Round 4: Pre-Sundance – U2 3D and Cloverfield


Due to the lack of any extra time since the moment Sundance began last Thursday, this episode of the FightCast has been delayed until today. However, it’s up now and I hope you all enjoy!

In this week’s FightCast, we fight about U2 3D, Cloverfield and briefly There Will Be Blood. We recorded the FightCast on the road to Salt Lake City to pick up a friend for Sundance 2008, and apologize for the delay in getting this up. U2 3D is the 3-D concert film which premiered this week in Park City. Cloverfield is the J.J. Abrams produced monster movie which hit theaters last Friday. And we talk a bit about Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood, which is in theaters now. Check it out!

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Recently while on Google Chat with Peter, I predicted that Paul Thomas Anderson would follow-up There Will Be Blood with an intensely signature sci-fi undertaking. You can look at the guy in interviews and gleam all of the sick projects dancing in his eyes and hiding in the best smirk in the business; he looks like he’s ready to do some serious Kubrickian-level genre trail blazing. When journalists have quoted him recently, relating his own gnawing, towering ambition and fighting spirit to that of Daniel Plainview’s, they often seem taken aback as if this were a bad or maniacal confession. Screw that. It’s cause for excitement. When you’ve got the touch, you don’t deny it. You say, “yeah, I relate to that [smirk].” There is a little dose of crazy behind all great works (sometimes a lot), and with Oscars definitely coming his way, he’ll need some Plainview to punch through the expectations and torrential glitz.

So, like I said, I thought epic sci-fi would be in order, but apparently it’s spookier. He oft refers to There Will Be Blood as a horror film, but word today over at Bloody Disgusting is that PTA’s pining for some genre horror, like, on The Exorcist or Halloween tip. They say to expect an official announcement of some kind in the coming months. Yeah, that’s all I got. Now, maybe you’re feeling ripped off, like you just went to a palm reader, handed her your wallet with a red bicycle photo in it and she told you you had a red bicycle. But based on what I’m hearing off the record and a lil’ gut intuition, I’m willing to put chips on the table that PTA’s next film is horror or sci-fi and not an ensemble drama. Any director who takes an Oscar and goes off to make a movie to scare all of us up a tree deserves to have his towering ambition erected into a tower made of 80 floors of whatever he finds awesome. I’ll help build it. PTA horror, can you dig it?!



Let’s hope this isn’t a sign of things to come in regards to the Academy Awards for Paul Thomas Anderson‘s There Will Be Blood: Jonny Greenwood‘s feted instrumental soundtrack for the film, seen as a shoe-in for Best Original Score, has been officially disqualified. The reason? The score contains preexisting music. Red Carpet District reports that Greenwood’s score contains “35 minutes of original recordings and roughly 46 minutes of pre-existing work (including selections from the works of Arvo Pärt, as well as pieces in the public domain, such as Johannes Brahms’ “Concerto in D Major”).  Peripheral augmentation to the score included sporadic but minimal useage (15 minutes) of the artist’s 2006 composition “Popcorn Superhet Receiver.”

While I downloaded the soundtrack and admire it, I admit that the above details regarding source material eluded me. Rules are rules; even though I’m sure some die-hard Radiohead and PTA fans can’t be talked into coming down from their anger trees right now. What’s more surprising is the supreme suddenness of the Academy’s announcement, with Greenwood learning the decision via an official letter on January 17th, and the studio, Paramount Vantage, two days later. In comparison, Paramount Vantage says they learned that the soundtrack for their Into the Wild was also ineligible (due to  predominant use of songs) much further in advance. And it sounds as if the studio would have appealed the TWBB decision if they had the proper time.

Right when the impossibly important category starts to attract the attention and interest of a younger demographic, poof! Maybe it’s time to reinstate the “Adaptation and Song Scores” category, which has been off the ballots since 1984?

