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THE MASTER in 70mm at Cinerama

  • Sep 27, 2012 · 6:45 PM
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We will be seeing the 7 pm showing of The Master at the Cinerama.  I'll be heading in early to grab a few seats near the middle, so let me know if you can be there by 6:30 and we can coordinate grabbing seats for everyone else.  Otherwise, show up by 6:45 and head up the stairs.  I'll be right outside the doors to the seating area.

The Master is a movie about L. Ron Hubbard Lancaster Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman), a man who is trying to found a cult movement called scientology the Cause.  He finds a loyal follower in Freddie Quell (Joaquin Phoenix), an alcoholic who meets Dodd after becoming a stowaway on his boat.  Set in the aftermath of World War II, this film follows those who are looking for answers, and those who merely drift with the tide.

Here is what Roger Ebert has to say in his (mixed) review of the film:

Phoenix projects a fearsome anxiety as his eyes scan a room; there are flashbacks/fantasies involving a pre-war girlfriend who continued to occupy space in his mind years after she married and had children. There's no sense drinking gives him any pleasure; it medicates something we can only imagine. Hoffman, as Lancaster Dodd, suggests the charisma that a character like Hubbard must have had, and although Scientology has reportedly staged a campaign against "The Master," the film is vague about the Cause. (the full review is here: http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120919/REVIEWS/120919984)

The film is written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson (Magnolia, There Will Be Blood) and is rated R for sexual content, graphic nudity, and language. The running time is 136 minutes (2 hours, 16 mins) .  Oh, and did I mention that it's shot entirely in 65mm, and has been blown up to 70 mm?  Ebert calls it "a spectacular visual experience."

After the film is over, we will regroup downstairs in the lobby before heading out to a local bar for a post-film discussion.

While I don't expect the film to be sold out (since it opens on the previous Friday), you can buy your tickets ahead of time on Cinerama's website, and there's no extra fee! https://www.seattlecinerama.com/visinternetticketing/visSelect.aspx?visSearchBy=cin&visCinID=9999&visMovieName=The+Master+70MM

Hope to see you there!

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  • Greg

    This film makes a great case for every film to be shot in 70 mm, though most film directors don't have Paul Thomas Anderson's eye. Thanks to everyone who came, especially those people who stayed for the discussion afterwards.

    September 28, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    What a great movie. It was fascinating in the way it revealed and explained while creating mystery. I wouldn't say I "enjoyed" it because it was too disturbing...but I would go see it again in a heartbeat.

    September 27, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Not at all friendly to newbies. Not a single person introduced themselves to me. Not one. And I'm not easy to miss. And I introduced myself to others. Not a syllable of conversation happened between the members and me that I didn't initiate. I responded to a request from the organizer for volunteers to arrive early to secure seats. Don't know why I bothered. "Thanks, Ray, for helping us secure seats!" said, uh, no one. After the film I stood in the lobby six feet from where the group huddled, making its after-movie plans. Not a calorie was spent to engage or include me. No one would even make eye contact with me. Clearly they were not interested in me participating in any post-film conversation (which was part of the meetup description). I might has well have just gone and seen the movie alone. Oh, yeah, that's what I did. In LA we're actually nice to new people at meetups. Maybe it's a Seattle thing.

    September 27, 2012

  • Tony D.

    Saw it last week--looking forward to everyone's comments.

    September 27, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can be there at 6:30 and I'm happy to help secure seats. I'll bring the taser.

    September 26, 2012

  • Greg

    Just an FYI: there is a UW Husky game at CenturyLink field at 6 pm on this day, so traffic might be a nightmare up to 6:15 or so. Give yourself extra time when coming to the theater, especially if you're taking I-5.

    September 24, 2012

  • Leah H.

    AUGH. I'll be on a plane somewhere over the Midwest. Definitely need to see this movie!

    September 20, 2012

  • Tamar H.

    Hii! Im new to this group. I love movies and I am so glad Ifound this meetup, so I can meet others who enjoy films and discuss them afterwards.

    September 20, 2012

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