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At least once a month, Cinelinx will chose one director for an in-depth examination of the “signatures” that they leave behind in their work. This week we’re examining the trademark style and calling signs of Paul Thomas Anderson as director.
Anderson began his career without any related college experience as a production assistant. With some money he scrounged together, he made a short film, which he entered into the 1993 Sundance Film Festival. He decided to turn that short into a feature and was invited to attend the Sundance Feature Film Program, where he was mentored, and his talents were further developed. In 1996 his first feature film was released, Hard Eight, which Anderson had to raise his own money in order to edit it as he wanted, which was different than how the production company wanted to release the film. His version received some critical praise. His next film, Boogie »
- email@example.com (G.S. Perno)
Editor Jacob T. Swinney has created a fascinating five minute video featuring the first and final shots from 55 different films. In some cases we can attempt to draw meaning from what we're seeing and in others there doesn't appear to be much rhyme or reason, but that in itself can offer a window into what the director was attempting to achieve. My only complaint with the video is the fact Swinney didn't include the film titles in the actual video, opting instead to list them in the film's description. While the majority of the images are recognizable enough, I did find myself looking at the descriptions here and there, taking me out of the video for a second and ultimately causing me to have to pause the video overall. Not a major complaint, just more a compliment in fact to the engrossing nature of what was created. I personally find the images of Birdman, »
- Brad Brevet
Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress -- at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite. In the meantime: is this a movie you'd want to see? Tell us in the comments. Wiglum Tweetable Logline: At his local supermarket salad bar, Wiglum witnesses the ridiculous routine of human life in mindless motion -- and it has taken its toll. Elevator Pitch: Our main actor is from "There Will Be Blood" and "American Beauty"; our stylistic influences are David Lynch, PTA, & Bela Tarr. "Wiglum" tip-toes 'fever-dream' and 'madcap black-comedy' through the banal gaze of a microscope. Our cinematographer had a Sundance feature titled "The Woman." Much of the compositions pack a bizarre sober punch that capture an alien energy "Wiglum" senses in these seemingly mundane moments and spaces. Production Team: Story, Writer, Director, Editor, Producer - Kouros Alaghband Writer, »
- Indiewire Staff
Paul Thomas Anderson's weird and wild noir adventure, Inherent Vice, is making it's way to blu-ray in April, and Warner Bros. has revealed all the details on when you can pick it up, and what to expect on the disc. Come inside for all the details!
Chill out and get groovy when “Inherent Vice” arrives onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD on April 28 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. With an ensemble cast of characters that includes surfers, hustlers, dopers, rockers, and more, “Inherent Vice” is the seventh feature from Oscar® nominee Paul Thomas Anderson and the first ever film adaption of a Thomas Pynchon novel.
“Inherent Vice” stars Oscar® nominees Joaquin Phoenix (“The Master,” “Walk the Line”), Josh Brolin (“True Grit,” “No Country For Old Men”), Owen Wilson (“The Royal Tenenbaums,” “Midnight in Paris”), Katherine Waterston (“Michael Clayton,” TV’s “Boardwalk Empire”), Oscar® winners Reese Witherspoon »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
We've already seen a really great trailer for Alex Garland's directorial debut Ex Machina but with the movie's Us release around the corner, a new trailer has been released and this one offers up an even darker look at Garland's Turing Test thriller.
Oscar Isaac stars as Nathan Bateman, the reclusive CEO of a tech company who is working on a secret AI experiment in his home lab. When Ava reaches the point of testing, Bateman invites one of his employees, played by Domhnall Gleeson, to come and spend a week at the retreat to test the AI. Obviously, things go wrong but in this new trailer, we get a sense of just how wrong they go.
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The Weinstein Company has climbed aboard to co-finance with FilmNation the McDonalds origins story set to star Michael Keaton.
TWC will also distribute the film in the Us while FilmNation continues to represent sales for the rest of the world after reporting a roaring trade in Berlin.
StudioCanal will release in the UK, Elevation Pictures in Canada, Roadshow Films in Australia, Europacorp in France, Splendid Film in Germany, Videa in Italy, Sun Distribution in Latin America and Mis Label in Scandinavia.
FilmNation also closed deals in South Korea (9ers Entertainment), Hong Kong (Bravos), Taiwan (Applause), Singapore (Shaw Renters), Portugal (Prisvideo/Ecofilmes), South Africa (Ster Kinekor), Philippines (Captive Entertainment), Indonesia (Pt Amero), India/Pakistan (PVR Pictures), Turkey (Aqua Group), Greece (Spentzos Film) and Israel (Lev Cinemas).
