Paul Thomas Anderson

"Paul Thomas Anderson aspires to greatness. While that doesn't guarantee anything, except, perhaps, hubris, in an era when most American movies are built to corporate specifications, Anderson stands out as an unpredictable creative force - a regenerative spirit in a stale cinematic landscape." - Tom Charity (The Rough Guide to Film, 2007)

Paul Thomas Anderson

Director / Screenwriter / Producer
(1970- ) Born June 26, Studio City, California, USA
Top 250 Directors / 21st Century's Top 50 Directors

Key Production Country: USA
Key Genres: Drama, Period Film, Psychological Drama, Ensemble Film, Comedy Drama
Key Collaborators: JoAnne Sellar (Producer), Robert Elswit (Cinematographer), Philip Seymour Hoffman (Leading Character Actor), Daniel Lupi (Producer), Dylan Tichenor (Editor), Philip Baker Hall (Leading Character Actor), Jon Brion (Composer), Luis Guzman (Character Actor), John C. Reilly (Character Actor), Julianne Moore (Leading Actress), John Lyons (Producer), Leslie Jones (Editor)

"Like most American directors of his generation, Anderson has obvious roots in the cinema of the 1970s. His first two films in particular show the imprint of Martin Scorsese, in the restless energy of the camera, the crisp pacing, the smart use of popular music and the low-life seedy settings. Similarly, the large casts and overlapping plotlines of Boogie Nights and Magnolia show a clear debt to Robert Altman. But Anderson’s thematic concerns and perspective on his characters are distinctively his. His movies have their share of violence and emotional rawness, but there is something fundamentally warm about them." - Jesse Fox Mayshark (Post-Pop Cinema: The Search for Meaning in New American Film, 2007)
"Paul Thomas Anderson emerged as one of the most exciting young directors in Hollywood, with two epics as vast and sprawling as the San Fernando Valley in which they are set - Boogie Nights (1997) and Magnolia (1999). His films already show the hallmarks of a distinctive vision and are marked by a surprising maturity, delving deep into themes of family, loneliness and the ghosts of the past." - Andrew Syder (Contemporary North American Film Directors, 2002)
"No other American director working today has such sad, tender, and smart ways of looking into the depths of society, or for feeling out their poignant juxtapositions. He writes great, ragged speeches, and he is like a fond parent with his family of actors." - David Thomson (The New Biographical Dictionary of Film, 2002)
"Perhaps the most ambitious American filmmaker of his generation, Paul Thomas Anderson grew up around movies and worked as a production assistant from a young age... Influenced above all by Robert Altman, Anderson has two wildly ambitious, panoramic ensemble movies to his name (Boogie Nights, Magnolia)." - Ronald Bergan (Film - Eyewitness Companions, 2006)
"I have a feeling, one of those gut feelings, that I'll make pretty good movies the rest of my life. And maybe I'll make some clunkers, maybe I'll make some winners, but I guess the way that I really feel is that Magnolia is, for better or worse, the best movie I'll ever make." - Paul Thomas Anderson (IMDB Biography)
"I try and balance it out. I mean, I don't want to be blabbermouth-young-white-director-guy, but I gotta help. You just don't want to get a disgusting sheen on yourself." - Paul Thomas Anderson
TSPDT Guide
Highly Recommended
Hard Eight (1996), Magnolia (1999) , Punch-Drunk Love (2002)
Recommended
Boogie Nights (1997) , There Will Be Blood (2007) , The Master (2012)
Acclaimed Films / IMDB Filmography
1,000 Greatest Films 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films
Amazon Products
Films / Books
    Boogie Nights
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