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Revisiting THERE WILL BE BLOOD (2007)

By John H. Foote THERE WILL BE BLOOD (2007) (****) Paul Thomas Anderson first came to my attention for his extraordinary roller-coaster ride through the seventies and eighties pornography industry Boogie Nights (1997) in which we saw first hand how porn went from being an underground industry shot on expensive 16mm to a massive business…

When an Oscar Contender Peaks, Then Fizzles

By John H. Foote In 1996, the coveted cover to Entertainment Weekly’s Fall Movie Preview went to The Crucible (1996) the highly anticipated, long-awaited film version of Arthur Miller’s astounding play about the Salem Witch Trials, which was written as an allegory to McCarthyism. There had been a French film made of the play in…