John Lee Hancock will direct recent Oscar nominee Keaton ahead of an expected »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
In a competitive situation, the Weinstein Company has closed a deal to acquire “The Founder,” which is set to star Michael Keaton as McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc, multiple individuals familiar with the bidding war have told TheWrap. John Lee Hancock will direct from a script by Robert Siegel, and FilmNation is producing with Jeremy Renner and Don Handfield’s company The Combine. Also Read: Michael Keaton Pocketing Planned Oscar Acceptance Speech Goes Viral (Video) Described as being in the vein of “The Social Network” and “There Will Be Blood,” the drama is expected to have all the makings of a strong awards contender. »
- Jeff Sneider
Paul Thomas Anderson might not have won an Oscar this past weekend for writing “Inherent Vice” — or for “There Will Be Blood” in 2008 (which is a shame), or “Magnolia” or “Boogie Nights” — but his day will come. He’s too good for the Academy to continue to pass up time after time. As a writer-director, he brings his unique voice to every film he makes, consistently delivering moving, character-driven stories that stand out in their ability to showcase situations and people infrequently depicted in mainstream cinema. (Speaking of his voice, be sure to listen to this interview PTA did with Interview Magazine about “Inherent Vice” if you’ve not yet done so.) Even before Paul Thomas Anderson was a recognizable name, his knack for engaging, well-written dramas set in Southern California was already becoming a defining characteristic of his. For proof, look no further than Anderson’s 1993 short, “Cigarettes and Coffee. »
- Zach Hollwedel
Paul Thomas Anderson has crafted a unique visual style with his seven deep filmography. He has the slow dolly in on someone's face, long steadicam takes, etc. Among his visual go-tos is the long shot, or even extreme long shot (which is just a long shot to the Extreme). Anderson's films generally deal with characters in isolation, and the long shot is a perfect way to illustrate this. In this supercut, courtesy of Jacob T. Sweeney, we get to see PTA's various uses of the long shot, which are both beautiful to look at and can say so much about the characters completely out of context. I wish this was more of a video essay and not a supercut, explaining why these are effective shots, but it is nice to see them all compiled in a neat package like this. Regardless, it still showcases the extremely well constructed shots of »
- Mike Shutt
Had history turned out differently, Paul Thomas Anderson's "Boogie Nights" might've gone straight-to-video and we likely wouldn't have seen one of American cinema's finest directors deliver movies like "Magnolia," "There Will Be Blood," and "The Master." But early reviews saved the movie, it was released to great acclaim, and here we are nearly 20 years later, still appreciating the film. Today brings yet another perspective on the porn world picture, with Justin Barham's "Close-ups, Objects, etc." And the title says it all. It's a quick, but fascinating look at all the tight shots in PTA's movie, and, even across two minutes, it becomes quite apparent how these moments that usually get lost in the fabric of movie are actually essential in tying it all together. So get in your shaggin' wagon and watch below. Warning: probably Nsfw. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Movies are as complicated or as simple as you want them to be, and crime flicks don't need to be cluttered with narrative. Toss in a bag money, a bunch of characters who want the money, and you're off the races. It's the green stuff that's the center of attention in the red band trailer for "Kill Me Three Times." Simon Pegg leads an ensemble that includes Sullivan Stapleton, Alice Braga, Teresa Palmer, Callan Mulvey, Luke Hemsworth, and Bryan Brown in the tale of a hit man hired to kill a man's wife. Simple enough, but it seems there are more than few people who want her dead, there's the subject of that aforementioned cash, and more than a few twists along the way before this situation is resolved. There will be blood. "Kill Me Three Times" arrives on VOD on March 26th and in cinemas on April 10th. Watch below. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Best Cinematography is one of the most closely watched technical categories at the Oscars, due largely to the fact that it’s often so difficult to predict. Indeed, since 1986, when the American Society of Cinematographers first started handing out prizes, only 11 of its winners went on to triumph at the Oscars: -Break- 1990: Dean Semler, “Dances with Wolves” 1995: John Toll, “Braveheart” 1996: John Seale, “The English Patient” 1997: Russell Carpenter, “Titanic” 1999: Conrad L. Hall, “American Beauty” 2002: Conrad L. Hall, “Road to Perdition” 2005: Dion Beebe, “Memoirs of a Geisha” 2007: Robert Elswit, “There Will Be Blood” 2008: Anthony Dod Mantle, “Slumdog Millionaire” 2010: Wally Pfister, “Inception” 2013: Emmanuel Lubeszki, “Gravity” Updated: Experts' Oscars predictions in 24 categories This year, th...' »
Stumbling across that list of best-edited films yesterday had me assuming that there might be other nuggets like that out there, and sure enough, there is American Cinematographer's poll of the American Society of Cinematographers membership for the best-shot films ever, which I do recall hearing about at the time. But they did things a little differently. Basically, in 1998, cinematographers were asked for their top picks in two eras: films from 1894-1949 (or the dawn of cinema through the classic era), and then 1950-1997, for a top 50 in each case. Then they followed up 10 years later with another poll focused on the films between 1998 and 2008. Unlike the editors' list, though, ties run absolutely rampant here and allow for way more than 50 films in each era to be cited. I'd love to see what these lists would look like combined, however. I imagine "Citizen Kane," which was on top of the 1894-1949 list, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Inherent Vice, 2014.
Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson
In 1970, drug-fueled Los Angeles detective Larry “Doc” Sportello investigates the disappearance of a former girlfriend.
Reviewer’s note: I have no interest in describing the plot of Inherent Vice in this review. If you want to know what it’s about, there are many places to get that information online.
