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If Joaquin Phoenix's character Doc Sportello bears witness to the end of the 60's in Paul Thomas Anderson's new film Inherent Vice, then Katherine Waterston's Shasta Fay Hepworth is what he bears witness to. Aside from being the engine that sets the story in motion, she utterly embodies the change that occurred in the culture as free love gave way to greed and paranoia (Shasta herself being a victim of these things, not an avatar for them). Along with a handful of other journalists, I recently had a chance to sit down with Waterston to discuss her role, and what it's like working with such a singular director. Hit the jump for our interview with Katherine Waterston. Inherent Vice is now playing in limited release before going wide on January 9th. It also stars Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, Eric Roberts, Martin Short, »
- Evan Dickson
“What are we talking about? I’m lost,” says Paul Thomas Anderson midway through a lunch interview, as he runs a hand quizzically through his unkempt brown hair. It’s a reminder that a conversation with Anderson can be akin to one of his own movies: a jam-packed jostle of characters, ideas, exuberant digressions and narrative curlicues that somehow align to form an inimitable whole. Still picking through his appetizer course, Anderson has already held forth on his love for Lena Dunham, “The Hunger Games,” his inability to read books that friends give him as gifts, and his habit of walking on the outer edges of his feet. But mostly, we are talking about “Inherent Vice,” Anderson’s seventh feature film — the first-ever authorized screen adaptation of a novel by National Book Award-winning author Thomas Pynchon.
The movie, bowing Dec. 12 in limited release, and opening wide Jan. 9, returns Anderson to »
- Scott Foundas
Josh Brolin plays Detective "Bigfoot" Bjornsen in Paul Thomas Anderson's newest film, Inherent Vice. More than just an odd couple pairing for Joaquin Phoenix's Doc Sportello, Bigfoot is a wonderfully rich character that represents just about everyone from the 1950's that resisted the social changes of the 1960's. I recently sat down with Brolin, along with a few other journalists, to talk about the role. We also discussed what it was like for him to work with Anderson and touched briefly on the plans for Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War. Inherent Vice is now playing in limited release before going wide on January 9th. It also stars Katherine Waterston, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, Eric Roberts, Martin Short, Sasha Pieterse, Joanna Newsom, and more. I heartily (and respectfully) disagree with Matt's review and urge you to see it Asap. Hit the jump for the interview. A few mild spoilers await. »
- Evan Dickson
Just days after the release of the final trailer [which you can watch here], a new poster has arrived online for Inherent Vice, director Paul Thomas Anderson’s adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon novel of the same name…
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 looney 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, »
- Gary Collinson
Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice, based on the Thomas Pynchon novel, is set in a drug-filled 1970s Los Angeles with a cast of characters that includes surfers, hustlers, dopers, rockers, a murderous loan shark, Lapd detectives, and a tenor sax player working undercover — to mention a few. Joaquin Phoenix leads the killer cast that also includes Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Taylor Bonin, Katherine Waterston, Benicia del Toro, Reese Witherspoon and Martin Short. Warner Bros opens Inherent Vice today in New York and Los Angeles. Check out my review above.
- Pete Hammond
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "But if you're Doc, it may all start to get a little peculiar after that..." Now in theaters is the latest from acclaimed filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson, an adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's novel Inherent Vice, starring Joaquin Phoenix as Pi "Doc" Sportello. This stoner comedy/drama/mystery begins when Doc looks into the disappearance of an ex-girlfriend named Shasta, played by the effervescent Katherine Waterston. PTA's cast includes a bunch of other goofy characters: Josh Brolin as Bigfoot, Joanna Newsom as Sortilège, Benicio Del Toro as Smilax, even Owen Wilson, Jena Malone and Martin Short.. So how is it? One of PTA's best or did PTA get too high on his own supply? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on PTA's Inherent Vice. Inherent Vice is currently playing in select theaters (starting NY & La) now. We'll repost when it goes wide. »
- Alex Billington
Save for Boogie Nights, filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson eschews doing audio commentary tracks, which is a shame because he’s an extremely intelligent and talented guy whose insights would be very much welcome. Luckily, the next best thing to an Inherent Vice commentary track has arrived by way of a short clip from Anderson’s new film in which the writer/director discusses what’s happening on screen. The film seems to be a bit divise among folks, but I count myself firmly in the “love it” camp. It’s a movie that washes over you, and Anderson does an incredible job of lulling the audience into an almost hypnotic state as we follow the hilarious adventures of Joaquin Phoenix’s pothead detective Doc Sportello. Go in with an open mind and I think you’ll have fun with it. Anyway, check out the short Inherent Vice commentary track after the jump. »
- Adam Chitwood
The Vice is Right: Anderson’s Inherently Incoherent Pynchon Trip
For his seventh film, auteur Paul Thomas Anderson stakes a claim as the first filmmaker to adapt author Thomas Pynchon, electing to tackle the 2009 novel Inherent Vice. The result is a queasy mix of gonzo comic neo-noir basted in the seedy nostalgic twinge of sleazy 70s era Los Angeles teased with a numbing carnival of multifaceted tangential characters diluting the film’s potency to the reductive force equal to a generous clusterfuck of all things strange. Fluctuating styles and clashing tones further enhance the film’s resounding detachment from a core ‘mystery,’ though for a while Anderson often masters a nifty balancing act of convincing us of the film’s ability to remain idiosyncratic and without much by way of narrative substance.
