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Three viewings in and I’m still not at all sure how I feel about Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice. But this has been true for me of all his recent movies. I thought the first half of There Will Be Blood was masterly film-making, and the second half was bogus, meandering, poorly workshopped tripe that couldn’t find the way to its own exit. I think The Master is a cold, self-effacing masterpiece, but it took me more than 10 viewings to come around to that opinion.
- John Patterson
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson.
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterston, Joana Newsom, Jordan Christian Hearn, Eric Roberts, Maya Rudolph, Hong Chau, Benicio Del Toro, Martin Short, Jena Malone, Reese Witherspoon.
Running Time: 148 minutes
Synopsis: Feckless Pi, Doc Sportello (Phoenix), is asked to investigate a supposed plot to commit land tycoon, Michael Z. Wolfmann (Roberts), to a loony bin.
Paul Thomas Anderson is quite simply one of the greatest directors of his generation, maybe even The greatest. But with any great director, there are usually stumbling blocks along the way. Spielberg, Scorsese, and more recently Nolan, have all given us films that weren’t necessarily up to the ridiculous standards they set for themselves. Unfortunately, with Inherent Vice, Anderson doesn’t so much stumble, as he does plummet head first into the ground, crashing through all the good work he’s done over the last two decades plus. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
In late 2014, Paul Thomas Anderson's latest film Inherent Vice - a psychedelic dive into the La of the past- screened at at a special BAFTA preview with the director on hand to take part in a post-film Q&A.
Ably marshalled by film critic Mark Kermode, the discussion touched on the director's Thomas Pynchon adaptation and his collaborations with Joaquin Phoenix and composer Johnny Greenwood. Perhaps most interesting of all, however, was Anderson talking about his all-time favourite movie.
When asked by Kermode to choose, Anderson replied quickly with "The Treasure of Sierra Madre. There's no competition, it's the best," before hesitating to ponder the merits of Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest.
"This is the game that's so f**king maddening," he said. "On the drive home you're like, no it's not Treasure of Sierra Madre its North by Northwest, it's Something Wild, it's Repo Men. The lists are so long. »
Everyone knows Woody Allen. At least, everyone thinks they know Woody Allen. His plumage is easily identifiable: horn-rimmed glasses, baggy suit, wispy hair, kvetching demeanor, ironic sense of humor, acute fear of death. As is his habitat: New York City, though recently he has flown as far afield as London, Barcelona, and Paris. His likes are well known: Bergman, Dostoevsky, New Orleans jazz. So too his dislikes: spiders, cars, nature, Wagner records, the entire city of Los Angeles. Whether or not these traits represent the true Allen, who’s to say? It is impossible to tell, with Allen, where cinema ends and life begins, an obfuscation he readily encourages. In the late nineteen-seventies, disillusioned with the comedic success he’d found making such films as Sleeper (1973), Love and Death (1975), and Annie Hall (1977), he turned for darker territory with Stardust Memories (1980), a film in which, none too surprisingly, he plays a »
- Graham Daseler
Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice is doing its rounds West of the Atlantic, and the International Film Festival Rotterdam has scheduled the international premiere of the film for today. Dustin reviewed the film and enjoyed it lots, so what an excellent reason to do a quiz on Joaquin Phoenix! During his brother River Phoenix' meteoric rise, Joaquin (then still called Leaf Phoenix) was very much in his shadow as just one of the other acting Phoenix siblings, like Rain, Summer and Liberty. But in the past decades, Joaquin has acquired himself a fantastic resume, which has Hollywood blockbusters, Oscar bait, and daring indies on it. He's a great actor, and his choice of roles and filmmakers is interesting enough to always keep him on the...
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Joaquin Phoenix delivered one of the year.s best performances in Inherent Vice, for a movie too few people saw. Even less people saw The Immigrant, even though Phoenix was . again . amazing. Prior to those two 2014 parts, Phoenix completely crushed it in both Her and The Master. Basically, if I had a bankroll, I.d tell Joaquin Phoenix to go do whatever the hell he wanted. even though his next idea sounds crazy, bizarro bonkers. The eccentric actor was speaking with The Guardian in support of Paul Thomas Anderson.s Inherent Vice, which imagines Phoenix as the stoned-out SoCal private investigator "Doc" Sportello. But the conversation swirled around like marijuana smoke in the breeze, touching on so many aspects of the film industry. And when Phoenix talked about a project he.d like to do, he spoke about doing a superhero version of The Last Temptation of Christ, where Jesus »
In Inherent Vice, Joaquin Phoenix plays a stoned private eye in 60s La. It is his latest portrayal of a vulnerable loner lost in a cruel world. Next he wants to make a superhero film in which an angel tempts Christ from the cross to start a family
• Review of Inherent Vice
Joaquin Phoenix sucks on a cigarette and paces the room like a skittish fox examining nooks for potential boltholes. There aren’t any. It’s the 20th floor, the window is sealed and I’m standing in the doorway. He turns. “The Guardian! Oh fuck!” A bristly encounter with one of Hollywood’s most enigmatic leading men appears imminent. But he strides over, offers his hand and creases into a grin. He’s not in a bad mood, merely edgy.
