PTA Interviews (on YouTube or otherwise)

Started by ono, July 07, 2011, 03:45:25 AM

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I kinda feel for PTA, I just hope one day he'll have the power and studio support to just have a Michael Ciment hanging around after each film for interviews, and the odd one with the Hollywood Reporter/Rolling Stone or whatever
I feel like he's really been milked this time round. The film IS  his statement, why does he need to make follow-up statement for his statement. I must say I prefer the ultra-rare interview Kubrick styles


I am happy as long he doesn't become a Malick. I like to hear him chitchat.

Frederico Fellini

PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON ON MAX OPHULS's  "The earrings of Madame de.."   (Not an interview but whatever....)
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so this port magazine interview just went online (via c&rv-m)

it's all about the master, with some tidbits about boogie nights.

good interview overall but the dude interviewing shows his ignorance sometimes, especially in these two parts from page 7:

QuoteBoogie Nights, which instantly established Anderson's reputation as one of the best filmmakers of his generation alongside Quentin Tarantino and David O Russell.

(emphasis mine)

DOR, seriously? maybe he was struggling to come up with more than 2 cinema-changing directors from the 90s but that dude is NOT it. that statement reminds me of that dude Brian Atene who made the FMJ audition tape for kubrick and went on about how Michael Curtiz was the best director ever. amateur. also this was embarrassing:

QuoteWhen I told Anderson I thought his movies were about America, he blanched. "Don't say that!" he said, looking disgusted. "Don't put those words in my mouth. It's nauseating to even think about it that way."

Don't need to explain why that's stupid. I'm glad PTA wasn't too polite to hide his contempt for such an ignorant reading.

but it wasn't all bad, these were the highlights:

QuotePTA: I have an interest in cults – everything is a cult, in a way. What's the difference between a cult and dropping my daughter off at school this morning? It's a group of people gathered in one place pursuing a likeminded set of ideas and goals.

and from the same page:

QuoteYou don't call him by his name, Lancaster Dodd?
PTA: No, I call him Master. That is his name.

that's funny. i'd like to have seen what his expression was when he said that. oh and he's still watching porn! he name drops a current "great" young actress on page 4, whom he says resembles Julianne Moore. he's right.
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Jeremy Blackman

Quote from: Pubrick on June 05, 2013, 05:35:24 PMWhen I told Anderson I thought his movies were about America, he blanched. "Don't say that!" he said, looking disgusted. "Don't put those words in my mouth. It's nauseating to even think about it that way."

^ This made my day.

I absolutely love how openly PTA is shutting down ignorant questions these days. Maybe he's getting too old for politeness.

I don't recall anything quite like this in his older interviews, but correct me if I'm wrong. It would be interesting to see a proto version of it.


The latest episode of the Austin Film Festival Podcast, On Story, is a 45 min discussion between PTA and Jonathan Demme. I haven't listened to it yet, but according to the description it's more focused on Demme's career than Paul's.
He held on. The dolphin and all the rest of its pod turned and swam out to sea, and still he held on. This is it, he thought. Then he remembered that they were air-breathers too. It was going to be all right.


can he get over jonathan demme already?

no one else in the world cares about the dude. he's a decent director, he got an oscar that one time, he made lots of films in different genres (not kubrick different, not even ang lee different, but whatevs), he has good taste in music. then for a long time nothing happened. he made a movie on video.  and now i've run out of things to say about jonathan demme.

similar to his Bob Downey Sr obsession, the only reason to explain their elevated status (apart from one of them maybe being friends with his dad) is that they have close relatives who were notable drug users. one survived and went on to rule the world, the other, Ted, did not.

but that isn't very unique in those circles.

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crazy mama, citizens band, melvin and howard, stop making sense, something wild, silence of the lambs, rachel getting married -- great character movies, and pta also makes great character movies. not sure the problem here


there's obviously no "problem" as there's obviously nothing wrong with him running his mouth about whoever he wishes.

my point, which you illustrated nicely by simply listing a bunch of movies he's made as if that means anything, is that apart from PTA's love of the guy Demme is really not very influential. and i wondered if anyone else felt the same way.

i'm not saying he's a BAD director, but who really gives a shit about him? before PTA started fanboying him hardcore i think he would hardly make anyone's list of "best directors" of the century or whatever.

