100 Great Directors: Paul Thomas Anderson

“No matter how many times you do it, you don’t get used to the sadness – for me at least – of coming to the end of a film.”


What Got This Director Here?
: Body of work.

My Favorite Past Experience Was…: Boogie Nights.

What Did I Watch: Boogie Nights rewatch (I saw all his stuff a while ago).

Where Does He Fit: I have noticed that a lot of people who are not too high on Paul Thomas Anderson tend to cite Boogie Nights (or There Will Be Blood) as the high point. As a certified PTAgnostic, I am definitely on the side of thinking his pornscapes are his best stuff. He is a major talent with a camera and knows how to construct a great soundscape, but his stories just feel so dependent and thin. The director’s weaknesses in the field of turning everything into a referendum on America feel more justified. This is probably thanks to his wonderful cast. Burt Reynolds, MVP.

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Most Valuable Asset: Soundscapes and silliness.
Most Excited For: Whatever he’s doing next. I guess. (The last two are my least favorites.)
Did They Deserve a Spot?: A lower one.

Coming Up Next: Sidney Lumet, director of angry men.

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