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2:00 PM on 01.09.2015

Review: Inherent Vice

I’m not educated enough to have an intelligent conversation about Inherent Vice. I’m smart enough, but to seriously wrestle with what Paul Thomas Anderson’s adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s book is tryin...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

First trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice photo
First trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice
by Nick Valdez

Paul Thomas Anderson's upcoming adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's novel Inherent Vice might just be the craziest, and best thing to come out this year. Just by looking at this trailer with its unique style, stupidly talented cast (Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Benecio Del Toro, Reese Witherspoon, Jena Malone, Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterson, and Martin Short!), and it's great feeling vibe overall. 

There might be something sinister underneath, but this is a great first look. Starring Phoenix as a muttonchopped private eye who gets roped into stopping a kidnapping by his ex, I can't wait to see what else lurks. Inherent Vice releases December 12th. 

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Flixist Awards 2012: Best Director photo
Flixist Awards 2012: Best Director
by Matthew Razak

The 2012 Flixist Awards (known as the Golden Pterodactyls by those in the know) have arrived. Now that those far less important awards have come and gone, it's time to get down to the ones that really matter. We'll be spending the next week honoring the best films of 2012. To kick things off we're opening with a big one: Best Director.

Our nominees this year are basically a who's who of directing ranging from seasoned pros like Steven Spielberg to indy darlings like Wes Anderson. It's a telling fact about the wide variety and quality of film we got last year that we have such depth to our nominees. We also didn't forget about how truly good The Master was unlike every other person who watches movies. It was definitely a good year for talented directors to show us their best, but only one could win...

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2:00 PM on 12.28.2012

PT Anderson hopes to shoot Inherent Vice in 2013

After making a divisive but remarkable inkblot of a movie with The Master, Paul Thomas Anderson hopes to get started on his next film in 2013: an adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's Inherent Vice. It's one of Pynchon's lighter nov...

Hubert Vigilla

11:00 AM on 10.24.2012

Check out these beautiful Turkish posters for The Master

If you haven't seen The Master, you've missed one of the most incredible films of the year. And if you have seen The Master, you'll especially appreciate these overseas posters for Paul Thomas Anderson's epic film. The poster...

Liz Rugg

Review: The Master photo
Review: The Master
by Hubert Vigilla

When I think of Paul Thomas Anderson's films, I usually think of them in terms of velocity. There's a certain kind of drive to them, the movies hurtling toward moments that express frailty and loneliness. There are set pieces (e.g., the "God Only Knows" bit from Boogie Nights, the "Wise Up" scene from Magnolia, the silhouette in Punch Drunk Love, the derrick in There Will Be Blood) that eventually add up to the final scene of the film, which is definitive punctuation, a period, to Anderson's winding sentence.

The Master is a different kind of film. It's more alienating and demanding of the audience than anything Anderson's done. There are incredible performances, especially from Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman, but the velocity is diffused since the film isn't driven by plot. What the film offers instead of velocity is intensity; it's like watching mood swings connected by events rather than a traditional story structure. The film has an odd shape as a result.

I didn't know what to think of The Master when I first left the theater. The end is less like a period and more like a stain or an inkblot. The whole film is kind of like that since its final note feels so unresolved. But there are fascinating things you can find in a splatter of ink.

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PT Anderson's The Master sets box office record photo
PT Anderson's The Master sets box office record
by Hubert Vigilla

Even though Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master only played in five theaters across the country, it set the box office on fire. The Master now has the highest per-screen average for a film with a traditional release. It made $736,311 over the weekend, which comes out to $147,262 per screen.

/Film notes a bunch of catches to this, however. There are a number of films that had special screenings that surpass The Master's record-breaking per-screen average. The Lion King, for example, had a two-week long special engagement at two screens before its wider release and grossed a downright ludicrous $793,377 per screen. /Film also mentions Kevin Smith's Red State, which grossed $204,230 at a special one-night screening/Q&A; tickets were roughly $60 a pop.

It's great that The Master has done so well, but it's honestly a little puzzling to me. Even though I enjoyed it and will watch the movie again in the next week or so, The Master is going to piss off and alienate lots of moviegoers. Not just Scientologists. It's a really difficult, ambiguous film, the kind that mainstream audiences will never embrace since it's not driven by plot or anchored to conventional character arcs. Still, bully for Anderson.

The Master goes into wide release this Friday.

[Via /Film]

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6:00 PM on 09.12.2012

The Church of Scientology is plotting against The Master

The Church of Scientology continues its tradition of creepy, off-putting actions, this time targeting Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master. The New York Post reports that Scientologists have been "'inundating' the distributor, T...

Hubert Vigilla

Listen to Jonny Greenwood's score for The Master photo
Listen to Jonny Greenwood's score for The Master
by Hubert Vigilla

With Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master coming out this week, a treat just popped up online. You can now stream Jonny Greenwood's score for The Master in its entirety. Greenwood previously scored Anderson's There Will Be Blood and also plays guitar for some obscure British band called Radiohead. (I think I might have Pablo Honey on cassette somewhere, and I'm not kiddding.)

Check out the stream of The Master soundtrack after the cut. (You need to have Spotify, just so you know.) The Master will be out in select theaters this Friday. I am excited to see the film beyond words save for the words that I have typed just now.

