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The full length trailer for P.T. Anderson's new movie The Master was just released.
posted by timsneezed (87 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite

 
P.T. Blue?
posted by mediated self at 4:44 PM on July 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


Man that is a sharp, crisp image. The lighting seems to want to bring out every single edge.
posted by The Whelk at 4:48 PM on July 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


Warning: not the Henry James summer blockbuster you might have been expecting.
posted by villanelles at dawn at 4:53 PM on July 19, 2012 [3 favorites]


So this is the one that's not about Scientology right?
posted by 2bucksplus at 4:53 PM on July 19, 2012 [5 favorites]


All it's missing is the phrase "and featuring David Cross as Xenu."
posted by ShutterBun at 4:56 PM on July 19, 2012 [5 favorites]


Big Paul Thomas Anderson fan here, so I'd see this movie regardless, but definitely added incentive knowing that Landry Clarke is in it.
posted by The Gooch at 4:57 PM on July 19, 2012 [3 favorites]


According to IMDB it was shot on 65mm. I hope they have the good sense to do IMAX screenings.
posted by rustyiron at 5:00 PM on July 19, 2012 [4 favorites]


The body thetans in my mind brain are compelling me to watch see this film.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 5:03 PM on July 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


Yes please.
posted by shakespeherian at 5:03 PM on July 19, 2012


It's written and directed by the guy responsible for Magnolia and Punch-Drunk Love. It's got Phil Hoffman in it. It's got the wife from No Country for Old Men in it [Amy Adams]. So, yeah, it's a must-see, hopefully to cleanse the cultural palate of all that animation and superheroes.
posted by anothermug at 5:06 PM on July 19, 2012 [3 favorites]


I gather it's Robert Pattinson in the Timothy Van Patten role, and Tommy Lee Jones subbing for Lee Van Cleef.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 5:06 PM on July 19, 2012 [4 favorites]


P.T. Anderson's new movie The Master

There's a sucker born every minute, he says.
 
posted by Herodios at 5:07 PM on July 19, 2012


What a shitty couple of weeks for Tom Cruise, huh?
posted by leotrotsky at 5:08 PM on July 19, 2012 [7 favorites]


Eeta Hoing-Hoing
posted by Lipstick Thespian at 5:11 PM on July 19, 2012


I'm gonna go ahead and condemn this as a Suppressive Picture
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 5:11 PM on July 19, 2012 [2 favorites]


Wait: The . . . Master?




Is Torgo in it?

There is no way out of here. It'll be dark soon. There is no way out of here.
posted by Herodios at 5:12 PM on July 19, 2012 [9 favorites]


hopefully to cleanse the cultural palate of all that animation and superheroes.

I prefer to think of it as "to season a cultural palate already rich with excellent animation and superhero fare", but YMMV.
posted by Joey Michaels at 5:13 PM on July 19, 2012 [3 favorites]


It's got the wife from No Country for Old Men in it [Amy Adams].

The wife in No Country was played by the very Irish Kelly Macdonald.
posted by dobbs at 5:14 PM on July 19, 2012 [3 favorites]


She's Scottish, I think.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 5:15 PM on July 19, 2012 [5 favorites]


One of these days Amy Adams is going to deliver a performance I am not totally enthralled with but it hasn't happened yet.
posted by The Whelk at 5:16 PM on July 19, 2012 [4 favorites]


Well, Scottish...
posted by not_that_epiphanius at 5:16 PM on July 19, 2012


Grr. Scottish. :)
posted by dobbs at 5:17 PM on July 19, 2012


Scientology is the obvious go-to, but when I first heard about PTA doing a book about a cult leader--years ago--my first hope was that it was gonna find inspiration from this bizarre book by Peter McWilliams: Life 102, What to Do When Your Guru Sues You.
posted by dobbs at 5:24 PM on July 19, 2012


Amy Adams was in Junebug and deserves every award.
posted by shakespeherian at 5:31 PM on July 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


Adams' character in Julie & Julia was pretty whiny and obnoxious.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 5:36 PM on July 19, 2012


Amy Adams spent time doing musical theater at the Chanhassan Dinner Theater in Minnesota. Which is referenced as being haunted in the Prairie Home Companion movie. Which had Paul Thomas Anderson as a "backup" director, in case Robert Altman died while making the film. Which was filmed at the Fitzgerald Theater. Across from which is a Scientology building.

It's all very simple, people.
posted by Bunny Ultramod at 5:38 PM on July 19, 2012 [14 favorites]


Oooooh. Thanks, Bunny.
posted by dobbs at 5:48 PM on July 19, 2012


Which had Paul Thomas Anderson as a "backup" director, in case Robert Altman died while making the film.

