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 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…
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LIKE ITS TITLE CHARACTER, THIS MOVIE FAILS TO FOLLOW THROUGH
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THE MASTER asks serious philosophical questions about what motivates and drives us, as a species of pack-hunting animals, not unlike dogs (we worship "alphas," we crave a sense of belonging, etc.).
But THE MASTER offers just a muddled hodgepodge of answers, that aren't explored with deep concern or care. I can't stress enough how disorganized this film's effort is, to try answering its big questions. What disjointed screenwriting!
listen to The Impression That I Get by The Mighty Mighty Bosstones after watching this. I'm gonna throw up
I am a writer, a doctor, a nuclear physicist and a theoretical philosopher. But above all, I am a man, a hopelessly inquisitive man, just like you.
- Lancaster Dodd
Alright, this is one of those rare movies that isn’t on my list of movies to see that I decided to rent regardless. Every time, I’d see it in the store it would call out to me. I’ve heard really mixed reviews about it. I think its director, Paul Thomas Anderson, is a really talented guy so I figured I should give it a shot. It’s also got Philip Seymour Hoffman in it and since he died, we won’t be getting any new performances from him so I gotta take…
Immense performances from Phoenix and Hoffman. It's so intense and sublime. Great Cinematography, cast and screenplay. Overall, a very good psychological drama.
The title of this film is referring to Paul Thomas Anderson.
A master class in acting. (forgive the pun)
Utterly floored. This is the kind of masterpiece that you don't immediately understand, but do immediately know that it's a masterpiece.
Beautifully shot, beautifully acted.
As a huge fan of PTA's previous work, I saw The Master pretty much as soon as it was released in Australia. In a rough-looking Luna cinema (Grand and Event Cinemas steered well clear), with about 5 other people present, I saw a film I knew was on a different level to most. Both myself and my brother whom I saw it with had little to say when it finished, both a little confused and overwhelmed by what is a quite challenging piece of work. But as the days passed I became convinced that what I saw was a masterpiece and would forever find a place in my favourites' list.
The most note-worthy aspect of The Master is undoubtedly the…
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).