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"I Don't Remember An Episode." The Teaser For THE MASTER Is Here!!

The Kidd here...

It's Paul Thomas Anderson.

It's Joaquin Phoenix. 

It's Philip Seymour Hoffman.

It's THE MASTER. I think that's about all that needs to be said.

However, here's your first real look at P.T. Anderson's first film in five years, his first film since THERE WILL BE BLOOD. 


-Billy Donnelly

"The Infamous Billy The Kidd"

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  • May 21, 2012, 11:17 a.m. CST

    by DDillustration

    What's this about?

  • May 21, 2012, 11:17 a.m. CST


    by GrapeFruit

  • May 21, 2012, 11:18 a.m. CST

    Damn this looks great

    by aceattorney

    Love the acting just from this tidbit

  • May 21, 2012, 11:19 a.m. CST


    by GrapeFruit

  • May 21, 2012, 11:19 a.m. CST

    Looks more interesting than ANCHORMAN 2

    by No Respectable Gentleman

  • May 21, 2012, 11:19 a.m. CST

    Ain't It Kidd News Week 2

    by Bodacious_Crumb

    Seriously. Doesn't anybody work here anymore? No offense to the Kidd.

  • May 21, 2012, 11:20 a.m. CST


    by SebastianHaff

    I love how for a year now it's been 'may or not be a thinly veiled examination of Scientology.' <br><p> I have a feeling which way it's going to fall now. Can't wait.

  • May 21, 2012, 11:21 a.m. CST

    Looks terrific

    by huskerdu2

  • May 21, 2012, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Jaquim hoenix would make a good Jack Kerouac

    by rev_skarekroe

    Also, if this isn't a remake of the Lee Van Cleef TV series from the '80s, I'm not interested.

  • May 21, 2012, 11:29 a.m. CST

    Looks interesting

    by Kakii

    Just hope its better than There Will Be Blood, which personally I thought was one of the worst films Ive seen, DDL was so bad I turned it off less than half way. Really do not understand why it was so rated. Each to their own I guess.

  • May 21, 2012, 11:31 a.m. CST

    Now that is how you do a teaser

    by slayme

    i know nothing about it other than what was shown and i already want to see it.

  • May 21, 2012, 11:31 a.m. CST

    Lee Van Cleef: NINJA!!!

    by Darth Macchio

    I remember that show...not as good as Carradine's Kung Fu but still...freakin NINJA!!! Ninja = Awesome. Pirate = awesome. You see the difference, I presume.

  • May 21, 2012, 11:32 a.m. CST

    There Will Be Blood felt timeless when released.

    by knowthyself

    This looks great. Paul Thomas Anderson is at the top of his game.

  • May 21, 2012, 11:37 a.m. CST

    Good Taste

    by Blood Simple

    Good taste isn't as subjective as everyone thinks. There Will Be Blood is a masterpiece -- if you don't think so, then you are simply wrong. It's okay to be wrong, it happens to everyone from time to time.

  • May 21, 2012, 11:41 a.m. CST

    If Im wrong...

    by Kakii

    I'll hold my hands up, this time my hands are firmly in my pockets! TWBB was awful and DDL's acting well, it made Rihanna's in Battleship look like pure oscar gold! There Will Be Blood is a masterpiece, of shit!

  • May 21, 2012, 11:41 a.m. CST

    Cannot contain my boner.

    by Bigdada

    PTA is the master.

  • May 21, 2012, 11:47 a.m. CST

    So I'm guessing it won't be long before we get a Django Unchained

    by Samuel Fulmer


  • Uhhh child abuse and neglect..duh?

  • May 21, 2012, 11:50 a.m. CST

    PTA needs to make films based off board games

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Come on stop preaching man....we want to see your vision of Don't Wake Daddy or Pizza Party!

  • May 21, 2012, 11:52 a.m. CST

    lucky Jack...

    by LF Martinez

    Glad to see Joaquin Phoenix is no longer interested in fucking up his one promising film career with stupid ass pseudo documentaries about his ridiculous pursuit of a career in rap. He is seriously lucky to be getting any jobs after his last three years of bullshit.

  • May 21, 2012, 11:54 a.m. CST

    And the Oscar for best cinematography goes to...THIS

    by Logan_1973

    Visually stunning already. Can't wait. And BLOOD is a masterpiece. End of.

  • May 21, 2012, 11:54 a.m. CST

    TWBB was a movie that started amazing and slowly got worse.

    by Adelai Niska

    Boogie Nights started at amazing and slowly got better. He has yet to top it, but I keep hoping he will!

  • May 21, 2012, 11:55 a.m. CST

    Doesn't even need a trailer

    by syn_flood

    I'm seeing it regardless.

  • The Master is PTA, this guy is easily putting himself ahead of just about every filmmaker out there when it comes to it. His writing is as good if not better than Tarantino. His technical skill is that of some of the greats right now like Fincher. He's just as epic as Nolan or any other celebrated blockbuster filmmaker. He's also got this original, classic style of filmmaking that he seems to just be pushing with each new film. All praise PTA!

  • May 21, 2012, 11:56 a.m. CST

    Joaquin Phoenix looks scary as hell...

    by Thomas

    Jesus, I want to see this thing NOW.

  • May 21, 2012, 11:58 a.m. CST

    when did it become cool to hate twbb??

    by JAMF

    "did i miss a meeting?" been waiting ages for this, gonna be great.

