The following video is an interview by the incomparable Charlie Rose discussing There Will Be Blood, a film about the oil industry in the early years of the West. The film was directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.
Paul Thomas Anderson has made cinematic epics before. He applied the stylistic touches of David Lean and Robert Altman to both Boogie Nights and Magnolia; however, There Will Be Blood is pure Anderson.
There is something special about Good Night, and Good Luck that separates it from other modern movies. It is presented in black and white, but I don’t think that is one of the film’s defining features. Black and white in this day and age suggests a commitment to vision. Filmmakers could almost always make more money with a color film; however, they occasionally choose not to take the easy path.
There is a tremendous amount of talent in The Men Who Stare At Goats. The cast includes George Clooney, Jeff Bridges, Kevin Spacey, and Ewan McGregor. On the opposite end of the camera there are equally impressive individuals, including cinematographer Robert Elswit (There Will Be Blood, and Michael Clayton). Sadly the talent in this film is not utilized.