Listen now (52 mins) | The New York Times film critic and I dissect Paul Thomas Anderson's all-American masterpiece of oil and religion.
Yes, a masterpiece. And I still have nightmares.
Very enlightening podcast about this fantastic movie, truly not from the playbook - my favorite kind - and an American horror story, for sure. Gonna make this one of my final Netflix dvd rentals 🥲
Ironically just listened to LouisCK yesterday on YouTube yesterday on ThereWill BeBlood… definitely worth a listen… extraordinarymovie …beyond classification… dare I say unique?
Eli and Daniel Plainview both recognize that they are con men of different sorts--there is a sort of twinkle in the actors' eyes that conveys that strange connection that drives so much of the film's tension and brilliance. I love the scenes where they each take turns humiliating the other, until it culminates in the deeply violent ending.
It would be really interesting to take on "The Master" as a bookend to this discussion. It's a very hard-to-like film, but has some similar themes and characters, obviously. And another towering performance by Joaquin Phoenix (matched by Philip Seymour Hoffman's). It grows in depth with repeated viewings, as hard to watch as it is.
I was never able to drink my milkshake (or yours) in the same way again.