Clip for Paul Thomas Anderson’s Latest, “The Master”

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The Weinstein Company Monday revealed a clip for Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest film, “The Master.” Want to take a look? Of course you do, especially since it was created by the director himself.

Here it is:

That looks good and mysterious. And it’s nice to see an unhinged Joaquin Phoenix. Throw in Amy Adams and Philip Seymour Hoffman? I’m there. Plus, the plot, courtesy of IMDB, sounds epic and intriguing. It’s described as

“A 1950s-set drama centered on the relationship between a charismatic intellectual known as ‘the Master’ whose faith-based organization begins to catch on in America, and a young drifter who becomes his right-hand man.”

Kudos, also, to the Weinstein Company for rattling the cages a little bit. Unlike “The King’s Speech” and “My Week With Marilyn,” I don’t think we’ll be taking Grandma to this.

Even though Anderson hasn’t helmed a movie since 2007’s “There Will Be Blood,” this is a big deal. (And not just because “Boogie Nights” is one of my all-time favorites.)  Even when he fails, Anderson creates indelible images. Remember the raining frogs in “Magnolia”? What about that terrifying ending in “There Will Be Blood,” where Daniel Day Lewis completely unravels in his private bowling alley? He’s an adventurous director. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, but it’s never boring. You never walk out of a Paul Thomas Anderson movie feeling so-so.

“The Master” is set to hit screens on October 12.

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