30 for 30: There Will Be Blood (2007)




2007 was a milestone year. Not just for film but personally too. In January, I enrolled in my final university class – the dreaded “Integrated Campaigns.” It was the hardest class I took but other than a creative writing class I’d taken a couple of years prior, this was the most fun I had in a class! This was also the semester where I supervised over my last term as FIU Student Programming Council Films Chairman. April may have been the best month of all – what with graduation, a host of student organization end-of-year award banquets (SPC, SGA, PKP, The Beacon), and other gettys. In the summer, I began my internship at Allied Advertising and got introduced to the world of film advertising and how to run screenings. Other highlights – I bought my first car, moved from Miami to Plantation in the summer, my dad and brother made the move from Abu Dhabi to Florida, a year after my mom did. There were many other things but to be frank, I can’t remember all of them.

Now for the movie. 2007 was, in my opinion, far and away the best year for movies that decade. This was the year of Ratatouille, Atonement, The Bourne Ultimatum, 4 Months 3 Weeks 2 Days, The Lives of Others, Zodiac, Michael Clayton, Juno, Hot Fuzz, Gone Baby Gone, Eastern Promises, Superbad, The Assassination of Jesse James, Sweeney Todd, Into the Wild, 3:10 to Yuma, Persepolis, Sunshine, and that’s just the big ones. But in the end, my choice came down to two films – the two finest of the decade – the Coens’ Oscar-winning No Country for Old Men and Paul Thomas Anderson’s towering There Will Be Blood. To this moment, I find it hard choosing between the two. One day, it’s No Country, the next it’s Blood. Maybe I’ll change my mind tomorrow but for today, my pick is There Will Be Blood. I still remember the afternoon I first watched it – in a close-to-empty theater at AMC Aventura with one of my oldest friends, Matthew, on the last week of December. When it ended, we looked at each other and knew we had just witnessed a milestone of cinema. ‘twas fitting, considering the 11 months that preceded it.

About 30-for-30

Movies are a huge part of my life – I mean, why else would I be running a blog/site devoted to movies? To commemorate the occasion of my 30th birthday (later this month), I’ll be counting down to the big day by posting a photo of my favorite movie for each year of the last 30 years I’ve survived on this planet. These aren’t my favorite 30 movies EVER but merely the movie I consider my favorite (or the best) of each year. This is my 30 for 30. Click here to see the other 30 for 30 posts.


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