"Magnolia", P.T. Anderson's philisophical and imaginative follow up to "Boogie Nights", is a daunting descent into realms of human emotion. The story of 9 main characters whose lives spin uncontrollably upon a roulette wheel of chance hits home with it's soundtrack, subtext, and intellectual brilliancy. All the actors in this film express the desire of the same kind - that inpenetrable taste of happiness, the feeling of life slipping away, the motions, motives, and madness of life. Anderson directs with somber sadness, each character's expression representing isolated soliquoys depicting defeat. While these actors subject their instincts into their character's drives and feelings, we begin to suspect that Anderson's creations are just metaphors for ourselves; rather, the emotive and ethical extremes of our daily escapades. Let's just ignore the fact that Mr. Tom Cruise is in this picture; ignore the fact that Julianne Moore and Philip Seymour Hoffman and Jason Robards appear in the film. As blockbuster names and household trivial quirks, these actors and actresses aren't what makes this film, but the story they create together. A Magnolia flower grows with each petal attached to its side, and wherever it grows, so does it's parts. Anderson, inventive, subjective, morally and immorally, creates a world of truths and lies, and does so beautifully.