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Double Feature: 'The Favourite' and 'Phantom Thread' make period dramas fun


Welcome back to Double Feature, the IDS film podcast where the powers that be let us in a podcast booth to give you hot takes and maybe some lukewarm ones too. 

Period pieces are usually boring. Movies featuring stuffy actors wearing petticoats and speaking in bad English accents are the norm when it comes to a certain genre of historical movie.  

On this week's episode of Double Feature, hosts Annie Aguiar and Chris Forrester celebrate two recent sleek, subversive and sexy period pieces that aren't afraid to stir the pot: 2017's "Phantom Thread" and 2018's "The Favourite."

"Phantom Thread" was written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson  — notable for the porn epic "Boogie Nights" and the oil boom-set drama "There Will Be Blood — and was nominated for six Oscars at the 90th Academy Awards. While it only won one for Best Costume Design, some consider the film to be one of Anderson's best.

"The Favourite" is a dark comedy following two cousins trying to win the favor of Queen Anne of England in the 18th century. Directed by Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos, the film has received 10 Oscar nominations, including acting nominations for all three leading women.

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