The Alamo Drafthouse Ritz location in downtown Austin, TX — the same house that is showing a series of films in 70mm all this month — is hosting a benefit screening of Paul Thomas Anderson‘s new film The Master in 70mm. The show is this coming Monday, September 10, at 7:30. To promote the screening, PTA released a clip to the Drafthouse featuring a new, strangely comic scene from the movie.

This clip is just as good as the other materials we’ve seen from the movie, and a bit more vulgar. It shows Joaquin Phoenix‘s character, Freddie Quell, taking a Navy psych evaluation during which he has to evaluate a series of inkblots. He sees pretty much the same thing in every one, which tells us a bit about Freddie’s worldview. Read More »

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After what feels like years of speculation and waiting, it is exciting that Paul Thomas Anderson‘s latest film, The Master, opens in only a few weeks. The film stars Joaquin Phoenix in a widely praised performance as an ex-Navy man who falls under the spell of the “master” of the title, played by Phillip Seymour Hoffman.

Here’s the last trailer for The Master before that imminent opening, and it features a good amount of new footage. If nothing else, this will give you a great idea of the visual splendor on display — and the film has been on the receiving end of great notes for its look, especially when seen in 70mm — and also of the force of the performances within. Read More »

A new Paul Thomas Anderson film is an event, and his latest, The Master, is already the subject of intense scrutiny even before the film opens. That opening date is September 14 in some cities, September 21 in others, but screenings have taken place in Santa Monica, Chicago, and New York. The film will also play festivals in Venice and Toronto before opening for regular engagements.

The lore of the film is already thick, thanks in part to the early reports that the movie deals with Scientology, as Philip Seymour Hoffman‘s title character is a man who creates a sort of cult following based on the strength of his own philosophy. But the movie has a lot more to it than that, or so early screening reactions lead us to understand, and Anderson seems uncomfortable with calling it a film about Scientology.

Anderson has offered few public comments about the film so far, but Newsweek’s David Ansen talked to the director, and learned quite a few interesting things, such as that scenes originally written for There Will Be Blood ended up in the script for The Master. [Update: A new clip from the film has arrived, and that is embedded below, along with info for a San Francisco screening tomorrow night.] Read More »

Paul Thomas Anderson did another early screening of his new film The Master in 70mm last night at Chicago’s Music Box Theater, to follow on the Santa Monica showing that took place a couple weeks ago. Just about the only people who seem to be unhappy about that are officials at film festivals, as praise for various aspects of the film is pouring in via Twitter and a few reviews. (The Venice film gave The Master a slot in competition, but the showing will now hardly count as a world premiere.)

It would be wrong to suggest that the praise for Anderson’s latest film is uniform. The film follows a drifter (Joaquin Phoenix) as he comes into the orbit of the magnetic title character Lancaster Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and Dodd’s wife (Amy Adams), who have organzied a coterie of followers around Dodd’s philosophical approach to life. The film’s performers are universally acclaimed so far, as is the visual presentation, specifically as seen in 70mm. Some seem to be seeking a new film to lead the charge in the battle between film and digital, and have found it in The Master. But the movie is also called a bit aimless (which isn’t necessarily a point of complaint) and referred to as one that takes a lot of processing time.

See some of the reactions below. Read More »

We got our first teaser clip from Paul Thomas Anderson‘s The Master in May, followed by a second in June, and then the full-length trailer in July. In other words, we’ve been getting video about once a month all summer. Which means, yes, it’s time for one more now that we’ve hit mid-August.

If you’ve been following the marketing so far, you’ll have some idea of what to expect from the new clip. Jonny Greenwood‘s score once again pops up to set the uneasy tone, and stars Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Amy Adams continue to convince us that they’ll be nominated for some little gold statues before this is all over.

But just because it’s not terribly surprising doesn’t mean it’s not breathtaking. Hit the jump to watch the video — which, by the way, promotes a 70mm screening scheduled for tonight in Chicago. Details on that after the jump, too.

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Paul Thomas Anderson‘s latest film, The Master, is one short month away. For limited cities at least. Until then, it’ll be playing in all its (hopefully)  70mm greatness at several different film festivals and buzz will likely begin to build for all aspects of the film: the performances of the lead actors Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Joaquin Phoenix, Anderson’s direction and, most likely, the score by Jonny Greenwood.

Details of his score have now been revealed and one site even has a sample of a track called “Application 45 Version 1.” See the full track listing and listen to two songs from the album after the jump. Read More »

The best news this weekend was that Paul Thomas Anderson did a sneak screening of his new film The Master on Friday night after a showing of The Shining in Santa Monica, and that attendees were very impressed by the director’s work. Philip Seymour Hoffman plays the title character, a self-made religious/cult leader in the vein of Scientology’s L. Ron Hubbard; Amy Adams plays his wife, who has power behind the scenes; and Joaquin Phoenix is the alcoholic ex-Navy drifter who comes into their orbit.

The actors all received excessive praise for their work from those who saw the film this weekend, and we’re looking forward to hearing more about it at the Venice and Toronto festivals, before the film begins to hit US theaters on September 14.

Before any of that takes place, however, you can look forward to the film by decyphering the film’s new one-sheet. The image has the look of a mild kaleidoscope, or perhaps and insectoid eye. Check it out in full below. Read More »

Here’s why you should go out to the movies on a Friday evening: last night at the Aero, in Santa Monica, audiences who turned up to see The Shining were told that Kubrick’s movie would be followed by a surprise double-feature. That second film was Paul Thomas Anderson‘s The Master, and it was projected in 70mm.

What a cool move on Anderson’s part — not a test screening, but just a low-key surprise for people who were in the right place at the right time. (This is a bit like his choice to premiere There Will Be Blood at Fantastic Fest, when that festival was a lot smaller.) Opinions are starting to filter out about the movie, and while they’re largely from people we don’t know — so we don’t know their taste in film in general — there are some comments that you’ll probably want to read. Read More »

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