Paul Thomas Anderson: All movies should be 2 hours long

“That’s when [movies] at their best,” Anderson said of the 120-minute run.

“There’s no time to die.” “Gucci House.” “Forever.” “F9.” “Don’t look up.” Many of the year’s most popular films have one thing in common: long run times. All of the aforementioned movies run well over two hours, which gives Paul Thomas Anderson is not ideal. Talking to New York Times to promote his latest critically acclaimed film, the teen movie.”Licorice pizzaAnderson says the ideal run time for a motion picture is two hours. “That’s when [movies are] at their best,” said the Oscar-nominated director.

Anderson revealed his ideal running time as the conversation swirled around the possibility of the director moving into the television space. Anderson has directed nine feature films since 1996 and directed countless music videos, but he has never been behind the camera for a television series.

“[The limited series is a] great format when it works. It’s exciting,” said Anderson. “Again, so is the series. I’ve never dipped my foot into that world, but I can imagine maintaining the longevity of a story over two, three, four seasons is very difficult. ”

Anderson continued, “Nobody asked [me to do television]. I’m just playing in my own corner in the sandbox. As a writer, I think we have fantasies when you struggle with documenting down: ‘I have too much material, maybe this is a limited series.’ While the reality is no, it’s not, you just need to edit your story. I mean, a good movie should be two hours long. That’s when they’re at their best. I missed that mark many times, but that’s really the goal.”

If movies perform best when they run for two hours, Anderson won’t heed his advice. Of Anderson’s nine films, only “Hard Eight” (102 minutes) and “Punch-Drunk Love” (95 minutes) ran below the two-hour mark; “Magnolia” is Anderson’s longest film at 188 minutes. Anderson recently moved closer to the two-hour mark with his 130-minute films.”Ghost theme“And” Licorice Pizza. ”

As for his latest installment, “Licorice Pizza” is getting rave reviews from critics (read IndieWire A-grade review here). However, the film was not without some initial criticism. The plot focuses on the blossoming friendship between 15-year-old Gary Valentine (Cooper Hoffman) and 20-year-old Alana Kane (Alana Haim). The relationship evolved into something more, which gave some critics pause. Anderson told Time there is nothing amazing about his movies.

“No boundaries are crossed, and nothing but the right intentions,” said the director. “It would surprise me if there was some sort of mess about it, because there’s not much there. That’s not the story we made, in any way. There isn’t a single provocative bone in the body of this movie. “

“Licorice Pizza” opens in select theaters on November 26 before opening nationwide on December 25.

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