Aug. 17, 2012, 5:37 p.m. CST
by Mr. Pricklepants
Aug. 17, 2012, 5:38 p.m. CST
Aug. 17, 2012, 5:40 p.m. CST
The experience was great. The crowd was remarkably well-mannered and I agree that the film is very rich and viewers will be rewarded by additional viewings. I can't say enough good things about Joaquin Phoenix's performance. http://www.cinemixtape.com/movie-reviews/the-master/
Aug. 17, 2012, 5:47 p.m. CST
Five years later how does that work? Also he was in the Navy what sort of scars could he have What they ran out of sweet rolls and coffee at the Chow hall?
Aug. 17, 2012, 5:51 p.m. CST
When we first meet Freddie, he's on a ship and the war is literally ending. I said "most" of the film takes place in 1950. And I'm talking about psychological scars, and when you see the movie, your question will seem silly.
Aug. 17, 2012, 5:55 p.m. CST
that this isn't playing near me!
Aug. 17, 2012, 6:09 p.m. CST
by Mr Soze
Aug. 17, 2012, 6:10 p.m. CST
by Mr Soze
Sorry I got Fat fingers.
Aug. 17, 2012, 6:24 p.m. CST
I look at him in these trailers and clips and he just looks like he chewing scenery, like he has something to prove. "Oh, look, I'm back as an actor after trying to play everyone for fools and no one appreciated my genius." Narcissistic ass! That being said, I will likely see it because I am a PTA fan and a fan of Phillip Seymour Hoffman. I'm sure it'll succeed in spite of Phoenix and his bullshit.
Aug. 17, 2012, 6:27 p.m. CST
Was there last night and feel pretty much the same! Only thing was, isn't Freddy's last name Quell in the movie? It says Sutton on IMDB, but I remember it being Quell in the movie.
Aug. 17, 2012, 6:29 p.m. CST
Was the last thing anyone in the Navy in the pacific during WWII was worried about.
Aug. 17, 2012, 6:36 p.m. CST
Its one of the most disgusting, criminal groups in the world.
Aug. 17, 2012, 6:41 p.m. CST
More men died on ships than Marines at the horrific battle of Guadalcanal. I think it was around 4,000 men blown up on decks, drowned below decks, poisoned by toxic gasses in engine room fires, etc. Read history. It's important. There was one battle in WWII in the Pacific where 100 Navy men were eaten by sharks after their ship sank. Bad shit happened even for "sweet roll" eating Navy men.
Aug. 17, 2012, 6:45 p.m. CST
no thanks I'll pass
Aug. 17, 2012, 7:01 p.m. CST
Anderson seems to be abandoning the playfulness of his earlier work in favor of giant serious pieces of art. Normally I'd be all for this but more and more I'm appreciating films about humans that have a genuine warmth for and playfulness with humanity. Even giant pieces of art. I hope Anderson's big abstract works can bring back some of the black comedy of Boogie and Magnolia in the future. They are some of his greatest tools as a storyteller.
Aug. 17, 2012, 7:07 p.m. CST
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Aug. 17, 2012, 7:09 p.m. CST
PTA is the true master of this group of directors.
Aug. 17, 2012, 7:11 p.m. CST
Sounds like one of those super arthouse films that internet critics love, but a lot of mainstream ones hate and audiences never embrace. You never know, PTA is great, but this sounds like a film that a lot of people will find disappointing.
Aug. 17, 2012, 7:21 p.m. CST
...So, eleven hundred men went in the water; 316 men come out and the sharks took the rest, June the 29th, 1945. Anyway, we delivered the bomb. -and the sweet rolls.
Aug. 17, 2012, 7:21 p.m. CST
You are a silly head.
Aug. 17, 2012, 7:22 p.m. CST
Aug. 17, 2012, 7:24 p.m. CST
when every religion is just as full of shit, just as keen on abusing it's members and just as eager to make money while doing it as the church of scientology.
Aug. 17, 2012, 7:37 p.m. CST
And already AICN are defending Paul Thomas Anderson!! Grats!! If it were Paul W.S. Anderson, then they would kill him before seeing the movie!! PTA could shit on harrys face, film it, release it and AICN would herald it a classic!
