films seen
8
average score
3.00*
nationality
USA - 51 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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Rare treats

Punch-Drunk Love

by Paul Thomas Anderson
Specifics
2002 / 95m - USA
Genre
Comedy, Romance
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rating
4.5*/5.0*
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Punch-Drunk Love is a harmless romantic comedy and can definitely be enjoyed as such. But it's also offers a unique audiovisual experience.

Magnolia

by Paul Thomas Anderson
Specifics
1999 / 188m - USA
Genre
Drama
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rating
4.5*/5.0*
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From a professional and critical point of view, Magnolia is probably PTA's most accomplished film. It's a three hour long ensemble film that feels playful, energetic and upbeat.

The good stuff

Boogie Nights

by Paul Thomas Anderson
Specifics
1997 / 155m - USA
Genre
Drama
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
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The inoffensive

Inherent Vice

by Paul Thomas Anderson
Specifics
2014 / 148m - USA
Genre
Crime, Drama
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
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Hard Eight

by Paul Thomas Anderson
Specifics
1996 / 101m - USA
Genre
Crime
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
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PT Anderson's first real feature film. Though I was quite the Anderson fan in the past, this film has always escaped me. My opinion of his work's a bit more nuanced nowadays, but it was pretty fun catching up with Hard Eight. It's a film that shows plenty of glimpses of Anderson's talent, though ultimately lacks the refinement of his best work.

John is a gambler down on his luck. Sydney, a master conman, feels sorry for John and decides to help him out. Sydney wants to pass on his knowledge and gives him some lessons, but he'll soon discover why things tend to go south for John. Still, he's dedicated to getting his pupil's life back on track, even when John kidnaps the guy that harassed his overnight wife.

A few minor, quirky details and a superb cast keep this film on the rails. Anderson already shows off a couple of shorter long takes, the plot and dialogues are playful and the actors give it their best, other than that it's all rather expected and not very distinctive. Just a fun crime flick made by a director who would go on to much bigger things in his career.

Worthy but flawed

The Master

by Paul Thomas Anderson
Specifics
2012 / 138m - USA
Genre
Drama
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
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Plain forgettable

There Will Be Blood

by Paul Thomas Anderson
Specifics
2007 / 158m - USA
Genre
Drama
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
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Big nopes

Phantom Thread

by Paul Thomas Anderson
Specifics
2017 / 130m - USA
Genre
Drama, Romance
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rating
1.0*/5.0*
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Dreary, lustless and dusty drama. While there are lots of attempts to make this a lofty drama, the disappointing cinematography, overstated acting and total absence of interesting characters make this overly long film a real plight to sit through.