We discuss the evolution of Paul Thomas Anderson’s style and talk HARD EIGHT, BOOGIE NIGHTS, MAGNOLIA, and INHERENT VICE.

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Films Under Discussion:

Hard Eight (1996): “HARD EIGHT is a 1996 American crime thriller film written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, starring Philip Baker Hall, John C. Reilly, Gwyneth Paltrow and Samuel L. Jackson. There are also brief appearances by Robert Ridgely, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Melora Walters.” – Youtube

Boogie Nights (1998): “The story of a young man’s adventures in the Californian pornography industry of the late 1970s and early 1980s.” – IMDB 

Magnolia (1999): “On one random day in the San Fernando Valley, a dying father, a young wife, a male caretaker, a famous lost son, a police officer in love, a boy genius, an ex-boy genius, a game show host and an estranged daughter will each become part of a dazzling multiplicity of plots, but one story.” – IMDB 

Inherent Vice (2014): “In a California beach community, private detective Larry “Doc” Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) tends to work his cases through a smoky haze of marijuana. One day, Shasta, a former lover, arrives out of the blue to plead for Doc’s help; it seems that Shasta’s current beau, rich real-estate tycoon Mickey Wolfmann, has a wife who may be plotting to commit him to a mental hospital. When Mickey and Shasta both disappear, Doc navigates a psychedelic world of surfers, stoners and cops to solve the case.” – IMDB” 

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