[Via The Film Stage]

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1:00 PM on 09.05.2012

PT Anderson adapting Thomas Pynchon's Inherent Vice next

Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master will finally hit theaters on September 14th, but he's already got his eyes set on his next project: an adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's 2009 stoner-detective novel, Inherent Vice. You may remem...

Hubert Vigilla

4:00 PM on 08.28.2012

Trailer: The Master

Here it is, the final trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master. It's short, it's strange, it's percussive, and it's as foreboding as a mofo. "Mofo," of course, is an abbreviated combination of the words "motherf***ing,"...

Hubert Vigilla

8:00 AM on 08.24.2012

SF print for PT Anderson's The Master is the cat's PJs

Earlier in the week we shared two promo videos for Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master, which coincided with a special screening in San Francisco at the Castro Theater last Tuesday. In addition to film being shown in glorious 7...

Hubert Vigilla

9:00 AM on 08.21.2012

Joaquin Phoenix loses his ship in new Master promo

Tonight Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master will be screening in 70mm at the Castro Theater in San Francisco. I was too slow to grab tickets, and you shouldn't bother trying because they're all gone, but there was a keen promo...

Hubert Vigilla

9:00 AM on 08.15.2012

Tracklist and details for The Master soundtrack

Ages ago we reported that Jonny Greenwood would be doing the score for The Master, marking the Radiohead guitarist's second collaboration with Paul Thomas Anderson. (He previously scored There Will Be Blood.) Yesterday the fu...

Hubert Vigilla

11:00 AM on 08.13.2012

15 images from The Master, which isn't about Scientology*

More than a dozen new images from Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master surfaced over the weekend, giving us more glimpses of Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Amy Adams. Perhaps most striking, though, is Phoenix looki...

Hubert Vigilla

Kaleidoscopic poster for P.T. Anderson's The Master photo
Kaleidoscopic poster for P.T. Anderson's The Master
by Hubert Vigilla

Last week a big batch of images from Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master surfaced, but we were asked to remove them for the time being. In lieu of those, here's a second poster for The Master, which is like the cast members viewed through a kaleidoscope or by the unfortunate fellow from the 1958 version of The Fly. It makes for another striking image like the first poster for The Master.

In related news, you may have heard that there was a surprise screening of The Master over the weekend. Last Friday night, a lucky audience at the Aero in Santa Monica was treated to the film after a screening of The Shining. The buzz for The Master has been extremely positive, with raves for Anderson and stars Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Amy Adams. I'm hesitant to read any detailed accounts of the film, but the hype is getting me even more excited than I already was. (I'll be there at a midnight show dressed liked this.)

Check out the new poster in the gallery. The Master premieres in Venice on September 1st, then screens at the Toronto International Film Festival, and will open in limited theaters on September 14th.

[Via /Film and /Film]

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7:00 PM on 07.27.2012

We're getting The Master one month earlier!

This is some of the happiest news I've heard all day. Previously on tap for an October 12th release, Paul Thomas Anderson's "about Scientology in everything but name alone" film The Master will begin attacking our brains...

Alex Katz

Trailer: The Master photo
Trailer: The Master
by Maxwell Roahrig

Confession time: I'm only a recent fan of Paul Thomas Anderson's. Starting with There Will Be Blood, I've slowly but surely come around to loving the man's work. He's a modern day Stanley Kubrick, which kind of explains why I like him so much.

After a series of tantalizing teasers, the first theatrical trailer for The Master has released. Just...wow. Looking beyond the breathtaking 65mm footage, this looks to be an incredible character study. I'm beyond excited for this movie.

[via Yahoo!]

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11:00 AM on 07.19.2012

The Master reveals its first poster

If you've been paying attention to Paul Thomas Anderson's upcoming film The Master you know that the marketing department behind is doing some pretty interesting things. The last two (not) trailers for the (not) about-Sciento...

Matthew Razak

Teaser: The Master photo
Teaser: The Master
by Hubert Vigilla

Last month brought us the first footage from Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master, introducing us to Joaquin Phoenix's character. Today's teaser/trailer/clip provides our first glimpse of Philip Seymour Hoffman in action as the title character, Lancaster Dodd. With the hairdo and his overall demeanor, there is something L. Ron Hubbard-esque about him, but the performance is even more sinister and manipulative; he may be even more of a huckster sociopath. We also get a look at Amy Adams in character, so perhaps the next clip will focus on her.

Should be interesting to see how close they come to referencing Scientology without referencing Scientology. Some of the dialogue suggests it won't be so oblique. Maybe P.T. Anderson will claim The Master is a prequel to Bowfinger? Whatever the case, if the release date holds, October 12th cannot come soon enough.

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Trailer: The Master photo
Trailer: The Master
by Alex Katz

Ok, calling the first clip from Paul Thomas Anderson's not-about-Scientology-at-all-why-would-you-even-say-that picture The Master a "trailer" isn't precisely accurate, but having read the script (hint hint, it's amazing), this actually works startlingly well in terms of setting the tone of the film and the groundworks for Joaquin Phoenix's character Freddie, though Philip Seymour Hoffman, the titular Master, is nowhere to be found. This film rightly earned a place in our list of anticipated movies for 2012, and with an October release date looming, expect to see some more out of The Master in the near future. 

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7:00 PM on 03.28.2012

Confirmed: PT Anderson's The Master out October 12th

Earlier in the month we reported that Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master may be coming out in October. We can now confirm that rumor was true; you may commence dancing. The Master has an official limited release date of Octobe...

Hubert Vigilla