Punch-Drunk Love ★★★★★

93

(35mm)

There's such an energy to this thing. At once bouncy and smooth and mechanical and confrontational. Car crashes give way to music, violent outbursts lead to sweeping walks in the gleaming blue city side streets, and frantic sprints down faceless hallways culminate in a kiss. Still has one of the biggest 'wow' moments in a movie, as Barry calmly rejects the chaos around him with a simple "I don't know" before Jon Brion's musical score overtakes the theater space, colliding with the blooming mirage of shapes, colors, and stars. The fact that this isn't even in my top 5 favorite Paul Thomas Anderson films should tell you a little bit about just how much I love the guy.

"I don't know if there is anything wrong because I don't know how other people are."