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.
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…