Aug. 17, 2012, 7:38 p.m. CST
PSH is playing a version of L. Ron Hubbard and 'being processed' is the same as auditing in Scientology with the bullshit E-Meter. Scientology is a vile and bullshit 'religion' just like many others. Please stop mincing words and pretending that this movie is not a blatant indictment of Scientology because it absolutely is and Joaquin's character represents all the poor fuckers sucked into it.
Aug. 17, 2012, 7:39 p.m. CST
what's your point?
Aug. 17, 2012, 7:40 p.m. CST
Still, AICN is on the payroll....
Aug. 17, 2012, 7:40 p.m. CST
Aug. 17, 2012, 7:40 p.m. CST
the people who give scientology shit are usually people who believe in religions that have done the things i listed above Scientology is a con, obviously, but at least it's not an evil con
Aug. 17, 2012, 7:42 p.m. CST
Your right of course, he is talentless (and putting his pecker in Milla, unlike we two) but my point is... AICN have their favorites. Thats all. :-)
Aug. 17, 2012, 7:43 p.m. CST
is when the Indianapolis sank.
Aug. 17, 2012, 7:47 p.m. CST
Lookup Operation Snow White. Then lookup the Sea Org (i.e. Slavery) And the difference between religions and Scientology is that religions don't pump you for information and then blackmail you with it until penniless and then have you spend your life in service to them. There are two types of people... those who aren't Scientologists.. and blooming idiots.
Aug. 17, 2012, 7:56 p.m. CST
...as opposed to Scorsese (Boogie Nights = Goodfellas with a Raging Bull ending scene) and Altman (Magnolia = Short Cuts) this time? He must have seen 'Tree of Life', loved the film stock and story structure in it, then said to himself, "Time for me to make another original film so that AICN crowd can reconfirm me as the generation's vanguard of cinema."
Aug. 17, 2012, 7:58 p.m. CST
by saint seiya
Good Artists Copy; Great Artists Steal -picasso
Aug. 17, 2012, 8:24 p.m. CST
by Angry Mike
I already know you will deny that, but its obvious the topic is uncomfortable for you.
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Aug. 17, 2012, 10:14 p.m. CST
to anything released this year? beasts of the southern wild seems like a dark horse...but could rack up some noms. is The Master oscar material? directing, acting, cinematography & or score?
Aug. 17, 2012, 10:29 p.m. CST
Joaquin Phoenix is a lock for a nomination. I'm not sure about Hoffman, though, because he's a co-lead with Phoenix and has the less flashy of the two roles. Cinematography and direction nominations are likely. The screenplay might leave some people cold, though. I disagree with Capone about Adams. She does a fine job, but the role isn't very substantive. Even when she's present in scenes, those scenes are all about Hoffman's character so she doesn't get lots of dialogue. To the poster who lamented a lack of black humor in PTA's most recent work: it's not missing in "The Master."
Aug. 17, 2012, 10:51 p.m. CST
And, I'm not saying that's a bad thing - Boogie Nights is still my favorite film of his (but I still haven't seen There Will be Blood - need to do that).
Aug. 17, 2012, 10:52 p.m. CST
Not a horrible movie, but a damn annoying start.
Aug. 17, 2012, 10:55 p.m. CST
Now that I have gotten that out of my way... how exactly is this NOT based on Scientology? Sure looks and sounds an awful lot like it.
Aug. 17, 2012, 11:04 p.m. CST
thx bro, appreciate the opinion/observation.
Aug. 17, 2012, 11:13 p.m. CST
Chewing scenery is solid proof that Phoenix is great actor. He doesn't play himself, he isn't a character actor, he's an actor who loses himself in roles. I get upset at this whole idea that people have that Heath Ledger's The Joker was the best example of method acting ever. Sure, Daniel Day Lewis and Heath Ledger are great actors....but they don't follow method acting. Strasberg never talked about getting that far into a role.
Aug. 17, 2012, 11:58 p.m. CST
P.T. Anderson is the son of Ghoulardi (Ernie Anderson), so therefore, anything he is remotely involved in is golden. Actually, he has proven himself to be among our country's greatest Filmakers, with "Punch Drunk Love" being his only weak spot. That, of course, may have more to do with my inability to watch anything with Adam Sandler in it, though.
