Film & TV

Finally, A Teaser for Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘The Master’

Film & TV

Finally, A Teaser for Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘The Master’

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After a long wait, Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master is hitting theaters in October. Today, the movie’s first teaser dropped, justifying the much-accrued hype amongst his more ardent partisans. (Because There Will Be Blood was, like, the greatest movie ever.) From what we know, The Master is about a religious messiah (Philip Seymour Hoffman, who’s nowhere to be seen) and his drifter-turned-right hand (Joaquin Phoenix) who begins to question his methods.  It’s supposed to be a loose parallel to the story of Scientology, but you wouldn’t know from the scene we see here, in which a rambunctious, clearly drunk-ish Phoenix is questioned about his life. Oh, it looks like a P.T.A. movie alright: unflinchingly long shots, close-ups of his characters’ gravitas-grabbing faces, an atonal score and a feel for the off-kilter. Plus, Joaquin Phoenix! It’s his first movie since going fake-crazy (chronicled in 2010’s I’m Still Here, if you justifiably forgot) and judging from this brief snippet, he certainly didn’t forget how to act during his long layover. Every other Oscar contender just pissed himself.