They should do this for every movie. And make the backup director Uwe Boll, so no director will dare to die.
posted by Etrigan at 5:48 PM on July 19, 2012 [11 favorites]


The trailer's been pulled already.
posted by dng at 5:55 PM on July 19, 2012


Okay, I'm impressed that that was Joaquin Phoenix. I would not have recognized him.
posted by WCityMike at 5:57 PM on July 19, 2012


This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by The Weinstein Company.
Sorry about that.


Weinstein Company, are you idiots, or have you let monkeys run your company? What part of "free advertising" don't you understand?
posted by zardoz at 6:02 PM on July 19, 2012 [6 favorites]


dobbs: "The wife in No Country was played by the very Irish Kelly Macdonald."

Well okay then, but did Kelly Macdonald play Amelia Earhart in Night at the Museum 2? I don't think so!
posted by brundlefly at 6:02 PM on July 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


I found this, I am not certain it's the same.

And whoa... I am a little surprised they would tip toe so close to whatever it is Hollywood has assiduously avoided tiptoeing close to for so long. Bowfinger doesn't count.
posted by Xoebe at 6:03 PM on July 19, 2012 [2 favorites]


Horace Rumpole: "I gather it's Robert Pattinson in the Timothy Van Patten role, and Tommy Lee Jones subbing for Lee Van Cleef"

"Things are not what they seem, Lee"

I do believe PTA is my favorite filmmaker going right now. Philip Seymour Hoffman is one of my favorite actors, Amy Adams is up there, and while Joaquin Phoenix shot much of his cred with that... thing he made, he can definitely act. I'm quite psyched, myself.

leotrotsky: "What a shitty couple of weeks for Tom Cruise, huh"

I hear he's still friends with Paul Thomas Anderson and he's been shown the film already, but there is also this bit of reportage.
posted by Red Loop at 6:03 PM on July 19, 2012


Warning: not the Henry James summer blockbuster you might have been expecting.

Well. Damn. Way to disappoint.
posted by octobersurprise at 6:04 PM on July 19, 2012


"God damn it Bob!"

"Why, what is it Harvey?"

"There are PEOPLE on the INTERNET who are WATCHING OUR MOVIE TRAILER! They're probably sitting there EXCITEDLY ANTICIPATING GIVING US MONEY!"

"Jesus. I'll call the legal department."
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 6:05 PM on July 19, 2012 [26 favorites]


Link is dead. Guess I'll have to settle for this. 8/
posted by herrdoktor at 6:06 PM on July 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


WHO... IS... THE MASTER?
posted by Egg Shen at 6:12 PM on July 19, 2012 [2 favorites]


Poster is neat.
posted by dobbs at 6:13 PM on July 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


Here is a mirror (for now)
posted by palidor at 6:15 PM on July 19, 2012 [2 favorites]


Trailers
(Both 1 & 2 are listed.)
posted by Mike Mongo at 6:23 PM on July 19, 2012


Oh boy, do I want to see that movie. Thanks for continuing to kick ass, PT.
posted by defenestration at 6:29 PM on July 19, 2012


Both trailers are on the film's IMDB page.
posted by eustacescrubb at 6:33 PM on July 19, 2012


Both trailers are on the film's IMDB page.

Those are old trailers. The full length version is in palidor's link above.
posted by timsneezed at 6:38 PM on July 19, 2012


A full-blown Hubbard biopic would be fantastically interesting: the success as a pulp fiction writer, being relieved of duty as commander of a Navy anti-submarine vessel after conducting gunnery practice on Mexico's Coronado Islands, occult research with an acolyte of Aleister Crowley, a bigamous second marriage, the private navy staffed by girls in hot pants, infiltrating government offices...

I fear there's no way this could measure up.
posted by Egg Shen at 6:41 PM on July 19, 2012 [5 favorites]


Punch-Drunk Love

Also some good movies.
posted by Artw at 6:41 PM on July 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


Egg Shen... I figure it would be a period-set ensemble peice, following Hubbard, Bob Heinlein and doomed rocket-wizard Jack Parsons.
posted by Artw at 6:43 PM on July 19, 2012


Eh. Doesn't beat Henry James sleeping with Oliver Wendell Holmes.
posted by octobersurprise at 7:01 PM on July 19, 2012


Oh, here it is!
posted by Slap*Happy at 7:14 PM on July 19, 2012


i troll u! 4 teh lulz
posted by Slap*Happy at 7:16 PM on July 19, 2012


Actually, no, a '70s movie musical is probably more entertaining than a Seriously Serious psychological thriller starring the man who was required to sell the final scene from "Signs," and Phillip Seymour Hoffman, who's obliged to star in serious movies until he dies now that he's done a sumer blockbuster with Tom "How in the hell does he look younger than I do I was a pre-teen when Risky Business came out" Cruise.

