My wife and I went out and was There Will Be Blood last night. Magnolia is one of my all time favorites, and Paul Thomas Anderson has done another film that qualifies as a masterwork. There Will Be Blood is one of those movies that a half hour or so into it, I said "this is great". The construction of the time period on film was flawless. The music was unbelievable, no... perfect, no kidding. Kind of like very early Tangerine Dream meets Ligeti. I will be getting the soundtrack CD today. I heard it was compared to the music of Planet of the Apes. In the light that Jerry Goldsmith in POTA made a orchestrated music sound electronic, so did this one. But the performance of Daniel Day Lewis is nothing less than spectacular. I don't want to critisize anyone else here, but he makes every other actor look like an amature. The ending of the movie borders on surreal. Don't miss this one. I'll admit, I tend to over exagurate on movie quality at times, but this one is a true work of art.
Of the other three best picture nominees, I haven't seen Juno, Michael Clayton or Atonement yet. My predictions so far are...Juno is the indie that will win a screenplay award, Atonement wasn't nominated for best director and the only movie to ever get best picture with out a best direcetor nomination was Driving Miss Daisy, I need to see Michael Clayton before I say no, and Tilda Swinton is a babe, but I think it will be either No Country for Old Men or There Will Be Blood. They both left me speechless. The only sure things between the two is that No Country for Old Men had better editing and There Will Be Blood had a better soundtrack. Javier Barden gets my best supporting actor nod, while Daniel Day Lewis gets the best actor.
I aslo saw the trailer for Peresopolis on my night out. Looks like an incredibly creative animation work, but I don't know if I could sit through the entire film. Any one who has seen this one, please comment.