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There Will Be Blood (2 disc Special Edition) [DVD]
There Will Be Blood (2 disc Special Edition) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Daniel Day-Lewis
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A film to be cherished, 11 July 2008
Anyone that dismisses this film as one of the 'worst ever' or something similarly nonsensical is talking out of their behind. I don't want to hyperbolize and make assertions that it is a modern-day Citizen Kane, since it is, as other reviewers have highlighted, far too early to tell. However, its qualities should be self-evident to anyone with half a brain - most of all its refusal to sugarcoat the issues it deals with. It is not misanthropic, it is only honest in its depiction of the faults of capitalism and the corruption of religion. Furthermore, I feel, it posits some profound ideas. The fact that Eli Sunday, the sly preacher, is an unworthy adversary for the towering and utterly ruthless Daniel Plainview is not, I believe, an inadequacy in the narrative but fundamental to the film's apparent ideology: that religion cannot compete with earthly power, and often instead wishes to join with it, and that often man's struggle (as in Plainview's case) is essentially with itself.
If all this sounds somewhat heavygoing, do not be put off, because There Will Be Blood will actually be an engrossing film for many. Anyone with a love for the cinema of Kubrick will probably find, as I did, the film's expressive use of imagery and slow building of tension completely captivating. The score evokes all the right emotions - like malice, foreboding, even sadness - and nothing more need be said about the impressive performances. P T Anderson is one of the bravest and most talented filmmakers alive, each one of his films different from the last and, since Magnolia, in some way groundbreaking. There Will Be Blood continues and possibly even exceeds the high quality of his previous films, and I for one am of the opinion that owing to its courage, originality and artistry, even if it does have minor problems, it should be cherished in an age of remakes, endless sequels and narrative convention.

At War With the Mystics
At War With the Mystics
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28 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They've done it again..., 13 Mar 2006
This review is from: At War With the Mystics (Audio CD)
Okay, well I presume if you've made it this far you already know who The Flaming Lips are and how brilliant their last two albums have been. This keeps up the trend set by those masterpieces, floating majestically from joyful pop genius (Yeah Yeah Yeah Song, The W.A.N.D) to melancholy and heart-stoppingly wonderful 'serious' songs (The Sound of Failure), which are also, erm, genius. And as for the reviewer below- tails off at the end??? Did you miss Mr Ambulance Driver and Pompeii am Gotterdammerung? The Flaming Lips music has evolved to a state of such brilliance they've prety much taken off into space. Not as good as The Soft Bulletin maybe, but still pretty bloody five-star fantastic! Ahem. A round of applause please for the best band on planet Earth.

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