Saturday, December 06, 2008

There Will Be Ice

There was ice hanging from the bus stop yesterday. As the weather gets colder I think I'll be staying in more and catching up on movies. I finally watched There Will Be Blood. For some reason I thought I'd be very disappointed - it has a long running time and P.T. Anderson can't really do movies about the "olden days", can he?

The movie feels hella Kubrick to me, and I love Kubrick. So much minutiae and orchestration. Amazing. The only thing that confused me a little was the twin thing with Paul and Eli. It felt unnecessary - probably something from Upton Sinclair's book.

I don't think I've seen any movies in theaters since last December. I was supposed to see There Will Be Blood in theaters (I'm amazed at how accurately I predicted films I would like - I've seen all on that list except Youth Without Youth, which got lukewarm reviews).

Here's Ebert's best of 2008 list, but Iron Man's on there so don't take it too seriously.

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Blogger John said...

Great film. It's the only movie I ever saw twice in cinemas. It gets better with each viewing. Johnny Greenwood's score has a large part in the Kubrick connection, IMO - especially the weird opening, with all the dramatic/frightening music placed over mundane scenes. P.T. Anderson can do it all.

9:57 AM  
Blogger Cutup said...

I'd heard that Greenwood did the score when it first came out, but I'd totally forgotten till you reminded me. And yeah, that definitely gave it the unique Kubrick-esque feel from the beginning.

5:33 PM  
Blogger John said...

I forgot to ask - you seen Dark Knight yet? Blows Iron Man out of the water. Iron Man was good entertainment but nothing more. Frankly I'm surprised it's on Ebert's list.

1:10 PM  
Blogger Cutup said...

I want to get to DK this weekend.

5:32 PM  

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