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Magnolia

Year: 1999
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Writer: Paul Thomas Anderson
Cast: Tom Cruise, Jason Robards, Julianne Moore, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Phillip Baker Hall, William H Macy
One of those films upon which I'll never agree with the rest of the world (all expect for most of the real people I witnessed who watched it in the cinema with me).

To most, an undisputed classic. To many, one of their favourite movies of all time. PT Anderson's epic powerhouse bought all his favourite actors together (and those actors who suited his style), and what was the result?

I've never seen so many people walk out of a film in my life, and I wished at the end I'd been among the first who did. As the great unimpressed fan said, that's about three and a half hours of my life I'll never get back. By the time it was over, I think only about a quarter of the original audience remained.

A day in the life of a series of completely uninspiring characters with completely uninspiring lives (with the exception of Tom Cruise as misogynist motivational speaker Frank Mackey), every sequence was only marginally related, not one of them with a beginning, and end, or a point.

When they all start singing the same song at the same time, I'm sure there's a point to it, but whatever high art it and the rest of the film contained, I missed it.

The whole thing was bookended by a completely unrelated story of a depressed kid jumping off a roof.

Excrutiating for the seemingly endless duration. Among the handful of movies I'd describe as the worst film ever made.

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