Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
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…
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…
Not rating this until a couple of revisits.
The Master is complex, subtle, difficult, and powerful. While not my favorite of P.T. Anderson's films, it may be his best. Every shot in this movie could be framed and hung in a museum. Both Hoffman and Phoenix probably give the best performances of their careers. This is Anderson in top form. He has really become a true master. I don't know if there are two films in the 21st century that capture the ideas and fabric and the mindset of America better than There Will Be Blood and The Master. Quell's post-war angst speaks volumes to the changing landscape of America during this time. At the dawn of the 1950's, America longed for change while Quell longer for answers.…
Una de las mejores películas y actuaciones que he visto en mi vida.
La dirección, la dirección de fotografía, el elenco y hasta el guión hacen de esta película excepcional. Me encanta.
Great performances and all. I don't want to ever this movie again but not because it's a terrible movie. I just didn't get anything out of it.
This movie holds the dubious record of being the only film I ever watched where I dozed off a total of FIVE times. It is a story of two men who meet, that starts and ends the same way. I did not care for anything whatsoever in this show, except one truly exceptional scene (and that is what the 1.5 stars are for) featuring the late Christopher Evan Welch, that begins with "excuse me". The delivery of his lines, and interplay with the also recently departed Philip Seymour Hoffman's counter-arguments, were pure perfection, and this one scene will stay with me for quite a while yet I'm sure.
Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman are two of my favourite actors, they are both extremely versatile and really give it their all with every performance. In the case of The Master this may be the finest performances I've seen from either of them. Hoffman is extremely charismatic and charming as Lancaster Dodd, while Phoenix is unhinged and broken as ex-Naval veteran Freddie Quell. They compliment each other so well, Hoffman playing mentor to Phoenix and trying to assist him out of his alcoholism and violent ways while as the film progresses slowly revealing a much darker, unhinged nature to his own character.
Due to such brilliant actors being cast in…
Freddy Quell is a man that follow his own desires and has a disturbed family and love life. He tries to fit on post second war society doing little jobs, but he doesn't fit anywhere. One day, running from some people that said that he tried to poison someone he embarks on a boat that carries a strange pseudo-science society that their leader is man that is curious about many science areas. This man publishes a book and many followers begin to appear to know more about it.
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