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Al Rose Promotions is proud to present our Encore Presentation.....
A teaser trailer for PT Anderson's forthcoming The Master.
posted by timshel (44 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

 
Joaquin Goddamn Phoenix.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 9:34 AM on May 21, 2012 [1 favorite]


Looks awesome.
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates at 9:36 AM on May 21, 2012


damn, watch his eyes, amazing craft
posted by nathancaswell at 9:36 AM on May 21, 2012


Anderson's love of craggy, loopy American faces continues unchecked.
posted by The Whelk at 9:36 AM on May 21, 2012 [2 favorites]


FUN FACT: Al Rose was the old-timey estate agent in There Will Be Blood:

PLAINVIEW
What's this? Why don't I own this? Why don't I own this?

AL ROSE
That's the Bandy tract. He was the holdout, when we were doing the buying? He had hoped to speak with you... Can't you just build the pipeline around this tract?

PLAINVIEW
Can I build around fifty miles of Tehachapi mountains? Don't be thick in front of me, Al.

posted by timshel at 9:41 AM on May 21, 2012 [2 favorites]


I really, really wish I liked PT Anderson's films more, because he has so much craft and so much talent, but I never personally connect with them. Same for Alexander Payne.

(That said, I've yet to see There Will Be Blood, and I understand that it's his masterpiece in a lot of ways.)
posted by beaucoupkevin at 9:44 AM on May 21, 2012


I was in your shoes beaucoupkevin, of admiring his technically but not "getting" it until There Will Be Blood, which is just an overwhelming movie.

Anyway I knew nothing about this so I check the IMDB page...

Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams

...and I'm sold.
posted by The Whelk at 9:46 AM on May 21, 2012


Man, that was even more compelling than I thought it would be.
posted by saladin at 9:50 AM on May 21, 2012 [3 favorites]


Al Rose was played by Jim Downey, writer at SNL. I love how PTA makes everything a bit more interesting.
posted by gingembre at 9:50 AM on May 21, 2012 [1 favorite]


As stylistically different as they are, PT Anderson and Wes Anderson occupy a similar spot in my mind.

I was just thinking this week how much the score of their films has to do with that. Again, wildly different, but the music in this trailer and in There Will Be Blood is such an overwhelming presence. The foreboding droning and repetition; just astonishing that it works.

I don't know if I had anything to say here except to ask if this is another Johnny Greenwood score?
posted by lattiboy at 9:52 AM on May 21, 2012


What exactly where the soldiers drinking out of that bomb? And... is that healthy?!
posted by Saxon Kane at 9:52 AM on May 21, 2012


I don't know if I had anything to say here except to ask if this is another Johnny Greenwood score?

It is.
posted by timshel at 9:55 AM on May 21, 2012 [5 favorites]


What exactly where the soldiers drinking out of that bomb? And... is that healthy?!

If it was a torpedo (I think it was, right?) then the propellant was likely methanol.
posted by saladin at 9:58 AM on May 21, 2012 [1 favorite]


...and apparently the next project we can look forward to from Anderson will be Robert Downey Jr. starring in an adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's Inherent Vice.
posted by hippybear at 10:11 AM on May 21, 2012 [1 favorite]


Finally, our long national nightmare of movies not starring Joaquin Phoenix is coming to an end.

Also: Johnny Greenwood on soundtack duties? JUST SHUTUP AND TAKE MY MONEY ALREADY
posted by Doleful Creature at 10:13 AM on May 21, 2012


I was in your shoes beaucoupkevin, of admiring his technically but not "getting" it until There Will Be Blood, which is just an overwhelming movie.

You're just a bastard in a basket.
posted by shakespeherian at 10:25 AM on May 21, 2012


What exactly where the soldiers drinking out of that bomb? And... is that healthy?!

He was drinking your milkshake.
posted by NationalKato at 10:43 AM on May 21, 2012 [2 favorites]


As stylistically different as they are, PT Anderson and Wes Anderson occupy a similar spot in my mind.

