Described as a post-World War II drama loosely based on Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, Paul Thomas Anderson fans are getting an early glimpse this week of The Master starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix looking better creepier than ever:

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TNB Arts and Culture Editor CYNTHIA HAWKINS teaches creative writing at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Most of what she thinks she knows comes from movies, including how to tango, how to take someone down with a ballpoint pen, how to curse in French, and how to catch a moving train. Her work, on movies and otherwise, has appeared in literary journals and magazines such as ESPN the Magazine, Parent:Wise Magazine, The Good Men Project, New World Writing, Strange Horizons, and numerous alternative weeklies and anthologies. You can find Cynthia on Twitter and at

8 responses to “First Look at Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master

  1. Irene Zion says:

    uh…Cynthia…this is mighty short. Can we have the long version?

  2. Steven says:

    Oooooh, this looks just as good as I knew it would. Can it please be October 12th?

  3. Gloria says:

    Well, damn it. What happened?

  4. Brad Listi says:

    I get excited — truly excited — for so few films. This one excites me. Anytime PTA makes a film, it’s an event. What an artist.

    • Yes, yes!

      And if anyone needs me, I’ll be sitting in a tent, living off Clif bars at the movie theater box office until October. Or sharpening a machete at the beach. One or the other.

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