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A greatly increased appreciation upon a much put-off second viewing is mostly a result of Jeremy Ratzlaff's video essay on the Chronological Timeline of PTA's work. Even so, my initial lukewarm reaction was due in part to a slight disappointment with its status as PTA's follow-up to the Daniel Day-Lewis show.

Amongst PTA's oeuvre of masterpieces and near-perfection, The Master stands as the master key to unlock the relationships between all of his central characters. Thanks in part to Ratzlaff's essay, an argument can be made that beyond PTA's recurring theme of father issues, there is a cinematic universe within his films that exhibits the spiritual evolution of a man. Quell and Dodd, Plainview and Sunday, Doc and Bigfoot, John and Sydney, Dirk and Jack Horner are all mirrors of each other with complimentary desires and approaches that if both are able to reconcile their nature to combat their mirror and learn to love that which they are but loathe about the other, they will finally be able to break free of samsara. In Hard Eight, John/Quell/Plainview/Dirk finally find love but it is not with Sydney/Dodd/Sunday/Horner, that is why the next time we see this spirit incarnated in Magnolia, it is at least eight different people. Fortunately, by the end the spirit as able to reconcile its lessons but must face one final test in Punch-Drunk Love before finally being free of the cycle.

As he continues to make films, it remains difficult to formulate a Grand Unified Paul Thomas Anderson (GUPTA) theory, so I will leave with one final thought: The Master is unjustly overlooked and grossly misunderstood, but with it PT Anderson further establishes his place as not just one of the greatest living film directors but as one of the Greatest of All-Time™.
5 years 8 months ago
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An interesting feature debut from a 40 year old who would go on to make some of the most iconic (sci-fi) films of all time. It shall serve as a good model for my mustache game.
5 years 8 months ago
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I struggled through 30 minutes before I gave up and put on They Live instead. Best decision of the night.
5 years 8 months ago
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In which Christopher Nolan stalks Jackie-O around a mind palace whilst Lurch looks dispassionately on.
5 years 8 months ago
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PTA and his daddy issues
5 years 9 months ago
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Watching this in one day in a theater (Alamo Drafthouse Denver) is the equivalent of a semester's worth of film school. Having slept little the night before, perhaps out of eager anticipation of the day ahead, I was interested in the entirety of the first episode before closing my eyes for a few minutes during one of the theater exercises in episode two. Afterwards, it was smooth sailing as I was able to utilize techniques that I studied up on to keep me alert for the next ten hours. If you are able to make it past the first two episodes, you will be treated to a masterclass in acting and direction.
5 years 9 months ago
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Christian Bale's finest performance? A great adaptation of a book that I mostly loathed reading? Much like Fight Club, this is one that a lot of people misunderstand and love for the wrong reasons.
5 years 9 months ago
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Leonardo DiCaprio and the Quest for All the Oscars

This was beautiful but goddamn did it feel like it was 17 hours long. That's not necessarily a criticism as it was entirely intentional and honestly every frame of Emmanuel Lubezki's work deserves extra attention (I would not be surprised if he ends up being the first three consecutive Oscar winner). Having read the book, every single change is for the better, including the addition of Glass' son. The only trouble I'm having is determining who had the better performance, Tom Hardy or Leo. Hardy really sold the selfish antagonist while Leo starred in a very special episode of Fear Factor.
5 years 9 months ago
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Russian submarine captain, immortal Spanish swordsman...is there any role that is not absolutely perfect for a Scottish secret agent? How about the most Arabian man in Morocco? Whenever Sir Sean Connery is as horrifically miscast as he is here, I just imagine that he is still James Bond on a deep cover assignment. Any discrepancies such as continuity of time and space are explained by the Connery role being either the ancestor of 1960s Bond or James Bond having access to a thyme ma-sheen.
5 years 9 months ago
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I have not seen a bad Peter O'Toole performance but after viewing nine of his films, I have discovered his somewhat limited range. His influence on Al Pacino is apparent--act louder than your support and people will call you marvelous and brilliant. He outshines nearly everyone here, except the butler.

