Magnolia discussion

Started by SailorOfTheSeas, May 08, 2014, 03:42:40 PM

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Drenk

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Quote from: Find Your Magali on September 24, 2021, 08:46:59 AM
This has risen to the moment of being my favorite scene in Magnolia.

So much chutzpah to be this blatantly meta in the screenplay, but I think Paul trusted Phil to turn it into absolute gold, and he did:

I know this sounds silly and I know that I might sound ridiculous. Like this is the scene in the movie where the guy's trying to get ahold of the long lost son, you know, but this is that scene. This is that scene. And I think that they have those scenes in movies because they're true, you know, because they really happen. And you gotta believe me. This is really happening. I mean, I can give you my number and you can go check with whoever you have to go check with and call me back, but  do not leave me hanging on this. Alright? Please? See, this is the scene in the movie where you help me out.

I actually just watched it again last night and would have to agree. It really stands out in terms of PSH's delivery, the framing of his face, and the meta-meaning to what he's saying. After Ricky Jay's voiceover narration at the beginning, we know we're in for an unusual film where the 4th wall could be shattered at any turn, but from there we're just following the characters' lives and kind of in the dark about how their stories will align with the "tales of coincidence." It's at this moment when Phil delivers that line that kind of jolts you back up in your seat, reminding you you're not watching just any movie. The funny thing that struck me about it last night is how Phil describes it as "one those typical scenes from the movies" when it's in fact a very unique situation that I don't think I've seen in another movie- needing to find the long lost son in such a manner, with such a time crunch.

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WorldForgot

In my Licorice Pizza write up I mention that it's a film revolving trespasses and hustle.

And in a way all of Paul's films have toyed with notions of hustle (porn, pudding, oily soil, soggy bottoms) and they're all marked by how we may or may not allow grace into our lives. Magnolia is his film where grace iz bound to faith and fate.  Forgiveness and compassion. It would not have its weight without the intensity that's captured by the entire production crew, and its unerring cast.

Complicating your film gives more credence to the complicated nature of our personal strife. It seemz to me that the more facile your film is the less humanity is portrayed; as in the being/becoming of a life. Magnolia through and through is earnest - like PDL and LP will be, after it. Its formal leaps and asides are part of that earnest soul. Expressing maturity and an honest sense of human journey precisely by getting in its own way.

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Fish fall from the sky during rain in East Texas, city reacts

As if 2021 hasn't been quite a year already, now there are fish falling from the sky in east Texas.

Several residents in Texarkana posted pictures and videos to social media Wednesday after finding fish scattered in some unlikely places including their lawns and sidewalks.

"2021 is pulling out all the tricks... including raining fish in Texarkana today," said the City of Texarkana. "And no, this isn't a joke."

According to the city, this phenomenon is referred to as "animal rain" and occurs when small water animals are swept up in waterspouts or drafts that occur on the surface of the earth.

Animals like frogs, crabs, and small fish are then rained down when the forecast calls for showers.

"While it's uncommon, it happens, as evidenced in several places in Texarkana today," said the city. "And please, for the sake of everyone, let's tiptoe into 2022 as quietly as possible."

kingfan011

Just saw Magnolia for the first time in the theater since it opened at the New Beverly tonight. Still great as usual and a few things popped up:

- I forgot how surprisingly fast paced the film is for a 3 hour movie.
- Watching it on the big screen really makes you realize hoe extraordinary Cruise is. How did he not win an Oscar.
-The film is gorgeous. Seeing a great film print really shows how beautiful and rich the colors are.

Surprisingly full showing with many first time viewers. Everyone seemed to like it

wilberfan

It gives me a disturbing amount of joy that you (and many others) made the effort to see MAGNOLIA on the big screen at The Bev last night.   I wonder if it was the print I saw a couple of years ago:  there was about 30 seconds missing from the beginning of reel 2.  I fall more and more in love with that film with every viewing...

(I'm not sure I knew--or remembered--that you were an Angeleno--WF, SW, and wilbz could have arranged a Xax Meet at one of the recent Village Theatre Pizza Fests!)

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Quote from: wilberfan on January 28, 2022, 11:14:41 AM
It gives me a disturbing amount of joy that you (and many others) made the effort to see MAGNOLIA on the big screen at The Bev last night.   I wonder if it was the print I saw a couple of years ago:  there was about 30 seconds missing from the beginning of reel 2.  I fall more and more in love with that film with every viewing...

(I'm not sure I knew--or remembered--that you were an Angeleno--WF, SW, and wilbz could have arranged a Xax Meet at one of the recent Village Theatre Pizza Fests!)

It was definitely a really nice print. I noticed very little dirt although it did have two breaks where a white scratch appeared across the screen for a  second.

Definitely interesting how the jokes that are in the movie played well. People were howling at Frank's Ill drop kick those dogs line

wilberfan

Has this been posted yet?


Jeremy Blackman

That's a great video, but it triggers me that he calls them "whoosh cuts" and "whip edits" rather than what they are, WHIP PANS.
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wilberfan

Yeah, I was thinking his term didn't sound quite right...

WorldForgot

"whoosh cuts"



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