Paul Thomas Anderson 35mm Season - Picturehouse Spotlight

Paul Thomas Anderson 35mm Season

As we eagerly await Paul Thomas Anderson's Phantom Thread come and enjoy his previous masterpieces at Picturehouse Central and Crouch End Picturehouse on 35mm.

It’s a new year and a time for reflection. What will 2018 bring? Whatever may be in store for you, there’s at least one cause for celebration: a new film from Paul Thomas Anderson. Phantom Thread arrives in cinemas on Friday 2 February and has already garnered critical acclaim and awards buzz. We simply cannot wait.

To whet your appetite Picturehouse Central and Crouch End Picturehouse have a retrospective of the acclaimed filmmaker’s assorted masterpieces all screened on old-school 35mm.

Phantom Thread is showing on 70mm exclusively at Picturehouse Central in London’s West End. Tickets are on sale now.

Magnolia (18)


Director: Paul Thomas Anderson.
Starring: Julianne Moore, Tom Cruise, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, William H Macy, Philip Baker Hall, Jason Robards, Melora Walters, Michael Bowen. USA 1999. 188 mins.

Set over one day and night, Magnolia follows the fate of a group of dysfunctional Los Angeles inhabitants. Tom Cruise is tipped for Oscar nominations for his supporting role as a crude self-help guru, who encourages men to rediscover their sexual power. Meanwhile his estranged father, a successful television producer, lies on his sick bed whilst his nurse tries desperately to contact the Cruise character. The plot twists in and out of the lives of all those connected by family or coincidence to the dying man presenting an all encompassing slice of LA life.

Monday 8 January, 6.30 | Picturehouse Central | Book tickets
Thursday 18 January, 8.30 | Crouch End Picturehouse | Book tickets

There Will Be Blood (15)

There Will Be Blood

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson.
Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Kevin J O’Connor, Paul Dano, Ciarán Hinds. USA 2007. 158 mins.

A sprawling epic about family, faith, power and oil, There Will Be Blood is set on the incendiary frontier of California’s turn-of-the-century petroleum boom.  The story chronicles the life and times of one Daniel Plainview (Day-Lewis), who transforms himself from a down-and-out silver miner raising a son on his own into a self-made oil tycoon. He takes a chance when he hears of a little town out West where an ocean of oil is oozing out of the ground, and makes his lucky strike.  But as the well raises his and the town’s fortunes, nothing will remain the same; conflicts escalate and every human value – love, hope, community, belief, ambition and even the bond between father and son – is imperilled by corruption, deception and the flow of oil.

Monday 22 January, 9.00 | Picturehouse Central | Book tickets
Thursday 15 February, 8.30 | Crouch End Picturehouse | Book tickets

Boogie Nights (18)

Boogie Nights

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson.
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Julianne Moore, Burt Reynolds, William H. Macy, Alfred Molina. USA 1997. 147 mins.

An incredibly entertaining look at the tawdry world of the adult-film industry in the late 1970s. Pop star Mark Wahlberg completes his transformation to filmstar with a superb performance as the well endowed, but none too bright Eddie aka ‘Dirk Diggler’, who became the top male star in the industry. Stunning in its narrative scope, range of well rounded characters and impeccable casting, not least a career reviving role for Burt Reynolds, the film vividly evokes the era whilst much to its credit it is neither sanitised nor satirised making it potentially the coolest film of the year.

Monday 29 January, 6.30 | Picturehouse Central | Book tickets
Thursday 15 March, 8.30 | Crouch End Picturehouse | Book tickets

Inherent Vice (15)

Inherent Vice

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson.
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Josh Brolin. USA 2014. 149 mins.

Stoner private dick Doc Sportello (Phoenix) is trying to track down his ex-girlfriend (Katherine Waterston) and her property magnate boyfriend (Eric Roberts) in late-’60s California. Involving a hippie-hating cop (Brolin), a spaced-out snitch for hire (Owen Wilson), Sportello’s uptight DA lover (Witherspoon) and a philosophising lawyer (Benicio Del Toro), the story becomes ever more elaborate. Based on Thomas Pynchon’s picaresque novel, Inherent Vice is Anderson’s funniest and most entertaining work yet.

Thursday 1 February, 8.30 | Crouch End Picturehouse | Book tickets

Punch-Drunk Love (15)

Punch-Drunk Love

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson.
Starring: Adam Sandler, Emily Watson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Luis Guzmán. USA 2002. 95 mins.

Punch-Drunk Love marks another compelling direction for Paul Thomas Anderson, one of the most intelligent and innovative directors at work in American cinema. Barry (a surprisingly good Sandler) is a nerdy, small-time businessman whose humdrum life is only punctuated by bullying from his seven sisters and an idiosyncratic obsession with mass buying tins of food which may potentially win him air miles. Then suddenly everything changes, with a combination of a disastrous phone sex encounter and the appearance of Lena (Watson), a mysterious Englishwoman who actually wants to go out with him.

Thursday 1 March, 9.00 | Crouch End Picturehouse | Book tickets

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