Over the weekend I caught a friend howling with laughter while watching something that looked like a video game — turned out it was the fake 16-bit video game based on There Will Be Blood. ‘Super There Will Be Blood’ has elements reminiscent of Montezuma’s Revenge, Super Mario Brothers, the platform movie tie ins like the Super Star Wars games, and probably a few other influences that those well-versed in classic games will recognize. And it is pretty funny. See for yourself after the break. Read More »

POTD: There Will Be Blood Rolling Roadshow

Last night I took a two hour trip to Bakersfield, California to see The Alamo Drafthouse’s Rolling Roadshow presentation of Paul Thomas Anderson‘s There Will Be Blood. The movie was filmed in Texas, but the story is very much based on the spur of Oil drilling in California in the late 1800’s/early 1900’s. Bakersfield is responsible for approximately 10% of the nation’s domestic production of Oil. The screening was held in the outdoor section of the Kern County Museum, where Anderson came to research Blood. In fact, the oil tower seen in the movie is based on the oil tower on display at the museum. I can’t tell you how cool it was to watch this modern American classic while sitting in the middle of a early 20th century American oil town recreation, and every time the oil tower appeared in the movie, it was hard not to look a bit left at the real thing.

More photos after the jump.

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A couple weeks back, we posted the schedule for the Alamo Drafthouse’s 2010 Rolling Road Show. The traveling movie screening series just one of the many reasons the Alamo Drafthouse is the greatest movie theater on the planet. For those who don’t know, the Drafthouse travels around the United States to present one-time-only screenings of classic films using a portable movie theater which they set-up in famous locations from the films. This year’s line-up includes Jackie Brown, Dirty Harry, There Will Be Blood, Convoy, The Blues Brothers, Robocop, Rocky I-III, On The Waterfront, and The Godfather Part II.

To promote each of the screenings, Alamo has commissioned UK artist Olly Moss to create posters for each of the screenings. We’ve featured Moss many times on the site in the past (Locke inspired Lost poster and t-shirt, The Evil Dead Poster), and is probably best known for his popular t-shirt designs which have spread across the interwebs (the Spoilers t-shirt and a series of retro movie poster remakes that we previously featured in Cool Stuff, and Shoot The Baddies). Hit the jump to see Moss’ awesome designs for the Rolling Roadshow films, along with more information about the upcoming events.

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VOTD: The 100 Greatest Movie Insults

Pajiba has edited another wonderful montage of movie clips, this time compiling the 100 greatest movie insults of all time in under 10 minutes. Watch the video now embedded after the jump.
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/Film reader and Brazilian artist Mario Graciotti has created a few series of posters I wanted to showcase on the site. The posters showcase the films of Paul Thomas Anderson, Alfred Hitchcock, and Pixar Animation Studios. Check out some of Graciotti’s minimalistic posters, after the jump.

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VOTD: Quentin Tarantino Reviews There Will Be Blood

Quentin Tarantino on There Will Be Blood

Earlier this month, we posted a video of Quentin Tarantino listing off his top 20 movies to be released since he became a filmmaker. The video was actually party of a special series on the British television channel Sky Movies. Tarantino presented some movies of his choice films including Taxi Driver, Sunshine, There Will Be Blood, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, and even his own Death Proof, accompanied by short sit down introductions.

What follows after the jump is Tarantino’s 10-minute review of Paul Thomas Anderson‘s There Will Be Blood. Of course, Anderson is one of Quentin’s good friends, so the review is glowing. But Tarantino’s insights are always worth my time. Check out the review after the jump.
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We’ve posted about works displayed at Los Angeles’ Gallery 1988 in the past. Today we’re featuring new pieces by artist Kirk Demarais, whose movie-family-portraits in colored pencil have become an internet sensation of sorts. Perhaps his most famous work in the series is The Torrance Family from Stanley Kubrick‘s The Shining, a piece guaranteed to bat around the halls of tumblr for years to come. In fact, it’s proven so popular that Demarais is currently offering it as a limited-edition $65 print.

He’s added new works to the series as part of Gallery 1988’s massive, ongoing Crazy 4 Cult: 3D exhibition. (Check out the entire show here.) Yes, that’s The Emerson Family from The Lost Boys above, and it deftly captures all of the humorous, unique resilience of each character in face of a messy ’80s divorce. Also: age-appropriate sulking and curious fashion-dabbling. But where’s Nanook? After the jump we’ve included Demarais’s takes on There Will Be Blood, The Jerk (sold to this guy), and…Billy Mitchell (sans children because he’s Satan’s game-tester). Also, I couldn’t not include a separate work by Michael Alvarez of the lurid spaghetti-and-milk bathtub scene from Harmony Korine‘s Gummo.

