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Philip Seymour Hoffman in Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master

Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master, with Philip Seymour Hoffman

Apocalypse then.

As an act of recollection, The Master captures the Fifties with perfect pitch, all the more remarkable because the film’s creator wasn’t there. Two stories collide from opposite directions. One is the story of an invisible man, a World War II veteran who never recovers from combat. The other is a charlatan savant skimming the gullible and rising to become a cult leader, the Master of the title. One life has slipped through the cracks, as adrift as Okies in the Dust Bowl but desolately lonely. The other life is a round-the-clock power play to grab the golden ring.

Entertainment for the Passengers of a Ship Amongst Icebergs: The Ten Best Films of the Decade

Everyone likes a top ten list, especially when the paragraph which precedes the list is an earnest disclaimer like this one: I didn’t go to enough movies this decade. I’ve missed intriguing films by Angelopoulos, Godard, Spike Lee, Wim Wenders and Abbas Kiarostami (among others). Additionally, this list is biased in favour of the English-speaking world, specifically the United States, in a decade when many interesting and hard to find movies seem to have been made in other places.

There Will Be Blood

In architecture school, the worst criticism a student can receive is an extended silence broken by the comment — “Well, I like the font you used.” That’s a snarky way to begin. There will be Blood is hardly that bad. Even if it were that bad surely it would be bad in a way that […]