Paul Thomas Anderson’s esoteric The Master is a Freudian reverie ripe with metaphor and cryptic meanings that, while not always entertaining, is certainly intellectually stimulating. The Master is set in the aftermath of WWII, when men tried desperately to grapple with the horrors unleashed by whatever means possible — drugs, suburban exile or, in the case of our “aberrated” hero, religion.
It has been almost 18 years since the sudden death of River Phoenix outside Johnny Depp's Hollywood night club, The Viper Room, after a drug overdose from cocaine and heroin, but that doesn't mean that the young movie star, who was 23 at the time of his death, or his films have been forgotten.
Director Paul Thomas Anderson, 42, of such acclaimed films as There Will Be Blood, Magnolia, and Cigarettes & Coffee, teased audiences a month ago with a cryptic teaser of his forthcoming drama, The Master, starring Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams.
In a new trailer for The Master, from There Will Be Blood mastermind Paul Thomas Anderson, we get to see more of Oscar winner Phillip Seymour Hoffman in the title role (Hoffman was conspicuously absent from a clip released last month).
Watch out L. Ron Hubbard — there's a new "master" in town. Joaquin Phoenix, who shocked fans with 2010's mockumentary, I'm Still Here, by director Casey Affleck, is back stirring up trouble in the upcoming The Master, a 1950s-set drama about a charming intellectual who starts a religion in America.