A fantastic satire that needs to be discovered by more eye balls and minds.
5 years 9 months ago
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ADDENDUM AFTER SECOND VIEWING:
A second viewing in 70mm in supremely better seats. As suspected, the film doesn't hold up as well in a second viewing with most of the action after the intermission really dragging. But I was finally able to properly enjoy the visuals the way they were meant to. Taking in the full picture without having to turn my head meant that I was able to notice and appreciate the nuances of the actor's performances and it made a huge difference. Looks, winks, side-glances are amplified with the 65mm lenses and I can understand the importance of that creative decision now. The only real disappoint lie with the script/story, which strikes me as too self-indulgent with a three hour runtime consisting of possibly the least action and the least interesting dialogue of a Tarantino film to date. However, the actor's ability to performance the script to near perfection is it's saving grace. They are always doing interesting things, whether the focus is on them or not and that is a testament to the evolution of QT's style. I look forward to QT's final two films not for the interesting scripts, but to see if he finally is able to compose a film with greater depth beyond what just sounds and looks cool.

ORIGINAL COMMENT:
When you sit in the very front row of a movie that is hyped for its exhibition, you lose nearly all of the intended effect. I can't speak much for the visuals, although it seemed to look good, it did not appear to be as stunning as Django Unchained.

What a treat it was to finally hear an Ennio Morricone original score for a Tarantino film. For QT, it must be a fan boy dream come true.

The acting seemed good, with the actors reading lines with a little more enthusiasm than a table read. I read the script when it leaked nearly two years ago, and remarked that this script would have been great if it was made before Django. QT has been leading to making this mash-up of his own movies (bottle/ensemble aspect of Reservoir Dogs plus the bar scene from Inglourious Basterds) since Basterds, which at the time of that release made me remark that that was "the closest he would get to making a western without making a western" (Django is a southern).

Perhaps because of his last two films, this doesn't feel as fresh as any of his other movies. It doesn't have anything that we haven't seen nor heard in a Tarantino film, and that wouldn't be a problem if he was going to keep making movies until the autumn of his years but he has stated that he intends on making ten films and then retiring. So this seems like a stagnant move that might make his fans wish that he did publish this as a novel as he intended to do after the script leak. QT probably recognized his inevitable decline when he had Aldo Raine declare "this just might be my masterpiece."

Sitting in the front row for any other movie would have made me absolutely loathe it without any desire for further views, but due to QT's writing and visual style (including editing that lets scenes breathe, rather than the modern fashion of machine gun cutting), I found myself mostly engaged by the picture which despite knowing how the story would play out (my hazy memory noticed only a few minor changes from the leaked script) is a major accomplishment. As I felt short changed by the theater's decision to have terrible seats that lead to an unfulfilling experience, I will most likely see it again in order to get the full effect of Taratino's maturing technical style.
5 years 9 months ago
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A literal adaptation of Hesse's novel that is middling until the third act which turns the weakest part of the book into the film's biggest strength.
5 years 9 months ago
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'We now go live to Richard Thornburg at Nakatomi Plaza for an update on the terrorist takeover. Richard?'

'Thanks Gail. After eight tense hours of sheer terror, the hostage situation here at Nakatomi Plaza has come to a tragic end. At least thirty hostages, their captors and a dozen law enforcement officials are amongst the causalities tonight. Details are still coming in but early reports are that among the dead are President of the Nakatomi Corporation, Joseph Takagi, West German Volksfrei movement leader, Hans Gruber, and a New York City police officer, John McClane, who was at a Christmas party with his wife, Holly, Director of Corporate Affairs at Nakatomi. Officer McClane was responsible for the lives of many of Mr. Gruber's group before he met his tragic end jumping from the exploding rooftop of the Nakatomi Building. The rest of the terrorists were neutralized by LAPD SWAT members during their escape attempt in an ambulance. We have Sgt. Al Powell here who was the first to respond to a distress call from Officer McClane. Sgt. Powell what can you tell us about this horrific event?'

'Roy--John...was my best friend. He was there when I shot that boy a few years ago. He was my sponsor for Overeaters Annonymous. He was gonna be the godfather to my unborn child! I swear on his grave that I find all those bastards that did this and make sure he gets vengeance. If any of these guys have families, watch out because I'm coming for you.'

