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Reply #90 on: September 24, 2021, 02:12:35 PM
I thought it was Loïs Lane. But Amy Adams is only in The Master, silly me.


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Reply #91 on: September 24, 2021, 03:34:34 PM
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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Reply #92 on: October 12, 2021, 06:58:22 AM

It's not that easy being green...


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Reply #94 on: December 22, 2021, 03:14:41 PM
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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Reply #95 on: January 01, 2022, 03:06:27 PM
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."


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