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,…

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

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…

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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…

Read This: Why Rob Schneider is the worst-reviewed actor in all of film

Earlier today, Vox published an analysis of what it deemed “the actors and actresses who most consistently appear in terrible movies,” a ranking it determined by mining through data from Metacritic. Basically, every major movie gets a score based on how well it was reviewed; the lower the star’s average score, the…

Remember when Merchant Ivory was a brand to believe in, not an insult?

At some point during the 1990s, the term “Merchant Ivory”—referring to films made by the team of producer Ismail Merchant and director James Ivory, usually in collaboration with screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala—became the cinematic equivalent of “Masterpiece Theatre.” It signified quality, but often in a pejorative…

Going Nielsen: 9 dramatic actors who should consider doing more comedy

An actor in search of reinvention can start doing action movies, a concept The A.V. Club explored in our recent Inventory “Going Neeson.” But what about comedy? Usually it works the other way around, with comedians like Bill Murray and Steve Carell eager to prove that they’re “real” actors by taking on dramatic roles.…