Once A Dublin street musician catches the ear of a young Czech immigrant. The audience is left to empathize with Sheriff Bell who is always a step behind wondering how the world got this way. No Country frustrates expectations in the best of possible ways.
The law does not prevail. Anderson wisely frames his characters up close that we can study their faces. Dramatically, however, it suffers from some serious flaws. He proved more than up for the job, presenting a highly detailed, spooky world filled with spiritual and physical dangers, and an inevitable splash of blood.
The movie expands from this viewpoint to scenes from his daily life in the hospital mixed in with stretches of memory and fantasy — whether they come in the form of full scenes or a few frames.
I sat there in my theater chair and listened and watched with great admiration at the craft in front of me, but ultimately the film failed to engage me.
Anderson has marshaled an array of first-rate performances from a talented, well-known cast. The Coen Brothers have always had a knack for tension and violence, but here they go a step farther than they have ever gone before with such glorious set pieces such as a late night gun battle on empty streets, a pit bull chasing a man down a river, a pharmacy robbery using a car bomb as distraction.
After a decade of chronicling modern life in a candy-colored American southwest Boogie Nights, Magnolia, Punch Drunk Loveit seemed an unlikely match for him to attempt a historical drama captured in grays and browns.
By lining up all his characters to fit into the same general theme, the author allows his message to become a bit heavy-handed and over-emphatic. The movie revolves around three lawyers who are all cracking under pressure.
The other actors, too numerous to mention, turn in equally worthy performances. Tilda Swinton is cracking from the realization that she holds the power over life and death.
Fincher proves here that he is a master of style, filling his thriller with not just thrills as he had done with Se7en and The Gamebut sadness, humor and humanity.
The density of its vision would surely yield up many riches of character, symbolism and theme that a first time viewer of the film would undoubtedly miss.
Plainview starts from nothing, and gets rich, just as all good Americans should, but is spiritually left with nothing but spite and solitude. Full time painter Schnabel continued to claim that he is merely a hobbyist filmmaker even after he claimed the Best Director prize at Cannes and the Golden Globes, etc.
He plays the guitar and she plays the piano. In this film, dying characters struggle to make amends with the loved ones they will soon leave behind, while estranged characters grope tentatively to establish or re-establish the bonds that must link them to other members of the human race.
The two most exciting scenes in the movie happen off screen: We literally see him waist-deep in the stuff. Once is a wonder of simple sloppy brilliance and amateur expertise. Anderson seems to want to capture the whole range of human experience on his enormous and enormously long movie canvas, yet because the characters seem to all be tending in the same direction - and despite the fact that the details of their experiences are different - the net effect is thematically claustrophobic.
What is the point?
This dual tragedy is a sumptuous meditation on ill-gotten fame. Affleck is particularly effective, transforming from an actively stupid teenage fan boy to an intelligent and weary adult.List of film director and composer collaborations Jump to navigation Jump to search.
The Paul Thomas Anderson. Jon Brion. Hard Eight aka Sydney () Boogie Nights () Magnolia () Emmanuelle: A Hard Look (). Real news, curated by real humans. Packed with the trends, news & links you need to be smart, informed, and ahead of the curve. A Look at the Colder Side of Hollywood in the Film Magnolia by Paul Thomas Anderson ( words, 1 pages) Hollywood is the land of fame and fortune.
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Visionary director Paul Thomas Anderson (of “There Will Be Blood” and “Magnolia”) offers the first-ever film adaptation of a Thomas Pynchon novel, “Inherent Vice.” It’s a compelling comedy about a rich Los Angeles underworld, but it may prove to be too dense for general audiences (and Oscar voters).
Sep 24, · Paul Thomas Anderson is one of those rare filmmakers where, for a lot of cinephiles, his films are events. I have to say that if There Will Be Blood and The Master are any indication of where he is headed as a filmmaker, I too will be a little disappointed. A rich slice of modern life presented wonderfully by Paul Thomas Anderson.
Nine or so "broken" people are followed through the film, each of them at least vaguely interconnected to the others.Download