Aug. 18, 2012, 12:11 a.m. CST
Aug. 18, 2012, 12:17 a.m. CST
I think loosely inspired by... I wish it was more bang-on, biodrama. Get Jack Parsons and witchcraft/luciferianism in there. The "soul-cracking", the "commodore messengers" (underage girls in mini-skirts to catch LRH's ashes). Check Sex + Rockets by John Carter, good read, as is the Playboy interview w/ LRH's son. What I've seen on screen seems TAME in comparison.
Aug. 18, 2012, 1:07 a.m. CST
He can make pretentious long-a$$ important films.. but can he make a movie to BEAT the first Kubrick Shining? My money is on... you all own me.
Aug. 18, 2012, 1:11 a.m. CST
Aug. 18, 2012, 1:29 a.m. CST
by Aaron Cale
I love to go back to Hard Eight, Boogie Nights, and occasionally Magnolia, but nothing later than that really. He's a a hell of a director of actors, there's so much he does right as a director, but he's abandoned interesting narrative for plodding character study and obtuse themes lately. I hate how art directors think offering their comments on the big mysteries of the universe makes their work important. These are the things I'll figure out for myself without the assistance of a movie, thank you very much. And as a true athiest I truly consider any exploration of religious themes as an utter waste of time. The raining frogs were truly the beginning of the end for me and this man's work.
Aug. 18, 2012, 1:35 a.m. CST
by Balkin Flabgurter
will remember him getting his face shit on for an eternity, in fact, i bought the dvd.
Aug. 18, 2012, 2 a.m. CST
Aug. 18, 2012, 2:53 a.m. CST
if you bought the dvd, you should know/listen to the 2 commentaries...Casey Afflecks & then Affleck, Phoenix, & rest of cast. his friend didn't shit on his face...it was all a set-up...ground up coffee & chocolate passed through a tube taped to his friends/assistants back. the whole doc was a farce/faked.
Aug. 18, 2012, 4:09 a.m. CST
He's pretty much the only Brit that did not come from theatre. As far as method I always found that method acting wasn't the greatest way to go about things because the actor that does it seems like he acts in his own little World apart from the rest of the cast and it doesn't feel organic. My preference are more in line with natural acting, you go in there, you say your line and acts the way you could if you would be in your character's place. That's why I prefer the actors from the pre-method generation, Bogart, Peck. Lancaster, etc...Also I think Lewis' acting in There Will Be Blood worked I thought because the movie was almost a biography, the camera was on him throughout and his interaction with other human beings was minimal.
Aug. 18, 2012, 5:26 a.m. CST
Could have fooled me.
Aug. 18, 2012, 5:27 a.m. CST
What the fuck is wrong with this site?
Aug. 18, 2012, 6:56 a.m. CST
by david starling
It is dammit. PTA may try to hide it, and state not, as you do Capone, but it is. Sorry, but dress something as alternate as you like, but the basic facts are there!!
Aug. 18, 2012, 7:02 a.m. CST
by David Duchovny
Ebert has some cred and might be able to get away with that shit once in awhile because he's seen like 100,000 movies and knows what he's talking about--but from anyone else it comes off as lecturing douchebaggery.
Aug. 18, 2012, 8:21 a.m. CST
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Aug. 18, 2012, 9:01 a.m. CST
i want to know if our next president (shudder) really wears magic underpants that he thinks will protect him from harm. I guess one of the first things he can cut is the secret service budget.
Aug. 18, 2012, 10:06 a.m. CST
Aug. 18, 2012, 10:17 a.m. CST
There are plenty of hateful anti-religious bigots/deprogrammers posting here. Get out of the 70's peeps. I am interested in this movie though. And even more interested in why he was motivated to make it. I also like this guys attitude on directing. Very much "do it yourself, screw film school ect.." very independent thinking.
Aug. 18, 2012, 10:21 a.m. CST
Aside from the bad writing, this article screams for proofing and editing.
