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Where does Paul Thomas Anderson rank?

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Dick Whitman, Oct 2, 2012.

  1. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    I think it's time start pondering this, as I'm sure others here are.

    Days later, I still can't get "The Master" out of my head. I want to see it again on the big screen, and that's very rare for me. I think the last movie I saw twice at the theater was "Eternal Sunshin of the Spotless Mind." Before that, "The Others."

    I'm not looking for necessarily precise rankings, because I think that can be crass when it comes to art. But is he approaching the luminaries at this point? Work to do still?
     
  2. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    I need to first ponder who Paul Thomas Anderson is before ranking him.
     
  3. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    Catcher for the Yankees.
     
  4. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    Hall of Famer.
     
  5. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    Do you realize that I knew exactly what this post was going to say when I saw your reply? :)
     
  6. Azrael

    Azrael Active Member


    Who is already in your pantheon of luminaries? What's our yardstick here?
     
  7. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    Let's keep it to post-WWII American directors and say, Kubrick, Scorsese, Wilder, Hitchcock, Coens, Eastwood, Coppola, Spielberg, and Stone, just for starters. Is he in that club yet?
     
  8. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    He ranks highly among the people not in my kitchen. But not nearly as high as any of the directors on your list.
     
  9. Azrael

    Azrael Active Member


    I don't think so.

    And there are lots of names missing before you could include Eastwood or Stone on a list with Kubrick and Wilder and Hitchcock.
     
  10. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    Lynch? Lumet? Fincher? Tarantino?
     
  11. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    Spike Lee?
     
  12. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    Frank Capra?

    Woody Allen?

    This is fun!
     
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