Monday, June 18, 2012
Top 100 Films of the 1990's: Part II
82. Magnolia (1999) - Paul Thomas Anderson is a masterful director whose various stories are some of the most engaging in American cinema, which makes me extremely excited for this year's The Master. His ability to effectively weave a plethora of stories of fascinating characters dealing with crisis, is a reminder of great directors such as Robert Altman. But where Altman sought to find the humor in life, in Magnolia, Anderson pulls out excellent performances, particularly Tom Cruise, and manages to find the psychologically dramatic effect of trauma on a variety of people. It is professionally weaved into a taut story, that despite its length never manages to lose the audience's interest, and also manages to give every character his or her due, and explores depths into the human psyche that few directors are willing to tackle.