Monday, 15 September 2008

Movie Reviews: There will be Blood, Battleship Potemkin

There will be Blood

A one man epic about greed and loss of soul. Daniel Day-Lewis plays a prospector obsessed with gaining the world and isn't too concerned about losing his soul in the bargain. Directed and written by Paul Thomas Anderson (Punch Drunk Love, Magnolia), the best feature about the movie for me is its haunting score. The score is even played through the first few silent minutes of the film during the scenes that show the prospector's humble origins - this just serves to underline the main character's dark destiny - to show us that all his hard work and dedication, seemingly noble qualities at the outset, can only end in doom. One of the better movies I've seen lately.

Battleship Potemkin

A 1925 black and white silent movie about the mutiny on board the Russian battleship Potemkin, one of the uprisings during the Russian revolution. The mutiny is sparked off by the sailors being forced to eat meat with maggots in it. Quite boring, and more of a propaganda movie, one scene that does stand out is in the Oddessa massacre chapter - a baby is in a pram that's rolling down a long staircase. A similar scene was present in The Untouchables and spoofed in The Naked Gun 33 1/3.

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