Set in 1970 Southern California, the tale begins in Gordito Beach, at the home of private investigator Doc Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix). An ex-girlfriend, »
- Nicholas Bell
I don't know if I don't care because I didn't get it, or if I didn't get it because I didn't care, but this is where I'm at with Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice, a meandering non-starter with plenty of funny scenes that play more as episodes within the larger, uninteresting tale of dope-smoking private investigator Larry "Doc" Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix). The '70s-set story begins as Sportello is approached by his ex-girlfriend (Katherine Waterston), whom he still carries a flame for, with a story of her kidnapped billionaire boyfriend and his scheming wife. During his investigation, Doc becomes privy to a variety of reveals including, but not limited to, Nazis, free love bars, real estate tycoons and tax-evading dentists to the point this is a movie that's far weirder on paper than it is on film. Anderson approaches it with such a straight face that only a few »
- Brad Brevet
Today we have a new trailer for the upcoming "Inherent Vice" film, which is directed by Paul Thomas Anderson (Magnolia, There Will Be Blood, Boogie Nights) and stars Joaquin Phoenix and Josh Brolin. Check out the trailer below. Plot: In Los Angeles in 1970, drug-fueled detective Larry "Doc" Sportello (Phoenix) investigates the disappearance of a former girlfriend. The new movie co-stars Benicio Del Toro, Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, Eric Roberts, Jena Malone, Martin Short and Maya Rudolph. It's set to hit select theaters on December 13th and will then expand on January 9th, 2015. Trailer: »
Following yesterday’s interactive poster, a new final trailer has arrived online for Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest film Inherent Vice, entitled ‘Paranoia’. Check it out below after the official synopsis…
Inherent Vice is the seventh feature from Paul Thomas Anderson and the first ever film adaption of a Thomas Pynchon novel. 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 looney 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 »
- Gary Collinson
Set in the late '60s, the darkly comic film centres around Los Angeles private detective Doc Sportello (Phoenix), who is hired by his ex (Waterston) to investigate a plot involving her rich lover, his scheming wife and her boyfriend.
In doing so, he finds himself submerged in the corruption and bitterness that has replaced the optimistic heights of the swinging '60s.
The film marks the acting debut of singer-songwriter Newsom, who recently confirmed that she is working on new music.
Inherent Vice will be released on December 12 in the Us, and January 30 in the UK. »
Warner Bros. Pictures has released the final trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson's highly anticipated film "Inherent Vice," which is the adaptation of Thomas Pynchon novel. The film stars Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterston, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, Martin Short, Jena Malone, and Joanna Newson.
