Thursday, October 25, 2012

‘Punch-Drunk Love' Blu-ray Coming Next Year; PTA Says He's A "Huge Fan" Of ‘The Dark Knight' Series


This week cinephiles down under have been treated to their very first screenings of "The Master" as the film just had its Australian premiere at the Cockatoo Island Film Festival and another screening in 70mm at the Astor Theatre in Melbourne. Paul was on hand for both events (you can see him above with the artistic director for the Cockatoo Film Fest) and participated in a post-film Q&A at the Astor. A reader who was on hand at the latter event sent along a few notes.
  • After the screening the fan approached Paul and asked about the "Punch-Drunk Love" Blu-ray. and Paul said he's working on it now and will be released "next year." No word yet on if this will be a Criterion release but it seems like it could be a possibility. 
  •  When asked by the fan if he would ever record a commentary again (since he hasn't done one since "Boogie Nights") he said he might even though he doesn't necessarily enjoy recording them. Sounds like we can probably rule them out for 'PDL' and "The Master" but perhaps down the line.
  •  He also talked about how he's never really been offered tentpoles but that he admires what Chris Nolan did with 'The Dark Knight' films. "I've never really been asked to do that kind of thing. You look at what Christopher Nolan did with Batman, that's like the meeting of the highest level of artistic skill & a kind of commerciality and appeal to a wide range of people which is what anybody would want. It's kind of unparalleled actually, and they don't come to me with those. And that's alright."
  • Also when asked about if this auditorium was his lecture, and he was the film school professor, what film would he show. He said "Ted", that it was truly hilarious and so well written, one of the funniest/best films he's seen recently. That a film like "Ted" just takes you back to the core of what films are about, enjoyment.
The Astor Theatre was recording the Q&A so lets hope it goes online soon. (thanks Mert!) If any of our readers were recording and would like to send it along, that would be great.

We also came across a great quote from Jonny Greenwood in the latest issue of Uncut where he talks about his collaboration with Paul.

Matt Bellamy [of Muse]: How did you get into writing soundtracks, and how does it differ from writing pop songs? As you can guess, I'm jealous of your new calling...

Jonny Greenwood: It's just a different way of collaborating with people - like being in a band with a director, and a bunch of images and stories - instead of drummers and bass players. It's fun! Don't be jealous. Plus, you and I would only ever get to see the most pampered side of the job. Composers who do it properly all the time aren't treated too well - on many films they're ranked way below, say, make-up, in order of importance, and not given much freedom to try things out. I was just offered a film because they had to 'let go' of their current composer and I think that happens a lot - in fact, I probably came close during the scoring for The Master. I kept adding jazz flute. Paul kept sending me pictures of Ron Burgundy.
At the moment we're struggling to think of something more amusing than PTA sending Jonny Greenwood pictures of Ron Burgundy in response to his compositions but it's not happening.

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17 comments:

  1. He likes Ted and Dark Knight Series? Seriously? I wouldn`t have thought so, because those films are dust compared to his.... and it kind of saddens me...

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    1. Everyone likes The Dark Knight movies. They're excellent. Get over.

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    2. Yeah... But I don't understand how PTA likes movies made for 10-year-olds....

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    3. Oh come on. Stop belittling movies because they pertain to a certain genre. I enjoyed both movies and for the Dark Knight, the theatre was filled with 50+ year olds. Just enjoy the film, for Pete's sake.

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    4. The Dark Knight movies are great.

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    5. You can't really give Nolan enough pats on the back for what he accomplished with the Dark Knight films.

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    6. Yes, you can. Fact is, Nolan will never be a pure auteur due to him working on franchise films. Dark Knight fans need to get over it.

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    7. I can totally see him enjoying Ted, his personality is really easy going. Just have to watch him in interviews and notice all the people he's friends with. His long time gf/life partner is Maya Rudolph for go sake, Im sure he enjoys a silly comedy (aka adam sandler movie) once in a while.

      Dark Knight comment doesn't surprise me.

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    8. I don't think there is any such thing as a 'pure auteur' these days, honestly. The fact Warner Brothers allowed Nolan to do what he did with his Batman films, especially the two sequels, is pretty astounding. The Dark Knight Rises is hardly even a superhero movie, being as Batman is on screen for about 20 minutes in a movie that runs nearly three hours. You would think the heads of the studio would be telling Nolan to get Batman back on screen every 20 minutes or so, but he seemed to be able to make the film he wanted and that's admirable.

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    9. Well, he did make an Adam Sandler movie. Albeit not a typical one. And I personally think it's hilarious that he's talking about Ted so much right now.

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  2. So PTA had to "let go" of Jon Brion? Wonder what happened there..., I'm guessing JB took sides in the Fiona split and she won.

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    1. No, he said he was just offered a film where the composer was let go (to imply recently) then switches the subject to The Master where he says (somewhat jokingly I suspect) he was almost fired for including jazz flute.

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    2. I'm pretty sure Jonny Greenwood's talking about another film he's scoring in that quote, he and PTA were collaborating on The Master from the start.

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  3. Just found out about The Master screening at the Astor in Melbourne last night. Can't believe I missed it... I will never get over this... fuck my life

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  4. PTA is the man. I really enjoyed The Master, and I hope it finds more success overseas than it is here in America.

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  5. wow. really loved reading such a coherent post. do keep on sharing more updates.

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  6. We also came across a great quote from Jonny Greenwood in the latest issue of Uncut where he talks about his collaboration with Paul. the best ecig

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