Magnolia ★★★★★

Come on and save me.

Magnolia is one of those rare movies that comes along and shakes you to the core. It burrows itself inside of you and stays there.

Like his mentor Robert Altman before him, PTA has this amazing ability to create a lot of unique individuals and circumstances, yet never overwhelm you with any of it. In Magnolia, he seamlessly intertwines his cast of characters in a web of sadness and vulnerability. They wander through their lives, searching for something, anything to take them away from the pain that sometimes occurs from just being.

The marriage of Aimee Mann's haunting music and PTA's world is absolutely perfect. That last shot when Melora Walters looks at the camera and smiles right as the guitar kicks in on Save Me is nothing short of miraculous.

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