Tag Archives: PT Anderson

Snapshots

— I have a new nephew. His name sounds like he stepped out of a medieval illuminated manuscript telling tales of ancient Irish warrior-kings. (County Mayo repreSENTS.) I can’t wait to meet him. Everyone’s doing great. — Just finished A … Continue reading

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September 2015 Viewing Diary

I got a pretty big writing assignment this past month, with a deadline of October 5. So I’ve been working hard, researching, as the below list will probably show. Not ready to talk about it yet, still working on the … Continue reading

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June 2015 Viewing Diary

The X-Files, Season 5, Episode 7, “Emily” (1997; d. Kim Manners) Very intense. Good Lord. The X-Files, Season 5, Episode 8, “Kitsunegari” (1998; d. Daniel Sackheim) Ty Olsson as the green security guard. Hi, Benny from Supernatural! And Diana Scarwid! … Continue reading

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Everything Reminds Me of Inherent Vice

During my run in Long Beach. Opening shot of Inherent Vice, just for reference.

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January 2015: Viewing Diary

I’m going to start listing everything I saw each month. It’ll be a good way for me to keep track, and also a good record for my end-of-year lists. So here’s everything I watched in January, 2015. Inherent Vice (2014; … Continue reading

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Marc Maron Interviews Paul Thomas Anderson

Just in case you have a free hour… Marc Maron’s interview of Paul Thomas Anderson for his podcast is FANTASTIC. Right now my favorite part is Paul Thomas Anderson saying that watching Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movies help him … Continue reading

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My Favorite Films of 2014

My Top 10 (more in-depth commentary, and other writer’s choices over at Rogerebert.com): 1. Beyond the Lights, directed by Gina Prince-Blythewood. 2. Boyhood, directed by Richard Linklater. Review here. 3. Closed Curtain, directed by Jafar Panahi. Review here. 4. Force … Continue reading

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Inherent Vice (2014); directed by Paul Thomas Anderson

In Joan Didion’s essay “Slouching Towards Bethlehem” there is a section that reminds me of the vibe that Thomas Pynchon captured in his druggy LA-noir set in 1970. Didion wandered through Haight-Ashbury in 1968, 1969, meeting people, hanging out, and … Continue reading

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Into the Blue Light of Punch-Drunk Love

“I have a love in my life. It makes me stronger than anything you can imagine.”

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Punch-Drunk Love in Japanese

I am in love with this poster. If you have seen the movie, you will understand the design elements, and I think it’s perfect. The haunting bleeding melting colors that break up the “acts” of Punch-Drunk Love were created by … Continue reading

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