In the film Phantom Thread—up for six Oscars, including Best Picture—director Paul Thomas Anderson tells the twisted mid-century love story of a laser-focused London fashion designer (Daniel Day-Lewis) and his would-be muse (Vicky Krieps). But for all the attention on the artful cutting of fine fabrics and the bodies sheathed in them, “Phantom Thread isn’t a movie about fashion any more than American Psycho is a movie about banking,” Helen Rosner writes in The New Yorker. Rather, she argues, it’s “one of the great food movies in recent memory.” Rosner’s essay persuaded me to see Phantom Thread and several of 2017’s bumper crop of excellent films with new eyes: as meditations on the complex and not always appetizing role food plays in life. In the latest episode of Bite podcast, I got Rosner to riff beautifully on the topic. We tend to think of food movies as ones that “make food look delicious, that use it as … [Read more...] about This year’s best movies are all secretly about food
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This story was originally published in 2016 and has been updated to include Avengers: Endgame. There’s something to be said for movies that get in and out in under 90 minutes, but there’s also a distinct pleasure in watching those movies whose run times sprawl out beyond three hours. Some of them inflate the familiar three-act structure to epic proportions, while others use their expanded lengths to stretch out and wander into unexpected places. We wouldn’t necessarily suggest marathoning these films back-to-back, but watching them one at a time is an experience worth clearing your schedule for. Gone With the Wind (1939) Spartacus (1960) Spartacus is a bunch of movies at once: a rousing sword-and-sandals epic, a civil-rights analogy, and the least Kubrick-y movie Kubrick ever made. Watching it is the cinematic equivalent of eating oysters and snails. Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) Lawrence of Arabia (1962)not minding that it hurts. Cleopatra (1963)Cleopatra is larger … [Read more...] about The 33 Best Movies Over 3 Hours Long
Where to Stream: The Matrix More Options Was 1999 truly the best year for movies in recent memory? Perhaps. But 1999 is almost certainly the most quotable movie year of the last few decades. “Whoa.” “I see dead people.” “I am Jack’s complete lack of surprise.” “PC Load Letter? The fuck does that mean?” “Respect the cock.” “I don’t want your life!” “I’ve been wondering: what are midichlorians?” Okay, that last one might not be quotable per se, but still: you probably recognize that line. You know where it came from. If you were of prime movie-watching age in 1999—between 15 and 25, say—you probably watched some of these movies in their original theatrical run. Even if you didn’t, you caught them as part of the DVD revolution, as big box stories slashed prices on discs and box office misfires like Office Space and Fight Club earned cult followings. Brian … [Read more...] about Was 1999 Truly The ‘Best Movie Year Ever,’ Or Was It Just A Highwater Mark For The Monoculture?
1 Roma Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón digs deep into his memories growing up in 1970s Mexico city in a wonderfully absorbing family chronicle. Read the full review 2 Phantom Thread Daniel Day Lewis’s final screen performance, as a British high society couturier who becomes infatuated with a young waitress in Paul Thomas Anderson’s heavyweight drama. Read the full review 3 Leave No Trace Brilliant drama from Winter’s Bone director Debra Granik, about a father and daughter (Ben Foster and Thomasin McKenzie) living off-grid in Oregon and avoiding the pernicious influence of civilisation. Read the full review 4 Loveless Second masterwork in a row from Leviathan director Andrey Zvyagintsev, a bleak, unnerving tale of a toxic disintegrating marriage and a child that disappears from home. Read the full review 5 Private Life Brilliantly observed IVF comedy by The Savages’ Tamara Jenkins, with Paul Giamatti and Kathryn Hahn as the fortysomething New Yorkers doing … [Read more...] about The 50 best films of 2018 in the UK: the full list
The best movie of 2018, according to the voting groups of movie reviewers represented by the New York Film Critics Circle, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the nine-state region covered by the Southeastern Film Critics Association, is "Roma," now available to anybody with access to Netflix. I agree "Roma" is one of the outstanding films of the year. But it didn't screen in a theater or public venue in Memphis, so I didn't consider it for my annual lists of the best films of the year. Is that wrongheaded? Perverse? You tell me. As usual, my annual 10 Best list (and its complement, the Second 10) is culled entirely from the ranks of feature films that had their local debuts in public venues in Memphis during the past year. In other words, these are films that Memphians had the chance to see in a theater, museum or other public gathering place. Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn John Beifuss' 10 best movies of 2018 Fullscreen … [Read more...] about John Beifuss’ 10 best movies of 2018 (plus a second 10)