THE EYEBALL: There Will Be Blood


Sometimes I just want an actor to take a movie by the fuckin’ balls. I’m thinking of Benicio del Toro in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas or Jack Nicholson in The Shining. Add to that rogue’s gallery of scenery chewers Daniel Day Lewis in There Will Be Blood. Just look at this shit:

Apologies for the piracy-o-vision, but still, damn.

I just watched the DVD of this film for which Daniel Day Lewis (I can’t bring myself to just refer to him as “Lewis”) earned a Best Actor Oscar. The disc comes with no commentary, but there’s a period documentary about the oil business in California for all you petroleum history nerds.

And now, ladies and gentlemen, watch this clip of Daniel Day Lewis in 1985’s My Beautiful Laundrette, his first film, in which he provides Vanilla Ice with his future look.

Ryan Boudinot is the author of the short story collection The Littlest Hitler (2006) and the novel Misconception. He was a DVD Editor at from 2003 to 2007. His work has appeared in McSweeney's, The Best American Nonrequired Reading, and other journals and anthologies. He lives in Seattle and teaches creative writing at Goddard College's Port Townsend MFA program. More from this author →