Sunday, January 20, 2008

Weekend Movies

What a weekend for movies: Cloverfield on Friday and There Will Be Blood on Saturday. I'm going to spend some time thinking about both experiences, but I can tell you that this is the start of a promising year for movies. Cloverfield conveyed something eerily similar to what it must have been like to survive the first few hours of the terrorist attacks in New York, the plumes of smoke, the terror of the unknown, the dizzying sense of history out of control.

And then there's There Will Be Blood. Not only for the fact that I was sitting next to a plainly drunk or stoned audience member did this movie work so well to convey Sartre's famous line, "Hell is Other People." Blood's depiction of a man's all-consuming question to free himself from the attachments of others erupts in the face of Daniel Day-Lewis, playing one of the most hateful and indelible people I've ever seen on the screen. Two unforgettable movies in two days: a great weekend for cinema.

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