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Cinema Slapdown: "The Master"

Columbia College continues its Cinema Slapdown series this April with "The Master", Paul Thomas Anderson's 2012 film about a new religious movement (that's not Scientology), and what draws people to them.   After a free screening of the movie, there will be a raucous debate between two panelists - one arguing it's a work of genius, the other that it's complete dreck.  Then the audience gets to join in the fun by challenging the panelists (and each other).

"The Master" is a perfect choice for such treatment.  It has astounding performances from Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix and a remarkable sense of place in post WW2 America, but is it a searing look at pain and belief, or does it just amount to a pretty, but maddeningly obtuse period piece?  Come by the Slapdown to hear both opinions (and add your own!)

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  • Al

    Sweet encounter with fellow film buffs to experience a rich work of art/fat target in "The Master". The debaters were Ann Gunkel arguing it's awesomeness (she had a fascinating feminist take on the movie), and legendary Reader critic Johnathan Rosenbaum arguing against (though he was really quite accommodating, agreeing with Gunkel more than half the time!). The lack of rancor from the debaters was made up for by the very insightful comments by the audience members, and we kept the conversation going after the slapdown, talking about how relatable Pheonix's character is, how much Hoffman's character believed his own BS, and if Phoenix 'learned' anything on his strange journey. Through going over the good and bad elements, we had a fun and deep look into this fascinating movie!

    April 22, 2014

  • irena

    Have previous commitment....

    April 14, 2014

  • Al

    Hi all! In case the Slapdown didn't give us enough to talk about when it comes to "The Master", our fellow film fanatics at the Chicago Film Lovers Exchange will be having a discussion of the movie next month, as part of their monthly film talk at Argo Tea in Lakeview:

    http://www.meetup.com/Chicago-Film-Lover-Exchange/events/172372282/

    They have lots of great film events coming up, from watching "Under the Skin" to several events at the Siskel's Asian American Showcase. Check them out!

    April 11, 2014

  • Rebecca M.

    How perfect! Right before our film discussion of The Master in May :)

    April 10, 2014

    • Al

      For sure - it's a great chance to reacquaint yourself not only with the movie, but with the arguments for and against it. Either side will get plenty of ammo for the May Meetup!

      1 · April 11, 2014

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  • Al
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