August 27th, 2014: There Will Be Blood

Cast and Crew:  Paul Dano, Ciaran Hinds

What It’s About: Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day-Lewis) starts as an oil prospector and becomes a major power in the business through his ruthlessness and devotion to success over any other possible consideration.

Why Watch it Today?: The first commercial oil well was drilled today in 1859.  Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood, based on Upton Sinclair’s novel Oil!, is a brilliant character study of Daniel Plainview.

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One comment on “August 27th, 2014: There Will Be Blood

  1. geelw says:

    That ending is still a pain to try to explain to some people who just didn’t get the film’s stranger elements but this one’s a must watch just for the oil drilling parts. Workman’s Comp (or lack of it), indeed…

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