Episode 135: Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Punch-Drunk Love”
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In 2002, seemingly as a response to the running time of his previous film “Magnolia,” “Punch-Drunk Love” was released with a breezy and economical 95 minutes running time. “Punch-Drunk Love” is a unique film in Paul Thomas Anderson’s work because it’s the only film that feels like an equal collaboration from three artists; obviously the writer and director Paul Thomas Anderson, the film is an effective Adam Sandler movie, and the film also serves as a canvas for digital artist Jeremy Blake who created the lush and colorful introduction and act breaks for “Punch-Drunk Love.”
Why is “Punch-Drunk Love” a forgotten film in Paul Thomas Anderson’s work? Is there something dark and sinister under the surface of “Punch-Drunk Love?” And how is Adam Sandler’s career defined by this film?
Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Punch Drunk Love” is the subject of episode 135 of the AuteurCast…