23 February 2016


Paul Thomas Anderson is one of my favourite filmmaker's. Boogie Nights and Magnolia are two of my favourite films, and he made the only film starring Adam Sandler I can bear to watch. The below video essays, by Cameron Beyl, are part of a wonderful collection of videos called The Director Series, which explore the work and careers of contemporary and classic film directors. The PTA videos cover his early work, including The Dirk Diggler Story, through to the virtuoso Magnolia. I highly recommend watching them.

On the same topic, check out this oral history of Boogie Nights on Grantland called Livin' Thing. It's a fascinating read about a wonderful film from everyone involved in making it. "Come on, you puppies!"