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Phantom Thread
I, Tonya


Carrying over from last week's screening of Lady Bird, we'll be showing two more Oscar films this week! Come see Paul Thomas Anderson's eighth or Daniel Day-Lewis's last film in our wonderful 35mm screening of Phantom Thread (nominated for six Oscars, winning one for Best Costume Design), or watch the Margot Robbie-lead film about the infamous life of figure skater Tonya Harding in I, Tonya (nominated for three Oscars, winning one for Best Supporting Actress - Allison Janney)! Here's a quick preview for both films (sorry it's late)!.


Phantom Thread



Quick information:

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson.
Length: 130 minutes.
Rating: 15.
Mid-credits scene? Yes.
After-credits scene? No.

Set in 1954 London, renowned, obsessive dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) meets waitress, Alma Elson (Vicky Crieps), at a restaurant in the country side. The two soon become romantically involved, and Reynolds makes her his muse. However, their relationship complicates, as it threatens to disrupt the structure in Reynolds's life. Phantom Thread is set to be legendary actor Daniel Day-Lewis's final performance before his retirement. It also stars Lesley Manville as Reynolds's sister Cyril. Here's a trailer:


Unlike director Paul Thomas Anderson's previous films, Phantom Thread explores the different roles in a relationship. In an interview with Vulture, Anderson said, "I think this one certainly tries to tackle what it means to be in a relationship. What it means to be in the driver's seat and the passenger's seat, and how you can delicately exchange those roles. That was a pointed thing that didn't feel like something I'd done before."


In the same interview, Anderson also praised co-star Vicky Crieps's performance, despite the tough task of acting beside Daniel Day-Lewis, saying, "I did (think she had the fortitude for that performance when they first met), I have to say, but that doesn't mean much. You can feel that and then somebody doesn't (deliver), and perhaps that was a false impression. The challenges of actually getting into the ring and having to do this for 60 days toe to toe with Daniel might have worn on her, but even if it did, she didn't show it. God, she's so strong, that Vicky."


We’ll be showing Phantom Thread at 18:30 on the 8th of May and 20:55 on the 9th of May; you can get tickets at the door from 18:00 on the 8th or 20:45 on the 9th. Oh, and don’t forget to check the blog some time soon for a more in-depth review with spoilers.

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I, Tonya



Quick information:

Director: Craig Gillespie.
Length: 119 minutes.
Rating: 15.
Mid-credits scene? Yes.
After-credits scene? No.

Based on a true story, I, Tonya follows the life of infamous figure skater Tonya Harding (Margot Robbie). The film stars Allison Janney as Tonya's mother LaVona Golden, Sebastian Stan as Tonya's husband Jeff Gillooly, Julianne Nicholson as Tonya's skating coach Diane Rawlinson, Caitlin Carver as Nancy Kerrigan, and Paul Walter Hauser as Shawn Eckhardt. Here's a trailer:


While Tonya Harding's career is broiled in controversy, I, Tonya attempts to paint a holistic picture of the figure skater, without shying away from the darker elements of her story. Speaking to Rolling Stone, director Craig Gillespie said, "I think it has to be brutal (in how the film depicts Tonya Harding being abused), because it informs us on who she is as a person and why she made those choices. So, I really didn't want to soften it, because I felt like how hard her life was and the way she sees the world - it's because of violence being so front and center in her world."


The tone of the film was also very important to Margot Robbie. Despite playing the role of Tonya Harding, she was also a producer on the film. Also speaking to Rolling Stone, she said, "There were a lot of scary elements: Real life people who are still very much alive, dealing with domestic violence, a very specific tone (that) few directors could pull off. So to pick the right filmmaker was going to be huge. I just wasn't prepared to let all of those things just be left up to someone else's decision. I was like, 'I'm sorry, but I'll need a say in this.'".


On top of the extra responsibilities of a producer, Robbie also underwent intensive figure skating training. "I felt like I lived at the ice skating rink. Every time my alarm would go off at like 5 AM, I'd be like, 'I can't do it again today, I'm still so bruised from yesterday.'"


We’ll be showing I, Tonya at 21:05 on the 8th of May and 18:30 on the 9th of May; you can get tickets at the door from 20:55 on the 8th or 18:00 on the 9th. Oh, and don’t forget to check the blog some time soon for a more in-depth review with spoilers.

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