Auteur Origins: Hard Eight & Punch Drunk Love - Double Bill
The first in a new series titled Auteur Origins, enjoy witnessing the journey of master directors from their early work to their masterpieces within the casual atmosphere of Bennigan’s Bar
Aueteur Origins - Paul Thomas Anderson
Pro gambler Sydney comes across down on his luck John and teaches him the tricks of the trade. John starts to rake in the money, but Sydney’s dark past eventually finds them both lost in a harsh criminal world.
USA. 1996. Director: Paul Thomas Anderson. Cast: Phillip Baker Hall, John C. Reilly, Gwyneth Paltrow, Samuel L. Jackson, Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Duration: 1hr. 42mins. Cert: 18
“Movies like Hard Eight remind me of what original, compelling characters the movies can sometimes give us.”
-Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun–Times
PUNCH DRUNK LOVE
Barry, a lonely and troubled man finds a new enthusiasm in his life when he falls in love with a charming woman named Lena. All the while being extorted by a phone sex line run by a crooked mattress salesman and obsessively buying pudding.
USA. 2002. Director: Paul Thomas Anderson. Cast: Adam Sandler, Emily Watson, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Luis Guzman. Duration: 1hr 35 mins. Cert: 15
“For my money it’s Paul Thomas Anderson’s best film…”
– Mark Kermode, BBC