The Master

Paul Thomas Anderson has finally given audiences a look at his next picture “The Master,” a sure-to-be-controversial look at the origins of a religion that sounds a whole lot like Scientology.

Brent Lang of Reuters gives details. The sneak peek features a zonked-out Joaquin Phoenix being grilled by a naval officer about his misbehavior while off-kilter music plays on the soundtrack. The whole thing is mighty unsettling.

Phoenix, who is seen drinking from a torpedo and wrestling on a beach, comes off like a more unhinged version of Daniel Plainview, the demented oil baron who loomed large over Anderson’s previous film “There Will Be Blood” (2007).

Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead is composing the score for the film. This is the second time Greenwood has scored an Anderson film.

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