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Licorice Pizza Review

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Los Angeles: the kingdom of the stars, and those trying to make it, too. A place that today has beautiful beaches, beautiful people, and endless sprawling roads with bumper-to-bumper traffic. It seems at once glamorous and ugly. Filmmakers have an endless fascination with it as, more often than not, it’s the place where […]

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Cult Column: Boogie Nights

In high school, writer/director/producer Paul Thomas Anderson made a short mockumentary about an adult film star. Less than ten years later, he expanded that project into one of the best films of the 1990s. That film is the 1997 classic Boogie Nights. Combining Anderson’s visionary directing with excellent performances from the entire cast, the result […]

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Organised chaos: Looking back at the films of Paul Thomas Anderson

The filmography of Paul Thomas Anderson seems a stylised, deceptively arranged cinema. To evince this, it’s best to begin with the opening tracking shot of Anderson’s second film, ​Boogie Nights​ (1997)​.​ This Steadicam shot, which lasts for about three minutes, walks us in and introduces to the main cast of characters in an L.A. nightclub, all […]

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Phantom Thread

Phantom Thread begins in 1950s Fitzrovia at the breakfast table of Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis), a renowned dressmaker with a habit for stitching hidden messages into his garments (inside his own blazer is a lock of the hair of his dead mother, whose presence is effectively the film’s own ‘phantom’). As Reynolds sketches away, he […]