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Phantom Thread

This was an excellent movie. Being written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, I knew it would be a good movie, but I didn’t know what to expect in a movie about a dress designer in London during the 1950s. I strongly suspect that the inspiration for the story came from years of reading fairy tales to his children, as a fairy tale is precisely the sort of story Phantom Thread is. We’re a long ways from Boogie Nights. I mean, I love Boogie Nights, and though I’m not suggesting Phantom Thread is any more appropriate for children than his ode to the porn community, I suspect it will wear better and longer.

The Master remains my favorite of Anderson’s films, even one of my favorite films ever, being a generous portrayal of the Master/Slave relationship comparable to Tolstoy. Phantom Thread, if not (to my eyes) quite as great a film, is yet a greater surprise, where in the end what matters most are the life and death stakes of marriage, a fairy tale for what happens after the fairy tale. No, I have no idea what I’m talking about. Still, don’t miss it.


  1. Broderick Barker says:

    I dunno, I might put both There Will Be Blood and Magnolia ahead of this one. It was good, all right, and like Maudie, it was a film about an artist that turned out to be about a marriage. Unlike Maudie, it’s not big on love – as opposed to need – as the glue that holds it together.

  2. Big Jon Bully says:

    I’m with Broderick on There Will Be Blood, but this sounds excellent as well. Thanks, Quin.

  3. It’s an embarrassment of riches when it comes to PTA. Heck, I though Inherent Vice was great. Need to see Magnolia again, which I liked … but damn, was it long.

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