Sometimes, the messenger rises above the message.
On that note, 60-year-old Daniel Day-Lewis announced a while back that he was going to retire from acting. This news was a little surprising, particularly given his age and that he still appears to be at the top of his game. Nevertheless, the trailer for his last film, Phantom Thread, recently debuted online. As mentioned in the opening, the story of this film may not necessarily excite one’s cinematic senses, but the lead actor will. Regardless, one should be interested in this forthcoming movie for a couple things:
- Phantom Thread is the final film in the storied career of acting savant Daniel Day-Lewis. This is it.
- Of all the films Daniel Day-Lewis could have made his swan song, why did he choose Phantom Thread?
Let’s get the first glimpse and try to decipher an early hypothesis to the second question above.
Whatever the reason for why Daniel Day-Lewis chose to leave audiences on Phantom Thread, there’s no ambiguity in the fact that he fashioned together one hell of a great career.
Christopher Nolan is now a verb.
The director of gritty, epic dramas that are grounded in realism and groundbreaking science-fiction, yet elevated with labyrinths of mind-bending plot twists, has carved out a space of his own in the cinematic world. His style is definitive. Nolan’s innovative take on movies (honoring the past while reaching for new dimensions) has resulted in a strong following (pardon the pun).
Nolan’s latest film, Interstellar, was an operatic space epic that took adventures into the stars to another level because of its gravity in scientific theory. Along with the brilliant soundtrack by composing collaborator Hans Zimmer, Interstellar will inspire future filmmakers, composers, actors and storytellers.
And this, surprisingly, includes fans of comedy.
We’ll never look at Mel Brooks and his movie Spaceballs the same way again…
I love it.
Steven Spielberg’s new film, Bridge of Spies, starring Tom Hanks begins its theatrical run this week.
The legendary director, who has taken us on rides through the heroics and tragedy of war to a park with genetically-engineered dinosaurs to the open sea with a supreme predator to treasure-mapped adventures, has taken his camera and storytelling expertise to the high-stakes game of negotiation.
An ordinary lawyer protecting a captured enemy of war with the American legal system as his defense during the Cold War may not sound terribly exciting, but the story (based in truth) just may lead us all to experience the movie that critics are raving about.
While the trailer looks exciting, the music takes it to another level…the Spielberg-level.
Movie soundtracks can make or break a film. In special cases, the perfect score can define a film, characters, story and/or concept.
A powerful soundtrack can bridge the gap between action and inaction…
or between staying home and going out to the theater.