[rating=4]Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams Director: Paul Thomas Anderson Writer: Paul Thomas Anderson
When I ranked Magnolia as my top film of 1999, I often found myself in the position of have to defend it often to non-believers. Yes, it was tough, I acknowledged. Yes, it was difficult. But unlike many other works, which receive acclaim for breaking the rules, writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson’s uncompromising visionary vista was to be applauded for creating a set of rules all his own. Anderson’s latest, The Master, is a visually arresting and highly stylized look at a similar group of those who may doubt and disbelieve.
Liberal Arts – “those subjects or skills that in classical antiquity were considered essential for a free person, in other words, a citizen, to know in order to take an active part in civic life and public debate.”
10 Years is just what it sounds like. It is the ten year reunion of a group of former high school classmates. Just like any real reunion, the graduates travel from close by and far away to spend a night drinking, reconnecting and sharing what’s gone in their lives over the decade since they graduated. Some people dread receiving that invitation in the mail, others salivate and wait impatiently for its arrival and the chance to go.
“Amy” (Melanie Lynskey) is a woman in her mid-thirties who has spent the last three months inside of her parent’s home, not leaving the grounds once. She is in the middle of divorcing her husband, never finished her Master’s degree and basically eats, sleeps and watches old black and white television.