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There Will Be Boredom!

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

I made a promise to myself a while ago, that I would only give one more chance to oscar-winning movies to prove they all don't suck. I gave them a chance, and they failed again.

There will be blood

This weekend we watched There Will Be Blood, a turn of the century period-piece about oil. That description is a little more exciting than the actual movie was. To give you an example, I'm pretty sure no words were spoken at all in the first 10, maybe even 20 minutes. It was just Daniel Day Lewis (DDL) in a hole with a pick ax, setting dynamite, not being able to pull up his tools in time (you'd think he would've done that before lighting the dynamite...), falling down the shaft breaking a leg, dragging himself up out the hole and a bunch of miles into town on his back to confirm he found something in the hole.

It didn't really get much better as it went on. DDL's character seemed like a normal guy making a killing in an emerging market, but he seemed to get crazier and crazier as the movie went on. He seemed like a good father in the beginning and then decides to abandon his son after an accident. Then he started threatening to kill people who inquire about his family and beat up priests.

Speaking of priests, one of the somewhat major characters is a priest. We met him early on when he told DDL that there was oil coming up out the ground on his family's ranch. He said his name was Paul when he first met DDL, but when DDL got to the ranch he introduced himself as Eli. Maybe they were supposed to be twins (they were both played by Paul Dano from Little Miss Sunshine), but during the movie you never see Paul again, even in their family's house. There wasn't even a place set for him at the table for dinner. I thought maybe it was really Eli the whole time and didn't want DDL to know his name at the beginning. But at the end DDL and Eli started talking about Paul. The other idea was that Paul was a separate personality of Eli's, but that just seemed completely random. Either way, it was unnecessarily confusing and in my opinion didn't do anything for the movie.

This was the last chance I gave oscar winning movies. I swear movies like this only win oscars because the academy feels bad knowing they suck and won't win any other awards.


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#1 - May 27, 2008 at 2:13 PM
We had some issues while we were watching it and ended up missing several minutes in the middle of the movie. We felt really lost so we fixed the problem and went back and re-watched that part. Unfortunately we didn't feel any less lost afterwards.

I totally agree with you about the Eli/Paul confusion. We had no idea what was going on with that part of the story line.

I'm pretty sure DDL found silver in the mine at first (I think it said that on the paper he got in town) but I didn't understand the change to oil later. I also wasn't sure if the baby that was baptised with oil in the beginning was DDL's son or someone else's kid.
#2 - May 28, 2008 at 6:00 AM
Why are copies of Portable Firefox regularly removed from SNAP?
#3 - May 28, 2008 at 7:34 AM
I don't know, I never delete anything from snap. Ask some of your classmates who insist on messing around with everyone's files...
#4 - May 28, 2008 at 7:46 AM
JR: I think HW was the kid of the guy that got owned by the falling truss when they were using buckets to get the oil out.

If DDL was compassionate enough to take the kid as his own I didn't really get why he sent him off on the train to get rid of him later in life. It just doesn't make sense.
#5 - May 28, 2008 at 8:52 AM
Are there any sort of logs to check? This is really annoying, 'cause now I've got to recreate all my config.
#6 - May 28, 2008 at 1:34 PM
It's a complex could the config possibly be?
#7 - May 28, 2008 at 3:03 PM
The gay cowboys were pretty bad too. Didn't they win an oscar a couple years ago? I think that's why I watched it but it was just boring.
#8 - May 28, 2008 at 8:16 PM
A few oscars I think... We caught a little bit of that on TV last summer and I don't think I'll be renting it to see the parts I missed.

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