Oscar-nominated filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson is an unlikely fan of Marvel movies, citing Shang-Chi and Venom 2 as two he has been enjoying lately.
Oscar-nominated writer and director Paul Thomas Anderson, best known for character-focused dramas like There Will Be Blood, The Master, and Boogie Nights, is an unlikely fan of Marvel movies.
When Variety asked about films he had recently enjoyed, Anderson replied, “Shang-Chi was a lot of fun. There’s great energy in it, but I also live in a Marvel-obsessed household so it’s exciting to continue the journey of those Marvel stories I Liked Venom 2. “The filmmaker was also pleased with Venom: Let There Be Carnage Edits at the box office, saying it was a good sign for the future of the theater landscape. “With every week that goes by, it seems like the films are getting better,” he said. “It seems to be retreating.”
Anderson went on to explain how he works for the success of other filmmakers, saying, “I love the feeling of being a passenger with a director. I would be foolish not to advertise other filmmakers at this point Competitive spirit because everyone else’s success in filmmaking helps everyone. Good films feed good films. “
Anderson also appears to have an affinity with DC, and has previously revealed that he is a huge fan of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. “I was never really asked to [big tentpole blockbusters]”, he said. “When you look at what Christopher Nolan did with Batman – it’s like the coming together of the highest artistic level and a kind of commercialization and attraction to a wide range of people that everyone would want. It’s actually unprecedented, and that doesn’t bring them to me. And that’s fine. “
It’s unclear whether Anderson would ever direct a Marvel movie should he be approached with one, but it’s worth noting that he’s also a self-proclaimed fan of Adam Sandler films, which is why he starred the comedian as his acclaimed romantic from 2002 cast drama Punch-Drunk Love.
Anderson’s latest film, Licorice Pizza, is a sweet coming-of-age story set in the San Fernando Valley in the 1970s. It stars Alana Haim, the youngest of the sisters that make up the band HAIM, and Cooper Hoffman, the son of the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, who starred in several of Anderson’s films over the years.
Bradley Cooper has a supporting role in Licorice Pizza as the hairdresser and film producer Jon Peters, best known for his involvement in the abandoned production of Tim Burton’s Superman Lives. Sean Penn and Maya Rudolph (Anderson’s real partner) also make an appearance. The title Licorice Pizza was inspired by a defunct record store chain of the same name in Southern California.
Licorice Pizza hits theaters on November 26th.
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