This is a personal favorite for many reasons…One of which being PTA (aka Paul Thomas Anderson) has become one of my favorite director’s right up there with the amazing Wes Anderson, Noah Baumbach and Woody Allen, ok I could go on and on here so I will stop there.But this film will always remind me of the very special person who suggested it. This film marks a time in my life in which I found myself having many realizations, it was about a year after my dad died and my current relationship had gone south about 2 years prior maybe even more than that but I was still holding on out of fear. This film helped me to realize that where I was in my life was not where I wanted to be. A brilliant film that is so very well done in so many ways. If you have yet to see it I urge you to rent it, you won’t be disappointed.

As for the song…Well I do believe it speaks for itself, PTA also has very good musical taste.

Wise Up (mp3 expired) – Aimee Mann
Magnolia (Motion Picture Soundtrack)


12 Responses to “All Time Favorite #5”

  1. drainpip on December 6th, 2006 6:46 am

    I’m one of the odd people that can watch Magnolia at any time, doesn’t matter. This particular part I’ve always found touching where they all sing along… it deals with so much stuff, and it’s so ‘operatic’ it’s hard to take in on the first go ’round for some. I know I flipped out when the climax came along…

    Anyway, Aimee Mann did such an amazing job with the music it all fit perfectly together with the Jon Brian and Supertramp, et al. Ah well, I’ll shut up now…

  2. Dave James on December 6th, 2006 7:56 am

    I remember with Magnolia I was sold within the first few frames, knowing it was going to be something completely different from anything I’ve seen before. Anderson does such a great job with the music he puts in his films from “God Only Knows” in Boogie Nights to “Wise Up” in Magnolia. I also am not the only person to suggest that Anderson brought out Tom Cruise’s best work, particularly the death bed seen with Jason Robards. What can I say, Anderson’s the man – he even elevated Adam Sandler’s acting, which is practically a sign of being a miracle worker.

  3. Mentok the Mind-taker on December 6th, 2006 9:13 am

    Oh, god, why oh why did you have to post THAT song,of all songs.

    When that movie and soundtrack came out, I was on the cusp of a career change. The opening lines of that song would cut me like a knife as I reflected on the hollowness of the job I was doing at the time. To this day, that song has the power to stop me in my tracks and put me in a reflective mood.

    …which is a good thing overall, of course.

    Another great soundtrack pick!

  4. Chad on December 6th, 2006 9:20 am

    I was so obsessed with Magnolia when it first came out – I actually saw it four times in the theater (three of those by myself). It still means quite a lot to me.

    And this is a great song.

    (a new PTA film comes out in 2007!!)

  5. Andy on December 6th, 2006 10:47 am

    That is one of my favorite Aimee Mann songs. She did the majority of the music for that movie, which I think was a smart move.

  6. Rich on December 6th, 2006 11:16 am

    Hmm. Magnolia seems like a film I would love, but I don’t. I think the ending turned me off. Similar feelings about Baumbach’s Kicking and Screaming.

  7. Rachel on December 6th, 2006 12:37 pm

    drainpip, that is not odd, I can too. So cheers!

    dave, welcome to the blogging world, you have a nice site happening there, I look forward to reading more. :)

    mentok, I am glad I could bring up some memories for you there. ;) This film had so much depth and I love to hear about others who had similar experiences and realizations while watching this movie.

    chad, I am so excited for his new one, I can’t wait.

    andy, I think this is what really helped people to know of Aimee Mann, but I agree the entire soundtrack is worth having and I don’t usually say that.

    rich!!! No way!? You are breaking my heart here. Two of my all time favs! I am crushed, but I will settle on the fact that we can have different opinions. :)

  8. tad on December 6th, 2006 3:29 pm

    i remember really liking magnolia the only time i watched it, but i really can’t remember why. i guess it’s time for a revisit. but the soundtrack has always been a favorite of mine. jon brion seems to have a midas touch and certainly working with aimee mann could result in nothing less than beautiful music.

    you touch on some pretty serious personal stuff there, rachel. which ties in neatly with things i’ve been thinking a lot about lately. and actually anyone should feel free to answer. i’m just wondering if there is a line beyond which you won’t cross, in terms of what you will share with your readers. i generally avoid blogging about events of my life involving personal friends and acquaintances, but of course that leaves a fairly large gap in the things that i feel comfortable talking about. and it’s not so much about a discomfort in sharing on my part; it’s more about whether i think other people would want to see parts of their lives written about in such a public way. (not that i would ever post names or say anything derogatory about another person.)

    ack, that was both rather long-winded and condensed to the point that i hope it still makes sense.

  9. Rachel on December 6th, 2006 5:04 pm

    tad, you should watch it again, you will probably see things in which you never saw the first time, which is always a plus.

    As for the personal info. well before the mp3 blog I was very personal, which is also why I don’t have an archive up. And then one day last spring an ex decided he would try to impose, so that led me to withhold quite a bit. Now that I have more and more readers I don’t think I would ever get as personal as I once did but some personal stuff is necessary, either it ties into the music or possibly someone out there can relate…But generally I don’t post names of family and friends, obviously my identity has never been a secret…

  10. mjrc on December 7th, 2006 5:18 am

    about the personal stuff, i don’t mind sharing my own feelings and such, especially if i can tie it in to some music, but i try not to say too much about family or friends. i usually keep those details pretty sketchy. mostly because i’m paranoid, partly out of consideration for them.

    the ironic thing is that aside from my husband and one or two friends, i don’t think anyone i actually know even reads my blog, so it probably doesn’t matter in the least!

    confession: i’ve never seen magnolia. i hate tom cruise’s performances so much that i pretty much avoid all his movies on principle. perhaps i’ll have to make an exception for this one. : )

  11. FiL on December 8th, 2006 1:03 am

    Amen, Marcy! I feel the same way about Tom Cruise – can’t say I’ve ever enjoyed any of his performances. Er, except for his Oprah couch-hopping…

    But if Dearest Rachel says Magnolia is worth it, I too may need to overcome my Cruisophobia…

  12. Wayne on December 9th, 2006 1:22 am

    i saw magnolia 3 times when it came out, it is truly an amazing film, if its possible i like boogie nights even more, PTA just has the magic touch

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