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  • Wednesday, December 19, 2007
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    The Tim Burtondirected film adaptation of Sweeney Todd is "cause for celebration" among both film and musical theatre buffs, says the Phoenix New Times (AZ). "Nearing the end of an uncommonly strong year for American movies, he's taken a hallowed classic of the modern musical theater ... and somehow managed to produce something magical ... as fully satisfying a screen version of [Sweeney] as I can imagine. And of all the new-millennium Hollywood musicals ... it's the only one that succeeds both musically and cinematically. It breathes new life into the genre."

    Journal Topics: Film Reviews
  • Tuesday, December 18, 2007
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    The LAist calls Tim Burton's film version of Sweeney Todd a "wonderful, hilarious, inspired" work. "[L]et there be no doubt that Tim Burton has crafted a true piece of musical cinema from Stephen Sondheim's bloody masterpiece." In the title role, Johnny Depp is "magnificent," his performance "so powerful as Todd that you eventually begin to relish his countless murders." Ultimately, "Sweeney Todd joins Ed Wood and Edward Scissorhands as Burton's finest work."

    Journal Topics: Film Reviews
  • Tuesday, December 18, 2007
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    In his review of There Will Be Blood for Reuters news service, John DeFore writes that Jonny Greenwood's "captivating" score is an important player in the film, "greatly contributing to the sense that tectonic forces lie beneath the drama." 

    Journal Topics: Film Reviews
  • Tuesday, December 18, 2007
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    There Will Be Blood has swept most of the top awards from the Austin Film Critics Association for the Best of 2007: Best Film; Best Director, Paul Thomas Anderson; Best Actor, Daniel Day-Lewis; Best Cinematography, Robert Elswit; and Best Original Score, Jonny Greenwood.

    Journal Topics: Film
  • Tuesday, December 18, 2007
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    The San Diego Film Critics Society has named There Will Be Blood the winner of four awards, including Best Score for Jonny Greenwood. Awards for the film also went to Paul Thomas Anderson for Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay (based on Upton Sinclair's novel Oil!) and Daniel Day-Lewis for Best Actor. The San Diegan critics also recognized Sweeney Todd's Dante Ferretti for Best Production Design.

    Journal Topics: Film
  • Monday, December 17, 2007
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    "[W]hen you hear something as audaciously new as There Will Be Blood," writes iF magazine, "it’s a listening experience akin to coming across an oil gusher in a movie theater—the kind that blows your seat (and ears) to the ceiling with the sheer, often-insane beauty of what you’re hearing." With an originality that "spurts in spades," Jonny Greenwood has created an "entrancing" score. "Greenwood shows he can do orchestra with the same innovative quality that he approaches Radiohead’s trance-rock with ... And like P.T Anderson’s best soundtracks, Greenwood achieves a musical f-you wallop that grabs our attention ... [W]e feel that Anderson and Greenwood have taken us on a journey into sound that’s truly new for film scoring." The film "offers a major discovery in the talents of Jonny Greenwood."

    Journal Topics: Film Reviews
  • Monday, December 17, 2007
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    With There Will Be Blood, Paul Thomas Anderson has reached new heights of artistry in his work, says the four-star Slant film review. And it's Jonny Greenwood's music "that gives There Will Be Blood its throbbing, pulsating soul ... Greenwood's musical accompaniment is a thing of dark majesty, brilliantly in sync with the omnipresent forces—anger, resentment, jealousy, covetousness, insanity—trying violently, desperately to bubble to the surface."

    Journal Topics: Film Reviews
  • Monday, December 17, 2007
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    "Every time I’m about to watch a Daniel Day-Lewis movie," writes Variety's Stuart Levine on MSNBC, "I expect to be floored—to be brought into a world I’ve never seen and be enveloped by a character who I will undoubtedly obsess about for days, if not weeks ... Right now Day-Lewis is the Robert De Niro of the late 1970s-early ’80s, back when De Niro was a god among mortals." In There Will Be Blood Day-Lewis has made "as powerful and compelling a character as he’s ever created."

    Journal Topics: Film
  • Monday, December 17, 2007
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    In a four-star review of Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be BloodPremiere magazine says the film is "entirely extraordinary" and "inspired," from the "perfectly conceived and structured narratives" through the "meticulously and beautifully detailed" production design to Daniel Day-Lewis's performance as the maniacal oilman Daniel Plainview, a character who is "nothing like anything you see in films today." An integral part of the film is the "remarkable score" by Jonny Greenwood, which is "often reminiscent of composers Penderecki, Ligeti, and Bartók."

    Journal Topics: Film Reviews
  • Monday, December 17, 2007
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    Jonny Greenwood's There Will Be Blood soundtrack is out in the UK today, and musicOMH says the music sets the scene well for the film's early-2008 release there. "As scene setting goes," says the site, "this is something pretty exceptional, the rising melody lingering in the memory even after the first listen." Come Oscar time, "the judges would do well to consider this fine piece of film writing." Regardless, "As a piece of music in its own right the group of pieces works handsomely ... There's an urgency and tension throughout that makes it difficult to ignore."

    Journal Topics: Film Reviews
  • Sunday, December 16, 2007
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    Time Out New York, though reluctant to use the word "masterpiece" for fear of contributing to its overuse, says Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood, earning a perfect six stars, is worthy of the word: "[T]he writer-director’s attempt to map the moment when bootstrap mentality curdles into cutthroat corporate culture earns the title. There hasn’t been a more breathtaking, damning portrait of frontier paranoia since [Robert Altman's] McCabe & Mrs. Miller."

    Journal Topics: Film Reviews
  • Sunday, December 16, 2007
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    There Will Be Blood has been named one of the year's best films by the American Film Institute. The creative team behind the film will receive the AFI Award in Los Angeles on January 11.

    Journal Topics: Film

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