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New teaser for Paul Thomas Anderson’s THE MASTER is deliciously uncomfortable

Gabriel Ruzin

May 21st, 2012

With all the recent talk about THE AVENGERS and whether upcoming giants like PROMETHEUS or THE DARK KNIGHT RISES will be able to topple the Marvel moneymaker from the top of the 2012 mountain, the far less flashy Paul Thomas Anderson drama THE MASTER could very well end up as the greatest film of the year when all is said and done.

Why? Because it's Paul Thomas Anderson.

The first teaser trailer for PTA’s wink towards Scientology was released today - check it out after the jump. Interestingly, it features not a whit of the title character played by Philip Seymour Hoffman, but rather focuses on an intensely disturbing Joaquin Phoenix. In his first movie role since I’M STILL HERE (if you want to call that a movie role), Phoenix plays a drifter who becomes ensnared in Hoffman’s religion of sorts, ‘The Cause’, in post-World-War-II America. Probably not a stretch to say that, from the looks of this trailer, he spends much of the film seriously creeping a lot of people out.

Speaking of creeping people out, that somewhat familiar score in the background is crafted by Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead fame and scorer of Anderson’s most recent masterpiece THERE WILL BE BLOOD. Mihai Malaimare, Jr. serves as cinematographer, marking Anderson’s first feature film without the services of Robert Elswit. Happily, the fact that these 100-seconds-worth of THE MASTER have the tried-and-true Paul Thomas Anderson look that we’re all accustomed to should stifle any related concerns.

Besides Hoffman and Phoenix, THE MASTER stars Amy Adams, Laura Dern, and Jesse Plemons. It is scheduled to release on October 12, at which point it will melt your face with its cinematic awesomeness.

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