Reader: Scientology? Why not a movie exposing Christianity or Mormonism?

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Five years after Paul Thomas Anderson released his Oscar-winning There Will Be Blood, he finally has another movie coming out -- and this time, he's ready for what will follow. "I've made six movies, and I feel like I'm only just finally figuring out how this business fucking works," Anderson said last month, the night beforeThe Master debuted in New York City.

The elapsed time isn't the most remarkable thing about this film, though. The Master describes the early days of a self-help religion that bears more than a passing resemblance to L. Ron Hubbard's Church of Scientology.

And in the film, Philip Seymour Hoffman does a riff on Hubbard himself.

But Scientology isn't the only religion worthy of the cinematic treatment, says Alfredo:

I wonder if someone will make a movie exposing Christianity, Mormonism, or even the Branch Davidians... not that there is really any story there...

For the story behind the making of The Master, read our Paul Thomas Anderson interview here.

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