The Void Within Daniel Plainview

Steven Shaviro, who applauds Daniel Day-Lewis‘s performances as Daniel Plainview in There Will Be Bloodposes an insightful rebuttal to Stephanie Zacharek’s critique of that performance.

In doing so, he deepens my appreciation of Anderson’s latest masterpiece even further, and inspires enthusiastic comments.

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Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.

  • http://youtube.com/moviebuzzreviewdude Brandon

    *Anton

  • http://youtube.com/moviebuzzreviewdude Brandon

    Funny how Stephanie Zacharek is exemplifying something akin to what Aton Ego spoke of.

    “But there are times when a critic truly risks something, and that is in the discovery and defense of the new. The world is often unkind to new talents, new creations. The new needs friends. Last night, I experienced something new, an extraordinary meal from a singularly unexpected source.”

    Day-Lewis’s performance is something Zacharek has never experienced before, and she doesn’t know what to make of it, just like a lot of critics out there who, when not spoon-fed plot or character development, give the film or character a blanket label of “disappointing.”

    It’s kind of sad, but also kind of exhilarating to watch all these different reactions from people.


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