Sunday, February 10, 2008

An interesting weekend. I turned in some 60 pages of script the other day and I await word from the "manager" guy. Not sure will that will lead, but I feel good about those pages, I really do. The moment I emailed him the pages, I felt a weight lift off of me. Man, has writing that script really been pressing down on me that much?

I went to see "There Will Be Blood" on Friday night and I believe it is one of the finest movies I've seen in almost 5 years. As is my custom, I go back and reread some of the reviews of the movie in hopes to pick up some more insight. I was very surprised to discover several prominent critics wrongly state that Daniel Day-Lewis' character "Daniel Plainview" merely used his adopted son, HW, as a prop. I'm surprised because Paul Thomas Anderson took great pains in showing some wonderful, loving moments between Plainview and HW (who was portrayed by newcomer Dillon Freasier). There is moment in the film in which Plainview is commanded to confess that he has abandoned his son (for reasons you'll know if you saw the film). It's in that moment that Day-Lewis unleashes every bit of anguish that character has for sending his son away. It is a powerful scene. HW represents the only character in the film that Plainview actually does love and in losing HW, Plainview is driven deeper into madness. Like I said, I'm surprised that someone like Peter Travers of Rolling Stone, who wrote an entire expose on the film, completely missed this part of Plainview's character.

We're starting the Great Strides fund raising letter and creating a short video. I'm close to deciding about running a marathon this fall.

1 comment:

Jeff said...

Another marathon? Come on, live a little. Do a triathlon. Marathons are for masochists and people with stress fracture fetishes.