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Wednesday, December 18 2013

The Best DVDs and Blu-rays of 2013

As home video spins off into various immediate options -- streaming, simultaneous theatrical and digital release -- there are still many gems to uncover in the increasingly obsolete format.


Sunday, January 27 2013

The Best Films of 2012

From popcorn perfection to animation experimentation, foreign finesse and good old Hollywood hokum, 2012 delivered the shiny cinematic goods and then some. Here are our choices for the titles that took on the challenge, and won.


Tuesday, January 8 2013

The Best Male Film Performances of 2012

From diabolical tech terrorism to brutal slave ownership, the actors that make up this year's best traversed a wide canvas of creative and cinematic choices.


Sunday, January 6 2013

The Best Female Film Performances of 2012

From a precocious young girl bravely battling the elements to much older women waging war with their own demons, 2012 was a standout year for actresses, with these being some of the very, very best.


Monday, October 22 2012

Cinema as Rorschach Test: 'The Master'

Much like the kaleidoscopic design of The Master’s theatrical poster, the way one perceives the film -- indeed, all films -- is reflective of the prism through which one views the artform itself.


Columns

Monday, February 18 2013

In Defense Of ... 2012's Best Movie, 'The Master'

With the Oscars set to be handed out this Sunday, it's time to take a look at what made the one film that somehow got pushed to the back of the awards season bus so transcendent, so polarizing, and so... great.


Reviews

Sunday, February 24 2013

'The Master' Is a Study in Displacement

Though whispered about as a film tackling Scientology, Paul Thomas Anderson's real subject is Freddie Quell, a soldier turned drifter and prodigious alcoholic.


Sunday, September 16 2012

'The Master' Is a Portrait of Pain

The Master becomes a fascinating duet between Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman, with several bars intentionally left out.


Monday, April 7 2008

There Will Be Blood

However fictional, Daniel Plainview is like history come to life -- more Frankenstein's monster than wax doll.


Thursday, January 3 2008

There Will Be Blood

Land, oil, blood. There will be lots of all in Paul Thomas Anderson's stunning new movie.


Sunday, June 22 2003

Punch-Drunk Love (2002)

Deftly rearranges any number of generic conventions, from romantic comedies, musicals, and melodramas with happy endings that can't make sense but seem inevitable and necessary.


Magnolia (1999) [31.Dec.94]
Magnolia (1999) [31.Dec.94]

Blogs

Wednesday, March 13 2013

Scientology Aside, 'The Master's" Meaning is Clear

While some have suggested that this is nothing more than a veiled Scientology screed (it has many allusions to the bizarre religion's earliest earmarks), The Master is actually a movie about two men who couldn't be more different, and yet are almost exactly the same


Friday, January 18 2013

Is Amy Adams the New Thelma Ritter?

A look at the four-time Oscar nominee's near-constant presence on Oscar's radar in the past few years...


Friday, September 21 2012

Manipulator and Commander: 'The Master'

Something like The Master is fascinating for what it offers up, and what it leaves behind.


Tuesday, August 2 2011

100 Essential Directors - Paul Thomas Anderson

100 Essential Directors celebrates directors of distinct vision, who have honed their respective crafts, who have brought something new and exciting to the medium, and who continue to push the boundaries of the form.


Monday, January 10 2011

There Will Be... Bud? What WILL the Next Paul Thomas Anderson Project Be?

Paul Thomas Anderson's follow-up to his brilliant There Will Be Blood was to be an original tale of a fictional religious organization entitled The Master,


News

Wednesday, November 5 2014

Paul Thomas Anderson Takes on ‘Inherent Vice’

If only Paul Thomas Anderson could remember what drew him to the story of “Inherent Vice” in the first place. Or, more specifically, by making


Saturday, February 23 2008

There will be confusion: Deliberately vague films leave critic cold

Walking out of a press screening of Paul Thomas Anderson's "There Will Be Blood" in early November, I turned to a fellow critic in the


Thursday, January 3 2008

To his latest director, Daniel Day-Lewis is 'the man'

"Maybe it's presumptuous to say this, but from a director's point of view he's the Holy Grail of actors, isn't he? At least he always


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