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ADDED COMMENTS! Paul Thomas Anderson comments on his alleged participation on an UNDERWORLD movie only here at AICN!

Father Geek here, abandoned by that son of mine to watch the fort. I just got an email from PTA wanting to clarify this whole David Fincher/PTA war that fans have been huffing and puffing about. You must realize that the media always, ALWAYS takes quotes out of context. Here's what PTA had to say:

Just to clarify: My comments about Fincher and Fight Club were stupid. Wishing anyone testicular cancer isn't funny and I did end up seeing the film. I had a problem with the violence and the cruelty -- I just couldn't get past it -- blah blah blah....I wrote a letter to Fincher apologizing for my comments.....he was cool about it.


Ok folks, Harry here with... well something a bit different. You see, Paul Thomas Anderson is a fan of the site, and after I read the bit about him possibly being involved in UNDERWORLD in that Elston Gunn report... about two Weekly Recaps ago I believe, I contacted Paul to see about the skinny on that project. Now Paul is one of my favorite people to write back and forth with because... Like me, he loves to simply ramble, he uses tons of dot dot dots and is completely state of conciousness. Well, he wrote back telling me that he'd write something up about what happened on UNDERWORLD to clarify some issues having to do with it. Apparently he had something to say about it all. So, here you go... Ever wanted to know what it'd be like to get an email from PTA? Well here's a glimpse at how his brain clicks. I'll join you again at the end of the letter... Here's Paul Thomas Anderson...

SO, yeah, jeez,'m just off a flight from Japan and waiting for jet lag to set in but it hasn't....

...I've had a few beers in the late afternoon sun at my big Hollywood director mansion....and jet lag isn't happening yet....soon...

So: A few years ago, I read Underworld, loved it....was in the middle of writing Magnolia and saw a similar sort of thing...(sprawling, many charachters....blah blah....) and I said, who owns this? Scott Rudin, said my I started to step into the Scott Rudin world.....actually, this all seems slightly revisionist....I believe he had actually called first....I was a Don Dellilo fan anyway, so I was gonna read it -- I think, yeah....maybe he was thinking, "ohh....Boogie Nights guy...lots of characters...epic size, he'll be good..." I had it as Dellilo fan and was casually reading it....his phone call made me more than casually read it....

Whatever...all the things met in the middle, I went to meet him, honestly not knowing how the fuck I would ever do it as a movie.....I didn't love it sooooo much that I would just say, "fuck it, I'm gonna shoot every word and see what happens..." Which is what I want to do one day when a book really catches my fancy......and I just talked with him a bit....Scott Rudin is very interesting.

He calls you. You call him back. He's not there. Fine. He calls JUST miss the call him right back...he's not there....fine...a Hollywood sort of thing... until you start to see a pathological pattern of THIS is how he does mattter what....(Keep in mind: I was Mr. New Big Shot in town, so casually, jokingly, sort of, with his assistant I would say things like, Here is where I am...if he doesn't call me back in ten minutes I will never speak to him again....This is really silly don't you think Mr. Assistant Man? Right, right....I'm sure you know....why do you seem so frightened Mr. Assistant Man? Is someone hurting you? Huh....I guess I've heard stories about this fellow....but he sure does corral some talented people into working for can you work with seriously gifted auter directors and be an overbearing can' have good material and you leave them alone and blah blah blah.....right? sure.) We met, it was fine....he told me some gossipy type stuff about Martin Scorsese (tailored shirts, etc.) how Shaft was gonna much he loved Bill Macy (uh-huh.) .....He was great.....I called a few days later and said, listen, I'm too into my own thing and I can't do Underworld so good luck with it....he said, thanks for being so upfront and great, yadda-yadda....

In the meantime I have heard three or four horror stories from close personal friends of mine who have made films with him.....You can probably do the math and deduce who they are......they just say, "what the fuck...." They never really tell specific stories....none of them are really able to enunciate or structure WHAT it is or HOW he is...they all just mumbles things about...."motherfucker.." "holy christ..." "pathological..." and on and on....

Now, maybe I have an odd bone to pick because in the recent, WONDERFULLY INFORMED AND ACCURATE "Power Issue" of the fantastic Premiere Magazine...

