“Magnolia”: A Movie About Rain

Earlier I described Fight Club as the best movie of the 1990s; this reveals something about my personal taste, and more of my personal taste will be revealed when I list what I believe its closest contenders are: Francis Ford Coppola’s Dracula, all four of Kieslowski’s 90s films, Verhoeven’s Total Recall and Starship Troopers, and — perhaps the clearest choice for runner-up — Paul Thomas Anderson’s magnum opus Magnolia. I understand statements like “this is the best film by the best filmmaker of the past twenty years” are subjective and carry little weight, yet since here I have the freedom to discuss…