it's like if i became someone of PTA's status and started talking about Curtis Hanson all the time. the dude is nothing special. i'm baffled why PTA gives him so much attention.. if "character movie" is the only justification then that really doesn't do much to set him apart from a million other directors. (obviously million = dozens)
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i like when the silent partner plays the midnight circuit. from elliott gould's golden days, written by curtis hanson, it's a nice weaving of genre and naturalism. white dog, easy to admire. hanson is most well-known for la confidential, which is the most distinguished modern movie about classic hollywood crime and architecture. what's better, the black dahlia, gangster squad, something like that? nahhh, be serious. bad influence again weaves naturalism with genre, this time hedonism and greed because we're in los angeles in 1990 and james spader can't help but be impressed by rob lowe's mayhem adventures (lol, guyyyys). the hand that rocks the cradle exists, like bad influence, within a specific pop culture flavor of its time, and this one is when creepy sex-tinged thrillers were popular. when i first saw it i thought that was about as creepy as life could get, it understands creepy better than other thrillers from the bizarre explosive period of creepy thrillers. the river wild is in white waters with meryl streep, kevin bacon, and john c. reilly. story of my dreams. wonder boys is a chabon adaptation with all these bigname actors and i haven't seen it. when 8 mile came out i remember thinking it was like a version of gladiator, except instead of swords they used words. thought that was so fun

i think curtis hanson illustrates the appeal here is a consideration of the time period of the movies, and i think if you were pta's status you would talk about hanson bc you grew up while he was flourishing and your exposure to him could've helped you better understand how people merge with pop culture and become cinema. hanson is more appreciated in the genre community, and genre movies tend to lift character details for story purposes, while demme is more appreciated in the character community, bc he doesn't always allow his story to lead the characters, he much more depends on the character leading the story. demme influenced pta, i think pta feels that way, pretty sure


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Frederico Fellini

LOL I still remember the day I uploaded that video. I wish Paul would go on Charlie Rose or a show like that again : / 

P.S: I haven't uploaded anything on that channel in a long time.. I'll step it up when IV comes out.
We fought against the day and we won... WE WON.

Cinema is something you do for a billion years... or not at all.


1998 DGA Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Francis Ford Coppola was the subject of the Guild's 75th Anniversary event on March 26. Coppola, the winner of two DGA Feature Film Awards (The Godfather and The Godfather Part II) and multiple nominations (The Conversation; Apocalypse Now; The Godfather Part III) was honored at the DGA Theater in Los Angeles.

In addition to his DGA Award-nominated work, Coppola's filmography includes Tetro, Youth Without Youth, The Rainmaker, Jack, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Tucker: The Man and His Dream, Peggy Sue Got Married, The Cotton Club, Rumble Fish, The Outsiders, One from the Heart, The Rain People, Finian's Rainbow and his upcoming release Twixt Now and Sunrise. As a producer, Coppola worked to provide young independent filmmakers freedom from studio interference. He was also a pioneer of technological filmmaking advances like pre-visualization, word processing for screenplays, electronic editing and experimentation with high definition.

"Francis Ford Coppola is one of the most influential and innovative filmmakers of our time," said DGA President Taylor Hackford in his welcome. "His work has helped shape contemporary cinema around the world."

Coppola was joined onstage by directors P.T. Anderson (There Will Be Blood), Catherine Hardwicke (Red Riding Hood) and David O. Russell (The Fighter), for a conversation about the impact his films had on their own careers and others of their generation. Each of the directors presented clips from Coppola's work to form the basis of their conversation. 75th Anniversary Advisory Committee Chair Michael Apted served as moderator.

"Francis' influence lies not only in the awards he's won or the films he's directed, but also in the example he's set for young directors," said Apted.

Ever humble, the legendary director attributed much of his success to his creative collaborators. "Film is an ensemble," said Coppola. "You're the ringleader, but hopefully you have all of this wonderful work coming out of people whom you inspire, but also inspire you."

Via Cinephilia and Beyond
"oh you haven't truly watched a film if you didn't watch it on the big screen" mumbles the bourgeois dipshit

max from fearless

Not a PTA interview per se, but a part one of a conversation between him and Jonathan Demme on Robert Downey Sr.'s cult classic Greaser's Palace. I love the way how I'm such a PTA fanboy that him wiping his nose on his shirt or picking his nose, doesn't bother me...


yeah, it's definitely worth watching but don't expect too much.
it's one of my favorites of his, but it's incredibly surrealist and silly, the closest thing i could liken it to would be 'el topo' toned down and americanized.

if you want a good starter and overall probaly his best film, go with 'POUND'.
the performances are amazing. its really weird, and it's shot like a play.
it's a little difficult to find, as far as i know, but worth the search. i don't know, maybe wilder has some info on a release??