“The Master.” Photo Credit: The Weinstein Company.
Joaquin Phoenix returns to the screen as an extremely troubled WWII vet, who falls in with a religious cult leader (Philip Seymour Hoffman). The somber tone that pervades this film would have you believe that it’s an important piece of masterful filmmaking. Although director Paul Thomas Anderson possesses a confident hand, the story is simply too oblique to be satisfying. Basically, this is an intense character study about two men who aren’t very likable. Phoenix is mannered and manic, while Hoffman quietly commands the screen. This is the most painfully pretentious film since “Tree of Life.”
Jerry Williams reviewed movies for WTVR-TV for 14 years and for Style Weekly for 10 years. When he launched his own website in 1998 at TVJerry.com, he took his reviews to the Internet. Through those hundreds of reviews, Jerry kept his sexual orientation muted. So, he's excited to be adding "gay angles" to his postings for GayRVA.com.
Who was really responsible for the Stonewall riots, the 1969 event which is considered the start of the fight for LGBTQ equality? According to some, the trailer for an upcoming film about the riots, Stonewall, glosses over quite a few important people who happened to be at the Christopher Street bar that night. All folks really have [...]