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there will be blood

there will be blood
December 23, 2007 MICHAEL KNUDSEN


hey y’all! so the other night after leaving an advance screening of there will be blood (the film opens in theaters this wednesday december 26th) i felt a little sick to my stomach and i held the notion that i really despised the film – yet it’s always the movies that either produce a super strong negative or positive reaction that stay with you long after you see ’em! for some reason i cannot get the film out of my head (i even dreamed about it that night – no joke!) it’s certainly not a date movie – or for the average happy go lucky moviegoer (i’d tell my dear mom to skip this one…) but if you’ve wanted to see the film or you’re a big film buff – i would highly recommend seeing this flick – although it’s a tough one to sit through at a running time of about two hours & forty minutes but i can’t stress enough how amazing daniel day-lewis‘ performance is – unfortunately there’s nothing likable at all when it comes to his character daniel plainview who was an oil baron in the early 1900’s (hell – you certainly wouldn’t have caught me drilling for oil back then – talk about dangerous work…yikes!) who comes into contact with a california town (with a shitload of oil under the soil) held together by an over zealous and young preacher played by paul dano – of course religion & oil collide – both bad industries (in their past & present formats) if you ask me!



mr. day-lewis completely transformed himself into this basically super vile & greedy person who ends up on a downward spiral as he becomes more powerful & wealthy – surely he’ll be nominated for a best actor oscar – he really was that good! i’ve also got to mention the score for the film provided by radiohead guitarist jonny greenwood which was fairly bare & stark but added such a chilling element to the film – i’m not one to buy scores but i think i need to pick this one up! finally kudos to writer & director pt anderson – it’s definitely a far cry from the pop filled fun of boogie nights or magnolia (i don’t even care to mention punch drunk love which i hated and didn’t stay with me at all) yet mr. anderson handled the material with a strong vision – it’s a very well crafted film and looks gorgeous – i just think it’s a tough pill to swallow! the story was loosely based on upton sinclair‘s 1927 novel oil! which i’m actually curious to read now after seeing the film! i know this one won’t be a blockbuster smash at the box office but i know it’ll be rewarded with heaps of awards & accolades! popbytes over & out for tonight – i will be around tomorrow – unfortunately i have to go to work but hopefully i’ll be allowed to leave early so i can get my christmas eve on! much love to all as always…xxoo!