Paul Thomas Anderson, Joaquin Phoenix, and Philip Seymour Hoffman behind the scenes of The Master.

Certifiable Babe™ Paul Thomas Anderson behind the scenes of The Master


Paul Thomas Anderson’s entire career has been leading up to this moment, and what a moment it is. This is something dozens of filmmakers strive to achieve, and it comes in the form of an ambitious magnum opus, The Master.

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Paul Thomas Anderson’s entire career has been leading up to this moment, and what a moment it is. This is something dozens of filmmakers strive to achieve, and it comes in the form of an ambitious magnum opus, The Master.

YAM Magazine » Archive » The Master

Director Paul Thomas Anderson owns a vintage 1910 Pathe camera which contains a special 43mm lens. The lens was specially modified to be used in the film as it has very low resolution and can shift colors at corners. Only certain shots of the film used this lens; for example a shot of Plainview in the train with infant H.W.

Juan Recommends: Week One

thechosenjuan:

Seeing as this is my first week doing this, I’m going to go ahead and pick one of my all-time favorite movies as a starting point. I’m sure many of you who love Paul Thomas Anderson are familiar with his movies, and yet a surprising amount of people haven’t actually seen what is probably my second favorite of his films. That film would be…

Now what’s so special about Boogie Nights you ask? Oh nothing special, y’know? There’s just this all-star cast featuring Marky Mark in his greatest role ever, Julianne Moore (who was robbed of an Academy Award), Burt Reynolds, John C. Reilly, Don Cheadle, William H Macy, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Heather Graham, Luis Guzman, and plenty more. It’s got camerawork that rivals Martin Scorsese’s best stuff, especially in an opening tracking shot through the Hot Traxx club that can only be compared to the Copacabana sequence in Goodfellas. Let’s not even bring up the similarities between Robert Altman’s work and this because we’ll never be done here. I’ll let you discover the other beautiful tributes to great directors and astounding camerawork that you can find within the film.

Boogie Nights also happens to encapsulate one of my favorite periods in cinema, which is so rarely explored, known as the Porn Chic era or simply the Golden Age of Porn. These were the pre-AIDS days where drugs and sex ran rampant and nothing really mattered. It’s when porn had actual narratives and actors that had skills in the industry were slowly but surely becoming stars. To even think that a film that could really capture an era of this sort could be made seems almost like fantasy, and yet Paul Thomas Anderson does a magnificent job at it. His writing always manages to bring together dozens of characters in a way that doesn’t leave anyone just hanging out and about, and the strong performances that his actors bring to the table offer some real insight into the people he’s written. I’d also like to point out the strong disco-heavy soundtrack because I’m a huge fan of disco music and it adds plenty of the period element of the film.

If you’re even remotely interested in Paul Thomas Anderson’s career or in the world of porn chic, I’d wholeheartedly suggest starting with this one. I saw it for the first time when I was about fourteen and instantly fell in love with it - and this was long before I actually cared about film. Once you get through this one, you could pretty much check out any other one of his films and you won’t find yourself disappointed, but if you want to dive into porn chic, I’d honestly suggest the films of Radley Metzger (Score, The Opening of Misty Beethoven, Naked Came the Stranger). I’d say Deep Throat as well, but it’s hard to find in watchable quality. Take that along with you as a bonus recommendation for this week, but just know that Boogie Nights is easily one of my all time favorite films. 

Juan Recommends: Week One

Seeing as this is my first week doing this, I’m going to go ahead and pick one of my all-time favorite movies as a starting point. I’m sure many of you who love Paul Thomas Anderson are familiar with his movies, and yet a surprising amount of people haven’t actually seen what is probably my second favorite of his films. That film would be…

Now what’s so special about Boogie Nights you ask? Oh nothing special, y’know? There’s just this all-star cast featuring Marky Mark in his greatest role ever, Julianne Moore (who was robbed of an Academy Award), Burt Reynolds, John C. Reilly, Don Cheadle, William H Macy, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Heather Graham, Luis Guzman, and plenty more. It’s got camerawork that rivals Martin Scorsese’s best stuff, especially in an opening tracking shot through the Hot Traxx club that can only be compared to the Copacabana sequence in Goodfellas. Let’s not even bring up the similarities between Robert Altman’s work and this because we’ll never be done here. I’ll let you discover the other beautiful tributes to great directors and astounding camerawork that you can find within the film.

Boogie Nights also happens to encapsulate one of my favorite periods in cinema, which is so rarely explored, known as the Porn Chic era or simply the Golden Age of Porn. These were the pre-AIDS days where drugs and sex ran rampant and nothing really mattered. It’s when porn had actual narratives and actors that had skills in the industry were slowly but surely becoming stars. To even think that a film that could really capture an era of this sort could be made seems almost like fantasy, and yet Paul Thomas Anderson does a magnificent job at it. His writing always manages to bring together dozens of characters in a way that doesn’t leave anyone just hanging out and about, and the strong performances that his actors bring to the table offer some real insight into the people he’s written. I’d also like to point out the strong disco-heavy soundtrack because I’m a huge fan of disco music and it adds plenty of the period element of the film.

If you’re even remotely interested in Paul Thomas Anderson’s career or in the world of porn chic, I’d wholeheartedly suggest starting with this one. I saw it for the first time when I was about fourteen and instantly fell in love with it - and this was long before I actually cared about film. Once you get through this one, you could pretty much check out any other one of his films and you won’t find yourself disappointed, but if you want to dive into porn chic, I’d honestly suggest the films of Radley Metzger (Score, The Opening of Misty Beethoven, Naked Came the Stranger). I’d say Deep Throat as well, but it’s hard to find in watchable quality. Take that along with you as a bonus recommendation for this week, but just know that Boogie Nights is easily one of my all time favorite films. 

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