Thursday, February 28, 2013

The Choice


Paul Thomas Anderson
5 sample films:

The Master
Boogie Nights
There Will Be Blood
Hard Eight
Punch-Drunk Love
Magnolia

or




Christopher Nolan
6 sample films:

The Dark Knight
The Prestige
Insomnia
Following
Inception
Memento

Which do you prefer? Let us know in the comments section

13 comments:

  1. From these lists, Nolan for me. Ive only seen 2 of those PTA films and the Nolan films I've seen are better, imo.

    Memento, The Prestige, TDK...all fucking amazing.

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    1. Which two PTA films have you seen? I highly recommend that catch up on his other films. There is something unique and interesting in each one.

      I do agree that though Memento, The Prestige, and TDK are all top notch films.

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    2. Phips4:14 pm

      as of yesterday I've now seen The Master, Boogie Nights, and TWBB

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  2. Damn, this is really tough. In my mind, neither have made a bad film, but I'm inclined to go with PTA. Great match up though.

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    1. They are in that rare group of directors who have not produced a single film that I did not like or love.

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  3. There's no question for me here. Anderson hands down.
    For my money, Nolan has made two films that are of the same caliber as Anderson's work: The Dark Knight and Memento.

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    1. While I agree with Anderson pick, I would argue that the The Prestige is of Anderson's caliber as well. It plays even better upon re-watch.

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  4. Two great directors. Both have made some amazing films.

    I'm going with PTA. Nothing against Nolan but it's just that PTA really goes more out there with his work.

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    1. Both directors have taking big risks, but Anderson has really moved into Kubrick level territory with his last couple of films.

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  5. PTA! PTA! PTA!

    Nolan is great. I love his movies... but PTA just finds ways to sink deep into character while Nolan (at least it seems) gets a bit too drawn into the commercializing on that idea. Imagine if Nolan directed There Will Be Blood or Punch Drunk Love (RUINED!!!)... but if PTA did Inception... hmmm... sounds interesting.

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    1. I don't think Nolan would ruin Punch-Drunk Love, but it would definitely be different. In fact, I am very curious to see what a Nolan comedy would look like. Keep in mind that not too many people liked Anderson's attempt at comedy with Punch-Drunk.

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  6. Wow !! Two directors of my Two All-time Favourites. So this is going to be really hard but I think I have to go with my number 1. So, Nolan. He also has 3 films in my Top 20. PTA has none except TWBB but admittedly I had not seen anything else he did then. :) So, yeah. Nolan for me.

    I am kinda surprised though that no one even mentioned Inception here in all this discussion.

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    1. Inception is a film that really divides people. There are some who think the film is too commercial without a lot of depth; and then there are those who praise Nolan for bringing such a mind-bending premise to a mainstream audience.

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