Film Review: Phantom Thread

Phantom Thread

Phantom Thread written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson (Focus Features, Annapurna Pictures, Perfect World Pictures, R, 130 min) Starring Vicky Krieps, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Lesley Manville. Daily Routine When the topic of dignified work enters a discussion, Victorian Era seamstresses in the West End offer a case study in “how-not-to treat your workers.” Long hours and slight wages created harsh conditions and some early investigative journalism shone light on this situation, to the outcry of those reasonably minded. One small side note from this revelation was the daily routines of these overworked women. Many, sewing stitches for hours on end, would continue the motions of sewing even after their shifts concluded. This phenomenon earned the name the phantom thread,… Read More →

Film Review: Inherent Vice

Inherent Vice written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson (Ghoulardi Film Company, IAC Films, Warner Bros., R, 148 min) Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Katherine Waterston, Owen Wilson, Benicio Del Toro, Reese Witherspoon, Martin Short, and Michael Kenneth Williams. Searching for God Knows What What makes a good detective story? For some, the answer is a desire for mystery. The whodunit aspect becomes the key. Each chapter or scene adds weight to the impending sense of cracking the case. The mystery genre, however, provides many offshoots. In particular, the noir genre of detective story creates a brooding sense of drama surrounding the standard case solving formula. The detectives in charge of the case become the main point, transforming the story… Read More →

Book Review: Inherent Vice

Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon

Inherent Vice: A Novel by Thomas Pynchon (New York: The Penguin Press, 2009. 384 pp) Thomas Pynchon is a reclusive American novelist. His novels have earned much acclaim, including his most noteworthy, Gravity’s Rainbow, winning the 1974 National Book Award for Fiction. Inherent Vice is currently being developed into a film by Paul Thomas Anderson. When Innovation Isn’t Innovative Isn’t it odd to look back at all the movements we thought would take over the world? While some sneak their way into the foundations of society, others drift away like a dandelion seed caught in a zephyr. Remember MySpace? That was funny wasn’t it? Even longer term, I wonder what our grandchildren will think of our desktop and laptop computers?… Read More →