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The Stone Turntable Movie Podcast

Movie-related podcast that include reviews, social commentary and analysis from several points of view. Subject matter will range from early cinema history to current releases and related news material(s). Intended audiences are 18+ and older and may or may not include adult language and subject material. Views expressed are personal and belong to podcast-personality's and may or may not reflect that of Light's Chosen Media.
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Apr 26, 2017

Welcome to The Stone Turntable!!!!

(Explicit Language/NSFW)

 

This week we focus on:

Written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and adapted from the Upton Sinclair novel Oil!, this 2007 release earned Robert Elswit and Daniel Day-Lewis an Oscar in 2008. Starring Day-Lewis and Paul Dano (et, al), this adaptation takes place in the early 20th century during the expansion of petroleum toward the Pacific Ocean from the Kern County area circa 1917-1927. Day-Lewis portrays Daniel Plainview, a silver miner turned oil tycoon whose driving motivation to exist is to compete and succeed alone in achieving his goals. This film is beautifully directed and Day-Lewis' portrayal is as harrowing as Marlin Brando in Apocalypse Now and explores the human condition and fanatic zealotry from capitalists and Evangelicals alike. It questions motivation, ethos, religious conviction, alcoholism and obsessive narcissistic goal setting.

Listen to our show as we explore this exceptional film, and if you have not seen it, please DO SO!

Financials (from imdb.com):

  • Estimated budget: $25M
  • US opening weekend sales: $302, 845
  • US Gross Sales: $40, 218, 903
  • UK/Worldwide Gross Sales: $36, 986, 197
  • Total Gross Sales: $77, 208, 711
  • Peak # of US screens (2/10/2008): 1, 620
    • US sales (same weekend): $3, 978, 322
    • Earned $2, 455.75 per screen that weekend
    • Sales in US same weekend made up 89% of overall US sales
  • Budget vs US sales alone earned 15% more than estimated cost
    • US Sales vs Budget ratio: 1.61 : 1
    • Worldwide Sales vs Budget ratio: 3.08 : 1

Check out the following links below related to topics we talked about in this episode!:

Oil Museums:

     http://www.westkern-oilmuseum.org/

     http://www.sjvgeology.org/history/museums.html

NY Times essay about the film: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/24/books/review/Essay-t.html

Teapot Dome Scandal: https://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/minute/Senate_Investigates_the_Teapot_Dome_Scandal.htm

Mise-en-scene definition: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~film01/mise.html

 

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