Mom bought me an iPod, so now I have an iPod, and I love my iPod, I will hug my iPod and kiss my iPod and squeeze my iPod and sing to my iPod and call her GLaDOS.
Ever woken yourself up to THE FOUNTAIN soundtrack, followed by Oingo Boingo's "Not My Slave"? It's an experience everyone should have at least once.
Did I forget to mention that I went to go see THERE WILL BE BLOOD dressed as Bill the Butcher? fiveseconddelay
jokingly suggested it, and then I realized, "... well shit, if I did it for PIRATES 2: BARNACLE BOOGALOO..."
So, yes. I dressed as Bill the Butcher to see THERE WILL BE BLOOD.
Which, by the way, I enjoyed a lot more the second time around. Yeah, I saw it again exactly twenty-four hours later, this time with Mom in tow, because 1.) she needed to see it, and 2.) I needed to reevaluate it after thinking about the film all yesterday.
Yes, this really is among the top two or three films of 2007, and if Daniel Day-Lewis doesn't win best actor, it'll be a fucking crime.
But what threw me off was Paul Dano's character. Or rather, characters. You see, he plays twins. One twin we only see once, and the other twin dominates the rest of the film. And the problem was... I completely missed the fact that they were twins. I thought it was just one character playing his own game, eventually bordering on outright madness.
And the thing is, fiveseconddelay
thought the exact same thing. Neither of us are plebeian film goers here! I warned Mom repeatedly when we saw it, "Twins, twins, twins, twins," and after the film she thanked me. She agreed, it would have been lost on her entirely. Oh, and on the way back to the parking garage, we heard two random women behind us talking about the film, both of whom were ALSO totally confused about the fact that they were twins!
So yeah, to reviewers like Moriarty from aintitcool.com: fuck you, it's so not "obvious" that they're twins. It was all so ambiguous, with the precious few lines of information lost in expository dialogue that many people miss outright simply because it's expository dialogue! It's so vague that it almost feels like I'm spoiling some sort of twist ending here, but I'm not!
So if you see THERE WILL BE BLOOD, just remember: twins.
And with that in mind, absolutely see THERE WILL BE BLOOD as soon as bloody possible. It's a goddamn fucking masterpiece.Handlebar mustache and top hat optional.