Aug. 18, 2012, 10:58 a.m. CST
I will have to drive a ways to see this one, but it will be worth it. Wish I could see the 70mm print!
Aug. 18, 2012, 11:05 a.m. CST
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QT and PTA are both phenomenal filmmakers in their own ways. If Tarantino all of a sudden made let's say "There Will Be Blood," I'd honestly be disappointed. Tarantino does what he does and that's what makes him so good. Directors have styles, and QT has his, he's on a damn fine role and "Django" will be another one.
Aug. 18, 2012, 11:46 a.m. CST
Capone is a scientologist. That is all.
Aug. 18, 2012, 11:47 a.m. CST
Yeah, just like every other religion in the world.
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Aug. 18, 2012, 1:16 p.m. CST
It depends on whether or not you include the one-on-one auditing sessions the audience undergoes during the mid-movie intermission. Auditing? Oops, I meant "processing".
Aug. 18, 2012, 1:23 p.m. CST
...to be about scientology (and other cults).
Aug. 18, 2012, 2:34 p.m. CST
you wrote the following "a former Navy man fresh out of World War II (the film is set mostly in 1950) who has no trouble getting into one mess after another at every turn." To a reasonable reader that would mean 1946 maybe 47 to stretch the point. You wrote something that doesn't make much sense to reasonable person. your reply is logically flawed since you wrote that when we meet Freddy he's on ship and the war is "literally" ending.(what instead of figuratively ending?) So he's STILL in the Navy when we meet him as in serving aboard a ship of the line(guessing here) and not FRESH from the Navy as in discharged, right chief? And for god sake its THE NAVY obviously you never served. life aboard a ship, even in WW2, is sweet simple duty since sailors are simplest minded motherfuckers you will ever meet. Fresh hot food, showers, movies Christ on a crutch it's not like he was saintly USMC Infantrymen having to climb over the bodies of his friends to take out a Jap machine gun nest on some shit hole island in the south pacific, he was IN THE NAVY.
Aug. 18, 2012, 2:34 p.m. CST
They just do it on a micro-level, although they're probably only a decade or so away from pouring money into politics (thanks, Citizens United): See Paul Haggis' expose from a couple of years ago (and he was near a lifetime member). http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/02/14/110214fa_fact_wright
Aug. 18, 2012, 3:05 p.m. CST
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Aug. 18, 2012, 3:47 p.m. CST
Not completely sure it was ww2. It could have been Korea.
Aug. 18, 2012, 3:52 p.m. CST
It sounded to me like they were saying 'Quill'.
Aug. 18, 2012, 6:07 p.m. CST
by duke of url
Or was he just Frank Marshall Davis, radical poet and journalist who was a card-carrying member of the Communist Party zombot indeed!
Aug. 18, 2012, 6:12 p.m. CST
by duke of url
he didn't earn anything there, it was given to him...
Aug. 18, 2012, 6:22 p.m. CST
This doesn't sound that good! Three barn-burner scenes with 2 amazing actors and an anxiety inducing soundtrack doesn't make a great movie. Honestly, I'd prefer to watch a movie about giant robots fighting each other than another Hoffman vehicle about some Scientology freaks. Or There Will Be Blood, again.
Aug. 18, 2012, 7:54 p.m. CST
Aug. 18, 2012, 9:02 p.m. CST
The Shoshanna segments of Inglourious possess more a authentic pathos and imaginative historical evocation than anything in There Will Be Blood. QT may not trade in a shallow veneer of sobriety and poses of gravitas, but he's as serious about making films of the highest aesthetic quality as anyone on the planet.
Aug. 18, 2012, 9:37 p.m. CST
by tye dye mann
Considering that you're a birther, I will refrain from mocking you. Special needs individuals need all the help that they can get. I'll just say that while I agree that Obama will be our next President, he is actually our, and that means your, CURRENT PRESIDENT.
Aug. 18, 2012, 9:44 p.m. CST
by golden tribw
Aug. 18, 2012, 10:10 p.m. CST
Just like the massively overrated There Will Be Blood, which, too, was a meandering clusterfuck of dull that just ended, saying absolutely NOTHING.
Aug. 18, 2012, 10:48 p.m. CST
Or whatever that was. I still don't know and I still think it was dumb. Pass.
