Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
Every Man Needs a Sub Dig Guide
A 1950s-set drama centered on the relationship between a charismatic intellectual (Lancaster Dodd) known as "the Master" whose faith-based organization begins to catch on in America, and a young drifter (Freddie Quell) who becomes his right-hand man. After returning from the Second World War, having witnessed many horrors, Dodd creates a faith-based organization in an attempt to provide meaning to his life. He becomes known as "The Master". Freddie, his right-hand man, a former drifter, drifts through a series of PTSD-driven breakdowns. Finally he stumbles upon a cult which engages in exercises to clear the emotions. He becomes deeply involved with them, and begins to question both the belief system and The Master as the organization grows and gains a fervent following.
It doesn't happen often that all elements of what comprises film reach such a high level as with The Master. It brushes with perfection on so many an occasion which left me in complete awe for everyone involved in making this, but mainly because of the three main offenders; Phoenix, Hoffman and Anderson.
Paul Thomas Anderson is unmistakably a unique, powerful and resounding voice in cinema. Whenever he creates, something happens among lovers of film. Whenever he speaks through this wonderful medium I just have to listen. And while not all of his tales are equally impressive, they are always unique in style, content and themes. I find it amazing that a director who has received so much acclaim…
Paul Thomas Anderson is The Master. He is a filmmaker with grand visions, a director whose loyal followers pour over every word and dissect every scene and a writer who explores the failings and extremes of Man. Above all he is a hopelessly inquisitive man always striving forward and never burdened by contemporary fashion. And just like Lancaster Dodd, the charismatic false prophet at the centre of this film, his latest work is his most challenging, dense, contradictory and elusive to date.
Each new Anderson film is accompanied by unrealistic expectation. It would not be hyperbole to suggest he is one of the last truly great American filmmakers still at the peak of their creative powers. Yet with such a…
I'm not sure at this point that I can actually separate the circumstances under which I saw this film with the film itself.
When I got to the theatre, I wasn't expecting to see The Master. I had bought tickets to see Baraka in 70mm; I knew that there was a sneak peek going on that day, but I had assumed it was happening later, after Baraka. It wasn't until I picked up my tickets and the ticket lady asked if I was excited or bummed out, that I found out that I was about to get to see The Master.
Sitting in the audience, I wondered, how crazy would it be if PTA were there?
IT WAS REALLY FUCKING…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I find it hard to step back and take a critical look at The Master (or any of Paul Thomas Anderson's films, for that matter). Sometimes, films (or albums, or novels) just resonate with you, and you become emotionally attached to them. Sometimes you latch onto them so tightly that it takes years for the joy of the experience to fade and you can appropriately and fairly judge them. Your mind hears other people's criticisms and works to defend them, however tangential, frivolous, and contradictory those defenses might be. That feeling has not yet faded for Magnolia, so I think I've got a few more years of The Master-worship in me.
The most common complaint…
I'm going to go out on a limb here and say this is PT Anderson's best film yet. Yes, I think it's even better than There Will Be Blood. It's his most challenging, dense, and assured work to date. It forces you to look inwards in order to connect on an intellectual and emotional level, but it also challenges you to contemplate the entirety of human nature and what drives us. Just like PT Anderson's other films, it's extremely rich thematically, exploring control, power, regret, loneliness, action, belief, and truth. It's dense, but it's rewarding.
To say this film is stunning is a gross understatement. The richness of the picture is something that probably has to be seen on the…
The Master is an excellent example of a movie that I ruined before I saw it. I have never known my expectations of a film to augment my enjoyment of it in any way, and when I saw this in the theatre, I spent more time comparing the film to what I thought it would be, and to "There Will Be Blood" than watching the damn thing.
On the second time through, I was a little more stoned, and a little drunk, and far more focused, and now I think I start to get it. There are a lot of things this film could be "about," which is true of most of PTA's work. Regardless of what is happening, it's…
"Leave your worries for awhile, they will still be there when you get back, and your memories aren't invited.''
That P.T. Anderson will never be able to reunite creatively with Philip Seymour Hoffman again is one of Hollywood's great tragedies.
This film disturbed me quite a bit, and it will be on my mind for a good while. I feel like I don’t have the space, time, or energy to express all of it, but here are some things.
Film should be disturbing. It’s the most accessibly immersive art form, so it’s mostly a waste of our time to not invest in films that show us the gapping holes in our ideology. The film viewing experience should be difficult, because it should reflect back to us shortcomings of ourselves. Not to make us feel helpless, but to keep us grounded, and help us improve our vision of the world.
This film tackles the human tendency to fabricate and embrace. the…
It feels like the exact same film on second viewing - which is a good film. I remembered everything about it, pretty much scene for scene.
Performance-wise the two leads are absolutely incredible, although Phoenix can at times feel a bit too theatrical. Hoffman shines best in scenes where he is in a constant struggle to control his temper - most notably the confrontation with the skeptic in New York, but also in the final scene between him and Phoenix, where he does not 'blow' but where the threat of him doing so is continually on the edge of his performance.
A Scientology-like cult would have been the perfect escape/new beginning for those coming out of WWII disillusioned and…
"The Wanderlust has lured me to the seven lonely seas,
Has dumped me on the tailing-piles of dearth;
The Wanderlust has haled me from the morris chairs of ease,
Has hurled me to the ends of all the earth.
How bitterly I've cursed it, oh, the Painted Desert knows,
The wraithlike heights that hug the pallid plain,
The all-but-fluid silence, yet the longing grows and grows,
And I've got to glut the Wanderlust again"
Freddie Quell is a Rubik's Cube.Lancaster Dodd is a hypnotist who will break your will.Paul Thomas Anderson captures the plight of a hallucinogenic sailor who returns to the shore...what did he witness on the high seas?? How did this effect his thought process??? what went thru…
I am an unabashed fan of the "easy" PTA films (i.e. Hard Eight up through Magnolia), and while I appreciate the artistry of everything since (i.e. Punch Drunk Love and There Will Be Blood) it is with the slight pique of fear that I'm not really "getting it." Not the films' faults, of course, but my own nervousness.
The Master falls in this "harder" section of his canon, but after waiting quite a long time my nervousness was quieted by this initial viewing. Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman are a truly odd couple as an adrift and damaged veteran and the urbane mystic/intellectual head of a newly minted group/cult/religion called "The Cause." Hoffman's tutelage give Phoenix hopes of finding…
Emotional, and phoenix is wonderful. Special movie.
The Master is a film of the Church of Scientology, and while it features stunning performances from Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, and Amy Adams, it's a much too abstract movie for my taste.
Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson (of There Will Be Blood), The Master is a film about the Church of Scientology, a character study of a deeply disturbed war veteran, and a profound relationship between a Master and his disciples.
The performance by Phoenix was especially spectacular. From the first moment he is displayed on screen, you get the sense he is a deeply disturbed man, by how he carries himself, as well as the way his face is contorted. We further see his flaws as he…
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