Persusing like I do on occasion the film trade press (waiting for a return to proper SILENT cinema) I came across an interview with Paul Thomas Anderson. Apparently this young whippersnapper has made a number of critically lauded films, including one called Magnolia. I have to say I could not remember seeing Magnolia – until perusing my diary explained why. It had a cacophonous soundtrack which made me walk out after ten minutes.

Anyway Mr Anderson explained that not only did he like the music played on the soundtrack but that it had motivated the film in the first place. A few tracks by Aimee Mann had turned into a tedious three hour meditation on the nature of coincidence starring lots of ugly actors being miserable and horrible to one another. Not exactly a compliment, is it Aimee?