Daniel Day-Lewis either still uses a flip phone or is researching a character from 2006

Those of you keeping track of obscure trivia regarding probably-former actor Daniel Day-Lewis need to jot down a few more notes next to your bullet points about his apparent love of reality TV. It turns out the beloved star of 2017's Actual Best Picture, Phantom Thread, immerses himself in bygone eras not just while…

Watch Daniel Day-Lewis get into a very stately food fight on the set of Phantom Thread

For all its reserved presentation, there’s a healthy element of tantrum-ness to Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest, Phantom Thread. Although he mostly shows it with snippy dialogue and rigidly controlled schedules, Daniel Day-Lewis’ Reynolds Woodcock is a fussy little dude, something made especially clear in a deleted…

Watch Daniel Day-Lewis disappear into his role as a shredded guy eating a huge burrito

Daniel Day-Lewis’ work as an actor, though limited to a relatively small number of films, is worthy of examination. His ability to transform himself and embody the emotions of his characters is unparalleled. His commitment to the method acting technique makes him a bit of an anomaly in the current Hollywood landscape.…

It’s pretty baffling that Gary Oldman is the front-runner for Best Actor

The 90th Academy Awards will air this Sunday, March 4, and Film Club is counting down the days leading up to the ceremony with an examination of this year’s major categories. Each day, A.V. Club film editor A.A. Dowd and staff critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky will break down a category and give us their picks for who …

Phantom Thread gets even crueler when Jacobim Mugatu steps in for Reynolds Woodcock

Daniel Day-Lewis gave us one of the most beguiling film characters of the last year with Reynolds Woodcock, a fussy couturier whose volatile relationship with a young waitress forms the backbone of Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread. It’s a heady and emotional film concerned with the intricacies of brilliance,…

P.T. Anderson reunites with Daniel Day-Lewis for the exquisite mad love of Phantom Thread

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An intimate love story set against the London fashion scene of the 1950s, Phantom Thread is as tastefully crafted as the haute couture its characters design and wear. But don’t be thrown by the immaculate embroidery. Paul Thomas Anderson, the justly revered American master who wrote and directed, is too obsessed with…

Here's what there is to know about the monastic, monster-loving man who inspired Phantom Thread

Not a lot is known about Paul Thomas Anderson’s upcoming Christmas-day downer Phantom Thread. Ostensibly Daniel Day-Lewis’s final film, it follows a masterful fashion designer as he falls in love, unraveling his carefully regimented world. There are a lot tense stringed instruments on the soundtrack, suggesting a…

Here’s the trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread, Daniel Day-Lewis’ final film

Shot under the usual secrecy—and preceded by reports that this wouldn’t be just the final collaboration between Daniel Day-Lewis and Paul Thomas Anderson, but possibly Day-Lewis’ last film ever—Phantom Thread at last has a trailer, albeit a fairly muted one after all that intrigue. Day-Lewis plays Reynolds Woodcock, a…

There’s never a bad time to obsess over There Will Be Blood

This video is not about There Will Be Blood—it is, rather, about using Paul Thomas Anderson’s 2007 masterpiece as a case study for the exercise of counting a movie’s cuts. In so doing, the latest Nerdwriter video elucidates a method of understanding a movie’s rhythms, and taking a more objective viewpoint of its…

Daniel Day-Lewis to become a dressmaker, or maybe just play one in a movie

Method acting is confusing. That’s the takeaway from a recent rumor published in the New York Post’s Page Six gossip section, saying that the reason famed Method devotee Daniel Day-Lewis recently announced his retirement from acting is because he’s found a new career as a dressmaker. The paper claims that Day-Lewis…

Please enjoy these stories of method actors going to ridiculous extremes

We think of method acting these days normally in terms of its extremes—stories of actors refusing to bathe, destroying their metabolism for a role, or insisting on being called by their characters’ name even when off set. The idea of living the experiences of your character in order to better portray them has…

Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day-Lewis reunite for ’50s fashion movie

Cinephile Christmas has come early as Variety brings the welcome news that Daniel Day-Lewis and his There Will Be Blood director Paul Thomas Anderson may be reuniting for another movie. The film will be set in New York in the ’50s and will revolve around the fashion industry—Todd Haynes, eat your heart out—but beyond…