Paul Thomas Anderson is preparing to present his new feature film “Licorice Pizza” soon, three years after “Phantom Thread”. The director is therefore back on the front of the stage and he takes the opportunity to give his opinion on “Titanium” and also on the latest Marvel and “Venom 2.”
Paul Thomas Anderson is back
Licorice Pizzais the title of the ninth essay by Paul Thomas Anderson. The man is certainly one of the most talented of his generation, with a filmography that does not show any flagrant lack of taste. We therefore expect a new strong work from him, with a story that will take place in the 70s. The screenplay will focus on two teenagers who fall in love with each other. The wonderful idea is to have gone looking for Cooper Hoffman, son of the late Philip Seymour Hoffman with whom Paul Thomas Anderson worked. In the other lead role, he placed his trust in the unknown Alana Haim. The latter is also very widely put forward in the first opinions that fell. However, we will have to wait until January 5 to find out Licorice Pizza on French screens.
The director’s opinion on the latest releases
The promotion of the film has started and the prestigious Variety published a long interview with the director. It is, as often, very interesting to read. We learn more about Licorice Pizza but the questions sometimes drift into other subjects. So comes the moment when the journalist asks Paul Thomas Anderson what films he has liked lately. To our surprise, he quotes first Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, the latest cinematic creation from the Marvel team. We did not expect a director who works in independent cinema, with great rigor in his work, to dwell on this universe.
“Shang-Chi” was really fun. There’s an energy in it, but I also live in a Marvel-obsessed household, so continuing the journey with these Marvel stories is exciting for us. I liked “Venom 2”. “Titanium” is worth the detour. Be careful: I don’t know how to recommend it because it is definitely not everyone’s cup of tea. I’m not quite sure what I think about it but, my God, you are in the presence of a real filmmaker.
PTA speaks on Titanium
More surprising than the last Marvellerie, it is when he draws the title Venom: Let There Be Carnage that astonishment is the strongest. The film has been getting scathing reviews since its release and we don’t really understand what Paul Thomas Anderson found so stimulating in it. On the other hand, we are delighted to hear him quote Titanium. Julia Ducournau’s second feature film, for which she won the last Palme d’Or, is indeed a demanding piece of cinema that will not suit everyone. Even if, here too, the universe deployed by Titanium is far from that of Paul Thomas Anderson, he knows how to recognize the talent displayed by his French counterpart.