Monday, November 12, 2007

There Will Be...CHERRIES!

Oh, we're only twelve days into November and already the ponies are racing for There Will Be Blood coverage!

The Gray Lady Magazine's "Westerns Are The New Black" film issue fronts a feature-profile with TWBB lead Daniel Day-Lewis. It reads well and provides a look at the actor/anti-actor that Day-Lewis has come to portray. But the piece suffers incredibly once Lynn Hirschberg hits the dreaded "food as scene setting" curse!

(Shock of shocks, Dennis Lim falls under the same spell for his talk with Noah Baumbach in the same issue! Not you too, Dennis! NOOOOOOO!!)

Choice cuts:

“Where I come from, it was a heresy to say you wanted to be in movies, leave alone American movies,” Day-Lewis continued, as he ate a chicken-salad sandwich.

-2nd Graf, first line.

Day-Lewis laughed and drank some grapefruit juice.

-3rd Graf, first line.

“It’s not that I want to pull the shutters down,” Day-Lewis said, as he finished his sandwich.

-7th Graf, third line.

“This work requires an unusual combination of qualities,” Day-Lewis said. He picked up a colander full of washed cherries and headed into a small cozy den off the large rectangular living room.

-10th Graf, first/second line.


The brunt of most profiles always involve food. It acts, as the WSN Arts Advisor once told us at an editorial meeting, as a way to show comfort and ease among the subject and interviewer. Food is a way into the inner workings of the actor/performer/random dude you be talking to.
But it adds depth: Daniel Day-Lewis washes his cherries before he eats them. He goes straight from the colander, showing an everyman quality to the intimidating and intense actor.

Of course, I can rightly care less about that, but Hirschberg plows into his history and comes out with an intriguing piece.

Over at The Last House On The Left Next Door, Ryland Walker Knight pushes THND into the forefront of running a Blood review. Questions of holding reviews and it only being November fucking 12th aside, it begins with a "Frankenstein" quote and ends with " It’s terrifying, invigorating, phenomenal. I fear I’ve said too much already."

...

Shit, this wasn't nearly as entertaining as the 2,263 word DVD review from HELL . But Knight's main points seem to be:

-Paul Thomas Anderson has seen movies from the 70s zomg!
-Punch Drunk Love is like so good, and did you know it was the last film PTA made before There Will Be Blood because it is!
-Lead characters Daniel Plainview (Day-Lewis) and Eli Sunday (Paul Dano) are...OMG FOILS! THEIR CHARACTERS ARE FOILS FOR ONE ANOTHER! HOLY FUCKING SHIT. PTA IS PAIRING HIS CHARACTERS TOGETHER! HOLY LORD, THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION IS SUCH A GOOD MOVIE!
-On Paul Dano: "[He]continues to prove himself a talented, if foul, young actor."


Wait, what? Dano is a "foul, young actor?" Huh.

Anyway, early reviews are shaping up enough that the consensus seems to be it could be a bit shorter, but TWBB has Oscar potential--even if it's just in the self-masturbatory Guru 2.0 mind. [j/k, j/k. Except for Kohn. I'm not forgiving you for wanting American Gangster to start with a flashback.]

I guess I'll wait and see myself. But I'll make sure to bring up to a certain interview subject what he thinks of being a "foul, young actor."

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3 Comments:

Blogger CARvsTREE said...

"Hirschberg can't write," John proclaimed to his readers as cheetoh's crumbs spilled onto the keyboard. "I mean really, conventions are okay, but you gotta draw the line somewhere." Taking a swig of gatorade, he published the post and brushed the remaining crumbs off his shirt.

11:33 PM  
Blogger John Lichman said...

Wait, you mean I can afford Cheetoh's?! Holy shit.
AND I can afford Gatorade?!

Wow, I am living the high life. This means daddy gets to eat sardines in RED SAUCE tonight.

11:49 PM  
Blogger John Lichman said...

p.s. Honestly. Draw the line at Day-Lewis eating cherries.

11:50 PM  

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