The Master (2012)

The Master (2012) – So looking across the wide range of American film-makers working today, it’s easy to single Paul Thomas Anderson as one of the geniuses. With a track record that includes Boogie Nights, Magnolia, Punch-Drunk Love, and There Will Be Blood (in addition to Hard Eight, which I have not seen yet but … Continue reading

There Will Be Blood (2007)

There Will Be Blood (2007) — The film opens with a sucker punch of great film-making with about 15 minutes of wordless exposition. It just gets better from there. While Paul Thomas Anderson’s earlier films like Boogie Nights and Magnolia were about large ensemble casts, There Will Be Blood focuses mainly on one man. One … Continue reading

Boogie Nights (1997)

Boogie Nights (1997) — This is a story, basically, of losers bottoming out yet it doesn’t ever get as depressing as that summary would imply (maybe because banding together as a surrogate family helps them cope). I think Paul Thomas Anderson ascended to that Robert Altman level of directed large ensemble casts for epic-in-scale movies … Continue reading