Friday, September 21, 2012

Behold...THE MASTER!

Behold we did, at a last-minute benefit screening at San Francisco's scenic Castro Theatre. More delightful still we got a gander at it in glorious 70mm. Paul Thomas Anderson's tale of a none-too-bright war veteran (Joaquin Phoenix, in a career best performance) who falls under the thrall of a budding cult leader (Philip Seymour Hoffman) is an even more novelistically-focused story than There Will Be Blood. The imagery (with new DP Mihai Malaimare Jr. taking over for Anderson-regular Robert Elswit) is as luminous and revealing as ever, and Jonny Greenwood's scoring chops are even more assured than they were in There Will Be Blood.

The movie has since rolled out wide, and is playing near some lucky folks in one of the sixteen 70mm prints that were cut of this thing. A page listing those engagements can be found here - whatever the format, though, this movie simply isn't to be missed.

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