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Please feel free to delete this thread if it already exists but I used the search engine and couldn't find it so I figured I would post this.
As I'm sure many of you know, the teaser for 'The Master' was recently released. If you haven't seen it yet you can view it here.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9oZDKFoCqAw

So any thoughts? Are you excited for this film and did you like the teaser? While I don't think it's the greatest teaser ever made by any means, it intrigued me. It didn't give much away but it peaked my interest. I love Paul Thomas Anderson's films so naturally this is my most anticipated film of the year. It's also great to see Joaquin Phoenix back from whatever he was attempting to do in "I'm Still Here." He looks great in this!


Tue May 22, 2012 6:18 pm
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A solid performance in a new Paul Thomas Anderson film might be the only way I'll ever forgive Joaquin Phoenix for I'm Still Here. Judging by this first teaser, that looks to be a safe bet.

The teaser seems to signal that Anderson is going for a similar tone to the one used in There Will Be Blood. The quick cut from Phoenix laughing to the title is very reminiscent of the quick cut from Daniel Day-Lewis' laugh to the title in the There Will be Blood trailer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3THVbr4hlY). Also, there's the score from Jonny Greenwood, which, at least from the brief snippet, gives off a very creepy and familiar vibe. Maybe this year he won't be snubbed at the Oscars.

This teaser does exactly what a good teaser is supposed to do. It hints at what could be in store for the viewer without explicitly revealing any major details. A new Paul Thomas Anderson film will always find a place in my top 5 most anticipated films of the year, but this teaser makes me even more excited and intrigued.


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Filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson has screened his new film about a Scientology-like sect leader for Tom Cruise, Scientology’s most famous follower, in the hopes of heading off a conflict with the group, TheWrap has learned.

According to two individuals close to the movie, Anderson recently screened the film, loosely based on the life of Scientology-founder L. Ron Hubbard, for Cruise.

Both individuals said that Cruise “had issues” with some parts of the movie. Cruise starred in one of Anderson’s earlier movies, “Magnolia,” and the two remain friends.

The film is set to be released in October.

When reached by TheWrap, a spokeswoman for Cruise had no immediate comment.

A spokesman for the Church of Scientology told TheWrap they had not seen the film and could not comment on it.

The Church of Scientology, which vigorously defends itself from outside critics, has many followers among Hollywood stars, including actor John Travolta.

One of the individuals close to the movie told TheWrap that the Weinstein Company also intended to show the film to Travolta.


http://www.thewrap.com/movies/column-po ... sive-41111


Tue May 22, 2012 7:18 pm
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I don't know why everyone hated I'm Still Here so much. I thought it was hysterical.


Tue May 22, 2012 8:38 pm
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Second teaser:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iokPRd1fGhI


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This movie looks really awesome. I'm definitely going to check it out.

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new trailer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJ1O1vb9AUU


Wed Jul 25, 2012 2:19 pm
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Judging from the trailer (always a bad idea, I know), this looks like this will rise above simply telling the story of how Scientology came to be and have some broader, more universal critiques on religion being used as a tool to control people. That's a good thing, in my mind. I can't wait for this one.


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One thing that may be starting to concern me about Anderson: after making "Hard Eight," "Boogie Nights," "Magnolia," and "Punch-Drunk Love" all within 6 years' time, it took him 5 years to complete "There Will Be Blood" and another 5 for this film (granted, I'm aware that its subject matter played a major part in its delay). I just hope it's not a sign that he's suddenly developed a Kubrickian pace of working. :?


Mon Jul 30, 2012 10:18 pm
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H.I. McDonough wrote:
One thing that may be starting to concern me about Anderson: after making "Hard Eight," "Boogie Nights," "Magnolia," and "Punch-Drunk Love" all within 6 years' time, it took him 5 years to complete "There Will Be Blood" and another 5 for this film (granted, I'm aware that its subject matter played a major part in its delay). I just hope it's not a sign that he's suddenly developed a Kubrickian pace of working. :?


Selfishly it kind of sucks, but at the same time I'd rather see him take his time and give us something great (or something that attempts greatness) than see him work too quickly and lose some of the ambition his movies have.


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fuck! I was thinking about going to this last night!

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Most moviegoers who made their way to the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica on Friday night were just expecting to see a new, digitally re-mastered, version of Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining”. Much like the Torrance family, those lucky people got more than what they paid for (unlike the Torrance family, in a good way).

Told that there would be a secret screening for those who wished to stay after “The Shining” screened, it’s doubtful that many thought it would be for Paul Thomas Anderson’s new film “The Master”.

The word of mouth, and tweets, was strong immediately following the screening. An email to Jeff Wells of the Hollywood Reporter from a source named “Bobfilm” says:

“I’m still digesting everything I saw, but it was pretty amazing… Phoenix WILL win Best Actor unless Daniel Day Lewis blows us away with [his] Lincoln performance. This is ‘Raging Bull’ territory for him.”

Many sites, like Slashfilm and Rope of Silicon, have a number of other tweets from audience members of the screening and their reactions to what they saw. All are positive, if not glowing, but that is also to be expected after getting a treat like this. Regardless, “The Master” will be the film on everyone’s must see list at the festivals after last night.



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Sat Aug 04, 2012 9:02 pm
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Wow! That's pretty fantastic. It would probably make for a really long night after The Shining, but I'm sure it would be worth it. Also, it's so cool you'd pretty much have to sit through the movie even if it was horrible.