Aug. 19, 2012, 12:23 a.m. CST
Really? Your concerned about how the masses will receive this film? Well, do yourself a favor and take that concern right off your worry menu. Go see it. If you like it, tell a friend. If you don't, then tell a friend. Don't go out of your way to worry about what the huddled masses might think of the film, if for no other reason than it's not a real concern of yours and you're just concern trolling.
Aug. 19, 2012, 2:59 a.m. CST
I lost all interest. A real life expose of L. Ron would be way more fascinating than this timid abstraction. Weak.
Aug. 19, 2012, 3:46 a.m. CST
by Balkin Flabgurter
somebody earlier posted the Doc was a fake as said in the commentary, i have also heard from numerous sources that was his extensive PR cover-up. If you watch the documentary, he is FUCKED, seriously i knew kids who listen to ICP in high school that were cooler than him, he definitely could not handle his drugs.
Aug. 19, 2012, 3:48 a.m. CST
by Balkin Flabgurter
Aug. 19, 2012, 9:32 a.m. CST
by Gabe Athouse
And that's where I stopped reading. If Capone can't be bothered to proof-read, I'm gone.
Aug. 19, 2012, 10:27 a.m. CST
That's pretty unfair demanding something that was maybe never intended in the first place.
Aug. 19, 2012, 10:36 a.m. CST
He showed a cut to Tom Cruise? I'm a bit surprised by that actually. I know they worked together in Magnolia, it's just I thought Scientology would have advised TC against viewing. Perhaps TC is so far along in his training, so clear, that SPs mean nada. Or maybe the movie cost him $$$ in auditing. I must admit that I know nothing first hand from experience regarding Scientology.
Aug. 19, 2012, 1:11 p.m. CST
I have served in the Marines, and you're talking about the Navy of today, not WW2. Clearly you come from a modern mindset that can't conceive of the days when ships sank and drowned hundreds or were bombed to fiery pieces. Visualize being in the middle of the ocean soaked in oil hearing the screams of sailors burning or getting strafed by Jap planes or gradually dying of thirst. Read some history. Sailors could experience horrifying traumas in that conflict. Sure there was a different quality of life, but that's irrelevant, that's not how PTSD works. Soldiers in Iraq had a fine quality of life in their hootches, with internet and skype, but as soon as they left their position and were targeted by insurgents the trauma kicked in. Likewise being in the Navy or Air Force meant that you could definitely get killed in a ship or bomber or be gruesomely wounded in battle no matter what life was like the rest of the time. Plus your notion of what life in the US Navy during WW2 is stuck in the modern world. You think they had access to movies on WW2 era ships? What did they watch them on, a dvd player? Those ships didn't a movie theater on board. All they could do was sit in cramped bunks and smoke and gamble at cards. Much better than being in the jungle, but also just like being on a floating jail.
Aug. 19, 2012, 3:53 p.m. CST
I saw him on Leno, it was definitely tongue-in-cheek imo.
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Aug. 19, 2012, 11:19 p.m. CST
Man I wish I could have seen The Dark Knight in IMAX down by Navy Pier. Haven't been to that screen since I was a child back in the early 90's. 70mm is amazing! And I would also like to add that Boogie Nights is probably one of the 25 best movies ever produced. PTA's remaining catalog is incredible as well.
Aug. 20, 2012, 9:52 a.m. CST
Especially in Hollywood.
Aug. 20, 2012, 9:57 a.m. CST
Please correct me if I'm wrong, Capone, but your muddled faint praise gives Harry's similar half-heaterdness in some of his reviews a run for his money.
Aug. 20, 2012, 1:10 p.m. CST
What I somehow managed to take away from this odd review is that The Master is nota very good movie, but Capone liked it anyway for the performances...
Aug. 20, 2012, 5:26 p.m. CST
by Fries Against
Aug. 21, 2012, 3:27 a.m. CST
There are a lot of people who deserve to be in the conversation here, but my vote for the best character actor around today is PSH. I cannot WAIT to see this film...
Aug. 21, 2012, 11:56 a.m. CST
Do you think he was going to do an actual slam/expose of Scientology?
