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What is PTA best known film?
« on: May 20, 2018, 10:17:06 PM »
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This may seem trivial of a discussion but since Paul's been going out to the public more to promote his work I'm curious to know what film of his is best known to the layperson on the street. Not someone who scrolls through this board, just a regular person who doesn't have the insider knowledge of film history.


There Will Be Blood would seem like the slam-dunk answer as it the type of film that will be looked down as classic, if not already, with a memorable finale and line that spread through much of culture in the last decade. Going through the mainstream interviews such as Kimmel I have a notch feeling that Boogie Nights still retains a greater pop-cultural hold of all his work, even 20 years after it's release. It difficult to compare a film with ten years ahead of the next. Looking over the IMDB connections, TWBB has been referenced/spoofed half the times that BN has over the years.  For the layperson I'm guessing they know BN as that Marky Mark porn movie, with TWBB they might have vague knowledge, most knowing the infamous milkshake line.

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Re: What is PTA best known film?
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2018, 11:04:28 PM »
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Those are the first two films I thought of.


TWBB performed the best at the box office--which would suggest the largest number of people actually paid to see it.  It also had the advantage ot starring DDL--and winning the Best Actor award that year.


On the other hand, Boogie Nights was probably really found an audience following it's release on home video in '98.  I'm sure characters like Dirk Diggler and Rollergirl (and Jack Horner) are probably more familiar to the culture at large than Daniel Plainview, for example (at least by name). 


Using the indicator of box office performance, we can probably assume that Inherent Vice is the least known of his films?
 
Heaven forfend, but don't you think a PTA obituary would most likely mention TWBB and Boogie in it's first paragraph? 
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Re: What is PTA best known film?
« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2018, 12:22:53 AM »
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Those are the first two films I thought of.


TWBB performed the best at the box office--which would suggest the largest number of people actually paid to see it.  It also had the advantage ot starring DDL--and winning the Best Actor award that year.


On the other hand, Boogie Nights was probably really found an audience following it's release on home video in '98.  I'm sure characters like Dirk Diggler and Rollergirl (and Jack Horner) are probably more familiar to the culture at large than Daniel Plainview, for example (at least by name). 


Using the indicator of box office performance, we can probably assume that Inherent Vice is the least known of his films?
 
Heaven forfend, but don't you think a PTA obituary would most likely mention TWBB and Boogie in it's first paragraph?

TWBB BO was very good for a studio-speciality film, which was backed through the esteemed performance of Daniel Day-Lewis. One takeaway is adjusted for inflation more people slightly saw Boogie Nights in theatrical release, making that his most-seen film combined with home video being stronger in the nineties and more rotation on cable/premium television. Those figures keep making me think the latter film has a higher self-awareness among the public then former. On movie sites such as Letterboxd and IMDB, TWBB has the more votes, Magnolia even draw more votes then BN, which would dispute the former notion in the previous sentence. Yet I wouldn't use it as benchmark for the question which excludes many people who don't go online and vote on a movie they just saw. The most accurate thing would be asking people about those films and see if they can gain any recognition without having seeing the work themselves.

Unless IV gains a Lewbowski-following I'm guessing it will be left in the shadow of his other more prestige work post-HE.

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Re: What is PTA best known film?
« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2018, 12:31:18 PM »
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Unless IV gains a Lewbowski-following I'm guessing it will be left in the shadow of his other more prestige work post-HE.

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