He continues pacing, oblivious to the leather armchair, pausing to take in the view of downtown Los Angeles on a sunlit, »
- Rory Carroll
Just about every year, brilliant movies are utterly ignored by the Oscars. The Searchers, Groundhog Day, Breathless, King Kong, Casino Royale, Touch of Evil, Caddyshack, Mean Streets, The Big Lebowski, Blackfish — the Academy has a long history of overlooking comedies, action movies, horror flicks, hard-boiled genre pics, artsy foreign films, and documentaries that aren’t about World War II. Before the ceremony, we’ll be taking a closer look at films that were too small, too weird, or perhaps simply too awesome for the Academy Awards. These are the Non-Nominees. The film: James Gray (Two Lovers, We Own The Night »
- Andrea Towers
Exclusive: Wyatt Russell and Girls’ Alex Karpovsky are getting more company in their road comedy Folk Hero & Funny Guy. Glee standout Heather Morris has joined the cast as Nicole alongside Meredith Hagner of TBS series Men At Work, who will play Bryn.
It’s a Disaster producer/star Jeff Grace makes his directorial debut with the indie comedy about a struggling stand-up comic (Karpovsky) who hits the road as the opening act for his childhood buddy, a successful singer-songwriter (Russell). Grace will direct from his own script.
Melanie Lynskey (Two and a Half Men, Togetherness) will also star in the pic inspired by Grace’s own experience touring with musician pal Adam Ezra. Ezra is providing original music for the film and took part in on the project’s successful Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign, which closed last month. Ryland Aldrich (Snap, Enter the Dangerous Mind) is producing and filming is scheduled »
- Jen Yamato
If you do a little diving into the reviews for Paul Thomas Anderson’s new, highly misunderstood adaptation of the similarly virtuosic novel by Thomas Pynchon, Inherent Vice, bells start ringing. The movie is “stoned, a “twisty tale” that takes “foggy turns,” has “stoner vibes”; “nothing coheres,” there’s “more style than substance”; it’s “meant to be experienced more than fully understood”; “impenetrable,” “meandering,” “gnarled and goofy,” “less coherent than Pynchon.” The curtain goes up, and a whole chorus of critics can be seen throwing up their hands. Naysayers neigh that they can’t follow the story, and so they are bored, or else frustrated, by their listlessness, which they pin to the movie. They say it’s just the drugs talking, as this is a movie about drugs. They ask, what is Inherent Vice even about? In fact, Inherent Vice — a movie that broadly tells the story of »
- Kevin Lincoln
The inspirational mentor is dead. On screen, that is. In recent years we've seen a drop-off in this once-beloved trope, with distinctly anti-heroic teachers, instructors and father figures coming to the forefront – see Ryan Gosling in Half Nelson, Steve Carell in Foxcatcher, Breaking Bad's Walter White, etc.
Below, Digital Spy picks out 11 more of the very best and very worst mentors in cinema history.
It was a close run thing in this spot between "Carpe diem" and "It's not your fault", and in truth about half of Robin Williams's characters could qualify for this list.
But avuncular therapist Sean is everything you could wish for in a mentor, gently chipping away at Will's (Matt Damon) self-destructive defence »
In his relatively short time directing films, Paul Thomas Anderson has been called a rock star, a genius, an artist who knows no limits, the most devout filmmaker of his generation, and even the best film director in the world. Anderson has secured a spot in the hearts of most cinephiles generally reserved for dearly departed masters like Alfred Hitchcock or Stanley Kubrick. Somewhere along the line, Anderson transformed from the latest cinematic wunderkind to the new American master.
As such, there are hundreds of articles (justifiably) praising the new golden boy of American cinema, but few of them acknowledge Anderson’s flaws as a filmmaker, or else they work overtime to explain them away. Let’s play devil’s advocate and look at those flaws head-on.
- Jeff Rindskopf
With so many superhero movies on the horizon, there’s a growing concern in some quarters that the current comic book movie boom is leading to the death of cinema, but one person who definitely isn’t concerned is Paul Thomas Anderson, the acclaimed filmmaker behind the likes of Boogie Nights, There Will Be Blood, The Master and Inherent Vice.
“Ah, that’s such a fucking crock of shit,” Anderson told Rolling Stone when asked for his thoughts on complaints about contemporary American filmmaking being nothing but superhero movies. “I can’t remember a year in recent memory where there were less complaints about the quality of movies. And what’s wrong with superhero movies, you know? I don’t know. You’re talking to someone that enjoys watching those films. People need to get a life if they’re having that discussion [laughs]. Those movies get a bad rap.”
