Now here's the PTA magic we've been waiting for!
The couple of teaser trailers for "The Master," Paul Thomas Anderson's new drama that is almost most definitely inspired by the rise of L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology, were intriguing but — as can be PTA's way when it comes to promotional materials — frustratingly elliptical. We got a look at Joaquin Phoenix as some sort of troubled soul (who likes to spend time on beaches, apparently) and PTA veteran Philip Seymour Hoffman as a charismatic yet somewhat sinister fella with a rather ambitious agenda.
They weren't much, but as they were the teasers for the new film from the guy who brought us "Sydney" (aka "Hard Eight"), "Boogie Nights," "Magnolia," "Punch-Drunk Love" and "There Will Be Blood," we knew they were but fractured glimpses of the true cinematic greatness yet to come and that our patience as we await a look at the bigger picture would be rewarded. And with the release of the full trailer for "The Master," we were right.