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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Movie Trailer: THE MASTER

Director/Writer: Paul Thomas Anderson
Starring: Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Laura Dern, W.Earl Brown

I first reported about Paul Thomas Anderson's latest movie back on May 10, 2011. You can find that post "here". I think Anderson is a genious filmmaker. Magnolia is in My Top 20 Films list. He is known for writing gritty, thought-provoking, and controversial films. He casts exceptional actors which landed an Oscar win for Daniel Day-Lewis for his performance in There Will Be Blood. The Master seems to be no exception. Hoffman, Phoenix, and Adams are all top-notch past Oscar nominees and appear to be delivering strong performances once again. The film centers around Lancaster Dodd (Hoffman) who creates a new religion called "The Cause". World War II vet Freddie (Phoenix) joins "The Cause" and becomes one of Lancaster's strong supporters. Freddie's life start to go in the wrong direction the deeper he gets into Lancaster's cult like teachings. Some early reports claim that Anderson based Lancaster Dodd on L.Ron Hubbard who started Scientology. He apparently has screened the movie for Tom Cruise. Hoffman has come forward to say it is not based on Scientology, so we shall what the reaction is like once it comes out. I.cannot.wait.

Here is the official trailer as well as some of the teasers that were previously released.

Release Date: October 12, 2012

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  1. Not based on Scientology? Then how come so many former members say it depicts what they have experienced first hand? Why do L. Ron Hubbard's adherents say it accurately portrays his psychotic behavior? Maybe Hoffman got brainwashed in the film?

    1. JC- Thanks for reading. I personally think that the movie is definitely based on L.Ron Hubbard and Scientology. I am assuming Hoffman is just trying to cover himself at this point. The movie opens soon, and I am really eager to see what the reaction is like and how much controversy it stirs up.