Tag Archives: Paul Thomas Anderson

Stream of the Week: HARD EIGHT – the indie neo-noir that launched careers

Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread is topping a good many critics’ top ten lists. So it’s a good time to revisit Anderson’s first feature, Hard Eight, a neo-noir from 1996. In Hard Eight, the down-on-his-luck simpleton John (John C. Reilly) … Continue reading

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PHANTOM THREAD: rapturous and witty

Phantom Thread, starring Daniel Day-Lewis, is Paul Thomas Anderson’s rapturously beautiful and unexpectedly witty story of a strong-willed man and two equally strong-willed women. Reynolds (Day-Lewis) is a dressmaker to the rich and famous in 1950s London.  His unmarried sister … Continue reading

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Stream of the Week: INHERENT VICE

Adapted by Paul Thomas Anderson from a Thomas Pynchon novel, Inherent Vice is a funny and confused amble through pot-besotted 1970 Los Angeles.  Joaquin Phoenix plays a bottom-feeding private eye who is contacted by an old girlfriend and, of course, … Continue reading

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The Master: a visual and acting masterpiece that fizzles out

This ultimately unsatisfying film is a visual masterpiece with an extraordinary performance by Joaquin Phoenix.  It’s also a brilliant depiction of alcoholism.  But the story fizzles out like a spent Roman candle.  With all of its achievements, it’s hard for … Continue reading

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