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The Master Synopsis

A striking portrait of drifters and seekers in post World War II America, Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master unfolds the journey of a Naval veteran (Joaquin Phoenix) who arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future – until he is tantalized by The Cause and its charismatic leader (Philip Seymour Hoffman).
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Critics' 10 Best Movies Of The Decade Perfectly Explains Why People Hate Critics Critics' 10 Best Movies Of The Decade Perfectly Explains Why People Hate Critics
January is the time of year when everyone from diehard cinephiles to movie critics look back on the previous year’s film offerings and assign them a numeric value. This is what the “Best Of” lists are all about, and it’s not the most enjoyable process. If you think otherwise, at least check out this one particular movie ranking, which professes to rank the top films of not the year but of the past decade. We guarantee it’ll light a fire under your butt.

Critics' 10 Best Movies Of The Decade Perfectly Explains Why People Hate Critics

The Master's Deleted Scenes: The More You Think You Know, The More You Don't The Master's Deleted Scenes: The More You Think You Know, The More You Don't
The Master, last year's beguiling gem from Paul Thomas Anderson, is the exception to most rules, and its deleted scenes are too. Cut together by Anderson, complete with music from Jonny Greenwood and a few period-appropriate songs, the scenes have been perfectly described as a kind of B-side to The Master, a companion that echoes the same themes but is distinct from the main product

The Master's Deleted Scenes: The More You Think You Know, The More You Don't

This Week In Home Entertainment: The Master And Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 This Week In Home Entertainment: The Master And Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2
No one seems to want to compete with The Twilight Saga this week, making this week’s home entertainment releases almost as dismal as the stuff at the box office this past weekend. The final installation in the franchise drops on Saturday...

This Week In Home Entertainment: The Master And Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2

Preview The Master, Les Miserables And ParaNorman Mondo Posters Preview The Master, Les Miserables And ParaNorman Mondo Posters
If you're a movie poster collector, there's one more reason to look forward to Oscar night. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema's art division, Mondo, has three new posters set to be unveiled during the Academy Awards broadcast, marking their 2nd annual poster series tied to the nominated films in select categories. Check out three of the posters set to go on sale this Sunday ahead.

Preview The Master, Les Miserables And ParaNorman Mondo Posters

Harvey Weinstein And Megan Ellison Continue To Feud Over The Master Harvey Weinstein And Megan Ellison Continue To Feud Over The Master
"Harvey knows two things before he gets up in the morning: Megan thinks PTA is a god, and PTA isn’t going to do more press just because he’s asked," said a source close to the feud. "So that makes The Master’s receipts her fault. And she’s 25, so when he tells her that, she believes it. And then he tortures her about it.”

Harvey Weinstein And Megan Ellison Continue To Feud Over The Master

Harvey Weinstein Admits He Mis-Marketed The Master Harvey Weinstein Admits He Mis-Marketed The Master
"I think the audience had trouble with the movie and needed to be guided and eased into it,” Weinstein said. “I was so enamored with the film that I didn’t think the audience would have that trouble. ... I do think the film will stand up and have a long life down the line.”

Harvey Weinstein Admits He Mis-Marketed The Master

The Master Will Arrive On Blu-ray In February The Master Will Arrive On Blu-ray In February
The Master will run for a decent cost, with Blu-ray copies costing $39.99 and DVD copies running more cheaply, at $29.98. Additionally, extras with the Blu-ray and DVD sets seem to be fairly interesting, although they are subject to change. This includes footage from the making of the film, as well as outtakes edited to music by Radiohead’s Johnny Greenwood, who put together the soundtrack for the film.

The Master Will Arrive On Blu-ray In February

Listen To Unreleased Portions Of Jonny Greenwood's Score For The Master Listen To Unreleased Portions Of Jonny Greenwood's Score For The Master
Greenwood, who is probably best known for being a member of the Grammy Award-winning band Radiohead, has been working as a film composer since writing the music for Simon Pummell's documentary Bodysong and previously worked with Anderson on 2007's There Will Be Blood (for which he earned a BAFTA nomination). Obviously the studio is trying to get his music for The Master noticed in the Oscar's Best Original Score category for this year...

Listen To Unreleased Portions Of Jonny Greenwood's Score For The Master

The 10 Best On-Screen Couples Of 2012 The 10 Best On-Screen Couples Of 2012
As we put a cap on the cinematic year, we wanted to go back and single out the duos who turned our heads with combustible on-screen chemistry. We admit to cheating in at least one selection, and we admit an over-reliance on the Hollywood “bromance.” But we think it’s a great list.