Aug. 21, 2012, 12:05 p.m. CST
Not only because its based on a true story, but because of that, John Goodman is cast as John Chambers. That's right. John "Planet Of The Apes" Chambers was involved in a mission to free some of the Iranian hostages. That just blows my mind.
Aug. 21, 2012, 1:07 p.m. CST
Aug. 21, 2012, 1:27 p.m. CST
I've not seen Punch Drunk Love, but I have to think that the most annoying opening to a movie ever would be the Director's Cut of "Once Upon a Time in America". I love Sergio, and I love OUATIA, but that phone that keeps ringing through 10-15 minutes of film, through scene after scene, is absolutely crazy-making. It's also very artful and brilliant.
Aug. 21, 2012, 5:35 p.m. CST
Aug. 22, 2012, 10:22 a.m. CST
they may have had time to evolve into the dimensional fabric. Perhaps they found a way to preserve the conscious byproduct produced by the cerebral cortex into a preserved state inside a Higgs or some other undiscovered field. Perhaps the dmt trigger is the final cell signal that empties consciousness into this dimension that is always enveloping us. They hold on to elements inside themselves until needed. They are individual animals. Nobody knows the full extent of their capabilities. Or maybe the vast un-used areas of the brain are for infinite carot delusions that forever trick sentience into continuing it's mindless reproduction of cells' program. Whatever the case it's far more interesting than any bullshit religion could ever touch. It's the Ultra theory. You are living it for real.
Aug. 22, 2012, 10:28 a.m. CST
the release of dmt at the end of your life is all to extend time for a moment that feels like an eternity for the purpose of rewarding the sentience for it's service to cells. The same way sex is your carot reward to keep living and producing more cells. What if heaven is a delusion of the mind that happens in an instant stretched out in the dmt experience. Don't blow your brains out or you might miss the whole point of your cells' program.
Aug. 22, 2012, 10:33 a.m. CST
way better than that dianetics bullshit" "Someone should start ultratology!" "I need to get off the toilet before my ass cracks- this book won't let me!
Aug. 22, 2012, 1:46 p.m. CST
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Aug. 22, 2012, 8:56 p.m. CST
is definitely felt here. I saw it last night in San Fran and can say that the methods are quite similar to those used in Scientology. HOWEVER, the film neither supports nor eviscerates the "religion". It just observes these two men (animals) in their natural habitat. It's a fascinating piece of work that I believe people will at least come away saying it's not what they thought it would be. There's a lot of humor to be found amongst the crazy. It shares some similarities to TWBB, but this is almost an entirely different beast. The relationship between Dodd and Freddie is more dynamic than that of Plainview and Sunday. Both great in their own right but this one just feels different and a bit more complex. You don't HAVE to see this movie twice to "get it". You'll WANT to see it twice because it's damn good work. Also, it's well worth the extra distance to see it in 70mm. Amazing quality.
Aug. 23, 2012, 9:22 a.m. CST
Because PTA and Maya Rudolph were there, too!
Aug. 23, 2012, 1:53 p.m. CST
Got to meet P. T. but felt pretty bad about it afterward. Maya was super nice and talkative. Movie was excellent.
Aug. 23, 2012, 6:27 p.m. CST
Was he rude?
Aug. 24, 2012, 9:49 a.m. CST
It is a little strange to immediately characterize the real-life alternative to this fictional take as "classless." There's no reason an exposé would be intrinsically classless.
Aug. 24, 2012, 10:01 a.m. CST
The use of impressionism in a film that doesn't lend itself to deeper understanding, especially if there is "very little by way of a plot" worries me. The rest of the review doesn't really get me past this uneasy pairing of observations.
Aug. 24, 2012, 2:20 p.m. CST
It was the way I went about. He was walking back to his seat on the upper floor of the theater and I tried to catch him by saying his name in an unintentionally strong way. It was just nerves. He turned around with this "Oh shit. This is how I die" look. He was nice enough to come over to me. I didn't mean to scare him. I'm sure he gets a lot of crazies. I wanted to ask him about getting on production work but felt weird about the whole thing. But its an incredible movie that does in fact have a plot. Its judt very loose. Its engaging and I think that's what matters most.
