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The Master
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Feb 22, 2013 By: Mathew Plale
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Director:
Paul Thomas Anderson

Actors:
Joaquin Phoenix
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Amy Adams

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Following World War II, a booze- and sex-obsessed drifter named Freddie Quell (Phoenix) comes into the circle of Lancaster Dodd (Hoffman), the leader of a religious organization called The Cause.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?

To: Lancaster Dodd

I’m writing to express concern in one of The Cause’s newest followers, Freddie Quell.

He is, it seems, incredibly unstable, a violent creature crippled by drink and sex. He is not one to roll over like the dragon which you spoke of at your lovely daughter’s wedding. I suspect none of this is a result of the war. I suspect, instead, he is just that damaged of a person. He very well could be beyond repair, which I hope you know is not a criticism of The Cause, but an observation of Freddie.

He is one that is far too distracted with nostalgia and memories. I believe he believes that those so-called feelings—and not The Cause—will one day save him. What good can come of his being one of us?

To write frankly, I do not understand your affection for Freddie. Why have you chosen him as a pet project? What can you accomplish together? Do you have a sexual interest? Do you see yourself in him?

In addition to myself and a few other followers, your wife, Peggy, also has her doubts as to where Freddie’s devotions lie. (Or so we have heard.)

I hope you find this letter—and all of our concerns—worth considering.

Signed,

A Sheep Deeply Devoted to The Cause

PS—

Don’t trust your son, Val, either. He suspects you’re making this all up as you go along.

THE EXTRAS
Back Beyond (19:59) gathers a collection of unused footage from The Master.

Unguided Message (7:59) offers on-set footage from a number of filming locations.

Let There Be Light (58:06): This 1946 documentary, directed by the legendary John Huston, observes treatment of World War II veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Also included are Teasers/Trailers.

FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Paul Thomas Anderson's latest, The Master, is the best American film in at least five years. With shattering performances by Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams (who all earned Oscar nominations), and a layered original screenplay by Anderson, the film is a deeply complex journey into the minds of two obsessed men and the world they inhabit. It may have turned off many with its subject matter, but it is about so much more than Scientology. Special features include a John Huston documentary, deleted scenes and on-set footage.
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1:36PM on 02/28/2013

Beautiful film

in every aspect of the word. Performances are beyond amazing, Joaquin gives the performance to beat for this decade. The processing scene between Hoffman and Phoenix is possibly the best acted scene I've ever been witness to.
in every aspect of the word. Performances are beyond amazing, Joaquin gives the performance to beat for this decade. The processing scene between Hoffman and Phoenix is possibly the best acted scene I've ever been witness to.
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7:59PM on 02/22/2013
Beyond pissed that us Canadian's have to wait till March 5th for the blu ray. The U.S get's it on the 26th. I tried to order from Amazon.com but with taxes/shipping/import fees you'll end up with like $32 bucks. Might as well just wait till March 5th... *sigh*
Beyond pissed that us Canadian's have to wait till March 5th for the blu ray. The U.S get's it on the 26th. I tried to order from Amazon.com but with taxes/shipping/import fees you'll end up with like $32 bucks. Might as well just wait till March 5th... *sigh*
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6:00PM on 02/22/2013

Best American film in 5 years....

I completely agree. A gut punch of a flick, but that special kind where you leave your first viewing feeling like you won the fight- only to get socked in quite a painful way, days later. Love, love, love this movie.
I completely agree. A gut punch of a flick, but that special kind where you leave your first viewing feeling like you won the fight- only to get socked in quite a painful way, days later. Love, love, love this movie.
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6:11AM on 02/22/2013

Guess I need to watch this one again

I have only seen this film once and found it well acted but almost too slow to sit through.I also found myself wondering what the point of the film even was. I am more than willing to "work" through a film as long as there's payoff. Here I didn't find much. Guess I really need to give it another shot. Maybe it needs repeat viewing to be truly absorbed.
I have only seen this film once and found it well acted but almost too slow to sit through.I also found myself wondering what the point of the film even was. I am more than willing to "work" through a film as long as there's payoff. Here I didn't find much. Guess I really need to give it another shot. Maybe it needs repeat viewing to be truly absorbed.
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5:02AM on 02/22/2013

Really liked it

Why hasn't everyone been talking about this as much as les mis and some of the other turds this season. Joaquin Pheonix and Philip S. Hoffman were freakin awesome. This should've been nominated for best picture.
Why hasn't everyone been talking about this as much as les mis and some of the other turds this season. Joaquin Pheonix and Philip S. Hoffman were freakin awesome. This should've been nominated for best picture.
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