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  • The Master 2012

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 13 Oct, 2014 2

    Paul Thomas Anderson presents a fascinating look at religious and non-religious people in The Master and he does so with an absolute mastery (hehe) of the cinematic craft. I've wrote a fair bit about this film on this site, so feel free to search around for more of my opinion on what the film is about in other reviewers comment sections (or don't, that seems like too much work).

    I will say that I was struck with a real sense…

  • There Will Be Blood 2007

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 13 Oct, 2014 7

    This film feels like it was made by a completely different director than the one that made Boogie Nights. This is such a patient movie, so calculated, like everything, even the tiniest moments, contribute to where the film ends up. It's beautiful, thoroughly entertaining, and features some fascinating artistic decisions.

  • A Prairie Home Companion 2006

    ★★★★ Rewatched 13 Oct, 2014

    Paul Thomas Anderson was the "on call" director for this film, due to some insurance stuff regarding Robert Altman's age. It's totally an Altman film, but you can see PTA's involvement in the film in some of the casting choices. Overall it's a nice and easy film, with the theme of death coming for us all being fitting given that this was Altman's final film.

  • Night of the Living Dead 1990

    ★★★★ Rewatched 13 Oct, 2014

    I recorded this off a cable access channel when it aired late one night. A lot of the movies that played were meant to be a companion to some post secondary classes, which meant it was introduced by someone and all that. I was pretty young when I tried watching it, and I lost my mind with fear about fifteen minutes in and had to turn it off. Now, it seems like such a tame film, lacking a lot of the scares of the original, and featuring very little gore. Still, it's a fun watch.

  • Heavyweights 1995

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 12 Oct, 2014 11

    @Joshua Benda commented on an old Heavyweights entry of mine, and that got me jonesing for a rewatch. I had to interrupt my Paul Thomas Anderson blitz, which was an issue, but I decided to go for it anyway. While watching the film, I checked IMDB's trivia section on this film and found this as the first entry.

    On the Blu-Ray commentary, Judd Apatow states that he once ran into Paul Thomas Anderson, and he told Judd that Heavyweights is…

  • Punch-Drunk Love 2002

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 12 Oct, 2014

    "Business is very food..."

  • Magnolia 1999

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 12 Oct, 2014

    Paul Thomas Anderson's version of Short Cuts is a confident and assured film, that lets the camera linger on the actors for extended periods of time, conveying intimate moments extremely well. Where as I don't think that Boogie Nights has the pay off at the end, I think Magnolia has the perfect payoff. It is a three hour film that flies by perfectly, and there are multiple amazing monologues in the movie, Still, I think that all five stars go to Phillip Seymour Hoffman and his fake lighting of the cigarette. That is one amazing moment.

  • Boogie Nights 1997

    ★★★ Rewatched 12 Oct, 2014 19

    This is a film that just never really clicked with me, and it took Paul Thomas Anderson making a bunch more films for me to figure out why it doesn't click with me. This is a young director's film, and while sometimes that's the best possible thing a film can be, in this case it is not. Boogie Nights is a self indulgent film that is just a bunch of set pieces put together, set pieces that tie together loosely,…

  • Hard Eight 1996

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 11 Oct, 2014

    This flick, Paul Thomas Anderson's first film, really clicked with me on this rewatch. Phillip Baker Hall gives a powerful, yet completely understated performance, which is bordering on perfect. Phillip Seymour Hoffman is on screen for about five minutes, but it is five minutes that hints at the amazing work PTA and PSH would do together. For some reason I thought this film was much more complex than it is, and that is why the film really clicked with me on this rewatch. It's simple, but done very very well.

  • The House of the Devil 2009

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 11 Oct, 2014 2

    They build it up so that you can't help but love the main character, and then they throw her into the worst situation imaginable. I'd have preferred just loving the main character, and not the second bit. Maybe someone should do a fan edit and drop "of the devil" from the title. Sure, "The House" still sounds ominous, but I'm sure with some fan shot scenes, and clever green screen work, you could make this into the must see, feel good movie that it should've been in the first place.

  • Pontypool 2008

    ★★★★ Rewatched 11 Oct, 2014 2

    The snake lemons slides garden variety. Never salad the broken sky. Jeremy Iraq frank wet leather in four Brooklyn afternoons. Tortured analogy brown bear today, yesterday, tomorrow. Eyes behind sundial left to mannequin's waterfall attic. Dirt mouse cupboard cups, siding roof, and slinking sofa extraordinary. Landlady bazooka tries shoebox explosion marked millions times as we ricochet. Diseases, diseases, schoolbus my hammer beard. Fireplace, clue, and fireplace panda pillows sit, answer click. Hat boiling the film canisters freaked in blue red.…

  • Cape Fear 1991

    ★★★★ Rewatched 11 Oct, 2014 2

    "I find you guilty, counselor! Guilty of betrayin' your fellow man! Guilty of betrayin' your country and abrogatin' your oath! Guilty of judgin' me and sellin' me out! With the power vested in me by the kingdom of God, I sentence you to the Ninth Circle of Hell!"

    Without Deniro's absolutely insane performance, this movie would do little for me. It may sound ignorant to say that this is Scorsese doing a Brian De Palma film, given that it's clear…