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Magnolia (1999)

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Because Paul Thomas Anderson has a new movie come out this weekend I've decided to pick up as much of his back work as I can, so I can do a decent analysis of it. I've seen and fallen in love with Boogie Nights, and now I can say something similar to Magnolia.

Director's tend to find their groove and stick to it. P.T Anderson loves the San Fernando Valley, and wants to bring parts of it to middle America. Magnolia does this very well. We are brought into a world with characters that are all interrelated on very loose levels. Due to length of the film we stay with them for quite some time. Anderson is very brave, and uses devices here that are unusual for the time period.

1. He has the guts to call out one of his scenes. Philip Seymour Hoffman is on the phone and says, "Look, this is the scene in the movie where I find the missing son. This is also the scene in the movie where you help me."

2. He's able to use Tom Cruise's ego to his advantage.

3. He uses fantastic elements and has the audience totally accept it. He has a frog rain storm.

4. He pulls off the use of the modern Greek chorus.

When I was watching it I found myself thinking, "Wow, this guy has to be really obsessive. Films like this don't just happen. They are born and then created."

It's over three hours long, and depressing; so watch out. However, it's going to end up being a modern classic. Be warned. It's not a light film. This one requires that you are actively watching and making connections.
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I love that movie, and I've seen it several times.

Philip Seymour Hoffman is underrated, imo.
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