DIRECTOR: PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON
CAST: JOAQUIN PHOENIX, PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN, AMY ADAMS
Missed in our recent PTA mini-retro last December—but only so we could bring it through for a run of its own in 35mm. Anderson’s aching, ambitious, deeply ambiguous psychodrama pairs alcoholic ex-serviceman Freddie Quell (Joaquin Phoenix) and messianic film-flam man Lancaster Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman) in a cage match bromance that doubles as a meditation on the groundswell of new faiths—Dodd’s Scientology-like “The Cause” as well as, implicitly, Method acting—amid postwar American prosperity. Sensuous and strange, and one of the premiere cinematic accomplishments of this decade.