Anway, in the IT'S TRUE section...y'know how it works I said something to the extent of Rudin passed on Anderson project due to elaborate creative demands....(In other words, he turned me down from making a movie with him...(god knows, I SURE DO NEED A PRODUCER....(making movies is sooooo impossible if Scott Rudin isn't there....) because of contractual things...

Now the problem becomes: You feel like a hot shit because you've made the stupid list (which you shouldn't care about but do) and it's completely invalidated and ruined because the TRUE part is basically, it shatters years of Childhood admiration and insight that you THOUGHT you had when you read Premiere magazine and they sold you on the fact that they REALLY did have it right...but now it's you and it's wrong...and you realize how many times you believed them....dammit....That makes me less powerful...I forefit my position from the Power 100...what's that? You say I lost it already...well, fuck you then....I forefit anyway.

(Yes I am in writing mode....can't you tell...what? So I write long movies, what's wrong with that -- are you saying I can't not write a long e-mail, damn you to hell, that's it, conversation over...)

Ok. That was uncalled for. Anway: No, I'm not doing Underworld.

Ok. that's that. I am fading. I won't go into the dream (true) I had about you a few nights ago while I was in hawaii.....(swear to god...) Jist: You were about three inches tall and on the beach in a floatie-ring thing....

But that's for another time....Keep up the good work. topic: Are you a Monty Python fan? I'm sure you am I....and always have been....but I'm currently in a fascination phase with them......What The Fuck? Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful.

See ya. (un-read and un-fixed....completely stream of conscious...)


Hey folks, Harry here again. Now is it just me, or does the concept that PTA is talking or discussing something, anything with Monty Python folks just give you a geekgasm that just won't quit? It does me. Paul is one of the absolute most talented emerging auteurs working in and around Hollywood today. Whatever he's doing, wherever he goes with film... I'm sure many of you will follow with great interest. I know I am.

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  • May 15, 2000, 4:35 a.m. CST

    So Harry...

    by Jeff B Demented

    We know what you thought of Winona Ryders and Ron Perlmans what about PTAs?

  • May 15, 2000, 4:44 a.m. CST

    *Another* Multi-Strand PTA movie?

    by solstiss

    I really don't like these multiple story/intersecting story movies. They don't feel like real movies. They feel like a hotchpotch of small ideas arbitrarily linked, which is a much easier thing to do than tell one single story for 100 minutes. Sorry but I hope Mr Anderson's next film in *not* one of these multi-stand deals.

  • May 15, 2000, 5:04 a.m. CST

    PTA is G.O.D

    by Marty McSuperfly

    Is it just me, or should Harry try and sign up PTA to write a regular column about the comings and goings in Hollywood? It's refreshing that someone in his position should be so honest about the crap that even ridiculously gifted film-makers like himself have to put up with.

  • May 15, 2000, 6:25 a.m. CST


    by Jobriga2

    How PTA....and Harry....both use unnecessary their ramblings.....

  • May 15, 2000, 6:40 a.m. CST

    Yeah baby, yeah!!!!!

    by Fidelio23

    Great book, great director. If this is a go then my toes are curling. Mmmmmm.

  • May 15, 2000, 8:15 a.m. CST

    PTA rocks, but I have one gripe...

    by Obscure Homage

    Let me say first and foremost that I have an insatiable love for both Boogie Nights and Magnolia (and Sydney, aka Hard Eight), and I believe that PTA is the most promising filmmaker working in Follywood today. My only problem with him is his ego, that seems to be inflating dangerously. This allegation basically stems from his Rolling Stones interview where he trashed David Fincher and his priceless gem Fight Club. I completely respect the fact that everyone has a right to an opinion, but I think it's sad when filmmakers start taking potshots at each other. I could also make the same criticism of Kevin Smith and his View Askew website, who relentlessly trashed Magnolia even though it was blatantly superior to the mediocre Dogma. I lost a great deal of respect for Mr. Smith after reading his Magnolia comments, and I lost a certain margain of respect for PTA when he made the ludicrous statement that he hoped David Fincher would get testicular cancer for making an issue of it in FC. First of all, Fincher didn't write the movie, and second of all, the testicular cancer remarks were consistent with the satrical tone of the movie, and were not meant to be taken seriously. I just wish that every maverick filmmaker in the business would just lighten up and realize that nothing can possibly be gained if they start trashing each other. I am still a die hard fan of Mr. Anderson's, and I know his next film will amaze me just as much as his last three. I still can't tell you how disappointed I was to read the Rolling Stone article, where it made him sound like the majority of the ego obsessed Hollywood "directors" who think that their shit smells like roses.

