An excellent picture
P.T. Anderson's debut feature film, Hard Eight, or Sydney, is an
excellent picture from beginning to end credits.
I saw Hard Eight after I had seen Boogie Nights and Magnolia (two of my
all time favorite movies) and loved it. I think it highly ranks up with his
One thing that I really love about Paul Thomas Anderson, especially in
this movie, is his focussing on people and emotions.
Hard Eight follows the story of a young man down on his luck (John C.
Reilly) and his unlikely meeting with a veteran gambler (Philip Baker Hall)
and their friendships and confrontations in Reno, NV.
I liked Hall and Reilly's performances, some of the best of both of their
good careers. Look for Samuel L. Jackson and Gwyneth Paltrow's performances
This is a great movie that ranks high with Boogie and Magnolia. One of
Terrific debut from P.T. Anderson, well written dialogue.
P.T. Anderson has proven himself to be a brilliant new talent, incredibly
skilled with the pen and behind the camera. Although a bit too much in
with himself (listen to his commentary on the DVD's), his first two movies
have both showed amazing strengths. Hard Eight, a wonderful story about a
man seeking redemption, at least within himself, is played by Phillip
Hall, one of those actors who never seems to give a bad performance. The
supporting cast is equally as strong with John C. Reilly, Sam Jackson and
Gwyneth Paltrow both doing a great job. Along with Boogie Nights, these
films provide as solid a start to a career as one could hope for.
is wonderful with the camera and with the actors, giving us a story that
keeps us interested throughout..