Wednesday, January 09, 2008

There Will Be Awards

One of the things I really miss about living in Los Angeles (which is kind of stupid since I never really lived here as an adult, nor did I take advantage of it more than a handful of times) was being close to the film industry. With a free night on Tuesday, I took in Paul Thomas Anderson's "There Will Be Blood" at the Hollywood Arclight theatre - which is the only place playing it for now (it opens in New York next week - I think).It really doesn't sound interesting. A 2 hour and 40 minute story about turn-of-the-century US oil drilling in California, loosely based on Upton Sinclair's "Oil"? (If you don't remember your AP US History - or never took it, Upton Sinclair was a muckracking journalist - who is most famed for his book "The Jungle" which explored the dirty side of the meat industry and directly led to the FDA and the imposition of standards in the meat packing and butchering industry. Oil is his novelization of the development of the US oil industry. But the movie concentrates on the first 150 pages of the book - and the relationship between an oilman and his son. It's an amazing character study - Daniel Day Lewis just KILLS this role - of a hateful, misanthrope, setting it against the background of the early days of the oil industry in California. I don't know when this will be playing in your local theatre (it was only playing in one movie theatre in LA) but go see it. I suspect it should be in China soon - because its Oscar season.The soundtrack, but Radiohead's guitarist Johnny Greenwood is jarring and amazing. The best movie of the year.

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