Originally Posted by powerhour24
I'm glad you were able to make my diatribe into a real discussion, and I can also see where you're coming from on a number of your points, and I admit it was a bit much for me to say the entire thing was him grandstanding, but it's certainly made up of more OTT moments than the rest of his body of work. As for PTA, I'm not suggesting he should have made more intertwining ensembles, just that for some reason Magnolia even had more story than his other films, and I don't begrudge someone for being a different kind of film-maker, but there's something about watching his movies that makes me want more story to actually enjoy them and get interested in his characters, certainly true with TWBB and Punch Drunk Love, and Boogie Nights. But the interesting thing you brought up for me is the Robert Altman connection, and yes I recognize he's a grand influence on PTA, but I adore Altman's work haha. I think even in his ensemble sprawling pieces, Altman's movies have screenplays that build enough around their characters so you can care or buy into their acting, but I don't think the same is true with Anderson's writing.
And anyway, go rent Diving Bell, its a profound filmmaking achievement.
I think his performance in Gangs
is more OTT than anything else I've seen him do, but TWBB is a bit more balanced in that regard. That's totally cool, I've only seen a handful of Altman's films, but after watching something like Short Cuts
, I could tell that was the catalyst for something like Magnolia
. I think Anderson's writing has improved over time, even when it was kick-ass to begin with, so that's good.