Paul Thomas Anderson’s Two Shorts: A Way to Express and Experiment

Like many of his fellow generation X directors, Paul Thomas Anderson kick-started his career making short films. Despite attending film school at New York University, PTA dropped out after two days stating that he found the study of film to be like “homework or a chore” and instead placed his focus, money and attention into […]

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A Few Words On This Sunday’s Oscars..

The 90th Academy Awards will be taking place on Sunday. It is a time where we celebrate the best in cinema from 2017 and watch films and performances cement their place in Oscar history as they become awarded with the coveted golden trophies. However, the Oscars can also become a time of toxicity as well. […]

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The Master: A Masterclass of Acting

Regardless of what your thoughts are or what your reactions might be towards Paul Thomas Anderson’s 2012 “Scientology” drama The Master; you can’t help but be stunned at the sheer power of the performances from the two main actors in the film. The late great Philip Seymour Hoffman and the forever enigmatic Joaquin Phoenix. As […]

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Sydney / Hard Eight: The Blueprint of a Filmmaking Master

American filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson has come a long way. And he made an impactful journey into the world of feature films from the start. Solid, exceptional, extraordinary films, one after the other. Some we had to wait longer for than others. Each one seemingly different from the last. Yet Anderson has managed to project […]

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Paul Thomas Anderson’s 1970’s Hippie Odyssey

Paul Thomas Anderson takes us back to the early 70’s in the beach communities of Southern California in a film that pays homage to Robert Altman’s The Long Goodbye. Inherent Vice is a detective story that is a challenging watch with plenty of digressions, character backstory flashbacks, drug lingo references, and comic absurdities. Anderson emphasizes […]

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Review: Phantom Thread (2017)

Paul Thomas Anderson is considered an acquired taste, akin to Woody Allen. One either likes or dislikes the filmography and requires a few or several films to completely enjoy his movies as they are. Even if Phantom Thread is your first P.T. Anderson film, the film still demands a niche audience to fully appreciate it. […]

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Listmania – Paul Thomas Anderson Edition

This week at Filmotomy we are celebrating Paul Thomas Anderson and the brilliant films he’s made over the last 20 years. I myself have been a big fan of his since I first saw Boogie Nights sometime in the late 1990s. I thought it was bold and entertaining as hell. Then I saw Magnolia and […]

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Boogie Nights – Paul Thomas Anderson Flames-Out the 70s

All eyes – and hearts – were on James Cameron’s insipid boat ‘n berg epic, but twenty years later, there is little doubt which of the two films advanced the legacy of American filmmaking. Paul Thomas Anderson has a vision and I doubt he cares what we might think of it…and thank goodness for us all.

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Oscar Rant – Building a Better Mousetrap

Oscar is a snapshot in time, a prom queen, the MVP of a game. It’s borderline idol worship by those in pursuit of “winning”, a validation that our tastes are in sync for some, a betting competition for many, and a glammed-up sideshow of camp for the rest of us.

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Nothing Hits Harder Than Love: Exploring Paul Thomas Anderson’s Punch Drunk Love

Punch-drunk syndrome is an actual condition which boxers and alcoholics suffer from, as dictioniary.com describes it “[it is] caused by repeated cerebral concussions and characterized by weakness in the lower limbs, unsteadiness of gait, slowness of muscular movements, hand tremors, hesitancy of speech, and mental dullness.” It could be suggested that Barry Egan (Adam Sandler) suffers something very […]

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Magnolia The Masterpiece

As complicated and intricate as the details might appear or seem in Paul Thomas Anderson’s third feature, Magnolia, they really are quite simple. Set during one day in Los Angeles, Magnolia connects at least a dozen characters as they go on with their lives at various jobs, homes, and otherwise mundane activities. The overriding important […]

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A Dream-Like Nightmare: The Master Review

In my opinion, Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest three films feel like they are a part of an unofficial experimental trilogy. They each have a less coherent storyline and feel like labyrinthian mazes that dare you to enter and decipher their meanings. The first film in that trilogy is the 2012 masterpiece (no pun intended) known […]

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An Epic Oscars Argument For The English Patient

The battle of the Oscars an astonishing 21 years ago might tell us just how much the awards race has changed. I mean, heading into the race it looked like three of the favorites to land Best Picture nominations were also displaying extremely strong Best Actress contenders. Two would make it come nominations morning. A […]

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Review: Bill Duke’s ‘Created Equal’

It was Thomas Jefferson that said: “[that] all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Jefferson was of course referring to the ideology of creationism, but fundamentally his statement stands true to all those whether they […]

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10 Days of Paul Thomas Anderson – Where To Stream His Movies

These easy-as-sweet-cherry-pie-mama-baby promoting of some of the finest filmmakers around almost seems arbitrary. Unless you’re too busy greedily scrimmaging for oil or attaching notes into the seams of dresses, I’m assuming you’ve seen all of Paul Thomas Anderson’s films. Or there’s a couple you somehow missed (I’ve included his 2015 documentary, but not his latest […]

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Filmotomy Podcast Episode 17 – BAFTA Preview

Welcome to another ensemble podcast. This week we squeeze in some BAFTA talk ahead of the awards announcement. Robin, Al, Bianca, and Rob are joined by a returning Steve Schweighofer, and we discuss the BAFTA nominations, who we think will / should win, and have a general chit-chat about some of the best British films […]

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71st BAFTA Awards Announced

The BAFTA awards have just been announced. While Guillermo del Toro continued his run of Best Director wins with the British Academy, it was Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri that came away with the most awards. This included Best Film, Best British Film, Original Screenplay, plus the familiar two acting wins of Frances McDormand […]

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First Slate of Presenters for the 90th Oscars Announced

Producers of this year’s Academy Awards announced the first batch of presenters for the 90th Oscars ceremony. The presenters include last year’s winners for acting Mahershala Ali, Viola Davis, and Emma Stone. I’ll stick my neck out and assume they’ll be announcing Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Actor respectively. The Best Actress award may […]

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The BAFTAs: More than just the British Oscars

This Sunday sees the the 71st British Academy Film Awards known as the BAFTAs. And personally as a Brit I prefer the BAFTAs over the Oscars because it celebrates British contribution to film and it’s a night to celebrate all of our home grown talent. This year it will be held in Royal Albert Hall, which […]

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Original Screenplay Feud: Get Out v. Three Billboards

While those of us Oscar predictors are scrambling our brains trying to figure out what will win Best Picture, another category that we still can’t wrap our heads around is Best Original Screenplay. What makes this category so crazy is that it’ll either be an indicator as to what wins Best Picture or it’ll be […]

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Steve’s 2017 Top Ten…for now, anyway

I’m not a fan of “top tens” because they are living, breathing, ever-changing organisms, but I’ll play along and share a current snapshot of my own personal favorites from 2017.

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