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FILM REVIEW: PHANTOM THREAD (2017)

FILM REVIEW:
"PHANTOM THREAD" (2017)
4 out of 5 STARS
DIRECTOR: Paul Thomas Anderson
CAST: Vicky Krieps, Daniel Day-Lewis, Lesley Manville,
R - Drama
RUNTIME: 2h 10m

Powerful drama about a not too investigated subject: The creative art and business of high fashion dressmaking, and the love life of a straight, male fashion designer in an era 60 years before gay fashion stereotypes were pushed on "Project Runway" and "Queer Eye..." on Bravo TV.

Set in 1950's London, Reynolds Woodcock (Day-Lewis) is a renowned dressmaker whose fastidious life is disrupted by a young, strong-willed woman, Alma (Krieps), who becomes his muse and lover. Frustrated by his stubbornness and refusal to recognize her importance to his life, she finds a way to rein him in.

I wish Hollywood could make movies like this all the time. As i've mentioned in previous reviews...I love films that depict the life of masterful artists plying their craft. This movie takes you deep into the intense passion of Mr. Woodcock as he and his sister (and biz partner) build hand-stitched fashions for all of London's elite women.

Reynolds is a muse-driven artist. And so he finds beauty and perfection in each of his clients. His passion turns into a form of love with each of them, but especially his married clients who often reciprocate with flirtation, or perhaps more.

But this is always safe hunting ground for Reynolds as parting goes hand-in-hand with final delivery of each creation, mostly breaking his own heart and rarely theirs. And it is exactly this regimen that builds his reputation as an artist and a man of high honor. In sum, he is destined to remain a confirmed bachelor and he's good with it.

But what Reynolds truly needs is a full-time muse. And he finds one in Alma, a waitress near his country house. He invites her into his life and their first date turns into a semi-erotic dress-fitting. As an audience you are in disbelief at this rare peek into sensual and delicate eros--sans nudity or sex--it is all merely suggestive through this gentleman's tender measurement of his il Fornarina.

(Note to self: build dress shop in my study for after-date foreplay).

Full disclosure: I was a Director of Programming at Bravo/IFC in 1999-2001, a few years before the aforementioned programs became popular on Bravo TV.

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Six Degrees of Anderson's Pooper

Categories: People-Anderson Cooper

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Pakistanis and Deceit

Sorry to impugn an entire nationality but in my experience Pakis are deceitful people.

I had one as a business partner early on and he was nothing but a shuck-in-jive bullshitter.

Born in the US to a Paki father (a doctor) and an Irish mother. Well-educated too (Ivy league). But the pride/ego, the anti-semitism and hidden agendas were beyond my naive comprehension.

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Men Will Always Be Men, But Liberal Men Will Always Lack Honor

Men can't stop being who we are.
Yes, the sex act is always on our minds. (when in our prime)

But conservative men are WAY better behaved than liberals.
If we are looking to mate and want to court a woman at work, so be it.
We will try, honorably, to approach them.
But if they shoot us down we move on.
Honorably.

Not so with liberal men.
They will use deceit, games, bait-&-switches, quid-pro-quo, drugs, etc to get the sex they want with the woman/man/child they want.
It is disgusting, God-less behavior.
But there is that word again...."God-less".
They don't fear God, because they think they ARE gods.

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Mika and Joe Go Off-the-Rails

Mika & Joe (MSNBC) are constantly bashing Trump.
But Why?

Well, the elitist class of MSM snobs is dying a painful death.

With such easy access to broadcasting technology, everyday Americans can now produce reliable and timely news reports at any moment and delivered right to our fingertips.
And we prefer news from our trusted friends and neighbors, 99% of whom share our:

a) Common sense
b) Good instincts
c) American work ethic
d) Middle class life experiences
e) Faith in God
f) Mistrust of MSM snobs living in $3 million dollar apartments on Park Avenue in NYC.

That is why Mika and Joe are more miserable than a legless cat in a fishery.

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A Cavalryman's Breakfast on the Plains

A Cavalryman's Breakfast on the Plains

Title: A Cavalryman's Breakfast on the Plains
Creator: Frederic Remington
Date Created: ca. 1892
Physical Dimensions: w81.6 x h56.2 cm
Type: paintings
Rights: Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas, Amon G. Carter Collection
External Link: Amon Carter Museum of American Art
Medium: Oil on canvas

Categories: Art, American History

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Best Thing About NY Times?

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Perv of the Year

Categories: Hollywood Liberals

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A Face (and Hands) for Radio

Categories: Hollywood Liberals

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Google Celebrates 55th Anniversary of Breast Implants

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