The Alamo Drafthouse Picks the Top 10 Films of 2012

The Alamo Drafthouse brand is beloved among moviegoers for their plush theaters, but it’s revered for their impeccable taste in movies. Whether programming a film festival or picking up indies for distribution, they’ve demonstrated an eye for films that aren’t just good, but unique.

With 2012 on its way out, the company has just released its list of their ten favorite movies from the year. Some of the titles were as successful at the box office as they were with critics, while others are more off the beaten track, but all are well worth checking out. Read their picks after the jump.

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After whipping out three features in four years in the late ’90s, Paul Thomas Anderson mellowed his pace during the ’00s. It took three years to get from Magnolia to Punch-Drunk Love, five to get from the latter to There Will Be Blood, and then another five after that to complete The Master. But he’s wasting no time moving on his next project, the Thomas Pynchon adaptation Inherent Vice.

Anderson first signed on to adapt the noir tale in 2010, but then wound up shooting The Master first. Now that that’s behind him, though, Anderson is planning to move into production on Inherent Vice next year. More after the jump.

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Paul Thomas Anderson has made movies with comic aspects, most notably the strange love story Punch Drunk Love. And his next film after The Master could end up being an adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon novel Inherent Vice, which, like most of Pynchon’s work, is a narrative informed by a strong sense of comic absurdity.

But does Anderson have ideas of going even further into comedy territory? There’s an audience that might want him to make something that dives head-first into the absurd, rather than simply flirting with it, and it seems like Anderson could be game. Read More »

Men jumping off a boat. Freddie with a gun. Even at a healthy two hours plus, Paul Thomas Anderson‘s The Master was noticeably missing some distinctive shots from its earlier trailers. We can now confirm they’ll be on the DVD, edited together in about a 20 minute pastiche of the entire film, echoing its themes through deleted and extended takes.

The filmmaker was on hand to present a pair of films that heavily influenced his latest work as part of An Evening With Paul Thomas Anderson, presented by Film Independent at LACMA. The evening began with screenings of two John Huston documentaries filmed during World War II, San Pietro and Let There Be Light, the latter of which is a direct influence of the beginning of The Master (and a must see for fans). Anderson then talked about Huston’s work and those two films, followed by the footage.

After the jump, we have a detailed rundown of the footage including how it relates to the movie in theaters. Read More »

People tend to put filmmakers and film fans into strict categories; someone might be a comedy guy, a drama person, a horror fan or a superhero admirer. For example, no one would expect a filmmaker like Lars Von Trier to be a huge fanboy for Disney movies. He probably isn’t of course, but it’s just an extreme, hypothetical example of how we tend to presume peoples tastes.

Writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson makes difficult movies. Some more so than others, but he’s never played to the audience with simple, happy endings or huge action set pieces. Raw emotion, language and tense situations are constantly on display and these are things many people don’t want when they go to the movies. Those people want Christopher Nolan films. Huge action, sweeping spectacle, but with just enough thematic resonance to feel like they’re more than some run of the mill action movie. On the surface, one would think these two filmmakers occupy opposite sides of the spectrum.

That might be the case, but while promoting his latest film, The Master, Anderson was revealed that he’s a huge fan of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy. Read his quotes after the jump. Read More »

With the best filmmakers, the instant their latest movie arrives at your local theater, it’s easy to begin looking forward to the next one. Paul Thomas Anderson‘s The Master is now playing and though it was five years between that and his last film, he’s had his follow-up in mind for sometime. It’s an adaptation of Thomas Pynchon‘s Inherent Vice, “which follows a burnt-out detective who gets roped into a caper revolving around a real estate mogul.”

Anderson was in New York this week, appearing on The Daily Show, CBS This Morning as well as Sirius XM and there he spoke at length about the film. He discussed some of the problems he’s finding in adaptation, confirmed he’s writing with some actors in his mind (Robert Downey Jr. has publically expressed interest) and more. Read his quotes after the jump. Read More »

It’s a good time for anyone who has wanted to see the shroud of mystery lifted from some film directors. The Wachowskis, once pegged as incredibly reclusive, are doing interviews left and right. And Paul Thomas Anderson, not quite such an enigma, but not known for being outgoing in the media, has recently done multiple TV interviews to promote The Master.

Last night Anderson was on The Daily Show, and today he hit CBS This Morning to discuss his new film. The Daily Show interview is a lot of fun, because it’s easy to see that Jon Stewart is excited to have Anderson as a guest. Over at CBS, however, the writer/director discussed the inspiration of Scientology on The Master, which might be a subject many are eager to hear PTA discuss. He also gets into the film’s reception and some other issues that are a bit deeper than what Stewart gets to. Both interviews are recommended, and can be found below. Read More »

After seeing Paul Thomas Anderson‘s The Master, I was happy to realize that much of the footage seen in clips released before the film hit theaters was not in the final film.

And while The Master has been in theaters for almost two weeks, The Weinstein Company, along with Anderson, has released a new long trailer that combines some of that previously released clip footage with other shots that didn’t make the movie. Some shots are different visions of scenes that are in the film; others are totally new.

That should be enough for anyone interested in continued discussion about the film to devote four and a half minutes to the trailer below. Read More »

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