THERE WILL BE BLOOD
2007, Paramount, 158 min, USA, Dir: Paul Thomas Anderson

Heralded by several critics as the best film of the first decade of the 21st century, Anderson’s eight-time Oscar-nominated oil epic is a true cinematic masterpiece. Depicting mineral prospector Daniel Plainview (a brilliant Daniel Day-Lewis) and the brutal, bloody founding of his American oil empire, THERE WILL BE BLOOD is a soaring historical drama that both employs and ingeniously transcends the conventions of epic cinema - shocking and thrilling viewers at every turn. An enthralling exploration of greed, capitalism and violence, this opus thrives as a visually mesmerizing study of an ironfisted oil baron and the developing American frontier he reigns over.


THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS
1992, 20th Century Fox, 114 min, USA, Dir: Michael Mann

James Fenimore Cooper's classic novel of the French & Indian War gets a kinetic modern upgrade courtesy of action specialist Michael Mann. Daniel Day-Lewis plays Hawkeye, a white orphan adopted by a Mohican tribe; Madeleine Stowe is the beautiful daughter of a British officer. Their love story set against the backdrop of massive historical changes makes this the rare epic that is as intimate as it is sweeping.


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