Media For Brunch: The Master

Media For Brunch is an extended edition of our Monday – Friday Media For Lunch segment so sit back, sip your mimosa and enjoy. 

Media For Brunch: The Master out in limited release, set to open wide September 21, 2012.

Director Paul Thomas Anderson’s (There Will Be Blood, Magnolia, Boogie Nights, Punch Drunk LoveThe Master is a long-gestating project about a church with more than a passing resemblance to the Church of Scientology.
A 1950s-set drama centered on the relationship between a charismatic intellectual known as “the Master” whose faith-based organization begins to catch on in America, and a young drifter who becomes his right-hand man.

I was overwhelmed watching  The Master last night and walked out completely confused as to whose tour de force I had seen. Was it Joaquin Phoenix’s as he disappears before your eyes and embodies the character of Fred Quell like I have seen few actors do with a role? You truly forget it is him, so deep has he plunged into his character’s soul. Maybe it was Philip Seymour Hoffman’s performance as the charismatic leader that I just could not get enough time with? Maybe it was Paul Thomas Anderson who connected me through his lens to these two actors, characters so strong and believable you just cant let go of?
The Master is not to be missed. – MD

New York Times review by A.O. Scott There Will Be Megalomania 

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