Through voyeuristic peeks, aided by a perfect mise en scène of immaculately-set tables with Nutella and juicy fruit, our senses become fully entranced and a part of their reality.
“This play is written for white people and they will be the audience,” Rankine said. “I can’t show the worst of them.”
The film’s depiction of technology use among teens verges on anxiety-inducing, but even more importantly, it’s insightful to how our addiction to our screens transforms school, already a center for boredom, into a mindless pit of mundaneness.
What unfolds after the initial chapters is an empty tale, a meaningless love triangle in which one of the members is dead, superimposed over the backdrop of communist Albania during the twilight of the Hoxha years.
They proved to me that I could make something. I just needed to start.
“Phantom Thread” is a dark, moving drama peppered with moments of subtle hilarity that ring true of Paul Thomas Anderson’s unorthodox sense of humor.
Blending a series of genres from the traditional French chanson to the (at the time) increasingly popular rock and funk, he created a style of music that was unprecedented and unique — accompanied by lyrics that were clever, dark and sensual.
In these poems, many of which code-switch between English and Chinese, language is the most powerful force, for both harm and healing.
The first “Paddington” was quietly dropped in Jan. 2015, and as an animated film released during the first weeks of the new year, the smart bet was that it was going to be awful.