14. Paul Thomas Anderson
PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON
THERE WILL BE BLOOD, MAGNOLIA, BOOGIE NIGHTS, PUNCH DRUNK LOVE
If you don’t know, you’d better learn. His canon isn’t as extensive as many of his contemporaries, but it’s just as strong, and maybe stronger. Paul Thomas Anderson has made five films, all of them indispensable. He challenges himself with every film, and his characters have more magnitude per square-inch of the frame than anyone else in cinema. Burt Reynolds in Boogie Nights. Tom Cruise in Magnolia. Adam Sandler in Punch Drunk Love. Daniel Day-Lewis in There Will Be Blood. Look at those names. Look at those titles. This is a bold and furiously inventive director. His style will give you a black eye. His dialogue will break your legs. His vision will wreck your heart. This is the director people will be talking about in 50 years. Get to know his movies.
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