“This happens. This is something that happens.”
-Stanley in Magnolia
There are multiple scenes in The Master in which characters sit across from one another, focusing in, unblinking, asking basic questions: “What is your name? What is your name? What is your name?” This is what Paul Thomas Anderson has been doing throughout his filmmaking career, sitting across from audiences and asking us to see human beings we might let our eyes slide over in the real world.
But Anderson has us trapped in a movie theater, and he dares us to look.
Some people get up and walk out. … Read the rest