Hard Eight ★★★

Paul Thomas Anderson. Great feature debut, but not as strong as his other films (still learning I guess). The main weakness is the writing. But his camera movements, they just elevate everything he does. He's obviously more than just a talented cameraman since he so consistently gets amazing performances out of his actors (Philip Baker Hall is exceptional here), but I just can't get enough of his tracking shots and his slow zooms and everything. That shot of Sydney walking through the casino to the craps table. So good.

Paul Thomas Anderson

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