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My Favorite Scene: There Will Be Blood (2007) “I Drink Your Milkshake!”

To be clear, I think, as a whole, There Will Be Blood is an extremely dull movie.  I don’t like Paul Thomas Anderson.  I think he’s self-indulgent and I’m not the kind of cinephile that can try to find deep meaning in five minutes of just watching someone walk around land staring at it.  Looking for oil.  Got it.  Let’s get to the next time Daniel Day-Lewis is onscreen.  Just when you though Gangs of New York’s Bill the Butcher couldn’t be topped for scene chewing lunacy, Day-Lewis gives us Daniel Plainview: an oilman, alcoholic, and amateur bowler.

Whether you like or hate There Will Be Blood the thing everyone took away from it was the final scene, in which Plainview explains to Paul Dano’s character how he’s completely stolen any oil that might have been on his church’s land using possibly the best metaphor in movie history: the milkshake monologue.  Then he beats him to death with a bowling pin, but that’s less funny.  The milkshake speech itself isn’t even that funny the first time because of the spell Day-Lewis casts over viewers, but upon subsequent viewings, became a 2007-2008 cultural phenomenon.  I did the milkshake speech until my wife threatened to beat me to death with a bowling pin.  Fortunately, there were already people online working on making weird remixes of the scene (some of the best set to the hip hop song “Milkshake”), and I’ve included just one to remind you that great scenes can come out of dull movies and take on a weird milkshakey life of their own.

There Will Be Blood's Bowling Alley

Phantom Thread Trailer #1 (2017) *Daniel Day-Lewis in His Final Film*

Releasing Christmas Day, among a glut of other films will be an odd-looking film about a dressmaker that will be the final performance of one of the greatest actors of all-time.  Phantom Thread, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson (Magnolia, Boogie Nights) was announced earlier this year by Daniel Day-Lewis as his final performance.  Day-Lewis has always marched to the beat of his own drum, and it’s entirely possible he’ll change his mind at some point in the future.  However, if this is it, this is an extremely strange trailer for an odd-sounding movie to finish a career on.  Daniel Day-Lewis is the only actor in the history of the Academy to win Best Actor in a Leading role three times, the final time coming in 2012 for his best performance, in my opinion, in Lincoln.  I’m not a particular fan of PT Anderson, so I may let Lincoln stand as my last remembrance of Day-Lewis onscreen, but if he’s done, he’ll be remembered as a giant.  Full plot details below from Coming Soon. Continue reading Phantom Thread Trailer #1 (2017) *Daniel Day-Lewis in His Final Film*