- Gary Collinson
Despite the immense success Marvel films have experienced in recent years, there are still several actors in the business that are reluctant to sign one of Marvel's now famous multi-picture contracts, Joaquin Phoenix being a recent example, as many consider the long-term commitment a potential hindrance to pursuing other projects. However, there are several actors currently under-contract with Marvel that are more positive as many including Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans have experienced career rejuvenations following their appearances in Marvel films, while others like Chris Hemsworth, Hayley Atwell, Cobie Smulders, and Chris Pratt have seen their careers take a positive upswing following their first McU appearances. While rumors have circulated that some of the current McU actors may be looking to move on following the end of their current contracts, it doesn't look like Chris Hemsworth is one of them. Check him out in the video below as he »
Paul Thomas Anderson has defended superhero movies.
"Ah, that's such a f**king crock of s**t," he told Rolling Stone. "I can't remember a year in recent memory where there were less complaints about the quality of movies.
"And what's wrong with superhero movies, you know? I don't know. You're talking to someone that enjoys watching those films. People need to get a life if they're having that discussion. Those movies get a bad rap."
Watch a trailer for Inherent Vice »
Inherent Vice, 2014.
Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson
In 1970, drug-fueled Los Angeles detective Larry “Doc” Sportello investigates the disappearance of a former girlfriend.
“What is Inherent Vice?”
“I don’t know”
The above may not be verbatim, but is the gist of an actual line from acclaimed director Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest film Inherent Vice. Yes, not even the characters in this film know what the hell is going on or what they are wrapped up in. In essence though, that is part of the charm in this head-dizzying odyssey through the pot infested 70s of Los Angeles.
The decision to keep the story wrapped around the minds of viewers in a haze is an intentional one however, as Inherent Vice is an adaptation of »
- Robert Kojder
Pissed about Selma director Ava DuVernay‘s Oscar snub for Best Director? How about its leading man David Oyelowo being overlooked for Best Actor? And what about the film’s director of photographer Bradford Young‘s shutout from the Best Cinematography category? I am too, but let’s try to make sense of it all, and figure out how to avoid it in the future.
It almost makes no sense why each individual was left unrecognized by the Academy. First, Selma is the stuff Oscar dreams are made of. It’s a focused, ever-relevant, politically charged biopic about overcoming the odds, in the vein of Oscar winners The King’s Speech and The Hurt Locker. Oyelowo plays a well-known, not to mention beloved, public figure, Martin Luther King Jr., with such conviction and empathy that he disappears into the role, no different from the way Joaquin Phoenix embodied Johnny Cash »
- Tara Aquino
I've already listed my top ten most anticipated blockbusters of the new year and now I'll take a look at the rest of the field as I've done my best to whittle things down to an even twenty films. So before you get in a huff that your favorite franchises aren't listed, just remember you can view all my anticipated blockbusters right here, I simply didn't know how to write the headline other than to just say these were my most anticipated movies without any further distinction. That said, I think I have a nice rounded list for you here. Obviously several from the major studios, but also a few overseas entries to spice things up. Plenty of Tom Hardy and Jake Gyllenhaal and a couple starring Rachel Weisz along with several of my favorite directors coming with new films for the new year. If you're wondering where films such »
- Brad Brevet
The drumbeat of filmmakers making their way over to television continues with one of the truly great directors of all time making his first ever foray into television in his near 50 year career: Woody Allen.
Allen has been tapped to direct an untitled series for Amazon Studios to be released exclusively to Amazon Prime Instant Video customers starting in 2016. Deadline reports that Amazon has ordered a full season, and that neither a timeline or a cast have been completely set in stone.
This is firstly a big get for Amazon, who just won two Golden Globes for their new show Transparent this past weekend. But it even suggests that this will be the first year since 1981 in which Allen will not have a feature film in theaters. His latest, another untitled project starring Emma Stone and Joaquin Phoenix, is presumed to arrive sometime in 2015.
Regardless, it’ll be interesting to »
- Brian Welk
We all know Woody Allen is a prolific filmmaker. He has made at least one movie a year since 1982's A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy, with one coming out later this year starring Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone. However, it seems he may have to take a year off from movie making, based on this bit of news. Amazon Studios now has a bit of a hit on their hands with "Transparent", picking up a couple Golden Globes the other night, and now they have something more to smile about. Woody Allen has signed up to write and direct a series for the studio, his first series ever. Obviously, with it being a Woody Allen project, we do not know anything about the actual story of the show, cast, etc. Amazon says its customers in the United States, United Kingdom, and Germany will have access to the show next year. »
- Mike Shutt
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