The 10 Best On-Screen Couples Of 2012

The Top 10 Movies Of 2012: Katey's List The Top 10 Movies Of 2012: Katey's List
2012 was a really, really hard year to sum up in list form, and a top 20 would really be more appropriate to reflect the astonishing variety of blockbusters, out-of-nowhere successes and totally tiny arthouse stuff that grabbed me this year. A lot of these movies snuck up on me, only revealing their brilliance long after I'd written a review or thought I'd forgotten about it. Plenty of those not on this list did the opposite, making an amazing first impression and fading so quickly

The Top 10 Movies Of 2012: Katey's List

SAG Award Surprises: What Can We Learn From These Weird Nominations? SAG Award Surprises: What Can We Learn From These Weird Nominations?
This morning the Screen Actors Guild announced their nominees for the best performances of the year, and threw in more than a few surprises. Nicole Kidman for The Paperboy? Javier Bardem for Skyfall? Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for Best Ensemble? In the world of people who aim to predict the Academy Awards, these nods raised a lot of questions

SAG Award Surprises: What Can We Learn From These Weird Nominations?

Critics Groups Pick Zero Dark Thirty, Amour And The Master As The Year's Best Critics Groups Pick Zero Dark Thirty, Amour And The Master As The Year's Best
We are officially in the onslaught part of the awards season, where every critic's group from New York and Los Angeles to Tulsa gathers together, picks their favorites, and announces their winners for the world to decide whether or not they're important. All these (occasionally) highbrow notices will be followed up by Thursday's Golden Globes nominations

Critics Groups Pick Zero Dark Thirty, Amour And The Master As The Year's Best

Paul Thomas Anderson Talks The Master During Rare, Hourlong Q&A Paul Thomas Anderson Talks The Master During Rare, Hourlong Q&A
Anderson took to the stage following a 70mm screening of The Master at Astor Theater in Melbourne, Australia. It’s an hour-long conversation with an unusually reserved filmmaker, and for those who adored the film, it’s a must-watch.

Paul Thomas Anderson Talks The Master During Rare, Hourlong Q&A

Paul Thomas Anderson Wants To Make A Broad Comedy, Believe It Or Not Paul Thomas Anderson Wants To Make A Broad Comedy, Believe It Or Not
Rudolph left her comfy comedy terrain behind in 2009, offering a somber and moving portrayal of an anxious expecting mother in the quirky drama Away We Go. And it seems Anderson is mulling over a similarly risky leap of his own, considering crafting his own comedy. While doing press for The Master, the five-time Academy Award-nominated director was asked if there is any chance he might helm a comedy.

Paul Thomas Anderson Wants To Make A Broad Comedy, Believe It Or Not

James Franco Explains Why He Didn't Get Joaquin Phoenix's Role In The Master James Franco Explains Why He Didn't Get Joaquin Phoenix's Role In The Master
James Franco is ever-present enough, and The Master is weird enough, that I might somehow be able to convince you that he really did play Freddie Quell in The Master maybe in a flashback scene or interrogation scene, in a quick flash that went unnoticed. But, in fact, Joaquin Phoenix played the part-- brilliantly, actually-

James Franco Explains Why He Didn't Get Joaquin Phoenix's Role In The Master

Joaquin Phoenix Calls The Oscars 'Bullshit,' But That Shouldn't Surprise Us Joaquin Phoenix Calls The Oscars 'Bullshit,' But That Shouldn't Surprise Us
Despite the fact that he's likely to receive an Oscar nomination for his work in The Master, Joaquin Phoenix should never have been expected to take the whole charade of awards season seriously. This is a guy who's been Oscar-nominated twice and looked completely miserable at both ceremonies, then deliberately blew up his career with the faux-documentary I'm Still Here

Joaquin Phoenix Calls The Oscars 'Bullshit,' But That Shouldn't Surprise Us

Moonrise Kingdom, Bernie, Beasts Of The Southern Wild Lead Gotham Award Nominations Moonrise Kingdom, Bernie, Beasts Of The Southern Wild Lead Gotham Award Nominations
The first movie awards show of the season also tends to be one of the most interesting, as every year the Gotham Independent Film Awards showcase some of the most fascinating and under appreciated indie films released-- including many that have absolutely zero shot at Oscar attention. They've kept up that tradition this year, announcing a slate of nominees

Moonrise Kingdom, Bernie, Beasts Of The Southern Wild Lead Gotham Award Nominations

The Master Gets A Final, Extended Trailer The Master Gets A Final, Extended Trailer
It's rare for a new trailer to be released once a film has already reached theaters nationwide, but as anyone who has seen it can attest to, The Master is no ordinary film. A fascinating, complex movie about cults, the post-war era and relationships, the new work from Paul Thomas Anderson isn't exactly standard blockbuster fare, but it's still managed to find success...

The Master Gets A Final, Extended Trailer

Why You Should Go Out Of Your Way To See The Master In 70mm Why You Should Go Out Of Your Way To See The Master In 70mm
I was lucky enough to see Anderson’s film at TIFF, where the movie screened in 70mm. I sat next to my good friend Jay Morong, a lecturer of Theater and Film at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and picked his brain on the beauty of PTA’s vision, and the importance of 70mm projection. Here’s what he had to say.

