We wrap up the decade with eternal sunshine, angry inches, Pixar superheroes, hobbits, the zed word, a hidden dragon, black gold, and Werner Herzog.
9. "There Will Be Blood"
I know just as many people who hate this film as people who love it, and I understand. PT Anderson is not remotely interested in making you feel better, or offering up easy answers, or even connecting all the dots for you. He makes some confounding choices (the subplot about Paul Dano as twin brothers seems to drive some viewers crazy), and his lead character is one of the most powerfully misanthropic bastards to ever be the focus of a film this sprawling and ambitious, but thanks to the blistering work by Daniel Day-Lewis as Daniel Plainview, and thanks to the hypnotic score by Jonny Greenwood, and thanks to the magnificent cinematography by Robert Elswit, and thanks to Anderson's remarkable eye and ear for human behavior, "There Will Be Blood" is unlike any other film I've ever seen. It is gorgeous to look at, but painfully ugly underneath, and there are few films that have ever ended on such a dark, resonant note. I suspect PT Anderson has more great films in him, but even if this was his peak, he'd go down in cinema history as one of our all-time best.