Film & Water #137 – Magnolia


Episode 137: MAGNOLIA

It's more Paul Thomas Anderson! After discussing BOOGIE NIGHTS last week, Rob and Ryan Daly are back along with fellow network all-star Siskoid to discuss Anderson's 1999 follow-up film MAGNOLIA. But it did happen!

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"Wise Up" performed by Aimee Mann, Ryan Daly, Chris Franklin, Siskoid, and Xum Yukinori

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5 responses to “Film & Water #137 – Magnolia

  1. I have not seen the movie, but now I want to. When it was released, I thought it was probably a bit too pretentious and “art house” for my tastes, but then I was one of those guys going to non-PTA Adam Sandler films. You have convinced me to give it a watch.

    I just wish that one guy singing at the end would have TRIED to sync up with the rest. Geeze.


    1. Chris-

      MAGNOLIA definitely is a bit pretentious, but PTA wears it on his sleeve so I find it kind of charming as opposed to off-putting. As I mentioned with last week’s BOOGIE NIGHTS episode, PTA is just so in love with filmmaking that I find that exuberance to pour off the screen during his movies, even if the subject matter is dark.

  2. Oh, such a great conversation, fellas. Always good to hear Ryan enjoying something again.

    But that end song…yeesh

  3. An all-time favorite. (1999 was a helluva movie year.)
    Saw it in the theater and the Aimee Mann songs alone made it the fastest 3 hour ride. I literally got complaints in the theater for tapping my foot along with the music.
    Amazing cast and characters, so many great Valley sites including the NBC studios for the game show. John C. Reilly was a stand-out and Cruise playing against type put the movie over the top. I still like to go to the Tinhorn Flats bar and grill and find Aimee Mann songs on the jukebox. Sure, the frogs were a stretch but Anderson built up so much goodwill with the depth of the characters leading up to it. His relationship with his father (legendary announcer Ernie Anderson) and coping with his death inspired a lot of the storylines.

    The suicide story mentioned in the Ricky Jay prologue was also the basis for a Homicide: Life on the Street episode.

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