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Cool Stuff: Justin Reed’s Movie Art

Justin Reed is a 30-year old Vermont artist who has created a number of awesome movie-inspired artwork over the past few years. He has a BFA in Illustration from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, and has had art exhibition in galleries in and out of the country (every place from Canada to Los Angeles). I’ve included nine of my favorite pieces that Reed has created after the jump.

Unfortunately, Reed is not selling prints of any of this art work at this time, but if that changes, I’ll let you know. And of course, he also does commissions, so if you want to hire the guy, head on over to his website for full details.

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The World Soundtrack Awards have announced the nominations for the 2008 Award show.

Film Composer of the Year

Alexandre Desplat, “The Golden Compass”
James Newton Howard, “Charlie Wilson’s War,” “Michael Clayton,” “I Am Legend”
Alberto Iglesias, “The Kite Runner”
Dario Marianelli, “Atonement”
John Powell, “The Bourne Ultimatum”

Best Original Score of the Year
“3:10 to Yuma” by Marco Beltrami
“Atonement” by Dario Marianelli
“The Kite Runner” by Alberto Iglesias
“There Will Be Blood” by Jonny Greenwood
“WALL-E” by Thomas Newman

Best Original Song Written Directly for Film

“Despdida” from “Love in the Time of Cholera,” music by Antonio Pinto and Shakira, lyrics by Shakira, performed by Shakira
“Down to Earth” from “WALL-E,” music by Thomas Newman and Peter Gabriel, lyrics by Peter Gabriel, performed by Peter Gabriel
“Do You Feel Me” from “American Gangster,” music and lyrics by Diane Warren, performed by Anthony Hamilton
“Guaranteed” from “Into the Wild,” music and lyrics by Eddie Vedder, performed by Eddie Vedder
“A Hero Comes Home” from “Beowulf,” music and lyrics by Glen Ballard and Alan Silvestri, performed by Robin Wright Penn / Idina Menzel

The 8th edition of the World Soundtrack Awards will take place on October 18th 2008. We agree with The Playlist‘s assessment: It’s great to see Radiohead’s Johnny Greenwood finally getting some recognition for his incredible There Will Be Blood score. Greenwood was left out of Oscar contention due to stupid technicalities.

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UPDATE #1 : I just received an email from Kotaku editor, Brian Ashcraft, who originally spoke with Konami’s Aki Saito in person and here’s what he said: “Hey Hunter, [Saito] said Paul Thomas Anderson, not just Paul Anderson, but specifically ‘Thomas.’ Hope that helps!” I just asked Brian again if Saito possibly meant to say director Paul W.S. Anderson (Resident Evil), and he added, “Saito’s handling the movie negotiations, so I’d assume he knew.” The awesome madness continues! More as it develops…

UPDATE #2: Collider talked to someone involved with the production who has confirmed that Paul Thomas Anderson is NOT involved. My guess is that Saito meant to say Paul W.S. Anderson, who has a history of video game movie adaptations. The original news story follows:

Get out of here, Konami! At a press conference for this summer’s Metal Gear Solid 4, Konami‘s Aki Saito, who’s apparently hands-on with the Metal Gear feature film adaptation, told a Kotaku reporter that 1.) the franchise’s feted creator, Hideo Kojima, will not be directing the movie version and 2.) director Paul Thomas Anderson is a possibility…

Regarding to potential directors, Saito says, “Paul Thomas Anderson is interested.”

What would The New Yorker say if this became a reality? Saito also communicated how carefully Konami, the vid game’s publisher, is handling the adaptation, much to fans’ satisfaction, and expressed a certain weariness over Hollywood’s video game flick graveyard…

“Often Hollywood adaptations have the original game creator involved at the beginning, but somewhere along the line they fall out of view. This is why it’s very important for us to carefully pick the studio for this project.”

PTA handling a grandiose spy action film would be bananas and make for a highly unforeseen and no doubt controversial follow-up to his masterpiece, There Will Be Blood. Venturing into pipe dream land, I’m not sure if I’d rather see Tarantino’s Grand Theft Auto (the Internet fantasy fave for Rockstar’s franchise at the moment) or this. Not sure why Saito would just throw PTA’s name out there if there wasn’t some truth to it.

Brief MGS synopsis: Metal Gear Solid follows Solid Snake, a retired soldier who infiltrates a nuclear weapons disposal facility to neutralize the terrorist threat from FOXHOUND, a renegade special forces unit.

Discuss: !?! QT’s GTA or PTA’s MGS, which would be more badass?