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.…

What does the Academy’s changing makeup mean for Best Picture?

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 are breaking down a category and giving us their picks for who …

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 …

Jennifer Lawrence doesn't need to watch Phantom Thread, she lived it 

Yesterday, Red Sparrow star Jennifer Lawrence’s interview with Marc Maron on Maron’s WTF podcast caused waves on Twitter thanks to this revelation: She turned off Phantom Thread after three minutes.“I got through about three minutes of it,” she said. “I put in a good, solid three. Oh my god, I couldn’t.” Maron went…

This year’s Best Director category is the strongest in recent memory

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 …

Two tough mothers lead a tight race for Best Supporting Actress

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,…

Uwe Boll accuses Paul Thomas Anderson of hiding a "fuck you" to Bloodrayne in his posters for Phantom Thread

It’s been a minute since we’ve heard from Uwe Boll, the critic-punching video game movie auteur whose film-making career once pushed the furthest boundaries of the German tax loophole system. But while Boll has now retired to be an obnoxious restaurateur, instead of an obnoxious film director, he still likes to keep…

The A.V. Club weighs in on the snubs and nods of this year’s Oscar nominations

Katie Rife: Well, we’ve reached the pinnacle of awards season: The 2018 Oscar nominations were announced this morning. Watching the live stream, there were two films that exceeded my admittedly cynical expectations: Get Out defied the Academy’s historical bias against genre films with four major nominations—Best…

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What's your personal pop culture resolution for 2018?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

The 20 best films of 2017

2017 didn’t improve much on 2016. If anything, the horror and dread of last year only seemed to take root and blossom this year, as some of our worst collective fears were realized and the future seemed to grow dimmer with every bad-news bulletin and misjudged tweet. If there was a constant, at least for cinephiles,…