Brian Volck Discovers “There Will Be Blood”

Brian Volck saw There Will Be Blood for the first time on DVD.

That’s too bad, as it was a riveting big-screen experience.

But Volck does not appear to have suffered much. He was, to borrow the term my friend Brandon Fibbs employed when he first saw the movie, “gobsmacked.”

Here’s his response, at Image.

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Jeffrey Overstreet is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” called Through a Screen Darkly, and a four-volume series of fantasy novels called The Auralia Thread, which includes Auralia’s Colors, Cyndere’s Midnight, Raven’s Ladder, and The Ale Boy’s Feast. Jeffrey is a contributing editor for Seattle Pacific University’s Response magazine, and he writes about art, faith, and culture for Image, Filmwell, and his own website, LookingCloser.org. His work has also appeared in Paste, Relevant, Books and Culture, and Christianity Today (where he was a film columnist and critic for almost a decade). He lives in Shoreline, Washington. Visit him on Facebook at facebook.com/jeffreyoverstreethq.

  • http://striderdemme.wordpress.com striderdemme

    Thanks for the link. That was a fascinating read.

  • http://www.christandpopculture.com noneuclidean

    I just saw There Will Be Blood on DVD a few weeks ago myself. I finished the movie wondering if there was any substance to it at all, although I thought the style and cinematography were stunning. The more I mulled it over, the more I felt that the film had nothing to say, except perhaps that greed was bad, and that some people are greedy. Or perhaps that our nation has been founded upon two great, competing cons: unrestrained capitalism and religion. Either way, I was worried that the film played with my emotions without offering anything of substance to justify such emotions. But, maybe I need to watch it again. I might have misjudged it.


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