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There Will Be Blood (2007)
"There Will Be Blood", a Cinematic Epic
Paul Thomas Anderson's ingenious breathtaking thrill ride "There Will be Blood", is a gorgeous, thought provoking piece of cinematic beauty for all to cherish and enjoy. Although there have been many brilliant films and performances to have come out in 2007, "There Will be Blood" has out shined them all with its deep heart wrenching plot and bleak outlook on the early 20th century oil industry and production. Adapted from Upton Sinclair's masterpiece novel "Oil!" Anderson colorfully illustrates greed, religion, corruption, and ambition that the novel so desperately tried to communicate to its reader's decades ago.
What made this powerful story come together so beautifully was the superb performance by Daniel Day-Lewis who portrays the ruthless money making knave, Daniel Plainview. At first you feel compassion for Plainview's agonizing attempts for success in such a rough and risky business. But as the story unfolds you begin to see how truly selfish and cold-hearted this man is and what horrors he is capable of. Other dazzling performances are delivered from "Little Miss Sunshine's" Paul Dano who zestfully conjures up one of the most charismatic religious fanatics you'll ever witness as he teeters on the brink of insanity and religious obsession. Even Dillon Freasier who is only the age of 12, gives a fantastic performance as Plainview's son, H.W. who is neglected and mistreated by his cruel and psychotic Father.
What brings such a powerful and exquisitely intimate atmosphere to the film were the chilling cinematography and the realism that embraces this powerful epic. The films pragmatism is something so strong; you can almost taste the dusty wind from the arid, vast landscapes and feel the mud on your face and in your fingertips. It vividly describes with flawlessness the gritty, harsh, and lonely life of men desperately trying to make a living in something so raw and real. The scenes sculptures infinite beauty and utter fascination that paints richness that words cannot describe but causes you to stare in a breathless state of wonder.
The substance that really makes this film so beautiful is not just the breathtaking scenes alone for they're only a backdrop. It's the holy roller show down between Eli Sunday (Dano) and Daniel Plainview (Day-Lewis) that makes this shining star spectacular. The scenes between these two driving individuals will make you squirm in your seat as you watch them battle it out in shouting matches or through glares and stares in complete unsettling silence that stiffens the air. The film also has some of the most memorable quotes, having everyone constantly saying; "I drink your milkshake!" is making this phrase become a pop culture phenomena.
"There will be Blood" is 2007's film of the year. It's beautiful, it's brilliant, it's breathtaking beyond compare, and most of all its deep in ways most films can only scratch the surface of and lack in. Although the film missed out on best picture at the Oscars, this movie has won my heart. But take note this film is an intense, emotionally draining experience that means its tag line; "there will be greed, there will be vengeance " to its full potential.
No Country for Old Men (2007)
"No Country for Old Men", a Rare Treat
The Coen brothers strike again with their new brilliant masterpiece "No Country for Old Men." With an outstanding cast and an anything but ordinary storyline, it's hard to believe this film could creep into the theaters without being noticed. But the film isn't just a bang-bang action thriller, for there's more than what meets the eye in this delicately crafted work of art. Conscience, decadence, the strength to act and to step down are all a part of the pinnacle of human nature that's illustrated in every character in this film. The movie opens with one of the most brilliant monologues in film history narrated by Sheriff Ed Tom Bell. Bell is played by the one and only Tommy Lee Jones who gives one of the many fantastic performances in the film. Bell is a law man in the lonely and desolate lands of Texas, where he and others are trying to track down Anton Chigurh, a merciless killer murdering random victims. Javier Bardem plays the sadistic psycho path Chigurh, stealing every scene in the film. When he appears on screen you can feel every muscle seize in your body, and when he speaks every hair will stand like prickles on the back of your spine when you hear him utter "what's the most you ever lost on a coin toss?" Amidst all the chaos in this perplex thriller is poor Llewelyn Moss, played by Josh Brolin who becomes targeted by the killer after he comes across a drug deal gone bad and takes 2 million dollars from the horror scene. Brolin portrays Moss with raw and real emotions, showing his moral contemplations and conflicts throughout the movie. These characters along with many others, including Woody Harrelson and Stephen Root, all play a vital role in this film. It's the choices they make and the actions they take that ultimately lead to their destiny. This is flawlessly conducted with intricate layers of superb acting puppeteer by one of the most amazing adapted screen plays written and two of the most unique directors in cinema history. As incredible as this film may be, it is not for the faint of heart. In between cat and mouse games and the eternal conflicts between right and wrong, the film has moments of being gruesome and absolutely terrifying, yet fascinating to watch; Sometimes you have a powerful urge to look away yet you can't keep your eyes off it. Between a beautiful complex adapted screenplay, powerhouse performances, and a chilling chemistry, "No Country for Old Men" is a rare treat. It's so unpredictable and superb it would be a crime for any one to pass up this dazzling Oscar buzz phenomena.
Spider-Man 3 (2007)
Who cannot enjoy a descent super-hero movie? Even though they are more common and their plots are often similar with no unique qualities, the Spiderman trilogy has not only been action-packed, but also has an in-depth plot behind it.
I admired the fact that the film had so many circumstances or situations that were identifiable for any individual. That just like anyone else, Peter Parker (a.k.a. Spiderman) had to face his own inner demons as well as the conflicting issues he had with many others such as his true love, Mary Jane Watson and his best friend, Harry Osborne.
Their's not much more I can say, because I don't want to reveal any key plots, but I encourage anyone to watch this film and enjoy it, for it was awesome, heroic cinema.
Casino Royale (2006)
Ah........... It's such a pleasant surprise to see an actor who can portray James Bond and actually pull it off with suave sophistication that not only has class, but is actually masculine as well. For decades the Bond series has lacked someone to play the part of 007 to its full potential, and I think Daniel Craig does this job perfectly in Casino Royale. He plays a ruthless, hard-core, yet perceptive, and intelligent human being, which Bond never exactly reveals until now. Audiences have always been familiar with 007 as being a lady's man but never exactly having too much of a mind or a heart either.
This Bond flick and the new actor that portrays him shows a new refreshing start for the series and a hope for more quality 007 films to come.
The Prestige (2006)
Excellent film!! Must see again!!!
I've been disappointed with the films that have come out this year, (With only a few exceptions) until I saw "The Prestige" this last Saturday. The casting was excellent, the screenplay was spectacular, and to me this film was both eye and mind candy. Director Christopher Nolan (Director and screenplay writer of last summer's box office hit, Batman Begins.) Creates a truly unique and almost surreal atmosphere to the movie that although is artificial, seems as if there is some sort of basis of authenticity whether it's in the screenplay or in its brilliant cinematography shots throughout the film. I believe "The Prestige" is Oscar worthy and should get superb recognition for its outstanding quality as a film.