| Sep 17, 2012
| 11:23 PM
The same week I saw the much anticipated Paul Thomas Anderson movie, I also caught the latest from Paul W.S. Anderson. It’s a piece of garbage called Resident Evil: Retribution. I just found out this is the 5th in the series (was this really...
| Sep 20, 2012
“I need to get the lighting right,” mutters the man with the camera in “The Master,” one of the few truly vital and unruly American films in recent years.
The man is Freddie Quell, a World War II Navy veteran suffering from...
| Sep 20, 2012
| 12:21 AM
Early on in the movie, I muttered to myself “Paul Thomas Anderson is the master.”
He showed scenes of waves breaking behind a boat and it mesmerizing. Even shots of people picking lettuce or chopping coconuts off trees were interesting to...
| Sep 23, 2012
| 1:52 PM
Nick Waterhouse might be a young man, but he has an old sound.
On his debut album "Time's All Gone," the Los Angeles soul man comes across like a time traveler from the 1960s, belting out rowdy, R&B-tinged numbers about the women who've caused him hurt...
| Sep 27, 2012
| 8:27 PM
David Ayers wrote and directed "End of Watch." He also wrote the gritty cop drama "Training Day," which earned Denzel Washington an Oscar for best actor. This new film careens across the screen with all the non-stop action you expect from a serious film...
| Dec 5, 2012
| 11:39 PM
Viewers hoping for a juicy expose of the super-secretive Church of Scientology in ‘‘The Master’’ might want to adjust their expectations just a tad.
Writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson has acknowledged that the cult leader of...
| Dec 6, 2012
| 1:39 PM
In the movies, evangelical Christians are seldom treated as anything other than blinkered bundles of piety, or worse. So in "New Jerusalem," it's something of a shock to see the character played by Will Oldham (an actor-musician who performs, in his other...
| Nov 15, 2012
| 7:56 AM
Hollywood movies, and even off-Hollywood independent films, have long encouraged us to empathize with unstable or psychologically troubled characters only if they're "kooky" for a little while, as a prelude to more palatable, normalized levels of...
| Sep 20, 2010
| 4:34 PM
The movie, titled “The Master,”Â was to be about the 1950s origins of a Scientology-like religion called “The Cause” and was supposed to start filming in August. Philip Seymour Hoffman was to star, but he said its status was ...
| Mar 21, 2011
| 4:32 PM
Actress Maya Rudolph is expecting her third child with partner Paul Thomas Anderson -- and she showed off her baby bump Sunday at a Milk and Bookies event at the Skirball Cultural Center. We're not sure which is the bigger......
| Apr 13, 2011
| 4:36 PM
The phrase “with a Scientology bent” turns up in stories about Paul Thomas Anderson's planned movie about a strange and controversial religion, a film that the “There Will Be Blood” director is making with Philip Seymour Hoffman....