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.
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Posted on Thursday, August 16th, 2012 by Angie Han
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 »
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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 »
Anticipation for Paul Thomas Anderson‘s new film The Master kicked into high gear recently thanks to a wonderful full trailer and the sooner-than-expected September 14 release date.
Now, to whet your appetite just a bit more, here is over a dozen new images from the film, primarily showing Joaquin Phoenix in his many moods, but with a few views of Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams, as well. There’s also some info about just how much of the film PTA shot on 70mm, and how it will be seen in theaters. (Hint: don’t expect a Christopher Nolan-style IMAX presentation.) Read More »
Briefly: This will put to rest any questions about Paul Thomas Anderson‘s new film The Master having a premiere (world or North American) at Fantastic Fest. Because the current report is that the film will hit theaters on a limited basis on September 14, and then begin a process of expansion the week following, on September 21. That’s right: you get to see a new PT Anderson film in six weeks.
Variety announced the film’s opening date, and notes that The Weinstein Company has also pushed Andrew Dominik‘s Killing Them Softly back to October 19. (So the two films have nearly swapped places.) This pits The Master against Finding Nemo 3D, Resident Evil: Retribution, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and Liberal Arts, none of which are likely to deeply impact the presumed awards player’s opening. Dominik’s film goes up against Paranormal Activity 4, Alex Cross, Not Fade Away, and The Loneliest Planet.
If you haven’t yet seen the trailer for The Master, check it out here.
Posted on Monday, July 23rd, 2012 by Angie Han
Now that we’ve all watched (and rewatched, and re-rewatched, if you’re me) the stunning first trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson‘s The Master, the big question is when we’ll actually get to see the damn thing. A theatrical release date of October 12 has already been set, but it’s bound to hit the festival circuit first.
Most cinephiles have been predicting a Venice Film Festival debut for the film, and it’s still very possible that it could happen. However, American movie lovers may be excited to hear that it looks like Anderson’s also got some interest in returning to Austin’s Fantastic Fest, where he premiered There Will Be Blood five years ago. More details after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, July 19th, 2012 by Angie Han
The first teasers for Paul Thomas Anderson‘s The Master were just that — teasers. They offered tantalizing glimpses of the two main leads, religious leader Lancaster Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and his acolyte Freddie Sutton (Joaquin Phoenix), but little more than that. And as fantastic as they were, it was only a matter of time before the studio released a more conventional trailer for theatrical release.
Fortunately for us, the first full-length trailer offers a better idea of the plot and general set-up without sacrificing too much of the unsettling moodiness that made the first teasers so striking. Plus, it offers much better looks at some of the other talents that fill out the cast, including Amy Adams as Dodd’s wife and Jesse Plemons as his son. Check it out after the jump.
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The teaser clips for Paul Thomas Anderson‘s The Master were real head scratchers. Compelling? Interesting? Of course. But I’ll be dammed if anyone could figure out exactly what was going on in them. Now the same can be said for the movie poster, which looks like a wine label only with the liquid on the outside. Check out the image and more after the jump. Read More »