If you still haven’t Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master, don’t even think about watching it on your computer. Whether awards season recognizes it or not, Anderson’s in-depth character study of two distorted minds set against a massive landscape that’s as deeply mean and brutal as it is beautiful and human, the film serves as one of the most well-crafted features of the year. Brought about by a director who truly knows how to coax incredible performances from his actors The Master showcases some of the finest acting I’ve seen in a long time, with cinematography that feels massive and emotionally all-encompassing—all enhanced by Jonny Greenwood’s stunning score. This is a muscular film to be played large; it would be a shame to see it for the first time in any minimalistic way. Watching Anderson’s film play out in the dark of a theater allows you to connect with the characters, truly falling into the picture, leaving you exhausted by the end of it all as if you’ve carried the weight of their world around with you. And this weekend, both new viewers and lovers of the film will get the chance to see the film once again on the big screen.
In anticipation for the Academy Awards and Blu-Ray release, The Master will be re-released in theater tomorrow for select cities.
Here’s where it will be showing:
Los Angeles (Arclight Hollywood) in 70mm Chicago (Landmark Sunshine City Centre) Philadelphia (Ritz at the Bourse) San Francisco (Opera Plaza Cinema) Washington, D.C. (E Street Cinema) New York (Cinema Village East)
And for those of you in New York and looking to celebrate seeing the film, there will be a screening at the Crosby Hotel Screening Room as part of their Sunday Night Film Club. Enjoy dinner and a movie for $55 per person, or cocktail, bar plate, and movie for $35 per person.
Surely, you can clear your schedules. But for now, let’s have a listen to some of the striking score to get us in the mood.
Over the past decade, Paul Thomas Anderson’s films have seemed to change from a Robert Altman-esque tangled web of intersecting personal dramas to intimate character studies set against a Kubrickian level of largeness and detail. There’s no denying his 2007 epic, There Will Be Blood, was one of the best films of the last decade, although his latest, The Master, seemed to have even the most devout P.T. fans on the fence. Personally, I loved the film for its performances, which exhausted me as an audience member just sitting in my seat, feeling as if I was carrying Freddie’s weight along with me. But regardless of your critique, it’s undoubtable that his film’s always feature incredible scores—and with master of arresting musical scores, guitarist and composer Jonny Greenwood’s stab at scoring the sense of post-war anxiety, ill-ease, desperation, and manipulation of this world, the film is enhanced to an mystical level that has won him a shot at an Oscar and praise for his musical brilliance.
And now, thanks to The Weinstein Company, you can revisit the haunting experience you first had watching The Master with the release of the full score online. The complete musical addition features what appeared on the original soundtrack but with many more gems—including a second versions of numbers such as “Able Bodied Seaman,” and six “Overtones,” so you can reawaken your psyche to the film all over again. Go make yourself a drink with whatever’s hiding under the kitchen sink, close your eyes, and take a listen.
The Master Complete Jonny Greenwood Score
1. Baton Sparks 2. Able Bodied Seamen v1 3. Time Hole v1 4. Time Hole v2 5. The Split Sabre Combined 6. Overtones v1 7. Alethia 8. Overtones v2 9. Able Bodied Seamen v2 10. His Masters Voice 11. Application 45 v1 12. Overtones v3 13. Overtones v4 and v5 14. Back Beyond 15. Sweetness Of Freddie 16. Overtones v6 17. Back Beyond Credits
Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood has contributed the haunting scores to some of the most intense, indelible and occasionally disturbing contributions to modern cinema, from Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood to last year’s much-hyped We Need to Talk About Kevin. Now, Greenwood teams up with P.T. Anderson again to provide the music for his new World War II-era drama, The Master, in which cult leader Philip Seymour Hoffman seduces Joaquín Phoenix into his flock, and you can stream the soundtrack now for free.
As with the Blood, Kevin and Norwegian Wood scores, Greenwood’s soundtrack is an intricate and occasionally creepy affair deeply rooted in its sense of time and place, from snippets of torch-song piano (“His Master’s Voice”) to the violin stabs and imposing woodblock on “Able-Bodied Seamen,” which punctuates some weird piece of dialogue about shaved testicles. In keeping with the authentic sound of the era, lovely vintage appearances from Ella Fitzgerald and Helen Forrest make for a calming reprieve from the tension of Greenwood’s score. Newcomer Madisen Beaty gives a stirring a cappella rendition of Glenn Miller’s “Don’t Sit Under The Apple Tree (With Anyone Else But Me).”
The Master comes to theatres Friday. In the meantime, have a listen to Greenwood’s soundtrack on Spotify.
Once in a while, two amazing forces will collide and a sudden, consequent burst of ultratubularity will send the world spinning off its axis and out of its orbit. Today, such a cosmic feat comes courtesy of the confluence of acclaimed Japanese author Haruki Murakami and Radiohead keyboardist Jonny Greenwood. Greenwood is set to score an Anh Hung Tran-directed adaptation of Murakami’s Norwegian Wood, due in Japanese cinemas later this year. The tone of the soundtrack? Kind of like a 20-minute composition he wrote for the BBC Concert Orchestra entitled “Doghouse.”