Posted in movies | music on December 21, 2007

There Will Be Blood

I knew that Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead just put out a CD, and I've seen the creepy trailer for the new Paul Thomas Anderson movie starring Daniel Day-Lewis, but it wasn't until today that I put two and two together and realized that both of these things are There Will Be Blood.

Anderson had been a fan of Radiohead's music and listened to Popcorn Superhet Receiver halfway through writing the screenplay. After agreeing to score the film, initially Jonny Greenwood had his doubts and thought about backing out but Anderson's reassurance and enthusiasm for the film convinced the musician to stick with the project. [Wikipedia]
There Will be Blood opens on December 26th. The soundtrack is available at Amazon, and three songs are streaming at its official site.

Popcorn Superhet Receiver is being performed (apparently WITHOUT Jonny Greenwood in attendance, although I'm told there's a chance he might show up) in NYC on January 16th & 17th.



Comments (34)

Best movie that I've seen in a long while. Jonny's music and DDL's acting completely make the first 20 minutes breathtaking.

Posted by Brad | December 21, 2007 3:31 PM

Pretty sure Johnny will not be at the performance but who cares even if he is. He certainly will not be performing even if he did show up.

That being said There Will Be Blood is the best film of the year. A remarkable film. PTA is a true freaking genius. The music is wonderful.

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2007 3:43 PM

Better than "No Country"? Find that hard to believe, but I suppose it's possible.

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2007 3:53 PM

yeah, no country set a pretty high bar

Posted by punkfreud | December 21, 2007 4:00 PM

This film along with Diving Bell were my favorites of the year.

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2007 4:18 PM

Black Book is my pick. Though I liked No Country as well.

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2007 4:30 PM

Oh yeah... I'm not Panda Bear.

Posted by oops | December 21, 2007 4:31 PM

i thought 'no country' was the best film of the year... until i saw 'there will be blood'.

the score is fucking amazing, it stuck with me for days.

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2007 4:55 PM

This is the most overrated movie of the year. It is endless, confused, and a pure example of a filmmaker who has utterly lost his way. Daniel Day Lewis puts in a dreadful performance in which he seems to be attempting to channel John Houston. He is, quite simply, doing Houston in The Treasure of Sierra Madre. The screenplay structure is hopeless and meandering. The length of the film is self-indulgent and unwarranted. This may fool people in this calendar year. It has apparently fooled many critics and perhaps members here, although I suspect studio shills account for the good rating. There Will be Blood will soon be dust. It will never, ever stand the test of time.

Posted by esmeralda80 | December 21, 2007 5:14 PM

i saw the trailer for this movie and it looked incredible.
the music in the background reminded me a lot of jonny greenwood's "bodysong" and i was elated to see at the end of the trailer that he in fact composed the soundtrack.
that combined the the promising acting of paul dano make me very much need to see this.

Posted by massromantic | December 21, 2007 5:22 PM

There Fidna Be Some Blood Up In Here

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2007 5:53 PM

some more songs here : (score section).

Posted by de | December 21, 2007 5:58 PM

"Daniel Day Lewis puts in a dreadful performance in which he seems to be attempting to channel John Houston. He is, quite simply, doing Houston in The Treasure of Sierra Madre."

Really? He's "doing Houston" in Sierra Madre? Which HUSTON? John Huston's Dad, or he's "doing Houston" by being the director of Sierra Madre? Complicated... complicated assessment fraught with misspelled names and misunderstandings. If, perchance you mean he's "doing Walter Huston" who is actually in Sierra Madre for a substantial amount of time... he'd be playing a kindly, silly, wise old man. If you mean "doing John Huston in Sierra Madre," I'd love to see how DDL could channel someone not acting in a movie (beyond a small cameo). That'd be a feat.

THERE WILL BE BLOOD is the best movie of the decade... no hyperbole.

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2007 6:27 PM

Thanks you Anon 6:27pm for pointing out how Esmerelda80 is a complete idiot. If you click on her link you wil be taken to her imdb page where she claims American Gangster is a beautifully directed film. Haha, what a dope. American Gangster is an ok film but completely derivative of other films.
For the record, Daniel Day Lewis is doing a tribute to John Huston's character in Chinatown. This is done on purpose as there are parallels btw the characters in both films.
Esmerelda, simply put, you should not be allowed to review films.

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2007 7:02 PM

There Will be Blood is probably one of the best films Ive seen. Ever. The Soundtrack is off the hook and is like its own character. SHAzAAAMMM!

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2007 7:07 PM

But is Daft Punk in it?

Posted by wendy | December 21, 2007 7:10 PM

Daft Punk is OUT of it. Why do you think they're taking all of 2008 off?

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2007 8:46 PM

I'm actually a bit afraid of watching that one... All of PTA's films so far, with the exception of his debut, Hard Eight, have been such masterpieces, and I'm afraid that this one will fail to even approach that high standard. Judging by the preview, it could turn out to be either a classic or a wearisome, overwrought disaster... Or maybe I'm just associating it with that disgraceful piece of schlock, Gangs of NY, b/c of DDL...

Anyway, I hope PTA hasn't lost it.

Posted by om | December 21, 2007 10:42 PM

yeah no coutry...