  • May 21, 2012, 12:05 p.m. CST

    Eric Roberts has aged pretty well

    by davida4348

  • May 21, 2012, 12:08 p.m. CST

    Looks great btw.

    by dahveed1972

  • May 21, 2012, 12:09 p.m. CST

    Jesus, he does look a bit Eric Robertsy

    by Thomas

  • May 21, 2012, 12:10 p.m. CST

    by sanjuro78

    If you only watched "Less than half" of twbb, then it isn't the worst movie you've seen because you haven't actually seen the movie.

  • May 21, 2012, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Joaquin Pheonix

    by wrongThinker

    Yes, the whole psuedo documentary thing was stupid and weird, but I don't care. This guy is one of the greatest actors every to grace the silver screen. Gladiator, Signs, Walk the Line... this man owns it... no exceptions. PTA has 50% genius in him. Joaquin has 99% genius in him. You better believe I'm hyped for this.

  • May 21, 2012, 12:18 p.m. CST

    Eric Roberts / The Master

    by Kevin Kittridge

    Me with Eric Roberts this February. We are at the 1996 TARDIS console from Doctor Who. He is somewhat dressed as a bungling 7th Doctor. (photo courtesy of Scott Sebring)

  • May 21, 2012, 12:20 p.m. CST

    Whats so wrong with not liking it?

    by Kakii

    I love strawberry ice cream, you may think its awful and love mint choc chip, which I dont, doesnt mean ones right and ones wrong. We all have different tastes, thats life. I post my preference in not liking it and get told i'm wrong! Ive never liked TWBB, I turned it off I found it so awful, DDL performance was cringe worthy and just horrible and the film itself boring. And if you like it or not, neither view makes you cool. I'm no hater I just gave my own view on it.

  • May 21, 2012, 12:25 p.m. CST

    music is annoying as duck

    by and

    looking forward to this but that music is irritating

  • May 21, 2012, 12:26 p.m. CST


    by LF Martinez

    Agreed...Joaquin is an amazing actor which is why it was equally frustrating to see him implode for no other reason than to create a silly and elaborate hoax for his own bemusement. Nice to see him back doing serious work with a great director. Totally excited for this. Just hope the next time he and his brother-in-law Casey Affleck share a few beers and think of a "great" new hoax they just leave it alone and forget about it.

  • May 21, 2012, 12:26 p.m. CST

    " mint choc chip, which I dont"

    by JAMF

    oooh now i get it, you're just a fucking troll. fuck off, troll.

  • May 21, 2012, 12:29 p.m. CST

    Looks cracking.

    by King_Knut

    Cracking readings of cracking lines, over cracking music, crackingly shot. Cracking.

  • May 21, 2012, 12:30 p.m. CST

    jamf - well you are what you eat...

    by Kakii

    ... which makes you a diseased manky cock!

  • May 21, 2012, 12:31 p.m. CST

    Joaquin Phoenix looks the way I feel every Monday morning.

    by Clio

  • May 21, 2012, 12:32 p.m. CST

    by sanjuro78

    Not saying it's wrong to not like twbb, I think it's a masterpiece but I can also see why people would hate it for all the same reasons that I love it. Just saying don't say it's the "worst movie you've ever seen" if you haven't watched the whole thing. Say "so bad I couldn't get more than half-way through" or "worst movie I ever attempted to watch". Really not trying to be a prick or a nit-picker but watching a movie you hate all the way to the end is a endurance test we suffer through so we can proudly say "WORST MOVIE EVER" Love Tarantino but "Death Proof" is my worst ever and have watched all the way through twice.

  • May 21, 2012, 12:37 p.m. CST


    by Brian

    PTA is the ONLY director I like to go FULL DARK on. I walk into those movies having read little and seen next to nothing. It's AT LEAST very, very good and very, very unique (Punch Drunk Love). At best, he's the most exciting filmmaker working (There Will Be Blood). Can I get an AMEN?

  • May 21, 2012, 12:41 p.m. CST

    man that looks intense

    by D o o d

    and Mr Phoenix looks great in it!

  • May 21, 2012, 12:43 p.m. CST


    by Kakii

    Cool fine by me. I just dont share that opinion, OK I've never walked out on a movie at the cinema as Ive paid for it and there's been a few I wished I had. But if im watching it online or at home for free and I dont like it, I'll turn it off as personally Id rather not waste my time. i definitely wouldn't watch something twice that I didn't like lol Fair play to you though. But yeah Death Proof was disappointing as the ending was lame which ruined it.

  • May 21, 2012, 12:44 p.m. CST


    by Bigdada


  • The guy who said Magnolia was about nothing is so wrong.

  • May 21, 2012, 12:47 p.m. CST


    by Jonas

    Wow, an actual teaser. No idea what the hells it's about and I'll be in the theater for it opening weekend. My top PTA list: 1. Magnolia 2. Boogie Nights 3. TWBB/Punch Drunk Love/Hard Eight PTA is one of the few filmmakers out there who's yet to put out anything remotely bad. For god's sake, he's the only director I've seen that got a great performance out of Gwyneth Paltrow!

  • May 21, 2012, 12:49 p.m. CST

    Wasn't this supposed to be about Scientology?

    by Ricardo

  • May 21, 2012, 12:53 p.m. CST

    Drinking torpedo fuel will make you do some crazy shit.

    by Ironhelix

  • May 21, 2012, 12:55 p.m. CST

    To clarify

    by Blood Simple

    Everyone is entitled to their opinion. We don't all have to agree, and I'm not out to change anyone's mind. But if you call There Will Be Blood a "bad movie" you are mistaken. Simple as that. In no universe, in no way can that film be written off as "shit". It's a masterclass in filmmaking.

