Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

There Will Be Blood

Dir. Paul Thomas Anderson. 2007, 158 mins. DCP. With Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano, Ciarán Hinds. A jewel of contemporary American filmmaking, Anderson’s rich and terrifying evocation of the “weird old America” follows the fortunes and travails of prospector Daniel Plainview (Day-Lewis, in a snarling, Oscar-winning performance), who strikes oil in turn-of-the-century California. The result is a spellbinding, meticulously crafted epic about the intersections of money and religion—a powerful metaphorical work that builds to a wallop of a climax.

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