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Seventies San Fernando Valley! Groovy Bradley Cooper! One Safdie brother! Why we can’t wait to see PTA’s next movie
There are still a lot of question marks around Paul Thomas Anderson’s first movie in four years, tentatively titled Soggy Bottom, but we do know this: The latest from the bard of the San Fernando Valley is set in his hometown in the decade he was born, the 1970s. It involves a child star working his way through his teenage years, a hot-to-trot movie producer, and a politician. Cooper Hoffman, the son of the late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman, is in the cast. (So is Uncut Gems co-director Benny Safdie.) And judging from the photos of last year’s shoot that have been making their way around the internet, both the city of Encino and a bearded, bejeweled Bradley Cooper appear to have gone through a time warp back to the Me Decade. Groovy!
Anderson is one of the most original, sui generis writer-directors to come out of that mid- to late-Nineties class of filmmakers that gave us David O. Russell, Spike Jonze, and that other Anderson (Wes), and he seems to be getting even more unpredictable and idiosyncratic as he gets older.
His movies are events even if you’re not a film nerd, and the idea of him blending a funky, Inherent Vice- era period piece with the sort of ensemble-based, character-driven drama he perfected in Boogie Nights and Magnolia sounds like the perfect combo. Anderson wanted to tell this story so badly right now he didn’t even let a pandemic stop him. It’s currently slated for a wide release on December 24th, so merry Christmas to us. There’s no 2021 movie we’re champing at the bit to see more.