Ok, Ok, I missed this one completely ~til this evening in NYC. Last night the world stood still in shocked silence as Paul Thomas Anderson’s Weinstein Company Oscar Seeker “The Master” sneak-screened last night to a surprised audience of cinephiles in Santa Monica!
However, it seems Anne Thompson was there…She liked it. You can read about it over at http://www.indiewire.com in her Thompson on Hollywood section. It’s not really a sneak screening for the public if ANNE THOMPSON was actually there and reviewing it. Read her early review.
When that happens, the critic is almost FORCED into a writing a positive response but St. Anne does say she thinks the film is going to be “devisive,” which is her way of saying, “not everyone is going to agree with ME!”
Nor does she expect them to.
But then also at this screening was a frequent poster at http://www.awardsdaily.com and http://www.hollywood-eleswhere.com named Jessie Crall, and he had an even-handed response. Everybody else was, like as Oscar Goddess Sasha Stone put it ,”hyperbole on toast.” More like Fanboys Gone Wild!
But here is my reactions to their reactions, esp. Jessie’s, which made me believe him.
I wrote this at Awardsdaily.com just now in their comment section on “The Shining” and “The Master.”
“ONLY Jessie Crall who posts frequently here and at Hollywood-Elsewhere seemed to have his head screwed on right.
I guess I should just refer you all to the other thread (at http://www.awardsdaily.com)and what Jessie said.
Essentially, good ,but not great. Great to see in 70mm.(What isn’t?) and Amy Adams has nothing to do. Nominations for all. but no wins. PSH in Supp. not lead. Joaquim Phoenix is drawing universal raves, but already all are saying “Can he beat Daniel Day Lewis as Lincoln? ALREADY this is THEE question!” And at this early a date!
Not having seen either film I can’t say, but I don’t like that Sept.15 release date and all the tweet/reviews don’t mention Scientology AT ALL. Like it’s not the topic of this film.
Seems to be about Alcoholism if anything.
No religious overtones, or undertones, or references WHATSOEVER.
B+ not A, I’m sensing. Which is in line with that TOOOOO early Sept.15 release date.
HW wouldn’t be releasing the film in a rush like that if he didn’t have to, methinks.”
However, nobody makes Harvey do what he doesn’t WANT to do. Harvey knows best is TWC’s mantra, and who can argue with that? He’s a SUPERB distributor of his films, and I can’t think of ONCE in all the years I’ve been covering him, which is now 24 on my TV show, has he ever done wrong Oscar-wise, or distirbution-wise with a film of his. So we shall see…
Guess I should start figuring out which theater in NYC can project in 70mm?