The Best Movies Leaving HBO Max in May 2021

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May is just around the corner, which means a slew of movies are set to leave HBO Max to make room for the new. From All About My Mother to All the President’s Men, there are handful of classics that are due to leave the streaming service, which means you have a limited time to watch them before they vanish into the ether forever (just kidding, they’ll probably make their way onto another platform soon). Still, can’t hurt to be sure. Here are the best movies leaving HBO Max in May 2021.

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(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)

The Movie: Phantom Thread

Where You Can Stream It: HBO Max

The Pitch: In 1950s London, strong-willed waitress Alma (Vicky Krieps) catches the eye of renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis), who makes the young woman his new muse and lover. However the pair’s conflicting attitudes — Woodcock’s prickly perfectionism, curbed only by his chilly sister and business partner Cyril (Lesley Manville), and Alma’s rebelliousness — put them at odds with each other, until their relationship becomes a toxic, and intoxicating, maelstrom.

Why It’s Essential Viewing: Paul Thomas Anderson‘s twisted Gothic romance is frequently misunderstood as a straightforward love story. To be fair, most Gothic romances are misread as this (they’re romance as the grotesque!), but that’s a whole other essay. I’m here to talk about the New Year’s Eve scene in Phantom Thread, which is the encapsulation of this film’s sad, cynical take on love, and why Anderson’s 2017 film is the perfect New Year’s movie.

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Hoai-Tran Bui’s Top 10 Movies of the Decade

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(This article is part of our Best of the Decade series.)

I can’t stress enough how formative this past decade of movies has been for my moviegoing experience. Sometimes I wonder if I can fully trust my opinions during 2010-2019, ever-shifting they were, and ever-evolving my movie knowledge was. I went and graduated college during that time, and began to form a movie opinion of my own outside of the one the film classes would impose on me. And in my opinion, the last decade of movies was fantastic.

It was never a more exciting time to be a movie fan in the 2010s, because the movie landscape itself underwent a dramatic shift. This was the decade when the genre movie began to get taken seriously by critics and the Academy, when cerebral sci-fi made a vengeful comeback, when horror got a socially thrilling edge. And most importantly, it’s one where a bear taught us the value of being kind. Here are my top 10 movies of the past decade.

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Marvel Movie Stunts

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, stuntmen react to and breakdown some key action sequences from Marvel Studios movies like Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Black Panther and more. Plus, a horse expert reviews some famous depictions of horses in movies like Hidalgo, Black Beauty, Secretariat, and more, and Universal assembles a collection of the most sharpest confrontations from Phantom Thread. Read More »

Animated History of Superman

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, an animated short runs through 80 years of Superman, started with his comic origins and soaring through his most recent big screen adaptation. Plus, a video essay takes a closer look at the toxic masculinity in the films of Paul Thomas Anderson, and a movie trailer parody imagines what it might be like if Matt Damon bought Jurassic Park. Read More »

phantom thread camera tests

Paul Thomas Anderson‘s Phantom Thread was one of the best films of 2017, and this brief behind-the-scenes glimpse at the film is better than most modern films in their entirety. That may sound like hyperbole, but I really do mean it. Below, watch Phantom Thread camera tests featuring commentary by Anderson himself.

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New Blu-ray Releases Phantom Thread

(Welcome to Not Dead Yet, a feature dedicated to new Blu-ray releases and what special features you should be excited about. Because yes, some of us still like to own physical copies of our movies.)

What physical media awaits you this week? Why, it’s one of the best films of last year – Phantom Thread! Also: a musical featuring Hugh Jackman and CGI elephants; a Ridley Scott thriller more known for its reshoots than its story; the supposedly last entry in a horror franchise; and two very different indie films.

Here are the new Blu-ray releases and their special features you should check out this week.

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Phantom Thread Deleted Scene

Phantom Thread is simultaneously delightfully wicked and deliciously wonderful, and it would have lived up to both those descriptors even more if a certain scene didn’t end up on the cutting room floor.

Now that the film from writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson is available to buy on digital download (then Blu-ray and DVD on April 10), a Phantom Thread deleted scene has surfaced online featuring fashion designer Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) getting into a messy spat with his sister Cyril (Lesley Manville) at the breakfast table. A sibling disagreement they have escalates to a food fight where they’re tossing tea and juice at each other, but things get even messier after that. Read More »

Phantom Thread Mixtape

This weekend, Paul Thomas Anderson‘s latest film Phantom Thread is up for several Academy Awards, including Best Picture. The film has been in theaters since Christmas, and by now it’s already mostly gone. But while you wait for the movie to arrive on home video in a few weeks, you can spend some time listening to a specially curated list of music hand-picked by Paul Thomas Anderson himself.

When Phantom Thread held some special screenings around the United States, audiences who arrived a little early were treated to a special playlist of music as a prelude to the film. The tracklist feature a mix of classical music, presumably influences for Jonny Greenwood‘s incredible score, as well as some familiar songs that fit the theme of the film rather well. Read More »

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Oscars 2018 Honest Trailer

This weekend brings the 90th Academy Awards to ABC to honor achievements in filmmaking from the previous year. The awards ceremony will broadcast live on Sunday, March 4 at 8pm ET/5pm PT with Hollywood’s finest glad-handing each other and kissing all the asses. Therefore it only makes sense that the Best Picture nominees get knocked down a few pegs beforehand.

The Oscars 2018 Honest Trailer lines up all nine of the movies up for this year’s top prize in film and fires off some quick jabs at them. It’s not quite as satisfying as the usual Honest Trailer (surely those will come later as they get released on home video), but it’s a good place to start for the time being. Read More »