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Paul Thomas Anderson United States, 1996

smndvdcl's rating of the film Hard Eight

PTA's dramatic paintbrush finds its niche with Hard Eight. Whilst it's no Magnolia, Punch Drunk Love, The Master, Boogie Nights or Inherent Vice, the flickering flame of a genius was sensitively kindled here. His trademark flourishes seem to build momentum in a very solid debut for a 26 year old bright spark.