  • May 21, 2012, 1:03 p.m. CST

    There Will Be Blood

    by Karl Childers

    Was there ever a decent Blu Ray release?

  • May 21, 2012, 1:09 p.m. CST

    Cannot wait for this...

    by Melanie Griffiths Sour Patch

    Movies for grownups with brains who like to see a little bit of the dark side of life are very welcome in my dojo. I got to see There Will Be Blood at a WGA screening where Scorcese Q&A'd PTA after the movie. Thank God he's still making his kind of films and isn't out there rebooting something or making Ouija the movie. Out of all the directors working today, his movies call back to the classic drama's from the 70's.

  • May 21, 2012, 1:12 p.m. CST

    There Will Be Blood was in the top 5 of the last decade

    by applescruff

    My 5 favorites were City Of God, Requiem For A Dream, Children Of Men, There Will Be Blood and The Dark Knight. I also loved Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Wall-E, Capturing The Friedmans, Mullholland Dr and Memento. We haven't even met the protagonist of this movie and it looks incredible already. The 65mm photography is out of this fucking world. I hear that this movie was shot with the ACTUAL FUCKING CAMERA they used to shoot 2001. Sign me up for at least 3 viewings in the theater.

  • May 21, 2012, 1:12 p.m. CST

    People who trash THERE WILL BE BLOOD

    by Nordling

    are inbred dipshits.

  • May 21, 2012, 1:16 p.m. CST

    To clarify

    by Kakii

    Fair enough, but thats your opinion and you are not mistaken in yours just like I'm not mistaken in mine. However good the sound, the camera work etc it doesn't make up for bad acting and a boring story. Whats wrong is people slagging off others rather than debating like we are and some other talkbackers are, over the fact all I originally said was it was one of the worst films I'd seen and never understood why it was so highly rated.

  • May 21, 2012, 1:19 p.m. CST

    Excellent teaser

    by MoistMuskyCamelToe

    Immediately makes me interested and establishes tension. I'm so tired of all the high-concept stuff; not that there's anything necessarily wrong with high concept, but it's refreshing to get a bit of intellectual stimulation. Hope this is good. I enjoyed TWBB but cant' say I loved it. Completely personal opinion.

  • May 21, 2012, 1:27 p.m. CST

    By the way nordling

    by Kakii

    How is your mum, sister cousin.. Oh silly me there one in the same!

  • May 21, 2012, 1:30 p.m. CST


    by skoolbus

    It looks fantastic. I hope it's four hours long. Seriously.

  • May 21, 2012, 1:34 p.m. CST

    Knew nothing about There Will Be Blood going in...

    by LF Martinez

    and left astounded. PTA's films have been hit and miss for me...loved Boogie Nights, didn't have patience for Magnolia, but adored Punch Drunk Love (one of the very few films with Adam Sandler that I have enjoyed). But There Will Be Blood is a masterpiece and feels like classic cinema in the same vein as Apocalypse Now, 2001, or the Godfather. It is so distinctive in its style that it will never be imitated. Also, the score by Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood is amazing. Some thought it distracting but I thought it was profound - I still listen to it every now and then: Prospector's Quartet and Proven Lands stand by themselves and fit right in with Aaron Copeland's Billy the Kidd suite or Fanfare for the Common Man.

  • May 21, 2012, 1:34 p.m. CST

    Thank you Megan Ellison!

    by Ribbons

  • May 21, 2012, 1:45 p.m. CST

    There will be Blood

    by eric haislar

    Will be remembered and spoken about just like 2001 is now. It is the only true masterpiece of cinema in the last decade.

  • May 21, 2012, 1:45 p.m. CST

    PTA has yet to disappoint me.

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • May 21, 2012, 1:47 p.m. CST

    That is one creepy trailer.

    by Royston Lodge

    So say we all.

  • May 21, 2012, 1:49 p.m. CST


    by mattythelionheart

    Joaquin Phoenix shows yet again how brilliant he is, and it goes right over most people's heads. How do they respond? They complain. Surprise!!!! There Will Be Blood was one of the best films of the last decade, by the by.

  • May 21, 2012, 1:52 p.m. CST

    Torpedo Juice

    by skoolbus

    Torpedo juice is American slang for an alcoholic beverage, first mixed in World War II, made from pineapple juice and the 180-proof grain alcohol fuel used in United States Navy torpedo motors. Various poisonous additives were mixed into the fuel alcohol by Navy authorities to render the alcohol undrinkable, and various methods were employed by the U.S. sailors to separate the alcohol from the poison. Aside from the expected alcohol intoxication and subsequent hangover, the effects of drinking torpedo juice sometimes included mild or severe reactions to the poison, and the drink's reputation developed an early element of risk. The U.S. torpedoes were powered by a miniature steam engine burning 180- or higher-proof ethyl alcohol as fuel. The ethyl alcohol was denatured by the addition of 5–10% "pink lady", a blend of dye, methanol and possibly other ingredients, in the first part of the Pacific War. Methanol causes blindness when ingested, and cannot be made non-poisonous. The methanol was said to be (largely) removed by filtering the fuel mix through a compressed loaf of bread. Later, a small amount of Croton oil was added to the neutral grain spirits which powered torpedoes. Drinking alcohol with the oil additive caused painful cramps, internal bleeding and a violent emptying of the bowels. It was intended as a replacement for methanol which had caused blindness in some sailors. To avoid the Croton oil, sailors devised crude stills to slowly separate the alcohol from the poison, as alcohol evaporated at a lower temperature than Croton oil. The stills were sometimes called 'Gilly' stills, and the resulting potable alcohol was known as 'gilly'. With the introduction of the electric powered U.S. Mark 18 torpedo, ethyl alcohol was no longer required for torpedoes; however, limited quantities of denatured alcohol were (and are) still required by the Electrician's Mates and Interior Communications Electricians on board ship for the purpose of cleaning slip rings, commutators, and carbon brushes on a wide variety of equipment. The standard recipe for torpedo juice is two parts ethyl alcohol and three parts pineapple juice.