  • May 15, 2000, 8:34 a.m. CST

    PTA & Python

    by mrbeaks

    Hm. I took the whole Monty Python reference as a completely tangental aside, and not at all a tacit revelation that he has something in the works with those fellows; although, that would be quite an interesting collaboration, no? Ah, MAGNOLIA..... I do love a film that's attempting to express the ineffable, even if it is three hours long. Good show, PTA, but might I suggest a little self-editing in the future?

  • May 15, 2000, 9:32 a.m. CST

    PTA i did like you but......

    by Roli

    yet i dont :) how can i man like you not see the beauty and meaning of Fight Club! people who did not get Fight Club and are kinda cool Directors Suck Cu

  • May 15, 2000, 9:50 a.m. CST

    PTA, if you're reading this...

    by r_dimitri22

    I'm a huge fan, and it is indeed an honor. You've probably heard it innumerable times, but I had to say it nonetheless given this forum. Oh, and let Fiona know that I dig her music immensely. If you two ever become interested in legally adopting a 24 year old geek/aspiring writer, I would love to bask in your artistic influence.

  • May 15, 2000, 9:59 a.m. CST

    PTA and Adam Sandler

    by MagnoliaMan

    Hey Harry, ask the great PTA what the story is with him doing an Adam Sandler movie. All great directors have lapses of taste. Even Scorsese did a movie with Jerry Lewis but, wait, the King of Comedy was a great film. Is this what PTA is thinking of doing with Sandler? Aimme Mann did a chat online a little while ago and even she had harsh words for the idea of PTA wasting his talent on this idiot. PTA, I'm talking to you now! I dare you to make a movie with Adam Sandler that is not pathetic. I want to see it and I'm sure you can do it but, hey, come on do you really think "The Waterboy," and "Billy Madison" will even exist in 20 years. They will have been laughed away on the same sinking ship that carries the Backstreet Boys, Ricky Martin and Britney Spears. A Monty Python movie? Now that's a different fucking story. We all want to see that and, as you know you fucking know, Adam Sandler is no Monty Python, no matter how funny he was on SNL.

  • May 15, 2000, 10:02 a.m. CST

    #1 reson why i love paul

    by ryan mecum

    once i saw one of his movies, and about 4/5th the way through the film, it rained frogs. havent we all wondered what a movie would be like if the ending was totally crazy like if a love story was cut short due to all of their small town of heroshima blowing to bits, or if the romantic comedy took place in the world trade center right before it blew up. well, this movie was heading toward some sort of connection between all the characters, like i thought all the characters would end up eating at the same resturant or something like that for the ending, somehow bringing them all together for a tight finale. but we dont get that, we get a plague of frogs, and i will never forget how loud i yelled when that first frog slammed on top of the car and how, once i realized it was raining frogs, i wanted to scream with joy "my god! its raining frogs!" paul, you blew me away and i will see any movie you make for the rest of my life.

  • May 15, 2000, 10:11 a.m. CST

    One more thing for the PTA

    by MagnoliaMan

    Regarding the Fincher fiasco, how do you attack a movie that viciforously even though you acknowledge that you walked out after 20 minutes. I know cancer is an incredibly touchy subject but, if you can't joke about it, it owns you. Furthermore, if I left Magnolia after 30 minutes (and before Mackey's weepy backstory explained his sexism), wouldn't we all be permitted to conclude that PTA is a misogynist scumbag. Of course, I would never make such an infantile accusation, but I think PTA did this with Fincher/Fight Club. Oh well...I hope PTA gets his sense back and views Fight Club in its entirety or, at the very least, RECORDS A FUCKING COMMENTARY FOR THE MAGNOLIA DVD. PTA! come on! We love your previous commentaries (I've heard 4 and he only did 2 movies previously) and I think we all loved your email here so, just do it, if it's not too late. You say you've said it all but we want specific thoughts about specific moments, cameos, etc.

