Film Picks: Phantom Thread, Earth: One Amazing Day, and more

PHOTOS: UIP, SHAW ORGANISATION, SHOCIKU COMPANY, STATE OF MOTION

John Lui Film Correspondent recommends

PHANTOM THREAD (NC16)

131 minutes
4.5 stars

Celebrated fashion designer Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) is a man whose genius is matched only by his obsession with control over everything, including his lovers.

His sister Cyril (Lesley Manville) takes care of the day-to-day business in his London apartment, which doubles as his studio. He falls in love with waitress Alma (Vicky Krieps, above right), but inevitably, the relationship falters once she gets a taste of his controlling nature.

Writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson begins the film as a character study of one man, but later, a relationship movie emerges, one that carries a Gothic twist in its final act.


EARTH: ONE AMAZING DAY (G)

94 minutes
3.5 stars

Camera crews from the BBC's wildlife documentary unit cross the globe to capture stunning footage of animals in their habitats over the course of a day, paying attention to habits that make them visually interesting.

The crews cover the Arctic, the bamboo forests of Sichuan in China and the salt-drenched rocks of the Galapagos Islands.


WITNESS TO WAR: MEMORIES AND SCREENS

The National Museum of Singapore will screen 14 films as part of the exhibition, Witness To War: Remembering 1942.

Programmed by the Asian Film Archive, the films will cover various genres and trace events from the bombing of Pearl Harbour to the atomic explosion in Hiroshima.

Momotaro, Sacred Sailors (1945, 74 minutes), is Japan's first feature-length animated film and a propaganda movie produced near the end of the war to boost flagging morale on home ground. It features a comical representation of the surrender of Singapore by British general Arthur Percival.

A restored version from 2016 will be screened.

WHERE: Gallery Theatre and Theatre Foyer, basement level, National Museum of Singapore MRT: Dhoby Ghaut/City Hall WHEN: Till Sunday, various times ADMISSION: Free with registration INFO: Go to witnesstowar.peatix.com to register


STATE OF MOTION 2018: SEJARAH-KU

The Asian Film Archive's (AFA) film and visual arts series this year will showcase 10 Malay films, produced mainly by the Shaw Malay Film Productions.

According to the AFA, the films were "produced at a time of great change with the Malay community grappling with modernity, nationalism and the imagining of a new society".

Screening next week is Sri Menanti (1958, starring Zaiton and Paul Chang, both above), a story of a romance between a Malay woman and a Chinese man, and a study of the limits of religious and racial tolerance.

It was released in Malay and Mandarin-dubbed versions.

WHERE: Malay Heritage Centre, various halls MRT: Bugis WHEN: Until Feb 8, various times ADMISSION: Free with registration INFO: To register and for the schedule, go to stateofmotion.sg/2018/films

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 26, 2018, with the headline 'Film Picks'. Print Edition | Subscribe