Expectations are a baggage which, despite best efforts, you sometimes cannot help but bring to a first viewing, especially if that first viewing is for the latest film from Paul Thomas Anderson. He’s a director who has produced films of startling magnitude time after time, and as I sat down to watch this, his seventh film, I was guilty of having it all planned out in my »
- Gary Collinson
Paramount Vantage/Miramax Films
Of all the filmmakers currently working in America few deserve the label of auteur quite as much as Paul Thomas Anderson. Like his contemporaries Quentin Tarantino and Steven Soderbergh, Anderson is a self-trained writer-director – he cut his teeth not in film school but through his obsessive cinephilia.
Paul Thomas Anderson’s early works, in particular Boogie Nights, are instantly noteworthy for their cinematic virtuosity, both in terms of visual flair (the opening tracking shot from Boogie Nights is as impressive as any staged by Martin Scorsese) and in their complex ensemble-based narratives, where the influence of Anderson favourite Robert Altman is clear.
More recently the visual panache has become subdued in comparison, while the narrative and depth of subtext has only deepened and broadened. With There Will Be Blood and The Master, Anderson turned his focus towards more personal character studies, choosing to mine the psychological »
- Andrew Dilks
Director Paul Thomas Anderson has brought us some challenging and cerebral work in the past, from the unrelenting intensity of There Will Be Blood to the downright headache-inducing The Master. But his latest offering Inherent Vice is seen as a bit of a change of pace.
The title (imported from Thomas Pynchon’s source novel) is as weighty as you might expect, but aside from that the focus is on slapstick and the absurd, mixed in with Pynchon’s lyrical take on the seamier side of urban society. Joaquin Phoenix stars as Larry “Doc” Sportello, a detective in 1970s La who, like Sherlock Holmes, is often loaded on drugs but who unlike Holmes is about as organized as a cat trapped in a filing cabinet.
Sportello has his adventures rooted in the works of Raymond Chandler and, oddly for Anderson, the output of Naked Gun producers Abrahams and Zucker – though »
- Steve Palace
By Anjelica Oswald
Chazelle’s Whiplash, about an aspiring jazz drummer and his sadistic instructor, is his second feature film and is adapted from a short film of the same name that he also wrote and directed. The short won the jury award for short films at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Whiplash was nominated for four other awards, including best picture.
Anderson received his second adapted screenplay nomination for Inherent Vice, based on Thomas Pynchon’s novel of the same name. The film was also nominated for costume design. Anderson previously received an adapted screenplay nomination for 2007’s There Will Be Blood, which he also directed. He received a best director nomination, and the film was nominated for best picture.
If either wins, they will become the fifth adapted screenplay »
- Anjelica Oswald
★★★★★ There Will be Blood (2007) gave us the birth of American capitalism, The Master (2012) doused us in the uncertainty of post-war malaise and now Inherent Vice (2014) takes us to the crossroads of the modern Californian ethos. This is Paul Thomas Anderson's American history trilogy - how the West was won, bought and sold. Gore Vidal called his own series of historical novels the Narratives of Empire; it would be an apt title for PTA's trilogy, which serves as a document of the 20th century incarnation of that pioneer spirit. Daniel Plainview, Freddie Quell and Doc Sportello may initially seem like a disparate group of characters, but that spirit connects them. Each is a pilgrim staking his place in the New World.
- CineVue UK
To celebrate the release of Inherent Vice in cinemas on January 30, we’re giving you the chance to win one of five sets of film merchandise.
From acclaimed filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights, There Will Be Blood) Inherent Vice is the groovy adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s novel of the same name, featuring an all-star cast that includes Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Katherine Waterston, Reese Witherspoon, Jena Malone, Owen Wilson and Benicio Del Toro .
When private eye Doc Sportello’s ex-old lady suddenly out of nowhere shows up with a story about her current billionaire land developer boyfriend whom she just happens to be in love with, and a plot by his wife and her boyfriend to kidnap that billionaire and throw him in a loony bin…well, easy for her to say.
It’s the tail end of the psychedelic `60s and paranoia is running the day and »
- Dan Bullock
All but two of the 11 film winners at Sunday's Screen Actors Guild Awards were first-timers at the podium. The exceptions: Julianne Moore for "Still Alice" and Emma Stone for the "Birdman" ensemble. Moore had previously prevailed for her work in the TV miniseries "Game Change" (2012). Stone was part of the ensemble win for "The Help" (2011). -Break- Related: Complete list of 2014 SAG Awards winners Eddie Redmayne ("The Theory of Everything") hopes to continue the trend in his category. The last 10 men to win Best Actor at SAG have repeated at the Oscars: Jamie Foxx ("Ray," 2004), Philip Seymour Hoffman ("Capote," 2005), Forest Whitaker ("The Last King of Scotland," 2006), Daniel Day-Lewis ("There Will Be Blood," 2007), Sean Penn ("Milk," 2008), Jeff Bridges ("Crazy Heart," 2009), Colin Firth ("The King's Speech," 2010), Jean Dujardin ( »
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