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!