What Happened To ‘The Master’?

Once again demonstrating the divide between critics and paying audiences, Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master has earned a modest $14 million at the American box office, even though it remains one of the best-reviewed films of 2012. The story of the film’s box office disappointment goes back to the unusual…

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Take 2: Unconventional Detective Movies

Blue Velvet isn’t really a detective movie—Jeffrey Beaumont (Kyle MacLachlan) is just a curious college kid who stumbles upon a mystery—and that’s precisely what makes it such a fascinating detective movie. Whereas most screen detectives are grizzled, world weary veterans who have seen it all before, Jeffrey is a naïve…

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