Oh, man. There's one thing I love more than parodies — and that's bad puns. Ladies and gentleman, another parody of There Will Be Blood: There Will Be Bud. The kinder, gentler film not starring the terrifying Daniel Day-Lewis.
All of the new DVD releases hit stores (and Netflix) on Tuesdays. So each week in What to Netflix: New DVD Tuesday, I sort through the best of the batch and tell you what to add to your queue. In addition to the titles below, you can also rent Reservation Road (not to be confused with Revolutionary Road), and Leonardo DiCaprio's global warming warning, The 11th Hour.
There Will Be Blood
This April is a great month for renting DVDs because a new stellar, Oscar-nominated film seems to come out every week. Today's release is the stirring Paul Thomas Anderson masterpiece, There Will Be Blood. The film is loosely based on Upton Sinclair's novel Oil! and follows the story of an ambitious oil man, Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day-Lewis) as he becomes one of those famed self-made American magnates, a la William Rockefeller and Andrew Carnegie.
If you haven't heard by now that this film is both visually stunning and soul-stirring, and that Daniel Day-Lewis gives the Oscar-winning performance of the year, then you've had a very distracting year. I stuck this movie on my April must-haves list not only because of its classic story of greed vs. compassion, but also because Day-Lewis only seems to emerge to knock one out of the park every five years or so, which in Hollywood years can seem like a lifetime. You'll want to own this one to get you through to 2013 when he's had enough of shoe-making on the Italian Coast or something and decides to show the rest of those amateurs how it's done. Again.
For two more titles that couldn't be more different than each other, read more
Happy April! Here in my part of the world, the sun is shining brightly, but I still plan to be inside a good part of this month due to movie releases like Baby Mama and Leatherheads — not to mention the great TV returning this month. In addition to new movies and good TV, this April brings some fabulous new music, an exciting new read and a few Oscar darlings on DVD. To see my picks, just press "Start."
Well, the results are in, and we now have movies that will forever be known as Oscar-winning. A lot of you said you go see the films once they're nominated, but if you didn't get to all of them before Sunday's show, maybe now's the time. Some people were so smitten with Marion Cotillard's acceptance speech that they want to rush out to see La Vie En Rose for her performance. Others want to check out There Will Be Blood so they know why everyone is talking about milkshakes. What about you? Which Oscar-winner is next on your list of must-sees?
Ever since There Will Be Blood hit theaters last year, "I Drink Your Milkshake" references have been all the rage. But I have to give Saturday Night Live credit for the parody they served up on Saturday night that envisions the now-classic line as the basis for a Food Network show that finds Daniel Plainview criss-crossing the country in search of the perfect milkshake. (Might I suggest he try this recipe from Yum?)
Bill Hader does an eerily spot-on impression of the now-Oscar-winning Daniel Day-Lewis, and Fred Armisen makes an appearance as No Country for Old Men's Anton Chigurh, complete with deadly air tank and Javier Bardem pageboy. But you've got to watch to the very end for my favorite part: guest host Tina Fey poking fun at Juno's hipster dialogue. "My kudos to whoever shook this shake, magnum." To check it out, just read more
The "I Drink Your Milkshake" line from There Will Be Blood is this year's most unlikely catchphrase. But who can blame Daniel Plainview? He may be an oil man, but he also loves milkshakes! In this Saturday Night Live send up, Plainview hosts a Food Network show, where he travels the country in search of the perfect milkshake. In this episode, he's joined by his friend, Mexican businessman and assassin Anton Chigurh.
No surprise here: the incomparable Daniel Day-Lewis won the award for Best Actor. He was among a distinguished group of actors that included George Clooney, Johnny Depp, Tommy Lee Jones, and Viggo Mortensen. What do you think about this win?
To wrap up our week of Oscar-worthy gadgets, is the final 2008 Best Picture Oscar Nominee There Will Be Blood. Based on the novel Oil! by Upton Sinclair, There Will Be Blood is set in the late nineteenth century in Southern California and stars main-man Daniel Day-Lewis. Unlike the other Best Pictures, There Will Be Blood lacks any modern technology, since it's set in a time way before electronics . . . certainly not as gadget filled as some other movies from 2007, (yes we've been spoiled)!
Although there was one regularly featured gadget that can't go unnoticed in this film — the mechanized oil drill, whereby rods were turned by hand via a rope for it to slowly chip away at the rock below. In the movie, we see this method regularly being used, especially when the big explosion occurs with the derrick (the massive lifting device). Definitely an important piece of technology during the big oil boom, which has now been fined tuned into massive, complex pieces of equipment.
Time is running out! Be sure to fill out an Oscar ballot and show off your expertise about this year's Oscar-worthy films!
I drink your milkshake! I drink it up!
Chances are, you've heard about the milkshake line from the Oscar-nominated film There Will Be Blood — don't forget to fill out your Oscar ballot! — and even though the milkshake in the movie is just a metaphor, I still can't help but crave one each time I hear the line. To cool down your Oscar party, I suggest you whip up a batch of milkshakes. You could go any flavor, but why not keep up a theme with blood orange milkshakes? Whatever you do, just be sure to have really long straws.
And in case you haven't seen the infamous milkshake scene, I've found it for you. You can find it, plus a recipe for a blood orange milkshake, when you read more