2007: #1 There Will Be Blood

Directed by: Paul Thomas Anderson
Written by: Paul Thomas Anderson, Based on the novel Oil! by Upton Sinclair
Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Dillon Freasier, and Paul Dano
Distributor: Paramount Vantage
Country: United States
Language: English
Rating: R
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Date released: 12/25/2007
Date seen: 1/4/2008
Worldwide Box Office Gross: $35,657,000
# of Oscar nominations: 2
# of Golden Stake Nominations: 6 (Set-Piece, Cinematogrophy, Adapted Screenplay, Poster)
# of Golden Stakes Won: 2 (Score & Actor)

Choosing a number one film this year is harder than it usually is.  Often I’ll see the year’s best film and know it instantly, but this year I really needed to go to great lengths to decide between the top three.  Eventually I went with the most ambitious, and some would say most flawed, of the three and I’m standing by my choice.  Here, Paul Thomas Anderson has gone to another league of film mastery and accedes his already very high standards.  At this film’s center is a virtuoso performance by Daniel Day-Lewis, this performance is among the best of the decade.  The film There Will Be Blood most seems to remind me of is Apocalypse Now, like that film this is a wildly ambitious piece of work that seems to bring filmmaking to a new level.  Also like Apocalypse Now this has an ending many feel goes over the top, but which really just brings all the film’s themes to their logical endpoint.

Full Review

#2 Year End Honors

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