New on idrinkyourmilkshake.com: Who else could have played Daniel Plainview? Kinski? H.W.? H.M. Tilford? J. J. Carter? Where do all those initals come from? Graphological analysis of Daniel Plainview’s handwriting What’s with the hammers during the blowout? How evil is Plainview? Did you see his tear?
Fewer movies than usual because I’m working on several top secret plans for world domination, we’re still catching up with The Wire, and my obsession with Daniel Plainview shows no signs of abating. (Check out the new entries in the contest.) The notable exception was Etgar Keret’s Jellyfish, a sweet film that plays like minor-key [...]
I’ll have photos from holiday sojourn on Cape Cod later, but in the meantime I wanted to point to Commander König’s eerie and beautiful Easter-inspired photo series. I just happened to mention Phish’s 1998 Prague shows the other day — turns out, the second night is being officially released on LivePhish today. You can listen [...]
I’m running a little contest over on idrinkyourmilkshake.com: for a chance to win one of five There Will Be Blood DVDs, grab your camera phone or webcam and upload a video of yourself saying the line that gave the site its name. The video above is the entry by IDYM regular EatHimByHisOwnLight. As a matter [...]
“You’ve got a serious artist crush,” Marcy remarked — a statement, not a question — when I sent her a link to a gallery of adorably geeky photographs of Paul Thomas Anderson during the Hard Eight period. Guilty as charged: I’ve been rewatching and reassessing and obsessing over all five of PTA’s films, reevaluating Punch-Drunk [...]
Via idrinkyourmilkshake.com, where Blood obsession is still in full swing. Some recent favorites: Incredible revelations: the Peachtree Dance and Henry’s diary are both derived from East of Eden. Eli doesn’t get to bless the well, but he blesses Daniel’s house. More on the Greystone Mansion. Napkinface: “There is no sex.” More. Drinking, eating, smoking in [...]
I made it back to New York and just posted my final Berlinale piece on About.com. Below is a list of all Journal entries as well as an overview of the thirty-odd movies I saw. Also: the official Berlinale site has video from the There Will Be Blood press conference — around 40 minutes in, [...]
The promising first half of George Stevens’ Texan epic sets up a tiresome three-and-a-half-hour descent into mediocrity. Displaced northern bride Liz Taylor slowly fades from the center of the story, nouveau riche James Dean is woefully misused, children come and go, and Rock Hudson’s stubborn cattle rancher is granted an improbable redemption. Giant keeps pulling [...]