Watch my link instead. You will be happier.
posted by Slap*Happy at 7:20 PM on July 19, 2012


Seems to be gone.
posted by cjorgensen at 7:23 PM on July 19, 2012


Punch-Drunk Love

Also some good movies.


Indeed. Punch-Drunk Love is a great movie so I'm glad you made the distinction.
posted by MUD at 7:25 PM on July 19, 2012 [3 favorites]


[Changed this link to a working one for now, if it goes kablooey we may close this up if there's no legit place to link to]
posted by jessamyn at 7:29 PM on July 19, 2012


According to IMDB it was shot on 65mm. I hope they have the good sense to do IMAX screenings.

I have no idea what goes into converting vertical pulldown 65mm into horizontal pull IMAX film stock, but that would be awesome.
posted by hippybear at 7:41 PM on July 19, 2012


having the journalistic integrity to wait for a legitimate source before reporting on air that someone is dead.

And you say it's not fantasy.
posted by Artw at 7:47 PM on July 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


Wow , what a stache on PSH.
posted by Ad hominem at 7:47 PM on July 19, 2012


Wow , what a stache on PSH.

I'm a huge fan of facial hair on PSH. His beard in The Boat That Rocked (titled Pirate Radio in some markets) kept me mesmerized.
posted by hippybear at 7:52 PM on July 19, 2012


According to IMDB it was shot on 65mm. I hope they have the good sense to do IMAX screenings.

As Metafilter's Own Formally Trained Professional Projectionist - allow me to explain... no, there is too much. Allow me to sum up.
posted by Slap*Happy at 7:52 PM on July 19, 2012


Actually, no, a '70s movie musical is probably more entertaining than a Seriously Serious psychological thriller

P.T. Anderson movies are all funny. I read an early version of the script and the Split Saber is going to be the new milkshake.
posted by steinsaltz at 7:58 PM on July 19, 2012


Is it just me or does Joaquin Phoenix look skinny and gaunt?

It seems that PTA has been recreating historical photographs precisely again like he did in There Will Be Blood. The DVD has a neat featurette called 15 Minutes showing PTA's research photos and then their recreation in the movie.

The two shots that appear to have had the same treatment are the men tending crops in the field and the portrait being taken of the three boys. Probably a few others now that I've rewatched it.
posted by Start with Dessert at 8:23 PM on July 19, 2012


According to IMDB it was shot on 65mm.

Thought so. The shot of Joaquin with the view camera seems unreal, and not like something you could accomplish with "mere" 35mm film.
posted by Sticherbeast at 8:23 PM on July 19, 2012


Ever since Phillip Seymour Hoffman said he "literally" shit his pants when he won an Oscar, I literally can't watch him in any movies.

..but I'll just have to cover my eyes when I go see this.
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 9:02 PM on July 19, 2012


I didn't see Margarita. Is she in the next one? Or did they cut out that half?
posted by ubiquity at 9:12 PM on July 19, 2012 [2 favorites]


WHO... IS... THE MASTER?

Lee Van Cleef?
posted by stifford at 9:32 PM on July 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


"occult research with an acolyte of Aleister Crowley"

not just any acolyte: Jack Parsons!

not just any research: sex magic to conceive the future Whore of Babylon, leading to Hubbard running away with Parsons' money and Parsons' girlfriend.
posted by idiopath at 9:36 PM on July 19, 2012 [4 favorites]


(and I really really hope that is a spoiler for this movie)
posted by idiopath at 9:50 PM on July 19, 2012 [2 favorites]


I really liked There Will Be Blood, but thought it was (deservedly) overshadowed by no country for old men. But I walked out of Magnolia I thought it was so bad. And I'm. A huge Steve Brule fan. Still, I have high hopes for this flick.
posted by to sir with millipedes at 10:05 PM on July 19, 2012


Slap*Happy: "Tom "How in the hell does he look younger than I do I was a pre-teen when Risky Business came out" Cruise."

*ahem*
posted by brundlefly at 10:52 PM on July 19, 2012 [2 favorites]


But I walked out of Magnolia I thought it was so bad.

