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Magnolia

GENE

 SNICK

 GORDY

Gene the Barber

Snick the Sidekick

Gordie the Barber

  MAGNOLIA

 

 

Magnolia is a great piece of film making. Director Paul Anderson pulled all the stops, went for some far-out new ideas, and took some real chances in movie making.

There are 11 stories, and you rarely stay with one for more than a couple of minutes before moving to the next.

The cast of stars may have performed some of their best acting ever in the study of human behavior and interaction.

There was nothing that prepared me for the ending. It will knock your socks off and leave you dumbfounded.

A fascinating character study deftly directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, the man who brought us Boogie Nights.

Shot in the San Fernando Valley, it's 11 mini-melodramas presented in such an offbeat way that you are compelled to watch, with a scene so surreal that you'll think you've fallen down the rabbit hole.

Strange, outrageous, and pretty darn long! Too weird for most, but just right for me.

This movie rambles along with about 11 subplots with many points of view.

The film becomes jerky, with cuts back and forth, and at over three hours long, I thought it would never end.

The acting ranged from good to awkward blurting and moaning to raunchy, crude overacting. There are about ten stars doing the honors.

In my view, the picture is a lengthy, extended journey to neither here nor there, like a long ride to nowhere.


Reviewed in 2000
Man on the Moon

The Talented Mr. Ripley
Magnolia

The Hurricane
Topsy-Turvy

Reviewed in 1999
The Blair Witch Project
The Iron Giant

Bowfinger
Mickey Blue Eyes
The Sixth Sense
Stir of Echoes
For Love of the Game
American Beauty
Three Kings
Fight Club
Bringing out the Dead
The Limey
Being John Malkovich
Pokemon
Toy Story 2
The World is Not Enough
The Green Mile
Bicentennial Man

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