'Thank you Sgt. Powell. I'll have more on the Nakatomi Tragedy as the story unfolds. Back to you in the studio, Gail.'
5 years 10 months ago
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You don't think Apocalypse Now The Greatest Film of All Time™? Watch this and realize that it wasn't a film.
5 years 10 months ago
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One hour after the midnight screening my thoughts are thus:
"British Anna Kendrick is hot."
"The exteriors are fucking amazing."
"spoiler was completely telegraphed but the editing of the emotional responses was effective."
"What's the Republic?"
"I really like the two leads but Finn really should've had more of an emotional reaction to shooting his former comrades. He hesitated with the complete strangers in the beginning."
"What a waste of Max von Sydow?"
"Finally Max von Sydow is not introduced as a good guy in the beginning only to be revealed to be with the baddies all along."
"The First Order are really channeling their distant future cousins, the Third Reich, for fashion tips."
"Yep, I really don't like Domhnall Gleeson as an actor. Adam Driver even less."
"I really wish Kylo Ren kept his helmet on."
"The Star Wars movies do a great job of establishing their villains but make them too easy to take down. Case in point: the gorgeous snow forest light saber duel between an established bad ass, a cowardly traitor and an untrained Force user."
"John Williams is probably the only composer who be self-referential and still get away with it while composing a great score."
"This is JJ Abrams' best movie. His inclusion for a literal mystery box gets a pass for actually servicing the story in a significant way."
"This was a serious case of over-acting. I'm not entirely sure why, the human actors are good, but I did not believe that they were actually the characters they portrayed. You can tell that these are well-taught actors that are calculating their reactions. Harrison Ford is the only one who gets a pass because he acted according to the image he has built over the years as the surly grizzled veteran."
"There is no consistency in the make-up of the humans."
"As a non-Star Wars fan, I was entertained and actually look forward to the Rian Johnson directed sequel, but have little interest in the Colin Trevorrow episode."
"There are still so many other movies I'd rather watch or re-watch than paying to see this again."
5 years 10 months ago
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Star Wars: Raiders of the Lost Copyright Violation
5 years 10 months ago
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The only good that came out of this is "Swinging on a Star" which was excellently used in the Best Picture winner of a 1991 parallel universe, Hudson Hawk.
5 years 10 months ago
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Did Hollywood actually make a great spinoff that equals the original? Now this is the way you update an old story with familiarity that makes it fresh(ish) for generations new and old. A lot of credit needs to go to the writer and director, Ryan Coogler, who with just his second feature has established himself as a force to be reckoned with. An equal amount of props needs to go to Michael B. Jordan who brings the necessary talent and ability to excel. Although I doubt he will get the usual recognition that a boxer role traditionally does, he still played his part to perfection. And you can't forget about the O.G. himself, Sly. Reversing the expectations of what should have been a wink, a nod and an eyeroll, he manages to lend the appropriate amount of gravitas and still allow the title character to shine.

I don't even like boxing movies and have a vague and mostly fictitious nostalgia for the Rocky movies, but this was an absolute knockout (pun intended). If you want to rebrand a franchise and pass the torch, this is how you do it.
5 years 10 months ago
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A good companion piece to an excellent novel, the adaptation fails to make me really care for the characters that I so enjoyed reading about, that the film fails as a work that is separate from its source.
5 years 11 months ago
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Probably the best work Bill Paxton has ever done
5 years 11 months ago
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A social media famous athlete buys weed spoiler in front of a school and waves it around like the Golden Ticket from Willy Wonka. What kind of message are we sending our kids?

Is this the movie you want to be a new holiday tradition? One that is very aware of other superior films and goes out its way to reference them. My advice is to rewatch the referenced films and forget about this mildly amusing tale of an athlete who avoids his mama on Christmas, an irresponsible lawyer with a pregnant wife that gifts him a cache of drugs and a romance that makes no sense.
5 years 11 months ago
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Brilliant, but requires further viewings to truly pierce through the layers.
5 years 11 months ago
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Visual filmmaking at its finest
5 years 11 months ago
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The original music video
5 years 11 months ago
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"Show me stuff."

Honestly, I think the Drafthouse is trying too hard. You can't force a cult movie down our throats, especially when the pre-show program features what appears to be far more interesting "so bad, it's good"ness. But then again, if I wanted hipster cred for discovering something before it's hot, this would be it. At a midnight show, I was one of only two people in the theater. It was basically a slightly less funny (to the outside viewer) of MST3K without the robots.

If you're looking for The Room this is just as bad (maybe worse and in it's own separate universe) but less quotable. If you're a wannabe filmmaker looking for a lesson, this is the flick for you. Between this and The Room, the lesson I learned is if your an immigrant in America with a dream of making a movie, perhaps it may be wise to listen to the ideas of others and not behave like a dictating genius auteur.
5 years 11 months ago

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