The Hilarity of Anxiety

punch-drunk-loveIn Punch-Drunk Love’s unique way, it is about people who are never made movies about- Sandler (Barry) and Watson (Lena) are the outsider couple, both odd, anxiety-stricken, locked into an entirely different orbit from other people, as a piano lands and disrupts a whole life…Barry follows his anxieties and paranoias creating a life of confusion and frustration. He is somewhat of an Inspector Clouseau character, a deathly well-intentioned man out to discover and unlock things lying below the surface, held back by a dim wit and ill-inclined inclinations which lead to moments of topsy-turvy weirdness and puzzlement.

Punch-Drunk Love is something of a fairytale, at times, with the dreamily melodic score by Jon Brion and pillowy-colorful animations throughout. The movie is so tightly strange, it is the kind of strangeness easily digested as the world follows a certain set of established rules and has a distinct rhythm. The same confidently distinct rhythm present in all Paul’s movies. And it is this rhythm that makes Punch-Drunk Love’s trip down confusion lane a wonder.


I Heart Movies

There’s a kinda health report that went out to Directors Guild of America members which really includes first ADs and 2nd ADs and said something to the extent of the average life expectancy of a DGA member is 58 years. I think the assistant directors, with all the stress they had, brought the median age way down with like premature heart attacks- for being screamed at probably by producers and directors, I think it can take a lot out of you.–Paul Thomas Anderson 


The following filmmakers (29 directors, 2 producers) died of a heart attack, or heart-related condition: Continue reading “I Heart Movies”

PT Anderson and Jonathan Demme: American Dudes of Cinema

On March 8, Paul Thomas Anderson will win the inaugural Jonathan Demme Award at the Austin Film Society’s Texas Film Awards ceremony.

1401311640000-Jonathan-Demme-2“I was a fan and aficionado first,” PT Anderson said in an interview about Demme. “Just the timing of my life and his life just seemed to work out that, while he was making his strongest films, I was at this very impressionable age of 15, 16, 17, 18.” PTA was born in 1970.

Continue reading “PT Anderson and Jonathan Demme: American Dudes of Cinema”

Tarantino’s Manson Movie is Called “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” and Brad Pitt Just Joined

quentin-tarantino-gq-1215-01-wideBrad Pitt joins Leo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie in Tarantino’s 9th movie, which is now called “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” Tarantino has described the movie as “a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood.”

Continue reading “Tarantino’s Manson Movie is Called “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” and Brad Pitt Just Joined”