The Master, while also ponderous, complex, intriguing and likely to win Oscars, stands out as a profound, artistic saga brought to seething life by performances so startling they stayed with me for days afterwards.
In its intelligent, chilly essence, Paul Thomas Anderson's film is an intense, eye-to-eye war between two different yet interdependent psyches.
This is not a feel-good movie. But it is a master class in acting. It is a haunting fictional story that is all too true. As with great writing, it takes us into the labyrinth of human nature, rife with emotional hunger, desperation and rage.
A lot has been said about whether the Cause is code for Scientology. Anderson drew a lot of inspiration from L. Ron Hubbard and the origins of Scientology, but to say that The Master is about Scientology misses the point.
The major limited release story was the record-killing debut of Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master , which earned an eye-popping $730,000 from just five theaters. That's a per-screen average of $145,949.
Given the evidence of The Master and his last film, There Will Be Blood, I'd offer this: Anderson seems bent on making movies that challenge the viewer to figure out what he's really about.
I mean, really, if Scientology can call itself a Church, why can't we? I don't know about you, but I could use some tax-exempt status when I bang the old headboard. And we could finally use protections afforded freedom of religion by the Constitution.
What does a divorce mean for your own faith, if that faith specifically disavows divorce?
I wonder what Tom's fellow church goers think about all of this, and I don't mean Jenna Elfman. I suspect we'll never know so Bryan Safi and I offer our version, as two Scientologist bachelors.
In 2005 I was a 25-year-old barista at a Starbucks in Hollywood, which was a terrible waste of my anthropology degree, insofar as an anthropology degr...
After five years of marriage, Katie Holmes plans to divorce Tom Cruise, and she's seeking sole custody of their daughter Suri, 5.
The man behind the ghosts continues his journey educating not just myself but those assigned to his next calling. Buckle up, The Holzer Method lives on and the ride has taken off. Keep your hands and feet to the side and do not touch anything you do not recognize.
Janet Reitman has spent the last six years digging into this unusual faith, and her new book reveals much about the unknown world of Scientology.
The Food and Drug Administration is having a meeting to decide who controls your right to choose mental illness treatment.
American tax codes are wrongly benefiting and empowering the unethical, potentially illegal, and most assuredly uncharitable activities of an organization using "religion" as a cloak.
It's been a bad week for the cult of Scientology.