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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About Jeffrey Overstreet

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.

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    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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