the master

My Favourite Book

Paul Thomas Anderson on Why He Made 'Inherent Vice'

"Any time a new book of Pynchon's has come out—at least since I've been around—it's like I hang the 'do not disturb' sign on the door and don't come out until it's done."
Paul Thomas Anderson
1.9.15
Film

'Inherent Vice' and the Complicated Protagonists of Paul Thomas Anderson

Paul Thomas Anderson is not afraid to get weird. His latest effort happens to get weird in the sense that it seems to deliver a contact high as you're watching it.
Chris McEwen
11.26.14
A Few Impressions

Philip Seymour Hoffman's Light Touch

Philip, like Marlon Brando, had innate power. Year after year, he hit us with constant magic—veiling a hurricane of emotion and humanity underneath a soft-spoken exterior.
James Franco
2.4.14
Film

Brief Reviews of Every Movie I Saw in Theaters in 2012

Maybe American movies used to be better before they started trying to remake everything, or maybe I was just a little kid then and now I’m slightly more tired of it all. Whatever the case, here are some tiny shitface diatribes about the eight movies I...
Blake Butler
12.31.12
Stuff

I Don’t Want to Read Any More Books About Straight White People Having Sex

I was drawn into the hype over Sheila Heti’s 'How Should a Person Be?' primarily after James Wood published his review criticizing the book as “evasive,” “vaguely intelligent,” and of “a deliberate flippancy.” I’ll be the first to say James Wood is a...
Blake Butler
10.9.12