Magnolia: A Children’s Story by Paul Thomas Anderson

“But if you refuse to let them go, behold, I will plague all your country with frogs.” – Exodus 8:2 In the third movie of Paul Thomas Anderson, Magnolia, year 1999, there is the casting of a woman, Veronica Hart, as a dental assistant to child star Donnie Smith. Hart, actress, director, and all-round success, […]

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Film Honors 2017: The Handmaiden and Dunkirk Big Winners

The Film Honors for 2017 were finally announced on Thursday 8th March. Postponed until after the Academy Awards as it just wouldn’t have been fair on ABC’s ratings. Yeah right. As perhaps expected, The Handmaiden and Dunkirk were the big winners. Below are the final nominations (in the order of play), and the winners. But […]

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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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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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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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The Writers Guild Of America Announced Their Annual List Of Nominees

There were some expected inclusions like Get Out, Lady Bird, Call Me By Your Name, and The Shape Of Water. But there were also some slight surprises as well. Martin McDonagh may be line to be Oscar nominated for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri but he was ineligible due to strict guild rules involving its production. So, his […]

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James Ivory – A Filmmaker with an Unobstructed View

James Ivory’s career-long intellectual freedom, precise observation of human interaction and fiercely independent spirit was instrumental in elevating film to the level where a book like Call Me by Your Name could be translated to cinema.

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For Your Consideration: Christopher Nolan, Best Original Screenplay, Dunkirk

With the weight of Dunkirk‘s award season run seemingly on the shoulders of Christopher Nolan as Best Director, I wanted to bring his chances for a Best Original Screenplay nomination to the table. Too many dismiss the writing because of the scale and style of the picture, that it will harm Dunkirk‘s chances for Best […]

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100 Not Nominated For Oscars – Part 11

Remembering the day after the night before in 2015 when it was Birdhood versus Boyman, but there will be no talk of the twelve year project or the corridor tracking shots here today. It is both apt and ironic that CitizenFour won gold, because it had a famous journalist carrying the conspiracy through the media, just […]

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100 Not Nominated For Oscars – Part 4

Crash. The verb to describe the significance of Jack Nicholson’s announcement, as well as the actual name of that Best Picture winner. It was a collision that knocked Brokeback Mountain off the road right at the very end. I won’t mention that this collision was not avoided by Lionsgate making a late DVD Screener dispatch, or some much […]

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100 Not Nominated For Oscars – Part One

Oh how I would like to start our Oscar-less series by writing resentfully about how Forrest Gump won over more voters in AMPAS than Pulp Fiction and The Shawshank Redemption. That alone is worthy of an article, an essay, Hell, a book. Forrest Gump is not awful by any stretch of the imagination, but Pulp […]

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Writer-Director Dan Jenski Talks About His First Feature Film ADDicted

It occurred to me while watching ADDIcted, written and directed by Dan Jenski, that there are not many films these days that deal with the kind of prescribed drug dependency that hovers in and out of young lives, potentially ruining their futures. ADDicted, the clever title indicates the Adderall drug, centers on college students are […]

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Masterpiece Memo: The Exorcist

Often I wonder with a kind of disappointed enthusiasm, what it was like to actually be around to see some of cinema’s greatest motion pictures when they first went on general release in theaters. Of all the excellent movies that drift in and out of my abstract nostalgia, not many fill that yearning more than […]

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Independent Filmmaker Arthur Egeli Reconstructs A ‘Murder On The Cape’

I knew a little about the true story of Christa Worthington, a fashion writer who was involved in a coastal affair, before being brutally murdered. When I sat down to watch Arthur Egeli‘s film based on those events, Murder on the Cape, I went looking into it even further. The screenplay from Egeli has a […]

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Film Honors: 1972

My own personal choices for the year. They reflect not just necessarily what I think is the best or essential cinema, but perhaps resonate with me or inspire, both at the time, and still today. Subject to alter choices if new viewings are worthy enough. Other published Film Honors posts can be found at the […]

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1st Edition Of My Early Oscar Predictions

Hey all Oscar fans, I’ve decided to put out my early Oscar predictions after the reactions to the Venice, Telluride, and Toronto film festivals. I’ve got the biggest major contenders being Call Me by Your Name, Darkest Hour, Dunkirk, The Shape of Water, and even the latest Toronto People’s Choice award winner, Three Billboards Outside […]

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Film Honors: 1963

My own personal choices for the year. They reflect not just necessarily what I think is the best or essential cinema, but perhaps resonate with me or inspire, both at the time, and still today. Subject to alter choices if new viewings are worthy enough. Other published Film Honors posts can be found at the […]

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Film Honors: 1999

My own personal choices for the year. They reflect not just necessarily what I think is the best or essential cinema, but perhaps resonate with me or inspire, both at the time, and still today. Subject to alter choices if new viewings are worthy enough. Other published Film Honors posts can be found at the […]

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