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I'm cautiously optimistic for this one. Anderson's movies are all basically character-driven grotesques done with a maximum of flair and an eye for endearingly exaggerated mundane peoplefolk. This time out, he looks to be tackling scientology. I fear that may lead to parts of the movie being animated, a few more musical numbers. Anderson does hysteria at the drop of a hat. Again: scientology. Cautiously optimistic, yes.

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Watching this trailer was my first exposure to this film. I'm very excited to see Joaquin Phoenix in this role, which says a lot because I hate the guys acting.

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Wed Aug 08, 2012 4:23 am
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Potential spoilers (or spoilersish) may lie below...

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Three days ago, Grace Sloan posted a link on her facebook about a benefit screening at the Castro in San Francisco. It was for The Master, and as soon as I saw the link, I bought two tickets to what I thought would be the movie of the year. What I ended up seeing may very well be the movie of the year, or it may have just been a movie from a year that's seeking a movie of the year. Let's see what I mean...

Yeesh, where do I start? Well, let's start out with the conditions under which I saw the film. It was a 70mm print, so that part was fantastic. The image was crisp and clean but still reminiscent of film. Let's not celebrate film's departure just yet, because man does 70mm look ballerific. The sound was a problem, but that was largely because of where I was sitting (see below). Joaquin Phoenix spends most of the film mumbling, so it's safe to say I missed what would add up to be a good chunk of dialogue.

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Folks familiar with Paul Thomas Anderson are probably aware that his films tend to have a focused narrative. Boogie Nights follows Dirk Diggler sashaying into Pornland, Magnolia follows a whole bunch of fucked up people and their relation to frogs, Punch Drunk Love follows Adam Sandler in his quest to facefuck that British chick, and There Will Be Blood follows the ups and downs of a man trying to live his life by way of oil. The Master's not like that. I mean, it can still be summarized: The Master follows this Freddie guy on his exploration of The Cause and the people surrounding it. I guess what makes The Master different, then, is how it's presented and how it's resolved.

All of PTA's previous films have a clear resolution. Sometimes the implications are ambiguous, but in context of the narrative, shit's tied up. The Master's not like that. A lot of questions go unanswered and a lot of threads are intentionally left untied. This is PTA at his most Malickian, a step in a very different direction from the Kubrickian air of There Will Be Blood. There's no real sense of a middle or end. There's a beginning; it begins with Joaquin Phoenix hobbling about the country, trying to find a permanent job in an unforgiving America. Once he meets Philip Seymour Hoffman, though, the film just wanders. This isn't a complaint, but it's not a compliment, either.

I don't have a problem with a film delivering something different than what it promised or what I expected. I'm only concerned with what a film is trying to do and how successful it is at accomplishing its goal. I guess I can't tell you whether or not The Master is successful because I'm not sure what it's trying to do. Is it a reflection on religion? Is it a look at postwar disillusionment? Is it just a character study with the backdrops of religion and postwar disillusionment? Is it something else entirely? I don't know. I do know that individual scenes are riveting, for example when Joaquin Phoenix's character is getting processed for the first time. There are other scenes, though, that, while they're not boring, don't make a whole lot of sense upon first analysis.

The Master is a film, though, that deserves more than one analysis. There are moments in the film that make you question what you're seeing, if it's real, if it's a fantasy, if it's a flashback. I'm lost as to why PTA employed these ambiguities, but I'm also intrigued. I will see it again. For now: ***1/2 out of *****


Thu Aug 23, 2012 10:01 pm
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Pedro wrote:
This is PTA at his most Malickian


Oh no.


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Pedro wrote:
I don't have a problem with a film delivering something different than what it promised or what I expected. I'm only concerned with what a film is trying to do and how successful it is at accomplishing its goal. I guess I can't tell you whether or not The Master is successful because I'm not sure what it's trying to do.


Exciting! I subscribe to Nabokov's view on lit: if the audience has to work hard to see what the artist is after, all the better. I like movies like Three Kings where the moral of the story is written in every frame, most of the dialogue and I really like movies like Inland Empire that basically teach you how to watch them. In 70mm! I'm actually envious. Very excited for this.

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Weinstein Co. beefs up 'Master' premiere security over calls from angry Scientologists

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As The Weinstein Co. enters the final stretch of its prerelease marketing efforts for Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master," the Church of Scientology -- the origins of which are explored in the film -- has been mounting a campaign of its own.

Sources confirm to The Hollywood Reporter that the church has been calling, emailing and sending letters to Harvey Weinstein's studio to voice objections to the film's depiction of a cult leader played by Philip Seymour Hoffman, and said to be a loose fictionalization of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. Joaquin Phoenix also stars in the film as a drifter who falls under the Hoffman character's spell.

THR also has learned that The Weinstein Co. has paid for heightened security at Monday night's New York premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater.



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Just got this from James' Twitter page:

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Not feeling quite the same outpouring of love for THE MASTER that some are, but I understand where the enthusiasm is coming from. It's ART!


Based on that, I'm not quite sure if James is gonna give this **1/2 or ***. I wanna put my bets on the latter since James has liked all of Paul Thomas Anderson's films so far but, judging from the tone of that tweet, I'm not sure.


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Just got this from James' Twitter page:

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Not feeling quite the same outpouring of love for THE MASTER that some are, but I understand where the enthusiasm is coming from. It's ART!


Based on that, I'm not quite sure if James is gonna give this **1/2 or ***. I wanna put my bets on the latter since James has liked all of Paul Thomas Anderson's films so far but, judging from the tone of that tweet, I'm not sure.


More importantly: who cares?

I haven't looked forward to a movie like I'm looking forward to this one in a long, long time. Cannot wait!

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