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
An agitated Naval veteran arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future - until he is tantalized by The Cause and its charismatic leader.
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.
Freddie is a bad dog. He keeps running away from home. He stumbles on a new master who loves him very much and tries to teach him to behave. Freddie loves his new master very much too, and tries to learn new tricks for him. Unfortunately, the call of the wild proves too much for Freddie and he runs away again. After a time, he returns to the master he loves so much only to find that his master has made the very difficult realization that Freddie will never be happy on a leash. And so Freddie's master has to let Freddie go. Freddie is sad to leave, but realizes that he can survive in the wild. Freddie is loose, Freddie is happy, Freddie is his own master now.
I was seeing the same things in the Rorschach test
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 can't wait to explain to everyone at the dinner table at my next company holiday party how to get rid of crabs.
The Master is an insightful and explosive examination of humanity that drags you through the dark flux of one troubled man's clash with a manipulative cult leader. It's powerful cinema in every regard and showcases some of the best acting you’ll see in any film of 2012. Paul Thomas Anderson’s character study evolves with such mystique, tragedy and humor that there's not a moment that isn't enthralling.
"We love Paul Thomas Anderson movie. Joaquin in The Master: Best of 2012."
That lady from the Portlandia sketch wasn't kidding. PTA knows how to establish a sort of chemistry between two characters and it creates this force that carries throughout his film. Really really good watch. And now if someone asks me if I'm unpredictable I know what to do..... :D
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PTA's The Master is groundbreaking cinema for the ages. The toll this film takes on you with it's powerful performances and a gripping score leaves you with chills whilst feeling disgust, love and hatred for the characters. A film that will be considered a classic.
I was seeing the same things in the Rorschach test
If there's one thing Paul Thomas Anderson excels at, it's bringing out amazing performances from a stellar cast. Superbly acted, The Master is intriguing and a great provider of interesting characters, but lacks the necessary emotional resonance that could have made the film so much more.
I have enjoyed--on some level--every PTA film I have watched and The Master is no different. However, I went into this film with an extra level of curiosity considering there are some unconfirmed parallels between this story and the story of L. Ron Hubbard and the formation of his religion, Scientology. PTA never confirmed that this was the inspiration but most people seem to think it was. So I went into it as a fictionalized account of an already strange and troubling real story.
And PTA succeeded at getting at the weirdness of it all. Sure, it was supposed to be a biopic or something like that, but he did something that is even better and more effective. He made…
“Everyone be awkward, weird and unsettling.” There, I just wrote and directed THE MASTER.
If The Pineapple Express is a bromance, The Master is a brodependent relationship.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).