    Source Link: Variety /LAT

Elaine’s Movie Review: There Will Be Blood

There Will Be Blood

Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood is one of the best movies I’ve seen in a long time.  It’s a Hitchcockish film set during the early 20th century about Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day-Lewis), a silver miner turned oil tycoon that uproots his son H.W (Dillon Freasier), and sets off for Little Boston, where he hears that oil practically seeps from the earth.   Plainview begins to grow his fortune by scheming his way into cheaply buying the land from the residents of Little Boston.  He starts by buying up the home of preacher Eli Sunday’s family, and moves on to obtain the rest of the town.  Plainview’s wave of luck soon wanes as the film progresses, and his true character slowly surfaces.

The first thing I noticed about There Will Be Blood was the sound design.  It’s something that many filmmakers don’t focus on anymore, but can really make a film stand out.  There is no dialogue for the entire opening of the film, but every sound heard is meticulously placed.  I loved the ominous feel of every scene, brought on by both the superb filmmaking, as well as the flawless acting.  Keeping the film interesting, each character has something about them that the audience can’t quite figure out.  The psychology of the film is unique and Anderson’s pacing and attention to detail are, as always, as perfect as perfect gets.

There Will Be Blood is an example of great American filmmaking, and will undoubtedly fit Anderson in between Orson Welles and Kubrick in film school curriculums of the future.

/Film Rating: 10 out of 10

I Drink Your Milkshake!

I Drink Your Milkshake

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John C. Reilly in There Will Be Blood

John C. Reilly in There Will Be Blood

John C. Reilly, one of Paul Thomas Anderson’s regulars (also known as the PTA players) recently told the story of how he talked himself out of being in one of the best films of the year – There Will Be Blood.

“Paul and I talked a lot about it. He wrote me a part for the movie, and I said, ‘Don’t put me in there just because you think you have to, because we’re friends. Put me in there if I’m the right guy to be in there.’ And he thought about it, and he was like, ‘You know what? You’re right. You just talked yourself out of a part.’

Reilly admits that while he is sorry for not taking the part, he’s glad for his close friend’s accomplishment.

“I was really glad. That movie just seems so seamless. It just seems like he discovered this real place.”

Now the question is, what part would Reilly have played if he had accepted the role?

source: cinemablend

There Will Be Blood Screenplay

There Will Be Blood

Want some Holiday reading? The screenplay for Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood is finally online at Paramount Vantage’s For Your Consideration page.

There Will Be Blood Logo

Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day-Lewis did an extensive 56-minute interview with Charlie Rose about There Will Be Blood. Watch it below.

There Will Be Sneak Preview Screenings

There Will Be Blood Screenings

One of the best movies of the year is, without a doubt, Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood. No question – this film is a modern cinematic masterpiece.

Blood hits theaters in New York City and Los Angeles on December 26th, and will expand during January. Not willing to wait that long? Paul Thomas Anderson has a special Christmas Gift for film fanatics around the country. Watch this video he cut together for fans:

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That’s right, There Will Be Blood will have special Midnight sneak preview screenings on Saturday December 29th in 14 select cities.

Austin, TX
Boston, MA – AMC Loews Boston Common 19
Chicago, IL – AMC River East 21
Dallas, TX
Denver, CO
Miami, FL
Minneapolis, MN – Lagoon Cinema
Philadelphia, PA
Portland, OR
Sacramento, CA
San Diego, CA
Seattle, WA
Washington, DC

Tickets are already on sale in some of the cities listed above. Buy soon, get there early, because … THERE WILL BE BLOOD!

Daniel Day Lewis and Paul Dano talk There Will Be Blood

There Will Be Blood Interview

Paramount Vantage has provided us with video interviews with the stars of one of the best films of 2007 – Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood. Watch below as Daniel Day Lewis and Paul Dano talk about this new film classic. It’s amazing how much different Daniel is from the characters he creates.

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There Will Be Blood hits theaters beginning December 26th.