What movies do you enjoy watching at New Year?
The Phantom Thread is so damn good. It gets better on repeated viewings.
I always felt that Paul Thomas Anderson‘s There will be Blood was a homage of sorts to Orson Welles and Citizen Kane and Phantom Thread was his attempt at doing a Ingmar Bergman-esque movie. My God did he do a wonderful job.
I think the New years events in the movie really encapsulate the awkwardness and melancholic nature of Reynolds Woodcock. I found it intensely romantic although there’s not that much conventionally romantic about it; he doesn’t kiss her at the stroke of midnight, he scorns at her for making him go out of his way and eventually pulls her out of the ballroom.
The fact remains that he is there with her. Is that what Alma finds charming about him? Is this is what being in love is like? The way Alma and Reynolds look at one another is so beautiful and real. And I think that Reynolds even realises that him being there is kind of a revelation. It reinforces to him how much he needs her and dare I say truly loves her.
1. Roma – A Latino Cinematic Masterpiece (2018)
2. The best film no one will talk about this awards season – Inside Llewyn Davis
3. Hail, Caesar! – A playful but unrealised Coen Brothers romp