Man is Not an Animal


Man is not an animal. We are not a part of the animal kingdom. We sit far above that crown, perched as spirits, not beasts.

You are not ruled by your emotions.

It is not only possible, it is easily achievable that we do away with all negative, emotional impulses and bring man back to his inherent state of perfection.

Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master is on DVD and Blu-ray on February 26. Click here to preorder.

  • Latrell

    if people could pay attention to more films like these, they would be sweeping the oscars, not generic oscar folly like Lincoln which gets the auto noms cause of Daniel Day Lewis

  • Driver

    It comes out this friday on my country. I cant wait to see it.

  • TheBioscopist

    I just wrote an article in which I put forward the case for Phoenix delivering the best performance of 2012, but will not win the Oscar. It's kinda sad though.

  • Criterion10

    Funny, I just found this same upload online by chance. Anxiously awaiting the Blu-Ray. Looking forward for a second viewing of the film.

  • TheBioscopist

    I'm hoping Anderson has commentary on this time

  • Jack

    One of my all-time favorite movies. :)

    I just want all the footage. That courtroom scene? I bet it takes place after the jail scene. It seems to be Freddie's same shirt.

  • Newbourne

    Man is most certainly in the animal kingdom. What kind of ignorant statement is that? I know it's supposed to be spiritual in nature, but there must have been some sort of way to rephrase his message without sounding like a total buffoon.

    • Tom Knoblauch

      Most viewers do decide Mr. Dodd is indeed a buffoon when they watch the scenes in context.

  • SmartFilm

    The Master just wasn't a good movie. It's easily PTA's worst and although the actors involved all give great performances, it's just winds up being a lot of nothing. There's no substance and no narrative, there are actors riffing in fantastic ways and PTA pretentiously ejaculating all over the screen. You can't just present a number of scenes without context and expect it to translate into a good film, which is what The Master did and why The Master failed.

    • Conor

      Yeah I mean I wanted to like it, and I do think everything about it is brilliant, the score, cinematography, performances, etc.... Everything's good except the movie itself.

      • SmartFilm

        Exactly. Which is a damn shame too because PTA is generally a terrific filmmaker. There just isn't that emotional resonance you sticks with you when the lights go up. Furthermore, PTA always seems to be teetering on the edge of pretentious and I feel like this is the film that crossed that line. You enter an unwritten agreement with the audience when you make a movie that you will be presenting a story. Even a documentarian doesn't just film random beautiful things and jam them together. It's the art of constructing those beautiful elements into a cohesive narrative.

        I feel the same way about Lars Van Trier's 'Anti Christ' or and Terrence Malick's 'Tree of Life', they just lacked a respect for that contract with the audience and were either punitive or overly ethereal to make any real impact. 'The Master' joins that league of film that looks great but doesn't feel like much but nonetheless gets piled with praise.

  • agreed

    I agree, The master (not good). We can't take this too seriously ( this isn't new). Its almost like critics have a code to like certain dir. And there films.. PTA is extremely hit and miss. I still have troubles with Malicks Tree of Life for example.. not good or entertaining. At best an IFC late night can't sleep choice. Having said all this, my point is the Academy (Oscar) and critics are there for amusement only. Nobody watches the Oscars to see who wins , its about seeing so many celebs in one spot, etc.. we've all lost interest the minute they announce the noms and we see once again "who the fuck makes these horrible choices"

  • adu

    Love it. I havent been able to shake the visuals and acting in this movie since I saw it in the theaters.

    "a polarizing examination of a lonely, tortured soul and his life-unchanging encounters with religion."