  • I want to go in as objectively and unspoiled as possible. A PTA film is like reading a great book

  • Q is busy making stupid ass knock offs when Anderson is making ground breaking material.

  • May 21, 2012, 2:05 p.m. CST

    skoolbus - Thanks

    by Kakii

    That was interesting thanks for posting it. It kind of makes the trailer a little clearer to me, however I know some people want to go in blind so I wont post what makes sense to me to now. Thanks again

  • May 21, 2012, 2:05 p.m. CST

    how do you hate on boogie nights???

    by WWBD

    god, sometimes you talkbackers embarrass yourselves. PTA can do no wrong.

  • May 21, 2012, 2:10 p.m. CST

    He looks more like Johnny Cash in this than he did in 'Walk the Line'

    by Dr. Francis B. Gross

  • May 21, 2012, 2:20 p.m. CST

    Do you guys remember a tv show in the 80s called "The Master"?

    by torpedoboy

    It was about a ninja master. I don't remember an episode from it either.

  • May 21, 2012, 2:31 p.m. CST

    Actually, people who bash There Will Be Blood have taste

    by gruntybear

    It's the one film of Anderson's that's a rambling incoherent mess. It has a small collection of wonderful acting performances that DO NOT SERVE an over-arching narrative.

  • Seriously.

  • May 21, 2012, 2:43 p.m. CST

    Another Jonny Greenwood soundtrack...

    by Lacloake

    ...makes me happy in the pants department. TWBB is one of my all time favourite films and this one sounds just as intriguing. Looks like it might be a story along the lines of 'Wiseblood' which is no bad thing at all.

  • May 21, 2012, 2:50 p.m. CST

    Everything sucks a massive horse dick!!!!

    by lv_426

    There Will Be Blood Return of the Jedi Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade Highlander Full Metal Jacket Aliens Total Recall Terminator 2 Blade Runner According to a lot of the AICN talkbackers, these films are all crap now. Pretty soon we'll be hearing that directors like Alfred Hitchcock, David Lean, and Stanley Kubrick aren't worthy to be a pimple on the ass of the likes of Michael Bay, Stephen Sommers, and Brett Ratner. Board room filmmaking about board games, action figure 'splosion porn starring action figures, and the fine art of the remake are the guiding principles of cinema these days. Ideas is just another dirty word to be flung at filmmakers along with cock, cunt, and hack.

  • May 21, 2012, 2:56 p.m. CST

    Joaquin making sand boobies?

    by fingerlickingood

    I'm in

  • May 21, 2012, 3:01 p.m. CST

    I like all of those but 1 ....

    by Kakii

    Which started the huge kick off in the first place pmsl Alfred Hitchcock, David Lean, and Stanley Kubrick are all amazing directors. Althoug, here goes I will say it, Im not a huge fan of The Shining! Great looking film, however I first saw it as a kid and found it too long and drawn out, I tried revisiting but the memory of that just puts me off it. I did love the ending though as so iconic.

  • May 21, 2012, 3:09 p.m. CST

    How does he pull these performances out of these actors?

    by Nerd Rage

    It's uncanny.

  • May 21, 2012, 3:22 p.m. CST


    by joel007

    To say Daniel Day Lewis' performance was horrible in There Will Be Blood is to have zero understanding about film acting and film in general. My opinion is that it's THE performance of the last 30 or so years. There was DeNiro's Lamotta, and Lewis' Plainview. That's my opinion on it. The fact is, that by any reasonable analysis, it is at the very least an excellent performance. And you need to do better with the insults. Seriously. Or at least spell them correctly for Chrissake. The sister mom cousin thing. Holy crap. That's like retro Hack. Do better.

  • May 21, 2012, 3:58 p.m. CST

    Kubrickian feel...

    by karl winship

    to the shots in the interview room. Like a cross between Full Metal Jacket and Jack Torrence in the Shining.

  • May 21, 2012, 4 p.m. CST

    I walked out of TWBB

    by topaz4206

    I liked Hard Eight, and subsequently liked each of his movies less and less. He just doesn't seem too fond of life, and it shows.

  • May 21, 2012, 4:37 p.m. CST


    by Kakii

    Hey im all for different opinions etc but people attacked me, hence the returned insults. Anyone else who has debated ive been cool with. If you think he was great then cool, glad you enjoyed it, thats cool too, i respect your point of view. His performance grated on me a lot, i just personally found it awful. The problem here is if you post a dislike opinion, tjen suddenly your a hater, not all of us are like that. I wouldnt be insulting if i wasnt insulted first, ive been cool with others who have been cool back, even if they dont agree with my views. I stand by the fact i did not like TWBB, if you liked it then cool, im sure theres film i like that you dont. Thats just life.

