Monday, August 16, 2010

My Top 25 of the Aughts, #6

But first, this past weekend I took in an odd titles-themed double feature. Consequently, I've got new reviews of Dogtooth and Restrepo.

And now... Draaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaainage!

“Anybody can make a lot of money, if all you want to do is make a lot of money.” Few big-screen characters have exemplified Mr. Bernstein’s philosophy as Daniel Day-Lewis’ Plainview, the very embodiment of venal, soul-sucking greed. Those who’ve taken P.T. Anderson’s masterpiece There Will Be Blood as an allegory for the modern oil industry miss the point that, if it hadn’t been oil that made Plainview a bazillionaire, it’d been some other damn thing. Anderson’s film isn’t always pleasant or cheerful, but it’s uncompromising, and thanks to the director’s visual pyrotechnics and Day-Lewis’ volcanic performance, exciting as hell.

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