  • a film director. THAT IS WHERE I AM NOW. Smile that you were talented enough to make it. Well done Thankyou for your movies! Thankyou for doing whatever the fuck you like. Thankyou for a great AICN article

  • May 15, 2000, 11:02 a.m. CST

    my worst fears realized

    by sanjuro

    good lord. know first that i adore pta's three films. all extraordinary in some way. all wonderfully realized tapestries of specific worlds. all beautifully directed. all could have used better scripts. pta says, in his introduction to the published screenplay of boogie nights, that his job as a director basically amounts to writing a kick-ass script, then sitting back, [smoking a joint], and letting the actors flex their acting femors. well, let me say this about that: first off, pta smokes a lot of weed. (you who haven't actually seen this want evidence? check out the above email he sent to aicn. can anyone say bong hits?) but that's all besides the point; look at the guy's movies: pta's mind is out there, ladies and tools -- the guy has ingested so much herb that he now lives entirely in these little geek underworlds he creates -- and all i can force myself to mutter between my 'wows' while watching works like magnolia and hard eight is this: jesus, dude, fix the script. i mean, just tighten it up a little. nothin major: you still want to be the god that is pta. but please, just show a bit of fucking restraint. otherwise, you are a true god among men. (one last thing, paul: you are a gifted writer -- of that we have no doubt -- albeit in an idiot savant type of way. so please, fix the email just a tad: "pppppssspspspsp"??? what *is* that, bro?)

  • May 15, 2000, 11:05 a.m. CST

    Mr. are a God

    by Chili Palmer

    Great email to Harry...its pretty niffty to see what goes on in the behind the scenes action in H-town. I suggest you do a comedy for your next project. A laugh out loud gross sick out comedy. It would be sweet for sure. If your reading this keep up the good work and continue to kick ass. Magnolia is a gem and will be appreciated for many, many years to come. Everyone knows you got snubbed hardcore at the Oscars, but fuck'em...who cares, write something "again" that will fuck their minds up. Nuff said...I'm out.

  • May 15, 2000, 11:06 a.m. CST

    PTA, Saw you talking to a script guy in NYC a few months ago

    by The guy

    I don't know if you remember, you probably do, because you looked pretty pissed off. Apparently some guy in NYC has a script table, and one of the scripts on the table was one of yours (can't remember which one). You kinda freaked out at first, (the guy made you show him your driver's license) but were pretty cool about it, and walked away. Pretty funny though. By the way, MAGNOLIA was over written.

  • May 15, 2000, 12:19 p.m. CST

    The pre-title sequence to Magnolia...

    by agentcooper

    ...Set up the film as being about coincidence and irony. The post-title film was about neither. It was about many characters who were all interacted over the course of a day. The film has an energetic feel and great performances, and is very watchable, but it never decides exactly what it is about. Is it a cautionary tale about parent-child relationships? Is it a story about the wrath of God? Is it an excuse for a talented young man to show off nifty camera-work and a flair for dialogue? It's all of the above. I liked the film, but feel that it would have been better with more focus. Kinda like Anderson's e-mail to Harry.

  • May 15, 2000, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Mr. are highly overrated.

    by Mostholy

    Look, with all due respect to the fans out there, I see no need to give P.T. here a bigger ego than the one he currently lumbers around Hollywood. Anybody self-respecting director who thinks they can lambast David Fincher in the manner he did -- after watching only TWENTY MINUTES of Fight Club -- hardly deserves anything but chagrin from this corner. Let's take Magnolia, a ridiculously overrated and overlong film. I'll be the first to admit that the acting was universally good, and P.T. deserves credit for giving his cast a free reign of the material. But the screenplay...ugh. Watching Magnolia reminded me of reading an unpublished novel by a marginally talented and terminally egotistical high school sophomore stoner. The characterizations were dense, plodding and unrealistic, every scene was 3-5 minutes too long (most notably the quiz show part in the middle hour), and the ending felt like a completely tacked-on amphibius-ex-machina. And, flamers, let me go ahead and preempt your 3000-word essays on how I was too shallow to "get" the underlying themes of transgression, redemption, families real and imagined, etc. etc. I got it, and it was completely pretentious and overblown. P.T. may be the only filmmaker in Hollywood who needs a screenwriter (and editor) more than George Lucas. As for Boogie Nights, here's another movie with excellent performances that was at least twenty-thirty minutes too long and definitely could benefit from more subtlety and more succinctness. Buying a steadicam and ganking shots from Scorsese/DePalma does not an auteur make. "I'm silently judging you..." Please.

