Thursday, January 10, 2008

There Will Be Blood

I've wanted to write about this film since I saw in over the holidays. For some reason it's haunting me, following me, making me want to go see it again. This is the best piece of film making I have seen in I cannot even comment in how long. This caliber of film came out of studios during the late 60's and early 70's and is a rare find since. Paul Thomas Anderson is a talented film maker and I have enjoyed all his films (okay maybe not Punch Drunk Love but I pretend that didn't happen). He has a unique talent to immerse the viewer in a world of his creation. Auteurism is so rare these days some people might not know what this means. Basically is means he wrote, directed it, and is his vision from start to finish. Most films are a products of many people working on the script, some that you do not even see listed as screen writers, then it is picked apart by the studios and tested so that they can figure out how to make the most money out of their "product". Well there might be blood is not a studio product but a filmmakers vision and a completely stunning one at that.

Based on Upton Sinclair's "Oil", There Might Be Blood is one of the must see in the theater movies this year. Some films you can wait for video, some will give you a good enough experience to watch it on a large screen TV in DTS, but this film is so visceral, so aural, please try to see it in the theater.

There is a reason it was given two nods from the Golden Globes committee and I hope soon to see it pull in some Oscar gold. I don't know if that will happen. I know it will receive nominations but is Hollywood ready for a film like this when more traditional and universally palatable options are also in the running. I hope so. And PT Anderson, I forgive you for Punch Drunk Love.

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