Out of curiosity, were you a smoker when you saw the film? I have a theory and want to see if it holds up.
posted by Bunny Ultramod at 11:18 PM on July 19, 2012


That smokers hate three-hour movies?
posted by roll truck roll at 11:24 PM on July 19, 2012


Yep. Especially ones that end with frogs.
posted by Bunny Ultramod at 11:27 PM on July 19, 2012 [2 favorites]


This movie looks really good, but I can't imagine how it could be as good as that first teaser trailer. Those two minutes are some of the best cinema I've seen all year. That music. And Phoenix's performance. So good.
posted by straight at 11:29 PM on July 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


That trailer raised my curiosity about what they were drinking out of the torpedo. Turns out its called torpedo juice, which sailors would distill and filter to remove the poisonous methanol. I had no idea.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 11:41 PM on July 19, 2012


This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by The Weinstein Company.

Well of course they say this... cough cough Tom cough cough psychic powers cough cough I can say no more
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 1:48 AM on July 20, 2012


Here's a pretty comprehensive background for anyone that wants it.
posted by jamiemch at 2:39 AM on July 20, 2012


Here's a pretty comprehensive background for anyone that wants it.

O.M.G. Anderson intends to film Pynchon's Inherent Vice? I can hardly wait. I never thought I would see Pynchon on film (even that one, which is probably the most filmable), but if anyone could do it, Anderson would be the one.
posted by ubiquity at 6:13 AM on July 20, 2012


I never thought I would see Pynchon on film (even that one, which is probably the most filmable), but if anyone could do it, Anderson would be the one.

Yes, I can't wait for him to sink his golden fangs into that project.
posted by hippybear at 7:59 AM on July 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


Predictions about this movie:

They will repeat or even exaggerate Hubbard's lies and exaggerations about his military service.

They won't depict the barroom bet between Hubbard and Heinlein that he could not found a religion.

No sex magic, no mention of Thelema, the Golden Dawn, or Aleister Crowley.

No depiction of Scientology's covert operations against the IRS and former members.
posted by idiopath at 8:20 AM on July 20, 2012


Idiopath, I think you're right about those things, but I don't think this film is intended to be a strict biopic of Hubbard (although such a film would be incredible and will probably be made someday many years after David Miscavidge dies). I think Anderson just took the broader outline of Hubbard's life.
posted by overeducated_alligator at 8:36 AM on July 20, 2012 [1 favorite]




ubiquity: "O.M.G. Anderson intends to film Pynchon's Inherent Vice? I can hardly wait. I never thought I would see Pynchon on film (even that one, which is probably the most filmable), but if anyone could do it, Anderson would be the one."

Yeah, I couldn't believe it when I heard he was looking at doing Inherent Vice. Who would play Doc? Who could pull off Bigfoot Bjornsen?
posted by Red Loop at 8:16 PM on July 20, 2012


I don't think this film is intended to be a strict biopic of Hubbard

It's not a biopic at all, unless there's really some guy named Lancaster Dodd who started a cult. I suppose that idiopath complained that All The King's Men downplayed Huey Long's socialism and never mentioned his antics with the LSU marching band.
posted by straight at 8:56 PM on July 21, 2012


My point wasn't a complaint that the psuedo-biography would be inaccurate, but a prediction that the most interesting parts of the story (sex, the occult, lies and scandals etc.) would be ignored.
posted by idiopath at 4:33 PM on July 23, 2012


It just seems a little premature to assume we know what story Anderson's wanting to tell here. It's entirely possible this is primarily the story of Phoenix's character and that the Hubbard figure is secondary with details about him being shaped more by the needs of the acolyte's story than a desire to dramatize real-life people and events.

I'd love to see a movie about the rise and spread of Scientology, but if you're going to tell that story, I'd rather it be the real thing without the serial numbers filed off.
posted by straight at 8:14 PM on July 23, 2012


Who would play Doc? Who could pull off Bigfoot Bjornsen?

I know this thread is dead, but just for the record, I like David Strathairn for Doc and either Nick Nolte or Gary Busey for Bigfoot.
posted by ubiquity at 11:26 AM on July 24, 2012


So I hear that a new poster has been released, and someone made it into an animated version.
posted by zamboni at 9:41 AM on August 7, 2012


Paul Thomas Anderson really does want to show The Master in 70mm as widely as possible. But it’s not entirely up to him.

[...] the director’s push to show the film widely in 70mm has been met with “blowback” [from the Weinstein Company]

[...] Gauging the number of theaters that can still show 70mm is essential to determining how much play the film could get in that format. Other cinemas my source is eyeing include the ArcLight in Los Angeles and the Seattle Cinerama."

ArcLight owns the Cinerama dome in Hollywood, which could almost certainly do 70mm. But ArcLight is also run by Scientologists.
posted by anazgnos at 10:29 AM on August 7, 2012


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