  • May 15, 2000, 12:51 p.m. CST

    Eagerly Awaiting PTA's Next Thing

    by thebernards

    ...Whatever it might be. I thought Boogie Nights was a really cool, different kind of movie. But, in 1999, a year full of lots and lots of great films, Magnolia was the cream of the crop! I was so pissed that it didn't win an Oscar. Anyway, I can't wait for whatever Paul does next. Although, Harry did post something a while back about the possiblity of a musical... hopefully that's out the window (unless maybe it's somehow related to Python -- that might be cool).

  • May 15, 2000, 12:51 p.m. CST

    hi P.T.

    by JetAlone

    I saw Mr. Anderson at UCLA, when he came to Melnitz to introduce Ace in the Hole. He was funny, articulate, and extremely cute, and I wanted to talk to him after the show and tell him how much Boogie Nights rocked, but he booked out of there as soon as the movie started. I have to say that I like and admire him, but these ego stories that have been floating around are really disturbing. I just finished Easy Riders, Raging Bulls (sensational book, I recommend it to everyone), and I can't help but be reminded of another director whenever Mr. Anderson rags on another filmmaker or looks shocked at the Oscars when his screenplay was passed over for the award. If y'all will recall Peter Bogdanovich was hot for a while (Last Picture Show, Paper Moon), but then sank under the weight of his own ego. It happens to a lot of directors, in fact. P.T., please don't let all the good reviews go to your head, or you might end up in the Phillipines like Coppola, 40 days behind shooting schedule and wondering how the fuck you got there. pppppppssssppspsp: you were right about Ace in the Hole, it was terrific.

  • May 15, 2000, 1:08 p.m. CST

    Well, PT...

    by BobBarker

    You're a cool cat. I'm told you have some sort of problem with David Fincher, who I think is brilliant, but all is forgiven. Now, harry, we need more info on the OTHER Anderson, Wes, who I hold in just as high esteem as PT (and I'm glad to know Kevin Smith is a fan of too...)

  • Now I'm thinking he acts so defensive and arrogantly about his movies because of the way Hollywood works. Perhaps he's fighting fire with fire, so to speak. And what's with the whole Scott Rudin thing? I've read quite a few interviews with Trey Parker and Matt Stone (two fellows who aren't afraid to name names and talk shit) and they go on and on about how great Rudin is and how the South Park movie could never have been made without him. Anyways, it's not that big of a shame that PTA isn't gonna be making Underworld. Some novels should stay novels, and I think Underworld is one of those. I'm sure no one could have made a film adaptation of it better than PTA, but...

  • May 15, 2000, 1:49 p.m. CST

    can PT make an original movie...?

    by mrfurly

    something that isnt scorses altman light? i loved boogie nights, but it was a blatant rippoff of goodfellas and spinal tap, and unfortunately the dramatic scenes, which were the worst in the movie, were aparrantly what PT thought were the best.....since thats about all magnolia consisted of.....goddamn i came close to walking out when they all started singing together. ADVICE--pt stop making soundtracks accompanied by a film. I know you've probably seen a lot of movies ...howbout borrowing from ozu, cronenburg or i dunno herzog....just no more scorsese. I forgive you because your super young , but if you dont start branching out your derivitivness is just going to make you Depalma part 2, although to my mind you havent made something as good as Hi mom, but youve got time so get to it....or maybe not i'm only 23 what do i know eh?

  • May 15, 2000, 2:02 p.m. CST


    by Dodge Manhunter

    About the directors that talk badly about other directors. Well, PETER BOGDANOVICH spoke bullshit abou SERGIO LEONE. This is an unforgiving sin against one of the most underrated genius(and I don't use genius so much) of cinema!!! PETER BOGDANOVICH is a good filmmaker, but he judged LEONE'S films for the person that he was, not by the films that he did. P.T.A. critics against DAVID FINCHER are also stupid. I love the work of both. I admire P.T.A. and I don't admire Fincher. I understand why P.T.A. is unconfortable with FINCHER. Iso not because of violence. It's because of language(sp?). ANDERSON is a cinema freak. A cinema creator. He breaths and produces cinema. He loves cinema. DAVID FINCHER is a very good director in his own right, but lousy in cinema. So. I think P.T.A. is uncoonfortably with FINCHER because of that. But he just can't say that. He can't find the words(?). About P.T.A. copying BRIAN DePALMA e SCORSESE'S CAMERA WORK(I know it wasn't you JET). I guess that by that standard, SCORSESE is not a genius because he uses things from WELLES, TRUFFAUT, HITCHCOCK and OPHULS. About DEPALMA? I Am sorry, but even a begginer like P.T.A. is superior to him.

