There Will Be Blood

A Movie ReelThere Will Be Blood: 8.5 out of 10.

They should rename this film "The Daniel Day-Lewis Show". It's his movie, in fact, I can't remember a scene without him as the focal point. He's all over this Paul Thomas Anderson flick about a a turn-of-the-century oil prospector and he's brilliant.

I'm not a fan of movies in excess of 2.5 hours because it's so tough with two kids to find an uninterrupted block of quiet time that length, but I didn't want this one to end. If you haven't seen it yet, add it to your queue.

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There Will Be Blood: Monopoly Style

This "art piece" was designed and illustrated after I watching There Will Be Blood in theaters for the third time. A huge amount of thought and time into it, so that it made sense both as a monopoly game, and as a themed adaptation of the film.

The creator, known as numeric_atrophy, is a huge fans of both the film and the game of Monopoly. "I thought, why not combine the two? I had a single board printed up for $50 (laminated to 1/8 inch plastic). I purchased little silver charms off of ebay for the game pieces. A model-t, an oil derrick, and so on. The whole project turned out so well that I was offered $100 for the board. Well, I decided to take it to ebay and find out how much I could get for it. It ended up selling at $202 with the pieces. I was very excited, and had a second one printed (again at $50). It sold at $165 (no pieces)."

It turns out that the second board was given as a gift to Hans Howes (who played William Bandy Senior). He was apparently very excited to receive it, and had very nice things to say about it, which pretty much made my day. Apparently the cast received a belt with the film's title on it as their wrap present, and he would have preferred the board :-).

December 2, 2008 @ 9:59 PM

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