Tag Archives: Paul Thomas Anderson

The Master (2012)

“You can’t take this life straight can you?” This time around (my fifth? sixth?) I really latched onto the movie as a rumination on performance and specifically its contrasting of acting styles. Phoenix represents the angry, visceral, tormented style birthed in … Continue reading

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Junun (2015)

Junun documents the making of the album of the same name by Jonny Greenwood, Shye Ben Tzur and The Rajasthan Express. As far as documentaries go it’s a pretty laid-back affair, more akin to those you get on album bonus DVDs … Continue reading

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Thinking Comes Later: Inherent Vice (2014)

Paul Thomas Anderson is like a god to me. I know I’m not at the only one to feel that way. Anderson is to us what I imagine Scorsese was to cinephiles of the 70s and 80s. He’s one of … 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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The Best Film Made In My Lifetime? Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood (2007)

I’ve seen There Will Be Blood close to twenty times since it was released in 2007. I’ve had a few years off before this revisit yet it remains the most monolithic American movie made in my lifetime. It begins Paul … 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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Wise Up – Magnolia (1999)

My love of Magnolia knows no bounds. Paul Thomas Anderson’s sprawling epic about a handful of San Fernando Valley residents searching for love and redemption is one of the most audacious and beautiful American movies ever made. It’s also one … Continue reading

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