Film follows private eye Doc Sportello's who'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 »
- Kellvin Chavez
Inherent Vice is easily in my Top 5 list for 2014 and I have a feeling it's a movie that will stick with me for quite some time and become a staple of my Blu-ray player for years to come. Paul Thomas Anderson's latest film has understandably confounded some people who have been spending the running time of the piece trying to solve the central mystery. Let me tell you right now, that's not the point. This is a movie about the journey, not the destination. The destination, such as it is, is the feeling you're left with when leaving the theater, which for me was pitched perfectly between whimsical and mournful. And, if you live in San Francisco, you have a wonderful opportunity to get an early look at the historic Castro Theater. Proceeds benefit the John Burton Foundation, which helps homeless children. The whole thing goes down on Thursday, »
- Evan Dickson
Warner Bros. has released a new Inherent Vice trailer, and while it doesn't play up the comedy as much as the previous trailer, it does provide a more straightforward view of the film, or at least as straightforward as a Paul Thomas Anderson movie can be. The film stars Joaquin Phoenix as Larry "Doc" Sportello, a pot-smoking private eye who agrees to help an ex (Katherine Waterson) track down her new lover, real estate tycoon Mickey Wolfmann (Eric Roberts), and runs into a number of curious characters in the process. This trailer highlights other plot points like the involvement of the Golden Fang as well as how the setting factors into the themes. However, it doesn't provide much in the way of the movie's tone, which, admittedly, is harder to pin down in the span of less than two minutes. Hit the jump to check out the new Inherent Vice trailer. »
- Matt Goldberg
A new trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice" introduces us to the drug-fueled world of Doc Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix), and the rampant crime and uncertainty that's around seemingly every corner in southern California.
"It's the tail-end of the psychedelic '60s, and paranoia is running the day," our narrator explains as she introduces us to Doc, who stumbles into some trouble after agreeing to help his ex with a mysterious problem. Doc, our narrator would have us believe, is meant to be a hero, but his bumbling, stonerific personality keeps getting in the way.
It all feels very madcap and freewheeling, though we're constantly reminded of all the real-life nightmarish moments surrounding -- and informing -- the story: the Charles Manson murders, the Watts riots, the Hollywood blacklist. "Inherent Vice" may invite audiences to inhale and enjoy the haze, but it also equally wants them to pay attention. »
- Katie Roberts
Ahead of its release next month, Warner Bros. has debuted a new interactive poster for Paul Thomas Anderson’s upcoming film Inherent Vice, which offers up some information on the characters featured in the Thomas Pynchon adaptation…
See Also: First poster and trailer for Inherent Vice
Inherent Vice is the seventh feature from Paul Thomas Anderson and the first ever film adaption of a Thomas Pynchon novel. 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 looney 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 »
- Gary Collinson
[Spoiler Alert: This review contains a few spoilers, though I have tried to keep them to a minimum while still making this a viable review.]
When the first made-for-tv Librarian movie appeared in 2004 (The Librarian: Quest for the Spear), I watched it simply because it sounded so silly (and I also have a fondness for magic and fantasy). The premise is a normal metropolitan library under which is hidden a magical library containing not only rare (or mythical) books and manuscripts, but historical/magical (and religious) artifacts: the Ark of the Covenant, Excalibur, Pandora’s Box, even Noah’s Ark. This library -- which exists to protects these items, as well as protecting the general public from the wrong use of magic -- is overseen by Judson (Bob Newhart) and his assistant, Charlene (Jane Curtin). They hire a librarian whose job it is to go around the world either finding magical artifacts, or preventing those artifacts from falling into the wrong hands. The librarian is chosen for a combination of the breadth of his knowledge and intelligence, »
- Ian Alterman
We've got six great new clips for you to check out from director Paul Thomas Anderson's upcoming film Inherent Vice. The movie stars Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Martin Short, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, and Benicio Del Toro. This movie looks insane. I love the films that Anderson makes, and this looks like it's going to be great. These clips will give you an idea of how wacky this movie will be. The film is based on the book by Thomas Pynchon. Here's a detailed synopsis of the book:
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 »
- Joey Paur
Do you like Paul Thomas Andersonc Do you want to see his latest film Inherent Vicec Do you not care about seeing scenes from the movie before you see the actual moviec Well, then this is the perfect article for you, Jeremy! Below you can watch six, count 'em six, new clips from the PTA feature featuring Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Katherine Waterson, Benicio Del Toro, Reese Witherspoon, and Martin Short, amongst others. I try my best not to watch trailers, so clips from the movie I avoid like the plague. There are people out there who do not care about this kind of stuff as much as me, so you should enjoy this bundle of clips. I still do not know when I will be seeing Inherent Vice (very frustrating), but I know I am terribly excited for it. I love me some PTA, and even if I didn't love The Master, »
- Mike Shutt
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