Film directors named Anderson who came up in the mid-late nineties?
posted by Sys Rq at 10:44 AM on May 21, 2012 [1 favorite]


Filmmakers named Anderson is an interesting category in itself. That way you can include Lindsay and Gerry.
posted by Grangousier at 10:48 AM on May 21, 2012


I'd love love love to see an Anderson-helmed cable miniseries (ala Todd Haynes' recent and excellent Mildred Pierce), or perhaps a regular series with a planned two or three season run. He just does so much with his time. I could've watched cuts of already lengthy films like There Will Be Blood and Magnolia that were three times as long as they were. There are nearly no other filmmakers I like that I can say the same thing about their works, though Sergio Leone does come to mind. Often, I prefer an 88 minute movie over a 130 minute one.

I am looking forward to this tremendously.
posted by item at 10:49 AM on May 21, 2012


Filmmakers named Anderson is an interesting category in itself.

Do we include Roy Andersson in this category?
posted by nathancaswell at 10:50 AM on May 21, 2012 [2 favorites]


I am unreasonably excited about this movie. I love every PTA movie (well, perhaps with the exception of Hard Eight).

Film directors named Anderson who came up in the mid-late nineties?

Considering film directors named "Paul Anderson" who emerged in the nineties, we also have the eminent auteur Paul W.S. Anderson.
posted by Frobenius Twist at 10:54 AM on May 21, 2012 [1 favorite]


A pretty exciting rough draft of this script is floating around. But I don't remember this exact scene being in it. There is a lot of amazing stuff in it with Philip Seymour Hoffman talking about "time holes" and acting like L. Ron Hubbard.
posted by steinsaltz at 10:58 AM on May 21, 2012 [1 favorite]


I really, really wish I liked PT Anderson's films more, because he has so much craft and so much talent, but I never personally connect with them. Same for Alexander Payne.

(That said, I've yet to see There Will Be Blood, and I understand that it's his masterpiece in a lot of ways.)
posted by beaucoupkevin at 9:44 AM on May 21 [+] [!]


With you 110%, which is why I will also add a rec to see TWBB. It is just an epic, beautiful, incredibly literate piece of work, and completely accessible.
posted by docpops at 10:58 AM on May 21, 2012


Filmmakers named Anderson is an interesting category in itself. That way you can include Lindsay and Gerry.

Can we bend the category enough to include Roy Andersson?
posted by shakespeherian at 10:59 AM on May 21, 2012


Oh, nathancaswell beat me.
posted by shakespeherian at 11:00 AM on May 21, 2012


YOU OWE ME A COKE
posted by nathancaswell at 11:00 AM on May 21, 2012


Good to see the Scientologists couldn't shut this film down. Can't wait.
posted by aldurtregi at 11:05 AM on May 21, 2012


well, perhaps with the exception of Hard Eight

My reading of Anderson's films is that each one is, in large part, an analysis of how masculinity is defined within the constraints of expectations and culture, and part of this involves shooting each film as a kind of semi-pastiche of other films: Boogie Nights is Scorsese, not just because of the Goodfellas plot or the Raging Bull ending, but also the 70s-period soundtrack and the sudden flourishes of violence; Magnolia is Altman (especially Short Cuts); Punch-Drunk Love is the Adam Sandler canon; There Will Be Blood is Kubrick. Hard Eight is, as near as I can tell, Anderson just doing it straight, and for that reason is particularly interesting to me.
posted by shakespeherian at 11:10 AM on May 21, 2012 [2 favorites]


"If it was a torpedo (I think it was, right?) then the propellant was likely methanol."

That looked like a torpedo to me, which would have indeed meant a Mark 14 torpedo, which would have meant methanol.

"What exactly where the soldiers drinking out of that bomb? And... is that healthy?!"

Methanol is chemically very similar to ethanol only it gets you about a tenth as drunk and it breaks down very differently. Most people produce an alcohol dehydrogenase enzyme in our livers designed to break down ethanol into acetaldehyde which then gets processed and excreted by your metabolism in a very water dependent manner (where hangovers come from). It is a system that works pretty great for addressing ethanol toxicity, so long as you arn't to dedicated to it, but the problem with methanol is that the system works pretty great on it to, only it makes a very different product with the same reaction, formaldehyde. Acute formaldehyde toxicity literally plasticizes you, by binding your macromolecules together into ever increasingly impossible to break apart single massive molecules. This is why formaldehyde makes such a fantastic preservative. Eyes and gonads are the most sensitive to this, and so go first, which is where the trope of mountain men who accidentally make methanol with their moonshine comes from.