  • May 15, 2000, 2:13 p.m. CST

    Sweet! Now I can direct UNDERWORLD!

    by Vegas

    Anybody wanna loan me $60 million bucks? I'll pay ya back...

  • May 15, 2000, 2:24 p.m. CST

    PTA: i love your movies so much i can't even begin to articulate

    by trinityanderson

    i really mean all that are a goddamned genius...i force everyone i know to see your movies...i don't care what you do next, cause i'm first in line no matter what...your movies mean so much to me - thank you.

  • May 15, 2000, 2:26 p.m. CST


    by mrbeaks

    Allow me to flip my rolodex to Samaha, Elie. He'll get your money for you, if his investors from BATTLEFIELD EARTH don't get him first.

  • May 15, 2000, 2:27 p.m. CST

    I now like PTA even more

    by Darth Bond

    He's deff cool. All that txt to tell us he's not doing the movie, but entretaining us (me at least) all the way through, it's like... one of his movies!! yeah. CYL.

  • May 15, 2000, 2:50 p.m. CST

    I Get It!

    by filmnazi

    Now I finally understand where that crazy narrative flow of PTA's Movies come from. Interesting. PS I saw his interview on the IFC. I like this guy. He makes me want to go out and make a flic! Call me Digler

  • May 15, 2000, 3:14 p.m. CST

    I was a PA on Sydney

    by richard price

    Hey Paul, you probably don't remember me, but I was the L.A. PA on Sydney. This was back in the day when your budgets were tiny. How tiny? I had to actually videotape the dailies off the flatbed to send to K. Samples over at Rysher. Do you remember that? Fuckin' cheap ass Lupi. Good guy, Lupi, but mad as a hatter. We met a couple of times. Once, when I was helping move some Sydney furniture into your place--the pre big-time director palatial estate. You still have that stuff? Anyway, if you're actually reading this, just curious, but did that letter I sent you ever get back to you. I sent it a few months ago and I'm pretty sure it never got past your agent--probably lined his trash-can quite nicely. Obviously, you're a busy guy, but if you felt so inclined to exchange a few words with someone from the old days, here's the address: Dennis Stay

  • May 15, 2000, 3:57 p.m. CST

    PTA is a bloody hack

    by Guyver - III

    How exactly is PTA such "outstanding" director. Every single one of his films are worthless piles of excrement. Boogie Nights is the perfect example. Horrible HORRIBLE performances that were incouraged by mr. anderson himself. Putting a fictional spin on the life of John Holmes and pretending it was a nostalgic look at the melodramatic life style of porn stars during the seventies was plain fucking pathetic. Everyone who had no clue went around touting on how "deep" this film was. For crying out loud, this man put a twelve inch prosthetic penis on Marky Mark, and you praise him for it? And Magnolia, dear cthulu that movie sucked. 3 hours to display how all these losers needed "redemption." I could have done that in half a minute and annoyed the audience far less. The dialouge... what the hell were they saying in that movie? "Ummm... yeah, do you have any hustler... umm...kay..." This level of bad dialouge is only paralleled by Showgirls. "I used to eat dogfood, I liked doggy chow. 'yeah, I liked doggy chow too.'" So if you like movies with obvious points, unoriginality galore, the worst possible dialouge, and big prosthetic cocks, then Paul Thomas Anderson is your man. The man destined to be the next Joel Schumacher.

  • May 15, 2000, 4:55 p.m. CST

    John C. Reilly!!!!

    by Baba O'Reilly

    As long as Reilly is in it I am there. Count me in on anything the man does!

  • May 15, 2000, 5:06 p.m. CST

    PTAnderson and the bitter-sweet talk back section

    by Dubious

    This talk back feature on this site allows everyday joes such as myself to say their opinions, anonymously, and possibly reach those we admire. Very cool. The down side of this is some dick always brings up fight club and its DEEP influence on the disenfranchised. I enjoyed the film very much until it channeled all the frustration of the characters into a dumb club chaos or whatever the fuck. I would appreciate and explanation of the films intentions without the word irony or frustration in it. Give it a whirl fuckheads.

