The 2007 Critics’ Choice List from Christianity Today’s Film Critics

You saw the first list, the Most Redeeming Films of 2007. Now, here's the Critics' Choice list. I just can't wait to read the mail this week! … [Read more...]

Is “There Will Be Blood” a Film for “Narrow-Minded Bigots”?

"The realistic, gritty atmosphere created by screenwriter/director Paul Thomas Anderson and actor Daniel Day-Lewis as Daniel Plainview is tremendous. It is practically ruined, however, by Anderson's evil caricature of Eli, the revenge-minded preacher, and the over-the-top, unrealistic performance of Paul Dano as Eli. In fact, THERE WILL BE BLOOD is one of the most mean-spirited, anti-Christian, superficial, and poorly played portrayals of religion ever created in movie history. God knows there … [Read more...]

Seitz on Paul Thomas Anderson

Matt Zoller Seitz is still writing about There Will Be Blood. Here he is in The New York Times celebrating Paul Thomas Anderson. … [Read more...]

There Will Be Blood (2007)

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 afford? … [Read more...]

Ask 100+ critics to name the best movie of 2007…

... and they say: There Will Be Blood.The runner-up is quite a surprise too.Here's the full list. … [Read more...]

LA Weekly critics hail "There Will Be Blood" as a film of historic significance

LA Weekly critics love Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood: As for There Will Be Blood, about which you will be reading much more in the pages of the Weekly over the coming weeks, I will say only this: There are great films (like No Country For Old Men) and then there are films that send shock waves through the very landscape of cinema, that instantly stake a claim on a place in the canon. Often, such vanguard works fail to be fully understood or appreciated at the moment they first … [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...]

There Will Be “There Will Be Blood”

At Hollywood Elsewhere, the buzz for Paul Thomas Anderson's new film is building... with some substance this time.My favorite American director. My favorite actor. I'm getting impatient.WHOAH! Here's a review by Marjorie Baumgarten at Variety. And lo and behold... Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood did the soundtrack!! Certain to be rewarded with year-end accolades, Anderson's film is a true American saga - one that rivals "Giant" and "Citizen Kane" in our popular lore as origin stories about … [Read more...]

Best Movie Poster Since “Children of Men”?

Wow.I want one for my wall.If I get any more excited about this film, I'm going to be dangerous.  … [Read more...]

Updates on Paul Thomas Anderson and Brett Ratner projects

THERE WILL BE DANIEL DAY-LEWIS! While the list of films I cannot wait to see in 2006 has grown rather large, none of them match my eagerness for the next Paul Thomas Anderson film -- There Will Be Blood. So any news about the next film from the director of Punch-drunk Love and Magnolia makes me lean very close to the screen to make sure I don't miss a detail.Cinematical grabbed my attention today with a link to a (very poorly written) story about the script that's short on detail but long … [Read more...]