I never cease to be amused by the pile of unmitigated crap that gets shoveled off onto the moviegoing public by pretentious critics. They’re at it again with The Master, a load of film-festival tripe that was booed in Venice and greeted with massive walkouts in Toronto but is now being defended in an organized rescue mission that hopes to develop a minor cult following in New York before the whole thing mercifully vanishes in a puff of twaddle. With an embarrassing, overwrought performance by the dependably creeped-out Joaquin Phoenix that has to be the most hysterically misguided overacting since Dennis Hopper played Napoleon and Harpo Marx played Sir Isaac Newton in The Story of Mankind, I’m tempted to call it the worst thing I have seen this year, but there are two more coming up—Terrence Malick’s dystopic To the Wonder and a diabolically demented time-travel farce called Cloud Atlas—that are even worse. I will also refrain from labeling The Master “the worst movie I’ve ever seen!” because like the proverbial boy who cried wolf, I’ve blurted that cry of despair so many times, who would believe me?It might not even be the worst movie ever made, depending on how you feel about such hollow, juvenile and superficial trash as I ♥ Huckabees, Brewster McCloud, Punch-Drunk Love, Mulholland Drive, The Royal Tenenbaums, Lost Highway, Being John Malkovich, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Rob Zombie’s House of 1000 Corpses and … well, as they said in Hollywood during the McCarthy witch hunts, “the list goes on.”
The stars of The Master, the new movie that is not about Scientology but may actually be about Scientology, were not very forthcoming about the film’s possible religious inspiration.
Amy Adams, when asked if she researched the religion for her role in the film, said, “No, I actually read Dianetics a long time Read More
Paul Thomas Anderson’s sixth film, The Master, is set to be released September 14, and its final trailer has dropped (via Vulture). It is as cryptic as any thus far released, though once again depicting Philip Seymour Hoffman as an enigmatic and powerful man of God. Per Anderson information dispensary Cigarettes and Red Vines, Read More
The Master, Paul Thomas Anderson’s follow-up to There Will Be Blood, is expected to be released in the fall (per IMDb, on October 12)–and its first trailer depicts Joaquin Phoenix being interrogated, and possibly brainwashed, by an unknown interlocutor. The film also stars Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams. Read More
Megan Ellison is 25. She is the daughter of the founder of Oracle. And she has a lot of new fans, as the woman who seems likely to finance the next two Paul Thomas Anderson movies. Vulture reports that Ellison is set to produce the tentatively titled “Scientology drama” The Master (which had Read More
Hollywood’s love affair with ’70s cinema is certainly well documented. From the Andersons (Wes and Paul Thomas) to Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton, the already forgotten Duplicity), director after director has taken the styling pioneered by filmmakers like Robert Altman and Sydney Pollack and co-opted it for their own personal successes. And huzzah to Read More
Remember all that stuff you read about 24 taking it easy on the torture during its seventh season? Well, scratch that. Prolonged exposure to Jack Bauer could turn a nun into a Geneva Conventions violator. Just look at what happened to F.B.I. agent Renee Walker (played by Annie Wersching) during Read More
Looking for something to read during your lunch hour? Check out Esquire‘s recent profile about our favorite enfant terrible, director Paul Thomas Anderson. The article, which appeared in the print edition of the magazine last month, finally popped online within the last week, and since we don’t know anyone who actually buys Esquire, Read More
In December, The Observer interviewed last night’s Best Actor winner Daniel Day-Lewis about his performance. Here is Sara Vilkomerson’s account of her afternoon with the real-life Daniel Plainview.
“For the most part I try to hear the voice, which is one of the most deep and personal ways we present our very selves. Read More
Forty-one New York and Los Angeles movie critics from Time, Newsweek, The New Yorker and Salon.com gathered at Sardi’s Restaurant in Times Square Saturday night to vote on the top films of the year.
Paul Thomas Anderson’s much-touted There Will Be Blood took four prizes, including best picture, at the 42nd annual National Society of Read More