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As with most works of high-reaching ambition that critics can't quite agree on -- even those that like it -- "The Master" continues to inspire some of the knottiest film writing of the year. For her part, Stephanie Zacharek admires the film, but suggests a lot of her colleagues feel it's entitled to more thought and attention than it really is. She spins that into an observation of lofty, anti-mainstream festival titles in general: "There’s a danger in erecting false walls around different corners of the culture, of claiming some movies deserve our respect by virtue of who made them and of how they’re made, regardless of whether they arouse any passion in us." [The AV Club]
Anne Thompson talks to "Looper" star Emily Blunt about her busy year. (I see Anne's predicting a Supporting Actress nod for Blunt on Gold Derby. First time I've heard that mentioned. [Thompson on Hollywood]
Speaking of which, "Frankenweenie" writer John August highlights his brief but hilarious musical contribution to the film. [John August]
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