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.

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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.

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Paul Thomas Anderson on Dunkirk, Lady Bird, The Shape of Water, and Get Out

The 33rd Santa Barbara International Film Festival - Outstanding Directors Award Sponsored by The Hollywood Reporter

Feb 6—The 33rd Santa Barbara International Film Festival celebrated the 5 Academy Award-nominated directors— Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk), Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird), Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water), Jordan Peele (Get Out), and Paul Thomas Anderson (Phantom Thread)– and honored them with the Outstanding Directors of the Year Award for 2018, at the Arlington Theatre.

Here’s what PT Anderson had to say about his fellow Oscar nominees’ movies during a Q&A at the event.

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