Any list rounding up the greatest American filmmakers working today most likely includes Paul Thomas Anderson at the top or near the top of it. In naming the 100 best films of the 2010s, IndieWire included three Paul Thomas Anderson movies, more entries than any other filmmaker on the list. Anderson is a filmmaker who blends the flourishes of Martin Scorsese, Jonathan Demme, and Robert Altman into his own signature style. It should come as no surprise then to find these three directors included on a list of Anderson’s favorite movies. More surprising might be Anderson’s love for “Big Daddy” and “Girls Trip,” but it’s reassuring to know the director has a soft spot for crowd-pleasing comedies.
Later this year, Anderson will return to theaters with his still-untitled “Phantom Thread” follow-up project. The movie returns Anderson to the San Fernando Valley setting of “Boogie Nights” and “Magnolia” and takes place in the 1970s.