Aug. 26, 2012, 5:20 p.m. CST
I noticed someone wrote they like PTAs films up to Magnolia, and then the character studies aren't as enjoyable to them I'm pretty sure that PT Anderson is going to be someone who will grow, but also he knows when to move on. If these movies are obtuse or too artsy, well maybe his 7th movie will be different. Who's to say Sydney, Boogie Nights and Magnolia weren't a bit of a trilogy, followed up with Punch-Drunk Love, There Will Be Blood and The Master? Or maybe his 7th movie will focus on a boy scout who falls in love with a girl on an island where his camp is right before a big storm hits. who's to say?
Aug. 27, 2012, 8:13 a.m. CST
I easily see major acting nominations and even wins for Hoffman, Pheonix, Dern, and Adams but even if PT Anderson gets nominated he'll probably get shafted yet again. Not that that's a bad thing because some of the best directors never earn a win just like Hitchcock and Kubrick.
Aug. 27, 2012, 8:33 p.m. CST
The only competition he might have is Daniel Day. His performance is one that people will remember much like Daniel Day in There Will Be Blood.
Aug. 28, 2012, 1:25 a.m. CST
Pretty impossible to sit through anything after that. Hard Eight is also great.
Aug. 30, 2012, 8:28 p.m. CST
yet. Magnolia, TWBB, The Master, PDL...no signs of slowing down. Just wondering how he will top the Master.
Sept. 1, 2012, 7:04 p.m. CST
At least PTA knows what cinema is. Unlike Peter "take a look at me" Jackson.
Sept. 9, 2012, 9:32 p.m. CST
Completely boring and relatively pointless. Contrary to Capone's assertions - Anderson absolutely forgets to "keep us entertained" or even challenged. I suspect that Capone really hated it too, but he doesn't have emotional honesty to admit to the ACIN crowd.
Sept. 10, 2012, 3:45 p.m. CST
But also weasily pulls his punches just like Capone here - http://www.hitfix.com/motion-captured/review-the-master-features-searing-performances-around-a-hollow-center
Sept. 10, 2012, 10:24 p.m. CST
Yet another weasily review from someone who clearly disliked it, but can't bring himself to clearly say as much. http://www.aintitcool.com/node/58242 Why is everyone afraid to admit that this film sucks ass?
Sept. 11, 2012, 11:49 a.m. CST
what didn't you like about it?
Sept. 12, 2012, 2:01 a.m. CST
philipkschtick: "what didn't you like about it?" No story arc. No character arc. No character changes or development. No narrative surprises. No real insights into the characters or themes it half-heartedly wants to explore. No depth or interesting subtexts are even remotely suggested. In short, it was completely boring. And I don't mean engagingly slow the way that many great films are. I mean BORING, with no compelling elements at all. Every bit as boring as Clint Eastwood's "J. Edgar" or Gus Van Sant's "Last Days". Yes, Phoenix inhabits his character well. And the cinematography and music were good - but all of this in the vain service of a completely directionless plot. The first 30 minutes suggests some interesting dynamics to come - but they never do. If it was trying to be a compelling narrative, it failed. If it was trying to be a compelling character study with minimal narrative - it still failed. The characters are all ridiculously one note, save for a slight and brief shift in one scene where Phoenix inquires about a past sweetheart in his life. If it was trying to be a non-narrative film which operates on the subconscious or emotional level - it still failed. I'm all for a film challenging expectations, as long as the curve-balls being thrown at the audience are interesting or compelling in even the slightest manner. But that is not the case here. It is a contradiction in terms to say that a film "challenges" us by being boring for no reason or larger artistic end. The film is so blatantly hollow that I have to believe that those who praised this film early don't really believe their own utterances deep down inside. They probably had too much of an emotional stake of wanting the film to be great before seeing it, and can't admit to themselves what they experienced first hand. When Phoenix's farting is the most significant action in the film, you know you are in trouble.
Sept. 17, 2012, 7:20 p.m. CST
by Ian Masterson
And... I really don't know if I liked it or not. It was very interesting and I was never bored, but... I'm gonna have to think about it for a while.