If you think that is terrifying, the chronic toxicity is something else entirely. Aldehydes are inherently pretty reactive with biological molecules and bind to them pretty easily, what makes formaldehyde do what it does is that it is a double aldehyde on the same carbon, which means that when it reacts to something, it forms a reactive aldehyde wherever it lands. Thus, it will take one biological molecule and covalently bond it to another in a process known as cross-linking, and it does this best with nitrogenous compounds like proteins and DNA. The big problem is that if you end up with proteins irreversibly bound to DNA in one of your cells, that will seriously fuck up mitosis, here are some awesome helpful videos, in a very specific way. A chromosome with a formaldehyde induced lesion will likely fail to replicate and stop the replication complex in its tracks, but not stop the overall mitosis process. This means that one of the two daughter cells will get no copies of the affected chromosome while the other daughter gets somewhere between one and two copies. This can be a massive problem.

In almost all cancers, if you take one of the cancer cells and break it apart to produce a karyotype, you will find a bizarre assortment of missing and extra chromosomes. There are proto-oncogenes, or genes that have the potential to cause uncontrolled growth (cancer), in all of us if they become misregulated, say from being copied a few times. There are also tumor suppressor genes that cause programed cell death in the event of uncontrolled growth that can fail, when say they are missing because the chromosome they were on is gone. Formaldehyde is profoundly efficient at causing this specific defect in mitosis, so we are incredibly sensitive to even the smallest amounts of it, especially over time, and again, your liver makes methanol = formaldehyde mole for mole.

This is all to say,

NO,

NOT HEALTHY,

NOT HEALTHY AT ALL
posted by Blasdelb at 11:38 AM on May 21, 2012 [26 favorites]


Well that was pretty good.
posted by boo_radley at 11:38 AM on May 21, 2012


the trope of blind mountain men that is...
posted by Blasdelb at 11:42 AM on May 21, 2012


Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams

And Laura Dern! Don't forget Laura Dern!
posted by Rory Marinich at 12:30 PM on May 21, 2012 [1 favorite]


Punch-Drunk Love is the Adam Sandler canon

So what you're saying is you haven't seen PDL or you haven't seen any other Sandler films.

All PTA films are Altman films, imo.
posted by You Should See the Other Guy at 12:33 PM on May 21, 2012


So what you're saying is you haven't seen PDL or you haven't seen any other Sandler films.

Not stylistically, but content-wise. Sandler's character is very much an Adam Sandler character-- put upon, childish, rage-filled, erratic, somehow finding love from a beautiful woman.
posted by shakespeherian at 12:40 PM on May 21, 2012


And Laura Dern! Don't forget Laura Dern!

Sigh. No, Mr Lynch, sir. We haven't forgotten Laura Dern.
posted by shmegegge at 12:44 PM on May 21, 2012 [1 favorite]


somehow finding love from a beautiful woman.

She's an alien, that's why.
posted by timshel at 12:50 PM on May 21, 2012


I thought this said Axl Rose.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 1:19 PM on May 21, 2012 [1 favorite]


Sandler's character is very much an Adam Sandler character-- put upon, childish, rage-filled, erratic, somehow finding love from a beautiful woman.

That's well said. I've always believed that Punch-Drunk Love is a love letter to the 90-minute comedies of Sandler, Farley, etc. It shows you the world of those movies from the perspective of the main character, and the result is at times unsettling, sad, funny, and utterly beautiful.
posted by roll truck roll at 1:59 PM on May 21, 2012


Yeah on a certain level it's just Anderson going 'Well this is a movie that gets made a lot, let's see if I can make it true again.'
posted by shakespeherian at 2:03 PM on May 21, 2012


I have very high regard for Hard Eight, fwiw.
posted by not_that_epiphanius at 2:30 PM on May 21, 2012


That trailer is better than most entire movies. My first contact with this was accidentally playing it in another tab and just hearing it. I'm having trouble thinking of the last time I saw a trailer as compelling as the audio track alone on this one. And then I went and actually watched it and saw the guy sharpening a knife on a beach, the soldiers wrestling, and Joaquin's face. Damn. That music.
posted by straight at 3:11 PM on May 21, 2012


Best dude making movies right now, bar none. In my top 5 directors of all time and creeping higher every time he makes a movie.
posted by saul wright at 4:01 PM on May 21, 2012


New trailer with Philip Seymour Hoffman that doesn't really shed anymore light but has a cool bit of Jonny Greenwood’s music.
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