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  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread

    ★★★★½

    9.4
    [theater]

    I was drawn in completely from the very first sequence – a lengthy stretch in which we are introduced to the daily routine and work of Daniel Day-Lewis’ character Reynolds Woodcock, much like the opening sequence of THERE WILL BE BLOOD in which director Paul Thomas Anderson introduces us to Daniel Plainview – and to such a rapt hypnotic state, apparently, that for the first 71 minutes of the film my Fitbit registered me as asleep. Not until…

  • Heart of a Dog

    Heart of a Dog

    ★★★★½

    9.4
    [blu-ray]

    “What are the very last things you say in your life? What are the last things you say before you turn into dirt?”

    I fell asleep twenty minutes into watching this, which says more about how tired I was after a full day's work (and how determined I was to watch a film before going to bed), than it does about the lulling qualities of this meditative film essay. Or does it? Laurie Anderson has always been a…