It’s kind of nice, really, that Paul Thomas Anderson’s unequivocal masterpiece “There Will Be Blood” opened in Toronto on the same day as Francis Ford Coppola’s unequivocal debacle “Youth without Youth“. It’s like the torch is being passed from one generation to the next.
I’ll be using my Sympatico/MSN bully pulpit to push Anderson’s film on an unsuspecting nation later this month, when the film expands into national release; this week, it seemed like a good idea to put Coppola’s latest in its proper context, which is to say it isn’t the worst thing ever, and not even the worst film he’s ever made.
That would be the one I put into this week’s movie column, listing ten awful films by ten great directors. Feel free to suggest alternates below.
Oh, and I saw the cell-phone movie. It was funnier in the original Japanese.