2012: #1 The Master


Directed by: Paul Thomas Anderson
Written by: Paul Thomas Anderson
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Jesse Plemons, Ambyr Childers, and Laura Dern
Distributer: The Weinstein Company
Country: USA
Language: English
Rating: R
Running Time: 138 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Date released: 9/14/2012
Date seen: 9/22/2012
Worldwide Box Office Gross: $25,694,106
# of Oscar nominations: 3 (Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Supporting Actress)
# of Golden Stake Nominations: 10 (Best Fight, Musical Performance, Original Score, Editing, Cinematography, Supporting Actress, Supporting Actor, Actor, Original Screenplay, and Trailer)
# of Golden Stakes Won: 4 (Cinematography, Supporting Actress, Actor, Original Screenplay)

There were a ton of really good movies all year long and I had a lot to choose from in order to fill out my top ten, however, there was really only one film with the scope, ambition, audacity, mystery, and top notch execution to be worthy of the top slot and that movie was Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master. When I left the theater after seeing The Master I knew I had just witnessed something amazing but I didn’t think it matched up to Anderson’s There Will Be Blood. Reflecting back on it, I’m not so sure if that’s true. There are images in The Master that I remember vividly, themes that I still think about, and ideas that are positively tantalizing. The movie works as a stylistic exercise, as a character study, as an examination of post-traumatic stress disorder, and as a subtle little riddle. In many ways I’m shocked that the film has been as polarizing as it is. It might not necessarily be a film that makes itself clear to the most mainstream of audiences and I get why it didn’t set the box office on fire, but I feel like film critics and cinephilles should have recognized and appreciated what Anderson was doing.
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