  • May 15, 2000, 5:59 p.m. CST

    Fight Club

    by Jack D. Ripper

    PTA was pissed at Fincher because of the testicular cancer jokes. Anderson was furious that they were making light of this disease because his(Anderson's)father DIED of cancer. That's why he was mad. Although, I don't think he needed to take such potshots at David Fincher, but I suppose he's passionate about this. I mean...his father DIED.

  • May 15, 2000, 6:06 p.m. CST

    Why Boogie Nights and Hard Eight are Better than Magnolia

    by MagnoliaMan

    Personally, I believe in what Scorsese once said: (paraphrasing) 'don't think about a movie while you're watching it, just watch and if you like it figure out why.' That's why so many of us love bad zombie movies and blazploitation, etc. They make us feel good. What I'm saying is themes can be interesting but they don't make or break a film. When people say they liked the energy of Magnolia but didn't think it was cohesive enough are looking at it incorrectly, as are those who think PTA's movies would suck without the music. Energy, tone, etc, are what make films and its about time that people stop reviewing literature and start reviewing filmmaking. Anyway, regardless of my love for Magnolia, I think PTA's first 2 are better because PTA is much more subtle in those films. I really connected with the characters in those ones because they weren't always telling me how they felt, I had to observe it myself. Back then PTA seemed to be a student of Mamet and Towne (people who recognize the importance of subtext, without overpowering the story with thematic "weight"). Now, with Magnolia, he's a lazy writer, and the dialogue sounds like the best soap opera ever. I love the movie but I'm simply listening to the characters thoughts about themselves (ie. Robards, Moore, Reilley, Walters, Macy). The really great performance is Cruise's because the script lets him hide things. He's lying the whole time and hiding himself, rather than giving us a series of Coles notes distillations of his emotional autobiography. This is the sort of thing that made Boogie Nights and Hard Eight so much greater. Oh yeah, Scott Rudin needs some respect. He may be an asshole but in the last 2 years he's produced Sleepy Hollow, The Truman Show, Wonder Boys, Bringing Out the Dead and many others. That's easily the best track record of any producer working right now. I don't think PTA needs him, though. I've heard that Joanne Sellar is really great and accomodating, anyway.

  • May 15, 2000, 6:07 p.m. CST

    Paul Thomas Anderson

    by mod29

    I think I'm pretty far down in the talkback right now so I don't know if anyone will be reading this or if they'll just consider it to be a reply to an above post, but sure. Anyways. Ever since watching Boogie Nights on HBO Late Night, I've been ESTATIC about movies.... that movie is a freaking... masterpiece is an understatement. WAY WAY WAY of an understatement. And then I saw Magnolia. This was a movie that I thought would never happen. Something better than Boogie Nights. All of these movies.... they're the best. I'm only a 16 year old, but I think I could SERIOUSLY relate to Dirk Diggler (hey, you know... my cock is big) and Magnolia... well. uh, Ive fallen out of the sky before and hit a gun, preventing someone form committing suicide. BUT, god dammit, these films rock. THey have inspired me in so much of a way. I'm sure some of you reading this right now... you know.. True film people know... just when you see that one film... the one that is so good. I especially love the FAst, quick camera zoom in and the LONG shots throught the studio... theyre pure genious. So, when I'm older... and succesful... I would love itsdafkljk'adssf -Mike D.

  • May 15, 2000, 6:38 p.m. CST

    Ethel the Aardvark Goes Quantity Surveying

    by abulafia24

    PTA, just want to say that I loved Hard Eight. That's some of the best work I've seen Philip Baker Hall do, other than his Nixon. The other two were really great as well. And I'm sure that the Monty Python reference was just a conversational topic, but I have to admit there's a very perverse part of me that would like to see a biopic of the Pythons and it makes sense to do it in your style. Perhaps someone will do it someday. As long as it isn't true. And have them play themselves, their mothers, the Judean People's Front, the larch, the Spanish Inquisition, spam...

  • May 15, 2000, 6:42 p.m. CST

    Gee... and I thought Kevin Smith was God....

    by mini maul

    Suck My Balls...

