the master

10 Essential Movies & Documentaries About Cults

Something you may not know about me: I’m really into anything involving cults, save actually being in one. I can’t get enough of books, internet chat rooms where former members meet to discuss their stories, and, of course, movies and documentaries about cults, real or made up. Frankly, I wish there were more movies about cults, but consider this… More »


James Franco Is Still The Goddamn Worst: “The Master” Edition

“Paul Thomas Anderson was getting ready to make ‘The Master’ and he called me and we met … When he started talking about the role he said ‘Do you feel like you can do this?’ And I said ‘Yeah, totally. Look, I think you’re like the best American director. I feel confident. I know I can… More »


Joaquin Phoenix’s Performance In “The Master” Was Inspired By Bubbles The Monkey

“Paul called me Bubbles on the set. Bubbles was Michael Jackson’s pet monkey, and I was Paul’s pet monkey. The key to Freddie is an animal, just pure id. For the scene where he’s arrested and put in jail and all that, I just watched videos of wild animals that get into suburbia. If you’ve… More »


“The Master” Is A Masterpiece

Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest film stars a stunning Philip Seymour Hoffman as a 1950s cult leader who offers followers therapy to cure their demons; the film focuses on his intense relationship with a shellshocked disciple, played by an equally impressive Joaquin Phoenix. Critics are raving. Read more…More »


Hey Everybody, Joaquin Phoenix Is Still Here And Looking Pretty Fine

I always knew a day would come when Joaquin Phoenix would decide to repossess the hot. At long last, that day has arrived… but where is Casey Affleck with the camcorder to document it? … More »


Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master” Is Basically All About L. Ron Hubbard And Scientology

Jessica is running late so I’m doing Quickies, which means that I get to make the first item about Scientology! So, in case it wasn’t blatantly obvious, an ex-Scientologist analyzes the trailer for “The Master” and confirms that, yeah, Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest is definitely all about the early days of L. Ron Hubbard’s… More »