I guess There Will Be Blood left me thinking about a lot of things. Among them:

  • “Were Paul and Eli truly separate characters, or two sides of a single metaphor about the American Character?”
  • “What was the symbolic significance of the goat milk Plainview constantly fed to his surrogate child?”
  • “Was that opening scene with Plainview toiling in a well meant to be a birth metaphor?”
  • “Is Baltimore ready for a white mayor like Tommy Carcetti?” (I can’t stop thinking about The Wire)

But mostly I kept thinking about what great material Daniel Plainview’s dialogue will provide to disgruntled high school students in search of the perfect senior quote for their high school yearbook:

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