Quick-Thoughts: Paul Thomas Anderson’s Hard Eight (1996)

PTA Marathon Part I of IV

Yay, I have officially seen every Paul Thomas Anderson movie now! Zero f***s given? Okay, onto the review.

This is just The Master 0.5, holy s***. A less psychological, surreal, and—obviously—religious version of The Master. Paul really enjoys making movies about self-interested older men reinvigorating troubled souls through means of control and wealth but then realize that helping strangers comes with unwritten precautions. 

But yeah, Hard Eight is an above-average directorial debut—no surprises there. Quirky dialogue, some spirited performances here and there, and mindful directing. Cute story too?

By the way, is anybody going to mention that Phillip Seymour Hoffman is in this movie for only roughly three minutes and he manages to deliver an A+ performance that would put the majority of actors out there’s best performances to shame? I miss the legend. 

Verdict: B

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“Hard Eight” is now available to stream on Amazon Prime, Crackle, Vudu, YouTube, and Google Play.

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