2. The Master (2012)

If I am being completely honest with you, I still have absolutely no idea what the fuck I watched when I saw The Master for the first time. It’s the kind of film that leaves you speechless and racking your brain overthinking everything for days after you see it. You just can’t get it out of your head no matter how hard you try to. Paul Thomas Anderson’s surrealist masterpiece is confusing, frustrating, beautiful, and above all else utterly brilliant. Philip Seymour Hoffman gives the performance of his career as Lancaster Dodd, the charismatic leader of a group of very dedicated followers (in not so subtle stand in for scientology). Lancaster Dodd truly feels like the role that Hoffman was born to play, he completely owns every scene he’s in and embodies the character. Joaquin Phoenix also turns in arguably the best performances of his entire career as Freddy, a World War II veteran who returns and becomes close to Dodd and his family. The Master is Paul Thomas Anderson’s second film on the list and his entire filmography is littered with some of the best films of the past three decades (Boogie Nights and There Will be Blood in particular are utter masterpieces), but with The Master he made his overall best film.

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