Originally Posted by munchausen
I think There Will Be Blood is a great film, but No Country For Old Men is something that is very rare in contemporary American films. It's restrained. The writing, acting, photography, direction, (lack of) music, everything is so purposefully spare and devoid of ego or flash. It helps it build this unbearable tension and sustain it from the beginning to end. It's mesmerizing. It gets my vote.
I agree, but those qualities are exhibited in Blood as well. While there's no lack of music, consider the lack of dialogue in many scenes throughout the film. The tension that builds in the first oil derrick scene is amazing. The scene where Plainview "repents" is unbelievable, that's fucking acting right there. There's a layer of dirt on everything throughout the film that I can almost taste in my mouth while watching the film. The "Milkshake" scene may be the most memorable scene in Blood, but it's far from the best. The whole thing is really amazing cinema.
Again, I fucking loved No Country as well, but I just see Blood as the stronger film.