To quote Tippy Joe “Friends don’t let friends listen to the Magnolia soundtrack.”
God I love that soundtrack! From Aimee Mann to SuperTramp, it had everything I could ask for.
Hm. Does Magnolia really qualify as an ‘indie’ flick? I mean, you had Tom Cruise, a huge name at the time. And by this point, Boogie Nights had established P.T. Anderson as a ‘name’ director who didn’t really need to beg hat-in-hand for funding his films.
Someone correct me if I’m wrong.
i tried to rent magnolia and my video store didnt have it 😦 i geuss that it does count as an indie film then .
Your wrong. P. T. Anderson does not make studio movies. Just because he was able to finance the film himself does not make it any less an independent outing. This movie, from the actors he chose to the music to the story, was entirely his uncompromised vision. He got to do everything he wanted to with Magnolia and when the film bombed he took it quite personally. That’s why he “sold out” and did an Adam Sandler movie.
And don’t kid yourself. Boogie Night’s was niche film and only made Anderson a “name” director in the indie scene. I also don’t get why Tom Cruise can not be in an independent film.
By that definition then George Lucas is an ‘indie’ creator as well. I liked Punch Drunk Love btw, although I felt let down by the ending. There Will Be Blood has to be his best movie yet.
I am pretty sure that back around the time Magnolia came out New Line Cinema was still considered a independent film company, of course, it grew to be a major player fairly quick after that. But I see your point Elliott, Magnolia had a lot of big name stars in it and I think Anderson had directed Boogie Nights before this one.
But Magnolia does have an indie film feel to it and I don’t think it made much money at the box office despite getting a lot of praise from critics, so I guess that makes it a Indie =)
By definition, Lucas was an indie creator with the original Star Wars. Anderson will never make a better, more personal film than Magnolia in my eyes (though PDL did come close).
punch drunk love was amazing IMO,
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