“I am big. It’s the pictures that got small”
A flawless masterpiece from one of the greatest directors of our generation. Not a single scene is wasted or drags, every single filmmaking element is faultless. An epic tale of power and greed. Daniel Plainview goated character. What more can I say? This is PTA’s best film and was robbed for best picture in 2007.
This rewatch just further solidified it as my favourite film of all time. A perfect film on every level with three of the most memorable characters in cinematic history. You’ll never forget Blondie, Angel Eyes and Tuco. It also helps that “Ecstasy of Gold” is the best film score ever composed.
“When you have to shoot, shoot. Don't talk.”
Might be the best psychological horror I’ve ever seen, I was completely engrossed by the atmosphere and the mystery. I thought I knew what was going on and then I didn’t—and then I did and then I changed my mind again. This Polanski fella knew how to direct movies... shame he’s a nonce.
Side note: John Cassavetes is the MAN.