Religion, Fuel, Fathers, Sons, Egomania, America: A Look Back at “There Will Be Blood”

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Five years ago, on September 27, Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood screened for the first time. And a sure-thing Best Actor Oscar-winner came into... plain view.  Daniel Plainview, to be precise. Playing the ferocious "oil man," Daniel Day-Lewis lived up to his reputation. Some thought the film might win Best Picture — it was easily my choice at the time, only recently surpassed by In the City of Sylvia — but it lost the award to another nightmare about evil in America: No … [Read more...]

Abraham Lincoln: A Trailer, A Speech, and “Divine Providence”

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Yes, the trailer is here. And it looks... well... huh. To me, this preview makes it look like a big sappy Spielberg movie that is reverent to a fault. It looks like it takes place in the same world as Amistad, where the themes are louder than the details, and everything is filmed so that characters look more like noble wax museum representations than living, breathing human beings. Of course, this is just a trailer. Perhaps the film will be better than this trailer makes it look. Since … [Read more...]

May I Suggest Daniel Day-Lewis as Moses?

Rumors have been rumbling, and now Twitch seems to be confident: Steven Spielberg appears to be in talks with Warner Brothers to direct a film about the life of Moses. They say: … [Read more...]

Browser: Save Paste Magazine! Daniel Day-Lewis Dances! Movies Based on a True (False) Story

1. SAVE PASTE MAGAZINE. Read this urgent message from Over the Rhine and Paste magazine. 2. The return of Daniel Day-Lewis. And you've never seen him do this before. Here's the trailer for Rob Marshall's new musical: "Nine." httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJpwwdOomtY In HD at Apple. 3. Six "Based on a True Story" Movies that bear little, if any, resemblance to the truth. (Caution: Naughty words.) … [Read more...]

Casting News So Extraordinary, I’m May Not Sleep Tonight

Shusaku Endo's Silence is the most harrowing novel I've ever read (yes, even harsher than The Road), and one of the most moving and profound. I've been reading about Martin Scorsese's plans to make a film version for several years now, trying to imagine how anyone could translate that riveting nightmare of a story to the big screen. Well, if he's going to do it, he certainly moving in the right direction. This news is going to make it hard for me to think about anything else for a … [Read more...]

The Void Within Daniel Plainview

Steven Shaviro, who applauds Daniel Day-Lewis's performances as Daniel Plainview in There Will Be Blood, poses 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. … [Read more...]

There Will Be Blood (2007)

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This review was originally published in an abridged edition at Christianity Today. - In Roman Polanski’s Chinatown, detective Jake Gittes became suspicious of a devious California millionaire named Noah Cross, played by the great John Huston. Dazzled by Cross’s fortune, which he’d acquired through laying irrigation pipelines across Los Angeles, Gittes asked why such a rich man would want to get richer. “How much better can you eat? What can you buy that you can't already … [Read more...]

A Portrait of My Favorite Actor

Daniel Day-Lewis rarely ever acts in a film. But when he does, it's not something you easily forget. I first encountered him when I saw A Room with a View, which remains one of my favorite films. It's just perfect. And Day-Lewis is astonishing in his ability to take a character that could so easily have been a scapegoat and turn him into a three-dimensional character. In fact, he owns the movie's most moving scene. Since then, again and again, he has been nothing short of extraordinary. … [Read more...]


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