It took me 4 hours to listen to this interview! Not because I was preoccupied, I just kept pausing every 10 or so minutes to soak it in. We've never heard such an intimate interview with PTA, and unlike so much other press you can feel the relief
on Paul's part in not being asked such run of the mill questions, but having someone expressing an interest in your work and wanting to get to the bottom of it. He likes the challenging relationship people have with his films, you can tell. You feel him smirking through the microphone when Marc does his "COME ON! WHAT'S HE DOING?! I'LL BE SEEING THAT AGAIN." What higher compliment could you give a filmmaker, really? When you walk out of a film completely satisfied, your appreciation of it will only diminish on repeat viewings, wouldn't you say? Ok, so he doesn't rake it in at the box office, but his movies create loyal fans who will support him for a lifetime.
It was cool to hear some more about his upbringing in that crazy brady bunch house they lived in. It made it so much clearer why family is everything to him. I just imagine him growing up in this bustling household full of teenagers coming and going as they please, sneaking off to do secret things, and he's watching them like "FUCK YEAH!" Having that many older brothers and sisters, you're just hipper to what's going on. You see them dating and partying and working on their little projects and think "I can't wait to grow up! what am I gonna do?" It must explain why he latched onto filmmaking so quick. Once he found 'that thing' and just ran with it, no one ever discouraged him. His Dad gave over the reigns to a state of the art, probably several thousand dollar video camera to a 10 year old! I couldn't think of a more apt metaphor for his relationship with the studios today.
So much of this conversation felt like the 'lost commentaries' of his movies! Like, how he explained that while learning his dad was dying, he said "You're telling me that frogs are falling from the sky" to the bearer of bad news. I had never known that association was so closely linked before. I immediately started thinking about my own dad, and how when he dies it really will feel like the laws of the universe have changed. The last time I watched Magnolia was with him, and that was the first time I'd seen it with anybody else. It was fun to finally show him this movie that sparked my film fanaticism, something I've almost kept a secret because of how much of an impact it had on me, and really break it down for him to gage his reaction on everything.
it was kind of irritating that Maron just blew past Punch-Drunk Love so quickly and got so little out of PTA with regards to that film. I got the sense that Maron wasn't giving that film its proper due (as one of the greatest of all time!) and was talking about it as if it were a minor curiosity in Anderson's filmography.
Agreed, because it's my favorite of his. If Maron had known better, it would've been a good segue into how he met Maya Rudolph. If you have any familiarity with WTF at all, you'd know that Marc holds a grudge like no other. I believe he was an acquaintance of Sandler, starting out in comedy, but when he blew up and hit the mainstream Marc starting doing a bit about his goofy persona. Once Sandler caught wind of that he cut off all ties with him and they've never spoken since. So, it probably makes him physically ill to see him onscreen in any capacity, let alone trying to be 'serious'. Man, how great of an episode is that gonna be when the time finally comes around?
I think I've said enough for now, I'll just leave on the note that it left me feeling truly inspired. Like, "Why am I not making movies right now?" And even though I skipped through most of it, It's the greatest promotion Inherent Vice could ever have.