Thursday, March 20, 2008

3rd favorite film from 2007

There Will Be Blood is epic, difficult, not pleasant to watch at time—yet terrific, captivating, ruthlessly crafted and starring the wondrous Daniel Day-Lewis. I’ve spouted off recently now and then about DDL but since he won’t be in a film in at least four years (maintaining his current pace), we should soak it up.

Paul Thomas Anderson solidifies his grasp as contender for “best American director” with this film about greed, religion and hypocrisy in the California oil fields circa 1900. Anderson, bolted to the anchor of DDL’s mesmerizing performance, has made a peculiar, bleak stunning American film not to be missed.

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