Two movies. That’s all it took for every single Paul Thomas Anderson movie to become an event. His first film, Hard Eight, opened with relatively little fanfare. His second, Boogie Nights, announced to the world that Anderson would be a filmmaker to celebrate. One whose work we would anticipate, possibly revere. With each subsequent film, film fans everywhere have salivated to find out what Anderson has in store for us next.
The latest event, Inherent Vice, opens in limited release this weekend. It’s both a huge departure for the director in that it’s the first film of his directly based on someone else’s work (the inspiration for There Will Be Blood was very different from the final film), but somehow it also perfectly fits into his career. Like most of his movies, it’s a film set in and around California and tells a story about its history. Anderson loves California, and that interest shows in almost every one of his movies. And while exploring that running theme, each of his seven movies gets more confident and daring. There has yet to be a single misstep.
Still, there has to be some kind of hierarchy, right? Some kind of almost impossible deathmatch in which these seven glorious works are pitted against one another, to see which triumphs.
Below, read our ranking of the best Paul Thomas Anderson movies. Read More »
The passing of Philip Seymour Hoffman shook the film community and audiences everywhere, and we’re still processing the loss of one of the greatest acting talents our generation is likely to see. Amy Adams, who co-starred with Hoffman in Doubt (above) and The Master, appeared last night on Inside the Actor’s Studio, and the subject of Hoffman’s death was broached. Adams’ response was so deeply-felt as to be difficult to watch, but it speaks to the depth of the connection that Philip Seymour Hoffman created with other actors. Part of her touching tribute is below. Read More »
Oscar nominees might have a gut-wrenching experience waiting to hear their name called (or not) during the Academy Awards but at least they don’t have posters to buy. For the second year in a row, Mondo has announced they’ll be selling posters by multiple artists for different Oscar-nominees. The first three have just been revealed and, with them, you’ll see this series is not just limited to Best Picture nominees. After the jump check out:
- Les Miserables by Olly Moss
- The Master by Laurent Durieux
- Paranorman by DKNG
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Posted on Friday, January 4th, 2013 by Angie Han
With just days to go until Oscar nominations are announced, the Writers Guild of America has unveiled its list of nominees for their top screenplay awards. As expected, many of these are films that have picked up plenty of accolades already. It’ll surprise no one to see that Zero Dark Thirty, Moonrise Kingdom, and Lincoln are among the contenders. But they’ve made room for some more offbeat choices as well, including Looper, Perks of Being a Wallflower, and The Master. (Jason Reitman should be pleased.) Hit the jump to see the list.
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2012 was an incredibly good year at the movies. Looking back at the almost 200 films I saw that were released this calendar year, many were in contention for this list. But in the end, there can be only 10. These ten films, ranked in reverse order, are the ones that most stuck with me during 2012 and will continue to do so in 2013 and beyond. Some were pure jolts of entertainment. Others nestled their way into my brain and made me think for weeks on end. But either way, like most top 10 lists, mine is extremely personal and exceedingly different. From Jump Street to Neo Seoul, check it out below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, December 28th, 2012 by Angie Han
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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Around this time every year, for as far back as I can remember, I pick and write about the ten movies I’m most looking forward in the coming year. Here on /Film I did it for the movies of 2011 as well as the movies of 2012 and, in the coming days, I’ll do it for 2013.
Before that, though, we thought it would be fun to look back at the films I chose as my ten anticipated for this year and see how well I did. Did any of these films make my top ten of the year? Did they at least meet expectations? Check out some of my embarrassing, and not so embarrassing, picks after the jump. Read More »
This morning Megan Fox, Ed Helms, and Jessica Alba announced the nominations for the 2013 Golden Globes. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the organization behind the event, is famous for nominating films and performances simply based on their star factor — if there’s an actor that members of the HFPA want to hang out with, they’re sure to get a nomination.
But the HFPA is great at putting on a show, and so the Golden Globes generate a lot of attention every year. And, as the NY Times points out, with the Globes nominations coming just days before Oscar nomination voting starts, there’s a possibility that nominations here could affect Oscar voting. The Best Picture nomination set includes what is already becoming a standard set of awards favorites, such as Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, and Zero Dark Thirty, but there are also nominations for Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, and Django Unchained. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen picked up a few nominations, actually, which was one of the big surprises.
The Golden Globes will air on January 13, 2013, hosted by Amy Poehler and Tina Fey. The full nomination list is below. Read More »
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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 »