Master of Arts
- Najib Benouar
The last time we checked in on stylishness returning to the big screen, our list of this year’s crop of promising movies ended with The Master. All we had was a short teaser then—director Paul Thomas Anderson has been patently tight-lipped about the film—but the trailer has finally been released. (All part of a calculated media rollout, which began in Cannes last year when a shadowy poster appeared with only the words “Untitled Paul Thomas Anderson Project” on it.) We finally get to see Philip Seymour Hoffman in all of his L. Ron Hubbard-ness, donning a navy double-breasted blazer and addressing a yet-to-be-revealed audience. It’s all very intriguing and creepy at the same time—especially with everyone dressed in dusty ’50s-era high-waisted slacks.