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Glad to know I would alarm y'all by just being in my early 20s and a PTA geek.

Also Boogie Nights 2 and Hard Nine, confirmed by PTA to release Memorial Day Weekend

If PTA were to ever really do a follow-up to one of his own movies, my vote would be for the continuing adventures of Doc Sportello and Sauncho Smilax.
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News and Theory / Re: Filmstruck
« Last post by Sleepless on Yesterday at 02:59:35 PM »
So are all Criterion releases available on Filmstruck, even most recent DVD releases? There's no way to search on their site unless you start a trial.
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Glad to know I would alarm y'all by just being in my early 20s and a PTA geek.

Also Boogie Nights 2 and Hard Nine, confirmed by PTA to release Memorial Day Weekend
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Yes, embarrassed is the better word. Nothing rational, but...It's so personal.
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Agreed - just saw it again on 35 (at Metrograph)
Me too. Saw it last year at Lincoln Center uptown as part of a Steadicam series (with Boogie Nights) and theatre was maybe a third full?
Went to the 8:30 Tuesday night Magnolia screening as part of a PTA series at Metrograph and it was sold out! I couldn't believe it. (And they're showing it a handful of times.) I was also shocked that the audience was like almost entirely super-young 20s film nerds (and Tavi Gevinson). I've never felt so old.

I definitely see the film's flaws now but it'll never not be one of the most important (if not the) movies of my life because it showed me that movies could do anything.

Don't think PTA is really ashamed of it per se, but probably feels like it's so nakedly personal for him that it feels like looking at an old yearbook photo or something. Still can't believe he was only 29.

I second your "...never felt so old..." comment.  There's a mini-PTA film series this month where I live, too.  Out of curiosity, I scanned the crowd before "Boogie Nights" and "There Will Be Blood" started:  Almost 100% youngsters.  (It was also the case when I saw "Boogie Nights" at a hip, outdoor screening at the Hollywood Cemetery last Summer.)

And I agree that "ashamed" is probably the wrong word.  I think it's arguably his most personal film--and perhaps "embarrassed" is a better word?  Not from a skill standpoint, but more from how much it reveals about who he was and what he was going through at the time.
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I'm surprised The Master is the film he's most proud of.

I often think it's his very best movie, so it was interesting to read that. Punch-Drunk Love might be even better, though, but I switch back and forth all the time. I've always regarded the movies that came before PDL with admiration, and a lot of enthusiasm in certain respects, but I'm much fonder of the post-PDL work, which really seems like a string of varied masterpieces.
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Did Daniel Plainview ever truly love H.W or was it always just a facade?
For sure he loved him. for sure, for sure. don't you think? He just didn't know what to do when HW grew into his own man....

I feel like we're burying the lede
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Yes, he's proud of it, but I think he's kind of ashamed by Magnolia. Serious question: How can you cut 20 minutes from it? What would you cut? I watched it recently and everything seemed essential.
I guess that ashamed is too big a word here. To be honest I haven't seen it in at least a year or so. While there are no bad parts I think it can still be trimmed. Well, if he believes it's too long (which he said before several times), it's too long!;) The paradox is that while I am never bored with his films and never want them to end, I sometimes start to wonder if they are too long while watching them. Even The Master which is probably my all time favorite. Not so much with Magnolia. Too often with Boogie. But modage may be right - the ashamed aspect may be more about being too personal.
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Don't think PTA is really ashamed of it per se, but probably feels like it's so nakedly personal for him that it feels like looking at an old yearbook photo or something. Still can't believe he was only 29.

This right here. It remains his most personal and ballsy movie. I'm sure he pivots from "I can't believe I did that" to "I'm so happy I did that.""

I'm surprised The Master is the film he's most proud of.

Also this was my favorite part of the interview:

"Traditional art films? You mean, like, weirder than they already are? I wouldn't mind doing that.....but I can never tell....sometimes I think we've made a blockbuster and other people say, "no this is the weirdest one..." oh well."
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Agreed - just saw it again on 35 (at Metrograph)
Me too. Saw it last year at Lincoln Center uptown as part of a Steadicam series (with Boogie Nights) and theatre was maybe a third full?
Went to the 8:30 Tuesday night Magnolia screening as part of a PTA series at Metrograph and it was sold out! I couldn't believe it. (And they're showing it a handful of times.) I was also shocked that the audience was like almost entirely super-young 20s film nerds (and Tavi Gevinson). I've never felt so old.

I definitely see the film's flaws now but it'll never not be one of the most important (if not the) movies of my life because it showed me that movies could do anything.

Don't think PTA is really ashamed of it per se, but probably feels like it's so nakedly personal for him that it feels like looking at an old yearbook photo or something. Still can't believe he was only 29.
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