  • May 21, 2012, 4:47 p.m. CST

    I am inbred dipshit

    by Wanda Tinasky

    Because TWBB was a horrid mess of a movie that jumped all over the place with no rhyme or reason, had nothing relevant to say and was completely self-enamored. It gets a pass from film fans because of Daniel Day Lewis and the photography but it is generally irredeemable. Every criticism that is made of Deer Hunter is valid when made of TWBB. And also of Magnolia.

  • May 21, 2012, 4:50 p.m. CST

    TWBB is a masterpiece and there is no other valid opinion

    by matthooper8

    Do people realize how good this guy is? One of the greatest directors ever.

  • May 21, 2012, 5:18 p.m. CST

    Can't fucking wait for this! Good to see Joaquin Phoenix back again..

    by Mr. Pricklepants

  • May 21, 2012, 5:20 p.m. CST

    WTF? I was seriously expecting...

    by schreck

    ...something related to the t.v. show about the ninja. You can't put the word "episode" in a headline along with the title The Master and not lead my brain that direction. What next, a movie called Manimal with no connection to that classic show? Or Airwolf perhaps? That's just wrong man. Now I'm left with blue-balls and no outlet for release.

  • I never liked NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, it never hooked me and I find it to be a snore. BUT, I do respect it as a film as the craftmanship is great and the acting is very good. I mention this because i understand that BLOOD might not be everyone's cup-of-tea, but to call it crap is just beyond stupidity. The film has been judged culturally significant and you have to respect the awards it pulled in. And DDL has never turned in a bad performance; in fact I don't think the man is capable of it.

  • May 21, 2012, 5:47 p.m. CST

    People saying TWBB is so unique and 'kubrickian' should watch....

    by Adelai Niska

    Hadaka No Shima (The Naked Island) from Japan in the early 1960s. it's got a half-hour opening sequence of the main characters working hard in a harsh landscape, slowly building characters based on facial expressions and sound design and patiently increasing tension. TWBB is often compared to 2001, but in reality this Japanese movie does the same thing as TWBB, AND SUSTAINS that style and power all the way through to the end of the movie without any fat on the story. And it's a real emotional wallop. That movie's about finding and moving water, TWBB is about oil, but fans of TWBB should discover it. I'm not here to hate on PTA, I like all his movies quite a bit, but Boogie Nights is still his best by a wide margin.

  • May 21, 2012, 5:49 p.m. CST

    (con't) the reason it's a better comarison point than 2001

    by Adelai Niska

    rereading my post is seems like I insulted Kubrick which isnt the intent. it's just that the monkeys aren't main characters in 2001. Daniel Plainview is- that opening wordless sequence builds the MAIN character. Same with the japanese movie mentioned above.

  • May 21, 2012, 6:09 p.m. CST


    by john

    what criticisms do people make about the deer hunter?

  • May 21, 2012, 6:11 p.m. CST

    whoever said the music is irritating, shame on you.

    by Kevin Spellman

    Jonny Greenwood is a god damn genius. And the person saying the acting in TWBB was bad....stop. Just stop.

  • May 21, 2012, 6:33 p.m. CST

    @ralph hinkley

    by Xenodistortion

    That is an awesome fucking picture sir.

  • And I love it for that. Reminds me of the stunning teaser Anderson put out for TWBB the summer before its release, only this one gives us pretty much nothing but the promise of brilliance. This movie is a perfect fucking storm. Financed by **AN INDIVIDUAL**, not a studio. One woman who believes that PTA has important things to say gave him the money to pull this thing through when the studio got iffy about its Scientology overtones. I could not be more excited.

  • May 21, 2012, 6:50 p.m. CST

    TWBB disparagers:

    by PotSmokinAlien

    Open wide for Mummy! Here comes the airplane: The movie "There Will Be Blood" is a metaphor. A symbol. Yes, the whole movie. It is about Republicans and Democrats pissing down each other's legs in a free-market capitalist system. And if you want draw a few parallels between Daniel Plainview and George W. Bush specifically, I sure as hell ain't gonna stop you. (To save most of you the trouble: "Of course someone with the screen name potsmokinalien would see it that way" / "You want it to be deeper than it is" / "Thinking hurts the clump of cells that passes for my brain" / Etc)

  • May 21, 2012, 7:38 p.m. CST

    Very intelligent comment from Nordling. as usual.

    by peter

  • May 21, 2012, 7:39 p.m. CST

    I have no idea what this film is about??

    by peter

  • May 21, 2012, 8:24 p.m. CST

    My new username will now be 'inbred_dipshit'

    by ATARI

  • May 21, 2012, 8:24 p.m. CST

    Thank you, Nordling

    by ATARI

  • May 21, 2012, 8:35 p.m. CST

    TWBB is best of 2000's

    by Joe Walsh

    Easily. By a wide margin too. I loved a lot of movies last decade, but none felt so instantaneously important and timeless. And that's not after getting word of good reviews, etc. Saw the trailer and loved DDL and saw it in early release in Chicago. I got the same light-headed amazement with it that I got when experiencing the classics of the 70s for the first time. In this short clip, PTA has created a more engaging story/mood than a majority of full movies released in the past few years. I can understand people not loving TWBB as much as I do, but to call it garbage seems antagonistic and dishonest. DDL worse than Rihanna? That's not a real...thing.

  • May 21, 2012, 8:46 p.m. CST


    by dukeroberts

    TWBB was great and DDL was great in it. However, Boogie Nights is still tops from PTA.