  • May 15, 2000, 8:36 p.m. CST

    PTA - the only one step better person programme.

    by Lord Summerisle

    Will you sycophantic PTA fans listen to yourselves? You guys sound like scientologists or something. Save me PTA!! Save me!! Man, no wonder the guy's ego is so over-inflated. The guy is artistically self-indulgent, and you're pushing it further. Suck it up, stop aspiring to be like him, and go make your own movies.

  • May 15, 2000, 8:40 p.m. CST

    PTA will never let me down

    by Hotspur

    I will follow him anywhere. Can't wait for Magnolia on dvd. And if you people haven't heard PTA's commentary on the Hard Eight (Sydney) and Boogie Nights dvd's then get your hands on a copy right now. The man is a genius on every level.

  • May 15, 2000, 9:51 p.m. CST

    Fuck PTA!!!!

    by JediLeo

    While Hard Eight was great, & Boogie Nights was OK, Magnolia blew chunks. IMHO Fincher hasn't made a bad film yet. He also isn't trashing fellow filmakers in interviews.

  • May 15, 2000, 10:56 p.m. CST

    Ok, Harry, Here's the deal...

    by DarthJoe

    Ok, I don't have much to offer, but if you would be kind enough to tell me PTA's email address (I promise that it will be used for GOOD, not EVIL), then I will email you my review from the "Coyote Ugly" test screening I attended last Tuesday. Sound good? I would appreciate it.

  • May 15, 2000, 11:21 p.m. CST

    pta's big brass pair...

    by Darth Taun Taun

    Just because Scorsese busts out a tremendously long stedicam shot, that doesn't mean it's off limits for every other director. How many derivative camera shots were used in "Swingers," for Christ's sake? Back to pta, even if you don't like his work, you've got to give the man props for making the movies he wants to make. Look at Shakespeare, where the play ends, but carries on a little bit afterward. The characters of "Boogie Nights" and "Magnolia" are still roaming around, coping with their lives. Nothing was tied up with pretty bows and exploding spaceships. pta wants to make a movie with people singing, and he does. He wants to make a movie with a Chinese kid flinging firecrackers, and he does. The man wants his raining frogs, and he damn well gets them. How often do we get to see a director's vision uncompromised? Love him or hate him, he never sells out to make the studio happy. I give him total respect for his intense and personal visions, and it just so happens, I love his films.

  • May 16, 2000, 12:38 a.m. CST

    PT Anderson = Overrated hack!

    by Lord Summerilse

    Not only is Anderson an overrated hack - he isn't even original. He ripped off Scorsese in Boogie Nights and he ripped off Altman in Magnolia.

  • May 16, 2000, 2:04 a.m. CST

    PT Anderson isn't reading my talkback

    by Cruel Shoes

    No is he reading any of yours. And wishing testicular cancer on someone is fucking hilarious, because PT Anderson doesn't have superpowers, so he can't actually give David Fincher testicular cancer. You see the irony?

  • May 16, 2000, 3:03 a.m. CST

    and the . . .

    by MichaelDuluoz

    blah blah blah blah blah blah . . .

  • May 16, 2000, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Thanks to PTA

    by jolielouise

    I don't think it's pathetic that people are using this talkback to express their gratitude to PTA on the off chance that he might be reading. This is one of the great things about Talkback. Everyone has some book, music, movie, whatever that knocks you upside the head (in a good way) and articulates something you always already knew in a particularly evocative way, so that you walk back into the world renewed and transformed, with a higher emotional IQ. Well, Magnolia was one of those things for me and many others, and if we have some way of saying thanks to the man responsible for that, there's nothing wrong with taking it and it doesn't mean we're trying to get invited to some big ole director's mansion. So if PTA is reading this, thank you thank you a million times more, and if he's not, now ya'll talkbackers know I love Magnolia.

  • May 17, 2000, 2:21 p.m. CST


    by mdc3000

    PTA rules. I remember sneaking in to see Boogie Nights at the theatre and being blown away. Paul, if you are reading this, I have your next film for you. I co wrote a screenplay for a dirty teenage comedy called BEAVER me, this should be your next's gonna be amazing!

  • June 27, 2000, 10:23 a.m. CST

    on musical

    by cthomer

    i've enjoyed pta's films, a great deal really. not that they are perfect, but nothing much is. im not scared off by the possibility of a musical. But what i would love to see someone do is a hip-hop/rap/r+b musical. the genres lend themselves so well to relaying tales of life that they would be a natural fit. why isn't someone putting one together now?