The Master

The Master ★★★★★

Possibly PTA's greatest film.
Not only is it a reflection of the purest craft in filmmaking but it's a beautiful interrogation into the forces that make us human.
We are Freddie and Lancaster and the struggle between them. At times we let one become our master or we look for some external voice in the hopes to be guided or distracted. Each is as futile as the next.
The only masters that really matter are Quell and Dodd; the only question that matters is which one we let guide us. The greatest fear is that they are both more similar than we'd like to admit and that there is no question at all.

I wasn't alive when Kubrick came out with that string of movies from "2001" through to "The Shining" but I can only imagine that witnessing Anderson's work is akin to that pride that all lovers of cinema must have felt when those films were coming out.
This man is one of the greatest filmmakers of all time and it's okay to say that before he is dead.

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