  • May 21, 2012, 8:48 p.m. CST

    Was that gasoline he drank?

    by Jaster Mareel

    Yeah I am fucking intrigued man. Reminds me of the interview scene at the beginning of Kubrick's The Shining.

  • May 21, 2012, 8:51 p.m. CST

    TWBB....uh......I don't know how to grade that one

    by Jaster Mareel

    Definite moments of absolute brilliance. Long periods of tedium and ultimately I don't know what the fucking point of the entire film is. What exactly is it trying to say? I'm not sure how I'm supposed to feel about any of the characters and the storyline doesn't seem to add up to anything. But it did give us =I drink your milkshake!= in an absoloutely batshit bizarre scene that will go down in history.

  • May 21, 2012, 8:57 p.m. CST

    I didn't like TWBB, and I have a question about it

    by CountryBoy

    When Plainview sends his deaf kid away -- "I ABANDONED MY BOY!!!" -- it's meant to be a horrible act of betrayal. Yet later in the film, his kid shows up, happliy married, with a kid himself I think, and he's like "I love my dad! I love life! I love the oil industry!" He's completely well-adjusted, with nary a complaint in the world. Doesn't that obliterate the intended point of the movie, that Plainview is a monster and the oil business the devils' work?

  • May 21, 2012, 9:01 p.m. CST

    @countryboy - No.

    by Kevin Spellman

    Oil isn't the bad guy. Greed and the "American dream" are.

  • May 21, 2012, 9:14 p.m. CST


    by john

    there were some hard views on capitalism/human nature in TWBB, but to over-simplify it to "republicans and democrats" makes you as stupid as those you lambast

  • May 21, 2012, 9:32 p.m. CST

    right lets settle this!

    by Kakii

    look all i said was i didnt like the film and ADL was awful! Then people attacked thinkinking I was a hater, im not! I give my genuine opinion if i like it I do, If not I dont! End of! Just cos I dont agree doesnt mean shit, my god how many people do actually agree? O just wont take abuse thats it, if its a debate then cool no worries but to get abuse cos I dont agree that a hilm is the dogs bollocks is bullshit So here goes TWBB is shit, Simon pegg is a complete twat and Tim Burton is a talentless fuck! So come on go for it! cos if having an opinion is fight talk then lets go for it!!!

  • May 21, 2012, 9:32 p.m. CST


    by Sirmausalot

    I too hope it will be better than There will be Blood. Cause that movie rocked!

  • May 21, 2012, 9:41 p.m. CST

    If *you* have a milkshake...and *I* have a milkshake...

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    ...and I have a straw, see, there it straw...reaches...acro-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-ss the room...and starts to drink your milkshake.

  • May 21, 2012, 9:46 p.m. CST

    kakii - There's a reason no one respects your opinion

    by Kevin Spellman

    It's not a complete opinion. You can't say you didn't like a movie you didn't even get halfway through, whether that movie is Citizen Kane or Charlie St. Cloud. You just can't. Also, it wouldn't hurt to, y'know, write intelligibly. Cause as it stands now, the way you write, you come off like a drunken twelve year old with Parkinson's. As for Simon Pegg being a twat, well, I'm assuming you've never met the man yourself, and if that's the case, then your "opinion" there is completely unsubstantiated. I'll give you Tim Burton...even though I personally believe that deep down in there somewhere is the man who gave us Ed Wood, Big Fish, Edward Scissorhands, etc.

  • May 21, 2012, 9:57 p.m. CST


    by gamerawangi

    They've already made a prequel to the "Doctor Who" movie in pre-production?

  • This is not even up for debate in any known dimension. If you can't understand the film then that's fine, and you're probably stupid if that's the case. But to say it's 'one of the worst movies you have ever seen' is a moronic statement and all it indicates is that you are simply a fool. The Master looks like lightning in a bottle yet again. I can't wait to see it.

  • May 21, 2012, 10:05 p.m. CST

    PTA performance that never gets mentioned...

    by Nice Marmot

    P.S.Hoffman in Punch Drunk Love. Intense, mean, creepy.... Really dug that film.

  • May 21, 2012, 10:14 p.m. CST

    Movie buffs 30+ years from now will be watching TWWB

    by Ben_Richards_Bomb_Collar

    I'm not going to insult people's intelligence or say something as condescending as "you don't get it." But, if that movie didn't have some sort of strong effect of you, you need to find a new hobby, cause watchin' movies isn't for you. DDL is flawless in that. Flawless. I'm sure people will retort that all he did was scream and get angry, and that's easy as an actor. I can only assume those people just watched the trailer or saw a few scenes on Youtube. And holy cow this looks amazing. Joaquin Phoenix ... holy shit.

  • May 21, 2012, 10:47 p.m. CST


    by Wanda Tinasky

    The ones I hear most often are that Deer Hunter makes great leaps in time without telling us why we are leaping to that particular moment; it feels random and lost. Essentially, we get all these characters' moments and lives in shattered and fragmented perspective. But I happen to believe that in a movie about Vietnam, itself a shattering experience, this is appropriate. Another I hear is that the characters, partially as a result of this approach, don't develop as anything other than props to act out set pieces meant to drive home "just how bad X is." I find both of these criticisms true of TWBB.

  • May 21, 2012, 10:54 p.m. CST

    I actually can't believe this is real!!

    by MainMan2001

    one of the most intense thing Ive seen!!!