Posted by yapiro | December 22, 2007 12:07 AM

thank dave longstreth that someone pointed out that john huston is in the treasure of the sierra madre for about fifteen seconds and speaks one line. this is a classic example of someone who read something (e.g., how pt anderson watched the film over and over again during the conception of there will be blood), missed the point of what it meant, tried to make the comment his/her own, and was too stupid to do so.
9 best?
1. There Will Be Blood
2. No Country for Old Men
3. I'm Not There
4. Syndromes and a Century
5. 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days
6. Encounters at the End of the World
7. The Host
8. The Assassination of Jesse James
9. Paprika
10. Sweeney Todd

the kite runner was the worst movie i saw this year. the diving bell and the butterfly was the most overrated.

Posted by shutup80 | December 22, 2007 6:24 AM


Posted by MARLOW | December 22, 2007 6:49 AM

I have no idea what Dave Longstreth has to do with any of this. Again, the John Huston film having the most infulence on There Will Be Blood is Chinatown. But there are so many other films referenced in it. The look of Days of Heaven courtesy of the art director Jack Fisk who worked on both films. The last scene which had the look of The Shining, the music of Barry Lyndon and the final line a tribute to A Clockwork Orange. How anyone looks at this film and sees hack is just beyond me.

Posted by Anonymous | December 22, 2007 7:47 AM


Posted by the soundtrack leaked a while ago | December 22, 2007 8:11 AM

Yep, EASILY best film of the year. Cannot WAIT to see it again.

Posted by modage | December 22, 2007 12:03 PM

also pretty amazing that no country has no score whatsoever. only music at all is during the credits.

Posted by Anonymous | December 22, 2007 12:59 PM

It is a radical beat-down of pious bible thumpers,
plus a deep and surgical examination of U.S. capitalism,
with a performance that illuminates our humanity w/ a realism that makes Bardem seem like the coyote chasing the road-runner all over the desert. The timing is off but this is not just this years's best movie, it is one of the best movies.

Posted by starquisha | December 22, 2007 5:06 PM

That Milkshake sound is amazing.

No Country was Awesum, and then I saw T.W.B.B.

Posted by Anonymous | December 22, 2007 5:07 PM

I totally agree with the much maligned esmerelda that this movie is a lot of hype and not all that great. I mean, ask yourself, what is this movie about? Is it about greed? I guess. Is it about family? Sort of. Is it about deceit? That too. But it's not, as all great movies are, about anything in particular.

Is there anything in it truly surprising or gratifying? When Plainview tells his son he's a bastard, it's like, ok, you saw that coming. So he kills people. He shouts. Does that make the movie deep?

The truth is that it is easy to think this movie is about something because oil is such an overdetermined thing. It carries a lot of weight. It is sticky and black and expensive and we're in a war now because of it. But really, what does that have to do with the story? Nothing.

I am so tired of these pretentious nothing movies getting attention. I like a nice small movie with a story. No one wants to tell a story. It's too hard. So they just give us this overwrought crap (Crash, and now this) and hope most people don't know the difference. And most people don't.

Posted by sarah miller | December 28, 2007 12:29 AM

Oh, and I am sure if you really want, you can make a very nice milkshake sound. It is not terribly difficult.

Posted by sarah miller | December 28, 2007 12:31 AM

I also agree that this is alot of hype. The film didn't have a message, like great or even good films should. There was no focus. The ending was almost comical. What was this about? Everyone is driven and consumed by money but religous people are too naive to admit it? Is that what this is about.

Also, making fun of another post's spelling is just absurd. When in fact this film was highly influenced by John Huston's Treasure of Sierra Madre. So in fact the posters point was understood. That point should be repeated over and over. Look how far we have fallen, compare Treasure to TWBB. We are not advancing but declining.

Posted by Orson Welles | December 28, 2007 10:49 AM

TWBB was a great movie, not deserving all the hype, but still a good movie. The soundtrack is not that great. It sounds exactly what it is: a rocker trying to make classical music.

Posted by Anonymous | December 28, 2007 10:57 AM

it deserves the hype.
i truly hate anyone that doesn't love this film.
goddamn are you people stupid.
this is unquestionably PTA's best film to date.
his magnum opus and true achievement of cinematic glory?
how the fuck can that be argued?
when watching the movie, it's obvious how unique and traditionally epic this film is.
we are hardly given this kind of masterpiece in the theaters anymore.
jesus fucking christ.

Posted by Anonymous | December 31, 2007 2:58 PM

I don't know what hype everyone is talking about? Maybe in the small indy music scene it has a lot of hype but in terms of big movies it doesn't have any hype at all. It doesn't have any trailers the run on prime time TV. The magazine shows don't even talk about it. No major movie stars unless you consider Daniel Day Lewis one. He's very careful in choosing films so he's not out there in the mainstream a lot.

Aside from the great reviews, your average movie goer who floods the box office throwing their money to I Am Legend, hasn't even heard of this film. Or know what other films PTA has done.

Where is this hype??

Posted by Anonymous | December 31, 2007 3:39 PM

Mesmerizing film. Really, a masterpiece. So is the score.

Posted by Anonymous | January 1, 2008 10:36 PM

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