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Still waiting for the day when P.T. brings us something better than Magnolia, but even less than that can be brilliant.
Magnolia vs There Will Be Blood is really difficult too. Both completely blew me away when I saw them for the first time.
There Will Be Blood is great but it has a really different style from PTA's other movies and in a way I really prefer that Magnolia style.
In my eyes, Anderson really improves every time he steps behind the camera -- although I wasn't too crazy about Boogie Nights. Therefore: There Will Be Blood > Punch Drunk Love > Magnolia > Hard Eight > Boogie Nights. I can't wait to see his new film, it sounds fascinating.
This matchup just proves how awesome PTA is.
PT at his best in both films. What gives TWBB the edge is its powerful singular story-line. The delightfully fractured Magnolia is a little less powerful as its beauty is diffused across the various arcs.
Maybe the most radical change a director has ever made since Coppola finished Apocolypse Now. PT was making sprawling modern pop art, using all of his idols techniques and then TWBB, that's what's amazing about that film is the filmmaker who made it.
magnolia is great but there will be blood is greater
There Will Be Blood is the better film. However, Magnolia is fabulous as well. It seemed livelier and more energetic. But I prefer the sombre and intense tone of There Will Be Blood.
THE GREAT PTA SHOWDOWN! While I love There Will Be Blood, the screenplay isn't quite as brilliant as that of Magnolia. Magnolia is definitely the rougher film, but it's imperfections simply add to the impact. It's the product of a director with so much to say so urgently that he doesn't even give a damn about how clumsy some parts might end up. And I respect that.
Magnolia is great, but it loses to PTA's best film.
Loved both of these. It took me a few viewings to really understand the impact of TWBB. Magnolia was powerful on my first viewing of it. I was also able to relate to more characters on it than with TWBB. In this match-up, I'll choose Magnolia but TWBB is not far behind.