  • May 22, 2012, 12:06 a.m. CST

    Possible best actor nominee??

    by RedJester

    So we have Daniel Day Lewis vs. Joaquin Phoenix vs. Bill Murray vs. (in all likelihood) Leonardo DiCaprio for Gatsby. Anyone I'm leaving out here?

  • May 22, 2012, 12:10 a.m. CST

    re:Was that gasoline he drank?

    by Heresy

    No, it is grain alcohol which was used to fuel WW2 torpedoes. Look up Torpedo Juice on wiki.

  • May 22, 2012, 12:12 a.m. CST


    by Heresy

    Drinking it straight out the torpedo like that would be very bad/deadly, maybe that's why he can't remember 'the episode'.

  • May 22, 2012, 12:16 a.m. CST


    by Kakii

    To say im stupid etc just because i dont like a film is moronic itself. MIB 3 may suck but sone people.will like it. And yes im a bit drunk now but just had an awesome time with 2 hot chicks so who cares! Try reading the full thread and youll see i just made a comment then got shit for it. I like most of his films just not twbb, is that such a crime? Should i take abuse and say shit back? Fuck no! I didnt like it, end of! However his new movie looks awesome and other films he has done ive enjoyed. kevinps: most of that was anger cos im pissed off with getting shit just cos i didnt like a movie, again read this from the begining and youll find that i was provoked, just cos i didnt like a film doesnt mean shit, theres stuff we all dont like, but does it give the right to abuse? Cheers though about burton, glad someone agrees. This wouldnt have gone so far if it wasnt for people not respecting others opinions, not all are haters for the sake of it. For fucks sake i just didnt like it, end of! Is it the end of the world? No i dont think so, if you liked it then good for you, fair play, i didnt, others didnt, so chill and get over it! Thats the prob here, too many haters about that make everyone look like haters. Plus as for the kidd, at least hes honest, agree or disagree at least he gives an honest opinion!

  • May 22, 2012, 12:24 a.m. CST


    by joel007

    is taking body blows on this one! But he's still standing!!

  • May 22, 2012, 1:23 a.m. CST


    by RedJester

    Standing is a relative term...

  • May 22, 2012, 1:23 a.m. CST

    @joel007 "He doesn't know it's a damn show,"

    by Ben_Richards_Bomb_Collar

  • May 22, 2012, 1:23 a.m. CST

    "He thinks it's a damn fight!"

    by Ben_Richards_Bomb_Collar

  • May 22, 2012, 1:31 a.m. CST

    Another pretentious Crap non-movie

    by chien_sale

  • May 22, 2012, 2:02 a.m. CST

    if you're a true cinephile

    by saint seiya

    Expect fine filmmaking as always from PTA. Yeah sure, we had the avengers which was a lot of fun, we got prometheus, dark knight but this has got to be the most anticipated movie of the year. A lot of users on this site are not real cinephiles and you can tell by the amount of dumb comments on this particular article.

  • My mind is quite literally blown. To create a trailer that comes off as a movie of the year contender without actually showing you anything that could spoil the film in any way is a difficult thing to do indeed. This is now up there with Malick's films as my most anticipated films of the year.

  • May 22, 2012, 6:19 a.m. CST

    Yes. Yes. YES!!!

    by UltimaRex

    TWBB and TDK are one of my ultimate double features. The Master and TDKR looks to become the sequel (sequels?) to that. Bring it on.

  • May 22, 2012, 7:19 a.m. CST


    by dancetothebeatofthelivingdead

    Personally, I feel he peaked with Boogie Noights and has yet to even come close to topping it. It's a near perfect film and a beautiful allegory on the importance of family witht he contrast of porn to show that even the most dysfunctional family is still family and we fall part without that bond. A beautiful film. Tat beig said, the only misstep in his career was casting Sandler in the otherwise brilliant Punch Drunk Love. It's funny, when it came out, all the critics were so surprised that he was passable in that tyo of movie, they spent the whoe time praising him. The test of time has weakened his performance an illuminated the movie over it. Hope this one continues his streak. Back to Hard Eight, he hasn;t made a bad movie yet.

  • ....When talking about true art, be it in film or any other form, no, not everybody's opinion is equally valid. You obviously have no clue what truly great cinema is, and if you truly think Lewis' performance is awful, then you must have a serious brain injury or a massive tumor or something. Go back to playing with your Playmobile set, because you're too stupid for Legos

  • ...Sounds sweet Kakii, but not as sweet as Michelle Pfeiffer, Ann Hathaway and Scarlett Johannson wearing catsuits and making out with each other while pouring fresh cream over each others breasts while I watch in the shadows and give direction like Arnold in True Lies, which totally just happened, for reals

  • Really? Not obvious enough? Jesus Christ.

  • May 22, 2012, 8:22 a.m. CST

    I bet that's what it's like to have a conversation with Mel Gibson

    by CigaretteFairy

    Joking aside, looks great! And TWBB is amazing!

  • May 22, 2012, 8:30 a.m. CST

    mickster_island and xenodistortion

    by Kevin Kittridge

    Ha - thanks guys!

  • May 22, 2012, 9:33 a.m. CST

    Saying There Will Be Blood was awful

    by gotilk

    reeks of masterful trolling. Nothing more. That is my critique. I mean, look at the reaction.

