Magazine February 19, 2018, Issue

A Lovely and Weird Triangle

Daniel Day-Lewis in Phantom Thread (Focus Features, LLC)

The movies of Paul Thomas Anderson are brilliant but unsatisfying. Daniel Day-Lewis is our greatest actor; he is also almost always better than the movies in which he too infrequently appears. These are controversial opinions but they are correct: Even the two men’s great collaboration, There Will Be Blood, testifies to its truth, as the genius of the first two acts gives way to grisly silliness at the end, with Day-Lewis’s beating of Paul Dano’s preacher a synecdoche both for Anderson’s problem figuring out how to end his movies and for Day-Lewis’s habit of simply overwhelming his fellow actors and

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Popularity Contest In “Hearing the People” (January 22), a generally spot-on assessment of how Republicans should react to populism, Henry Olsen writes: “The combined might of the five core groups of ...
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‐ “And here to speak for the party of diversity, inclusion, women, people of color, and a bold embrace of the future is . . . some guy named ‘Kennedy.’” ‐ ...
Poetry

Poetry

THIS MILKY WAY This Milky Way, our galaxy, contains A massive hole of blackness at its core, Where any photon striking it remains In unreflected absence evermore, While we perch on a speck upon a ...