Category Archives: Paul Thomas Anderson

PTA’s Directs “Hot Knife”

Using black and white photography, split screens, close-ups, and lingering beats, Paul Thomas Anderson’s music video for Fiona Apple’s “Hot Knife” paints a deceptively simple portrait of a woman expressing uncontrollable desires for another. It’s not until the final minute, … Continue reading

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“Boogie Nights” Making-of Footage

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Punch-Drunk Love, There Will Be Blood, The Master: A Trilogy?

I’m a bit unclear as to whether this video attempts to say that Paul Thomas Anderson was consciously making a trilogy out of these films or that they simply contain strong thematic links. I think it’s pretty obvious that the … Continue reading

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PTA on John Holmes Exhausted Doc

This might be one of the best things I’ve come across on the internet in a while. And if you are a Paul Thomas Anderson fan you will agree. PTA does a commentary for the John C. Holmes documentary called … Continue reading

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Who Should Win: Hoffman and Phoenix

Press Play and their always valuable video essays have been doing a feature discussing who they believe should win the Oscar. Here they tab Joaquin Phoenix for Best Actor and Philip Seymour Hoffman for Best Supporting Actor. While neither will … Continue reading

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Will’s Favorite Films of 2012

I saw many solid films released in 2012. Of those, a few stand out a little bit more than the rest. Admittedly every film on my list is flawed in some way, yet there was at least one thing that … Continue reading

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Tracking Through Paul Thomas Anderson’s Career

Somewhere between blatant homage and honest character introspection exists Paul Thomas Anderson’s visual style. Seemingly from the moment he appeared on the major Hollywood scene with Boogie Nights, he’s been called something of a “rip-off” of other filmmakers, namely Kurbrick, … Continue reading

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There Will Be Blood’s Kubrick References

Not that this short video goes very deep into the similarities between Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood and Kubrick’s films (specifically 2001: A Space Odyssey), but it does illuminate some of the fun visual references. More so than … Continue reading

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Paul Thomas Anderson, Amy Adams + The Dirk Diggler Story

For a moment there it looked like The Master might be the most revered film of 2012. Some even believed it had the might to get into the Oscar race for Best Picture. Now that critics and audiences have had … Continue reading

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Paul Thomas Anderson on The Daily Show

Director Paul Thomas Anderson talked with Jon Stewart on The Daily Show last night. In one of the more serious discussions I’ve seen Stewart conduct, he questioned Anderson about his writing process and his ability to get such unique performances … Continue reading

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