Now that son David is on hand here at Quarantine Acres, I have an endless stream of movie recommendations to draw on. The lad keeps a running list of movies he has watched. A regular Roger Ebert, I’m telling you.
This week’s surprise was a movie I would not have guessed David would like: Phantom Thread, from 2017. The director, Paul Thomas Anderson, is known for an eclectic mix of movies: Boogie Nights, Magnolia, There Will Be Blood, Punch-Love Drunk, and The Master.
This is exactly my cup of Aeropress coffee. (There is now an Aeropress at our house. The coffee talk has gone off the chain around here.)
Daniel Day-Lewis plays Reynolds Woodcock, a fashion designer in 1950s London—a controlling man who finds a new muse in a waitress he meets in a restaurant. Who will win this battle of wills? There’s plenty of Hitchcockian obsession in here, as well as some of the slowest scenes imaginable. The couture: outstanding. The seamstresses: long suffering. The sister: villain or supervillain?
Ravishing costumes, settings, and no end of psychological mischief. Daniel Day-Lewis said this was to be his final performance before retiring. It’s yet another subtle, brilliant performance from this actor. I’m off on a wallow through his other movies. What a genius.
See how to stream Phantom Thread here.