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Dec 30, 2009

The Really Drawn-out Blog Cabins Decennial Spectacular: #2

Decennial, in case you're not hip to the term, means: 1. relating to or lasting for ten years, or 2. occurring every ten years. It's really a word that we should hear more often. Anyway, this will be my series where I count down my favorites from the last decade, and since I don't plan on it taking 10 years to finish, we're going to go with the second definition.

Previous day's posts:
12/21: Intro/#10: Idiocracy
12/22: #9: Children of Men
12/23: #8: Pan's Labyrinth
12/24: #7: Wall*E
12/26: #6: Memento
12/27: #5: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
12/28: #4: The Royal Tenenbaums
12/29: #3: Amelie

Number 2 on the RD-oBCDS is...

There Will Be Blood (2007)
Of all of the films on the Decennial, I've seen this one the least - just once, in the theater, upon its opening about two years ago. Fact is, it's been sitting on my DVR for six months now, awaiting a second viewing.

I don't know what's taking so long - why I haven't sat down for another helping of P.T. Anderson's phenomenal sweeping epic clash between capitalism and religion. It might have something to do with the nearly three hour run time, but that doesn't seem all that feasible given all of the films I've watched over that time. No, I think that there's a part of me that's afraid to experience it for a second time, afraid that I won't be as enamored of Daniel Day-Lewis' owning of the screen or Johnny Greenwood's haunting score or Paul Dano's coming-out party or any number of other aspects of the film that a single viewing might have blinded me to.

I'm sure my fears are unfounded. I'll watch it again and, like with most movies, notice more to love about it rather than vice versa. I'll convince myself even more so that Paul Thomas Anderson is perhaps the greatest filmmaker currently working or that DDL is our greatest living actor and other semi-obvious, shallow statements. And then, to celebrate my triumphant viewing of the film, I'll enjoy a nice, tall, frosty, chocolate --


Think you know what #1 will be? Stay tuned...the big unveiling is tomorrow!


9 people have chosen wisely: on "The Really Drawn-out Blog Cabins Decennial Spectacular: #2"

Nick said...

No! I drink your milkshake!

Nick said...

(By the way, it's gonna be Southland Tales, isn't it? :P)

Who Is Tim Burton? said...

Hi! Fletch,
Nice choice, but unfortunately, I have not had the opportunity to watch it yet (at least you watched it once)...I know for a fact, that Eric Armstrong, placed it at
No#9 on his 25 decennial countdown list.
DeeDee ;-D

Jason Soto said...

Nah, we all know that #1 is gonna be Knowing. I mean, DUH!
-Jason

JacksSmirkingRevenge said...

I like this movie alot and have watched it multiplet times, but I tend to think that the movie itself is a little overrated. I think it has become overrated because DDLs performance is so amazing. It is one of all time great acting jobs and because he is so good people tend to elevate the movie to be on par with his acting.
Hope that made sense.

Reel Whore said...

I figured his #1 would be Wicker Man!

Seriously, you're probably gearing up to shock us w/ a doc like Man on Wire as your #1.

Nick said...

Man on Wire crossed my mind, too. It's actually the only doc to make one of my lists, as well... because I haven't seen enough docs to be able to do a Top 10 for the decade... which is unfortunate, as I now have no reason to put in "King of Kong" onto my favorite films of the 2000s.

Fitz said...

I personally thought the Academy got it right when they chose No Country for Best Picture.

W/o Day-Lewis I don't know if it would be as good a film.

Reel Whore said...

@Nick- I rarely watch docs, so I had only a couple worthy ones. King of Kong did make my short list for top 10 of the decade. Such a great movie.