a rugged and well-oiled ensemble. Showcasing the director’s penchant for busy … Continue reading

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Tale of Tales (2016)

It’s easy to get lost in this movie for the initial stretch because of the gorgeous world-building and visuals. There’s a barrage of heightened, fantasy imagery shot like grotesque pastels. It’s a storybook reality and one of the best I’ve … Continue reading

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The Aviator (2004)

Has the bones of generic biopic but is made even stronger by Scorsese and screenwriter John Logan’s decision not to tell the full Howard Hughes story, but a very specific chunk. DiCaprio’s performance is gargantuan as is the electrifying filmmaking from Scorsese. … Continue reading

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The Epic Intimacy of Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia (1999)

Following the critical and financial success of his second film Boogie Nights, New Line Cinema told 29 year old Paul Thomas Anderson that he could make whatever movie he wanted. That movie became Magnolia – a 3 hour+ epic which dissects the way … Continue reading

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Claudia Smiles – Magnolia (1999)

Steven Spielberg once named the final shot of the Star Child in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey as the most uplifting and hopeful image in cinema history. I don’t know what my pick for that title would be but … Continue reading

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