EW has the scoop on Smith's Web potshots at Paul Thomas Anderson

By Chris Willman
January 27, 2000 at 05:00 AM EST
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A tip to those planning the upcoming Independent Spirit Awards: Don’t put directors Kevin Smith and Paul Thomas Anderson at the same table. At Smith’s website, a person who identifies himself as the ”Dogma” lensman has relentlessly bashed Anderson’s new three-hour opus, ”Magnolia.”

Neither auteur would comment for EW, but the postings speak for themselves: ”They sent me an Academy screener DVD [of ”Magnolia”] this week. I’ll never watch it again, but I will keep it. I’ll keep it right on my desk, as a constant reminder that a bloated sense of self-importance is the most unattractive quality in a person or their work.” He also likens the film to ”a cinematic root canal.” Ouch.