Why You Should Go Out Of Your Way To See The Master In 70mm

The Master Sets Box Office Record In Limited Release The Master Sets Box Office Record In Limited Release
The Master racked up a per-theater average of $145,949 according to weekend estimates. Oddly enough, Master topped a record that’d barely had time to establish itself. Earlier this year, Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom opened to a per-theater average of $130,749.

The Master Sets Box Office Record In Limited Release

Weekend Box Office: Resident Evil: Retribution Tops Finding Nemo 3D Weekend Box Office: Resident Evil: Retribution Tops Finding Nemo 3D
How many Resident Evil movies does it take before audiences get bored? No one's quite sure, but after this weekend's disappointing debut of Resident Evil: Retribution, we may be closing in on an answer.

Weekend Box Office: Resident Evil: Retribution Tops Finding Nemo 3D

Resident Evil: Retribution Tops Friday Box Office With $8.8 Million Resident Evil: Retribution Tops Friday Box Office With $8.8 Million
In the battle of the Paul Andersons at the box office, each one of them gets to be a winner in their own way. Paul Thomas, director of the fascinating new film The Master, is leading the critical pack with an 88% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, while Paul W.S. will be sitting happily on top of the box office with Resident Evil: Retribution

Resident Evil: Retribution Tops Friday Box Office With $8.8 Million

Operation Kino 80: Wrapping Our Minds Around The Master And The Toronto Film Festival Operation Kino 80: Wrapping Our Minds Around The Master And The Toronto Film Festival
This week on Operation Kino, all four of us are back together again, but not in the same country, with Katey calling in from the Toronto Film Festival so we can review The Master, which premiered there. And because Patches was also up in Toronto, we dedicate Segment 3 to discussing the festival, both which films we saw that we liked and the general importance of Toronto

Operation Kino 80: Wrapping Our Minds Around The Master And The Toronto Film Festival

Toronto Film Festival Wrap-Up: The Good, The Bad, And The Best Oscar Bets Toronto Film Festival Wrap-Up: The Good, The Bad, And The Best Oscar Bets
The Toronto Film Festival technically doesn't wrap up until Sunday, when award winners will be announced (including the usually important Audience Award) and the crowds will recede from downtown Toronto for another year. But Team Cinema Blend has already left the premises, with dozens of movies and a handful interviews under our belts

Toronto Film Festival Wrap-Up: The Good, The Bad, And The Best Oscar Bets

TIFF 2012 Video Blog: The Master Leaves Katey And Sean Speechless TIFF 2012 Video Blog: The Master Leaves Katey And Sean Speechless
With Katey arriving in Toronto yesterday afternoon, Team Cinema Blend was officially two member strong on the ground at the Toronto Film Festival-- for 24 hours, at least. Today Sean takes off, which left us one chance to get together and talk about what we had seen. Luckily we had just come out of one movie together, the highly anticipated The Master

TIFF 2012 Video Blog: The Master Leaves Katey And Sean Speechless

New Clip From The Master Promotes Special NYC Screening	New Clip From The Master Promotes Special NYC Screening
The Master, Paul Thomas Anderson's long-awaited follow-up to his Oscar-winning and hard-hitting drama There Will Be Blood, will hit theaters on September 21st. But those around New York City will have a special chance to see the film tomorrow night.

New Clip From The Master Promotes Special NYC Screening

Freddie Has Something On His Mind In New Clip From The Master Freddie Has Something On His Mind In New Clip From The Master
They say that Rorschach tests are designed not to have a specific image, but rather are up for the subject's interpretation. The results are then analyzed to try and examine how the subject's mind works. Watching this new clip from The Master, it's pretty easy to see how Joaquin Phoenix's character's mind works: he thinks about sex. A lot.

Freddie Has Something On His Mind In New Clip From The Master

Fall Movie Guide: 20 Movies We Can't Wait To See Fall Movie Guide: 20 Movies We Can't Wait To See
If you haven't noticed from all the festival buzz, or the kids trudging back to school or that slight drop in temperature outside, the fall movie season is finally gearing up, helping us leave behind the thrilling blockbusters of summer and move along to the headier, chillier and sometimes even more thrilling films of autumn

Fall Movie Guide: 20 Movies We Can't Wait To See

New Trailer For The Master Explains That Man Is Not An Animal New Trailer For The Master Explains That Man Is Not An Animal
Now that we've reached the end of August it means that Oscar season is about to begin, and certainly one of the leaders of the pack is Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master. While there certainly is some serious competition this year from directors like Steven Spielberg, Kathryn Bigelow, Ang Lee, and Tom Hooper, everything we've seen from Anderson's latest has been nothing short of jaw-dropping. And the latest trailer does absolutely nothing to change that record:

New Trailer For The Master Explains That Man Is Not An Animal

New The Master Clip: She Wrote Me A Letter New The Master Clip: She Wrote Me A Letter
You heard that right, folks. Anderson’s screening the film in select cities ahead of its pre-destined screenings at the prominent fall film festivals (Venice, Toronto and possibly Telluride). This piggybacks on the surprise Master screening Anderson held in Santa Monica.

New The Master Clip: She Wrote Me A Letter

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