  • May 22, 2012, 10:41 a.m. CST

    joel007 that made me laugh

    by Kakii

    thanks for that it made laugh a lot! As for anyone wondering I never back down from a verbal, in jest just for fun or serious, I just dont. Im actually finding this really funny that theres so much hate because a person doesnt like a film, the saddest part is that some people have resorted to instant name calling etc which is the playground mentality, pathetic really, but also really funny. And actually freebeer that did happen as I was drunk and wrote my last post in the pub. Last night was sweet, stuff like that always happens to me. My friends think its so funny that I always get in mad situations. Best thing was Id only gone for a couple, then planned to head back home after that. As for playmobile or lego, naw too much thinking involved, just give me some crayons and im happy eating them!

  • May 22, 2012, 12:39 p.m. CST

    (TWBB SPOILERS) kevinps...

    by CountryBoy

    Plainview's pursuit of the American Dream makes his son the nicest, happiest guy in the world -- who also loves the American Dream. Not exactly a scathing indictment...

  • May 22, 2012, 1:21 p.m. CST

    Magnolia was not about nothing

    by Winston Smith

    And The Master looks incredible... I think this could be his best work. Then again, the idea of cults and the thin line between religion and cultism has always been fascinating to me. But they're shooting it in 65mm, and the look of the teaser is PERFECT... the way they captured the colors and feel of the late 50s early 60s. Magnificent. Also, on TWBB, I've always been a bit mystified. TWBB is a film classified as a masterpiece by film geeks (and I count myself as a film geek here), yet outside of our world nobody really cares about it and most people haven't seen it and just know it for the milkshake line (which they have no real context for anyways). But moreover than that, when people call it a masterpiece... I mean what makes TWBB interesting to me is that it doesn't seem to be striving for perfection. It throws a bunch of things at the wall, it switches mood and tone several times, it almost veers into black comedy and at other times it's very much about capturing a realistic sense of an actual era. The depiction of oil rigs at the turn of the century is insanely accurate, yet the film as a character study becomes comically absurd, and the way it handles character introductions and exits is sometimes very experimental and narratively brave. Speaking of that, compared to the script the film seems to be missing a few things thematically, especially in regard to Plainview's broken penis and his inability to "be" with a woman which kinda drives his whole "I don't want that house, I can never have that life!" speech. And for all the praise Day-Lewis gets, Plainview is a character of bombast. He even SPEAKS differently than other characters, using a type of voice that many advertisers and showmen used in the day and rarely breaking from it. (Side note: Day-Lewis is great, but so far I'd never put him up to the level of a true chameleon like Gary Oldman. I haven't seen one of his film's so maybe Ballad of Jack and Rose answers this for me, but I'd love to see him play a goofy character, or a deadbeat shy character. Usually he either plays a strong character like Last of the Mohicans or a psychotic bombastic character.) Anyways, my point is, TWBB is a fascinating film that has a lot more to it than milkshakes. I've seen it multiple times. I think it takes a lot of chances, and they sometimes pay off and sometimes don't. I would never call it a masterpiece, and in fact I don't think every film needs to be some perfect masterpiece. Sometimes by taking chances you create the most interesting movies, and you later on perfect what you were playing around with earlier. The Master actually looks to take a lot of the visual grammar from TWBB as far as the placement of the shots. Problems with TWBB for me include, but are not limited to, what I said about some missing thematic elements that worked so well in the script. What I said about how I really wish we just had even ONE moment of Plainview where he wasn't putting on that show. Yes, the character is doing it even for himself, but I feel like we never quite see underneath all that as much as I'd have liked. Also, the jarring mood shifts sometimes are perfection, and sometimes... the black humor clashes a bit with the extreme realism of the historical elements. Kubrick always excelled at this and PTA was definitely reaching. Again, I think The Master may be the result of things PTA learned as he experimented and went for it with TWBB. It's a great film, but far from perfect in my opinion... and that's also why when people think it's just some boring or stuffy period piece, I also couldn't disagree more.

  • May 22, 2012, 2:27 p.m. CST

    death to the Avengers!

    by dioxholsters ghost

  • May 22, 2012, 5:10 p.m. CST

    "Don't be thick in front of me"

    by jasper Stillwell

    When I see people dissing TWBB on the basis that 'it didn't make any sense' and it was 'boring' I understand entirely that this is always going to be as much a matter of personal taste as anything. But I genuinely believe that the visual language, the music, the sound, the narrative construction in mainstream movies of recent years have simply made people lazy and complacent (...and I do include myself in this process too). As soon as anything comes along that requires a bit of thought, a little committment and tries or tests an audience in some way then it seems to engender resentment. Sometimes maybe sticking with it and rising to the challenge reaps rewards in the long term that many films now simply don't provide. It's OK to feel like you're not 'getting' all of it at once, its OK for a film (now and then) not to be A-B-C and then thus we have D, to make us feel better and all nice and 'resolved'. Its OK for a film to embrace ambiguity because that's just like life. Life is like that. Thank god for PTA, he's this generation's Scorsese.

  • May 22, 2012, 6:49 p.m. CST

    You've got my attention!

    by thebastard

    Really liked There Will Be Blood. It's good to see Joaquin Phoenix doing something. Didn't really recognize him at first. Kind of excited to see how this one goes.

  • May 22, 2012, 10:34 p.m. CST

    Another incredible film...

    by ChesterCopperpot

    from an incredible director. Can't wait.

  • May 22, 2012, 11:40 p.m. CST

    This is a decent analysis on TWBB

    by Russell

  • May 22, 2012, 11:41 p.m. CST

    It's in 4 parts

    by Russell

  • May 23, 2012, 1:24 a.m. CST

    To people complaining about Pheonix's rap mockumentary

    by Cody

    He's a human being, he can do whatever the fuck he wants.