The Master

The Master ★★★★★

Absolutely incredible how crisp and tangible this film is to take in visually. It has this intoxicating fidelity to its images that feel like old photographs in motion, the way sunlight seems fierce upon faces and the way you can feel the graininess of each surface. There's kind of nothing like it that I've seen. So pleased to revisit after much time between watches, it's still such a masterwork from Joaquin Phoenix, playing a deeply haunted character, acidic at every turn, yet pitiable in his continued forward momentum searching for meaning. Philip Seymour Hoffman is of course perfect as the ultimate human ego, with just as much charisma as a cult leader possesses to draw in the masses. I also totally forgot Laura Dern was in this film, such a pleasant surprise.

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