Why to Watch - Magnolia

Paul Thomas Anderson again no way! Yes, Rex fanboy’s hard.  For a director who is famous for his portrayal of flawed characters, this might be his best character film (nothing will touch Daniel Plainview, but there are like 11 great characters in this movie!) Hot Hipster take – Tom Cruises’ best role ever…fuck off Top Gun.



Magnolia Drama | 188min | January 7, 2000 (United States) 8.0
Director: Paul Thomas AndersonWriter: Paul Thomas AndersonStars: Tom Cruise, Jason Robards, Julianne MooreSummary: 24 hours in L.A.; it's raining cats and dogs. Two parallel and intercut stories dramatize men about to die: both are estranged from a grown child, both want to make contact, and neither child wants anything to do with dad. Earl Partridge's son is a charismatic misogynist; Jimmy Gator's daughter is a cokehead and waif. A mild and caring nurse intercedes for Earl, reaching the son; a prayerful and upright beat cop meets the daughter, is attracted to her, and leads her toward a new calm. Meanwhile, guilt consumes Earl's young wife, while two whiz kids, one grown and a loser and the other young and pressured, face their situations. The weather, too, is quirky. —<jhailey@hotmail.com>


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