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The Master

(DVD - 2013 )
Average Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5.
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In post-World War II America, a naval veteran arrives home unsettled and uncertain of his future, until he is tantalized by The Cause and its charismatic leader.
Title: The master
[videorecording]
Publisher: [New York, NY] :, Weinstein Company,, [2013]
Edition: Widescreen edition.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (138 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.
4 3/4 in.
digital,optical,surround,rda
Dolby Digital
NTSC
video file,DVD video,region 1,rda
Content Type: two-dimensional moving image
Media Type: video
Carrier Type: videodisc
Notes: Originally released as a motion picture in 2012.
Special features: Back beyond: outtakes, additional scenes, music by Jonny Greenwood (20 min.); Teasers / trailers (17 min.) ; "Unguided message": 8 minute short, behind the scenes.
Summary: In post-World War II America, a naval veteran arrives home unsettled and uncertain of his future, until he is tantalized by The Cause and its charismatic leader.
Audience: Rating R course language, graphic nudity, sexual content.
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ISBN: 6314936861
9786314936860
Statement of Responsibility: written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson ; produced by Joanne Sellar, Daniel Lupi, Paul Thomas Anderson, Megan Ellison ; executive producers, Adam Somner, Ted Schipper ; the Weinstein Company presents a Joanne Sellar/Ghoulardi Film Company/Annapurna Pictures production
Distributor: Beverly Hills, CA :, Distributed by Anchor Bay Entertainment
Copyright Date: ♭2013
Playtime: 021800
Credits: Director of photography, Mihai Malaimare, Jr. ; production designers, Jack Fisk, David Crank ; editors, Leslie Jones, Peter McNulty ; costume designer, Mark Bridges ; music by Jonny Greenwood.
Performers: Joaquin Phoenix, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Laura Dern, Ambyr Childers, Rami Malek, Jesse Plemons, Kevin J. O'Connor, Christopher Evan Welch.
System Details: DVD, NTSC, region 1, widescreen (1.85:1) presentation; Dolby digital 5.1.
Other Language: English dialogue with optional English subtitles for the hearing impaired or Spanish subtitles.
Subject Headings: World War, 1939-1945 Veterans Drama. Drifters Drama. Cults Drama. Post-traumatic stress disorder Drama.
Genre/Form: Feature films.
Feature films.
Topical Term: World War, 1939-1945
Drifters
Cults
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Publisher No: WC59717
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Jul 30, 2014
  • LibraryUser53 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The main problem is that the portrayal of the lead character would take an actor on the order of an Olivier, Brando, or Depp to pull it off without a hitch. And even they might not have been up to the challenge. To Mr. Hoffman's credit, he came close; but he and the rest of production company did leave a few remaining hitches. That said, it is still a good and interesting film and worth a watch. Although no mention is made of either, the plot is sort of a combined "My Fair Lady" and "Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health". You can see how that combo might be interesting. Besides Mr Hoffman, the other main actors also turn in creditable performances. Mr. Phoenix's performance is a little over the top, but that's just who he is. It doesn't detract from the film. The main downsides: It's slow going and hard to follow in several spots; too long; and for reasons unexplained, contains capricious nudity. Modestly recommended.

Jul 10, 2014
  • eusebius rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Paul Anderson's films are always a chore to watch. Superb camerawork and fine music often have to accompany a silly, trite story as they do here. Joaquin Phoenix has the face of an anguished rat, and his character is never interesting. Rotgut booze is not a fascinating plot device. Hoffman saves the film; his performance is sly, ingratiating and often moving. Amy Adams does well with her sketchy role.

May 15, 2014
  • Janedith rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Great acting. OK story.

May 08, 2014
  • MLhightower rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

movie had no sound

Apr 14, 2014
  • mozifox rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Ok, so I picked up this movie because of a WBEZ interview that was conducted last year before PSH passed away. The interview peeked my interest, so I put a hold on it. Well, let me just say, wow what a disappointment. The movie is awful. It is not interesting. In fact, I couldn't wait for it to be over. I kept waiting for some sort of great revelation, but it just never comes.

As for PSH, I have never been impressed. He is described as one of the best character actors ever. To me, he is lazy. He chooses roles where he can be lazy. Never confuse his dialogue in a movie with great acting. His performance in The Master is truly horrendous, despite what his cult-like fans may say.

April 7, 2014...Hmmm.....not sure what to say about this movie. I'm not even going to pretend that I understood it at all. Didn't hate it......great acting......wonderful scenery.......a bit shocking in parts, (only because I wasn't expecting some things, and they just kind of came out of nowhere!) I guess after reading the back cover, it does a pretty good job of summing it all up. Don't watch this if your looking for a feel good movie. That it is not!

it seems like the movie chickened out on the scientology connection--not wanting to make the link directly. it's like they had to make the connection more remote to keep from getting sued or cursed.This seems to have resulted in a certain esoteric vagueness that subtracts from the film's coherence; and functions in the film as it does in the unnamed cult that inspired the film -- giving the film an exotic, intriguing secretiveness which generates interest in the plot like any good mystery.But as a component of this plot, the ambiguity is just as much a sham here as it is in any cult. it would be better to just say what you mean. there's just a man behind the curtain. the cult of Hollywood Celebrity is like any other cult. movies made within the hollywood context are part of that airbrushed mystique whether they want to be or not. Making a film with the Scientology content overt would make a great film; it's very dramatic -- stranger than fiction so it would make a good drama -- and its Hollywood connection is very accessible and could also be etched in the image to clarify what this dang movie was supposedly about. it's probably not possible to make a film overtly about scientology because they have a pretty well-oiled lawsuit apparatus.

Mar 05, 2014
  • uzuner rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Yes, well-acted but esoteric. Another enigmatic role for Philip Seymour Hoffman. He seemed to relish those like in "Synekdoche". Joaquin Phoenix is superbly disturbing. I try to avoid these pointless movies.

Feb 20, 2014
  • Poodles rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Beautifully shot, well acted, but slow and odd. Not for everyone.

Jan 15, 2014
  • lcrayton2477 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed the movie. Great acting by Phoenix and Hoffman, I love the way they played off each others weaknesse and strengths. I dont know much about scientology but the writer definitely created many similarities with The Cause doctrine and matched the looks of L. Ron Hubbard and his son with Hoffman and that Friday Night Lights actor who played his son. Maybe thats why the movie didnt make a profit because a space age, scientific power took offense ;-) . But riddle me this, what happened to Phoenix face? Was that makeup and lighting or real life drinking and partying? He's a great actor when he wants to be, I cant wait to see his fuller, happier face in "Her".

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Apr 14, 2014
  • mozifox rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

mozifox thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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Jul 06, 2013
  • Ron@Ottawa rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: Brief nudity and a couple of sexual situations.

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Jul 23, 2013
  • aaa5756 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.”
― Albert Einstein

May 18, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Lancaster Dodd: "Free winds and no tyranny for you... Freddie... sailor of the seas... You pay no rent... free to go where you please... Then go... go to that landless latitude, and good luck. For if you figure a way to live, without serving a master... *any* master... then let the rest of us know, will you? For you'd be the first person in the history of the world."

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