Inherent Vice

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Mar 052015


Paul Thomas Anderson’s adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s turn of the 70’s LA-set neo-noir ‘Inherent Vice’ is another richly rewarding work from ‘inarguably’ the world’s finest filmmaker. This is Anderson’s seventh feature (and just third since Punch-Drunk Love in 2002), and this is no exception to his attraction to unique projects.

The complicated and vastly-threaded narrative does require strict attention from a viewer, but at the same time it is endlessly rewarding to just relax and luxuriate in the film’s atmospheric natural high, to soak in its riches and not even stress yourself out about putting all of the pieces together. I do believe the pieces are all there somewhere, but I also believe that we aren’t really meant to connect all the dots. That’s what the surely desired repeat viewings are for. I could have done another round of this very entertaining film immediately. Read why after the jump:

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Trailer: Inherent Vice

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Sep 302014

To call this trailer highly-anticipated would be an understatement. Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest film Inherent Vice is set to screen at the New York Film Festival (currently underway) ahead of its theatrical release. Australia isn’t going to get this until early 2015, so by then I’m sure we’ll have a pretty good idea of how the film has been received.

The film is adapted from Thomas Pynchon’s novel of the same name, which I made it 1/4 into reading before abandoning. It’s not that the story wasn’t interesting, it’s that I found the way it was written incredibly hard to digest. I’m hopeful that the film will be more accessible, we’ll see…

The official synopsis is as follows:

When private eye Doc Sportello’s ex-old lady suddenly out of nowhere shows up with a story about her current billionaire land developer boyfriend whom she just happens to be in love with, and a plot by his wife and her boyfriend to kidnap that billionaire and throw him in a loony bin…well, easy for her to say.
It’s the tail end of the psychedelic `60s and paranoia is running the day and Doc knows that “love” is another of those words going around at the moment, like “trip” or “groovy,” that’s being way too overused—except this one usually leads to trouble.
With a cast of characters that includes surfers, hustlers, dopers and rockers, a murderous loan shark, LAPD Detectives, a tenor sax player working undercover, and a mysterious entity known as the Golden Fang, which may only be a tax dodge set up by some dentists… Part surf noir, part psychedelic romp—all Thomas Pynchon.

So, what do you think?

The Master

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Oct 242012

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Paul Thomas Anderson is quite possibly the greatest living director working today. After five [long] years since his last film (which many believe to be his best) There Will Be Blood, Anderson returns with The Master starring Joaquin Phoenix and Phillip Seymour Hoffman. The anticipation and high expectations surrounding this film have been greater than that for most blockbusters. Many people (myself included) have been excited for this film since the moment the premise was announced. With that said, is The Master a great and monumental entry into the world of cinema, or is it just another film you’ll forget the minute the credits roll? Find out after the jump.

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