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  •  And yet, among the films I was sent (1+ / 0-)
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    this year, I found "The Master" to be among the most pointless.

    The problem with Anderson is that he never takes a point of view.  Hoffman is brilliant (no surprise there), while Phoenix is shockingly shallow: he has the tics and expression of a psychotic down, but never offers even a glimpse into the character.  I blame Anderson for that.

    And the story leaves us with nothing to conclude.  I actually was fascinated by "Magnolia," though I confess I barely remember it.  "The Master" is a long trip to nowhere.

    "Throwing a knuckleball for a strike is like throwing a butterfly with hiccups across the street into your neighbor's mailbox." -- Willie Stargell

    by Yasuragi on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 12:03:48 PM PDT

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    •  Perfectly valid criticisms. (1+ / 0-)
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      Anderson is very much an existentialist.  I don't remember much about Magnolia either.  Ditto Boogie Nights, except for the scene in the drug dealer's house and the fact that Julianne Moore was haaaaawt.  He's a director more to be appreciated than enjoyed.

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      by Troubadour on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 06:32:05 PM PDT

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