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★★★★★ There Will be Blood (2007) gave us the birth of American capitalism, The Master (2012) doused us in the uncertainty of post-war malaise and now Inherent Vice (2014) takes us to the crossroads of the modern Californian ethos. This is Paul Thomas Anderson's American history trilogy - how the West was won, bought and sold. Gore Vidal called his own series of historical novels the Narratives of Empire; it would be an apt title for PTA's trilogy, which serves as a document of the 20th century incarnation of that pioneer spirit. Daniel Plainview, Freddie Quell and Doc Sportello may initially seem like a disparate group of characters, but that spirit connects them. Each is a pilgrim staking his place in the New World.
A hilariously louche and ramshackle psychedelic noir, Inherent Vice is an audacious stylistic leap for Anderson, but his risks pay off beautifully. It's an amazing work, capturing the heady »
- CineVue UK
We're covering a lot of ground today with the centerpiece being our review of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1. We also dig into the Bill Cosby controversy for a second, the death of Mike Nichols, Universal's plans for at least three more Fast & Furious movies, Prometheus 2, Zoolander 2, a few of your questions, some games and a few knicks and knacks along the way. Hope you enjoy! If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. »
- Brad Brevet
I stumbled out of the haze that is Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice" this afternoon and I didn't know which way was up. This is immersion of the highest order, a seductive ride that pulls you in if you're willing to go with it and not try to put the pieces together (I'm convinced the narrative makes sense, but I admit I failed to make sense of it, and I couldn't care less). And though it could in all likelihood hit a brick wall with the Academy (as has been the word on it for months, dating back to pre-nyff), there are a few elements that I absolutely demand receive attention. If I may… The Cinematography We've already talked to cinematographer Robert Elswit about capturing a unique shade of Los Angeles with both this film (not to mention his previous work with PTA) and Dan Gilroy's "Nightcrawler," starring Jake Gyllenhaal. »
- Kristopher Tapley
I'm not a fan of Inherent Vice much but it will inspire lots of fun fan art and/or official stuff... like this banner poster starring Katherine Waterston as "Shasta Fay". (Her hair is filled with secrets characters.)
I wish P.T. still wrote memorable female characters (sigh) even the kind of vacant bimbos like Rollergirl used to be awesome. With There Will Be Blood he basically left them behind altogether. Inherent Vice has a dozen or so female roles and only two of them are halfway interesting (Yay, Jena Malone and Jeannie Berlin cameos).
Uh-oh... I feel a list attack coming on. It can't be stopped
Female Characters in P.T. Anderson films from Most Fascinating to Least
(not comprehensive but the major ones)
Amber Waves (Boogie Nights) Linda Partridge (Magnolia) Rollergirl (Boogie Nights) Gwenovier (Magnolia) Lena Leonard (Punch-Drunk Love) Peggy Dodd (The Master) Clementine (Hard Eight) Jessie St Vincent »
- NATHANIEL R
Warner Bros. has released a new banner for Inherent Vice, the latest film from acclaimed director Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood, The Master), which is adapted from the Thomas Pynchon novel of the same name. Check it out here…
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 »
- Gary Collinson
Paul Thomas Anderson has embraced the possibilities of viral marketing. As far back as "There Will Be Blood," the director was cutting his own trailers, and for "The Master," he used YouTube to drop surprise teasers and details of advance screenings around the country at a moment's notice. It looks like the filmmaker is up to his old tricks again, and fans in the U.K. will get a chance to see "Inherent Vice" before their U.S. counterparts, with a surprise screening this Wednesday, November 19th. A promo has dropped online, featuring new snippets from the film, and capturing the gonzo vibe of Anderson's upcoming Thomas Pynchon adaptation. It's a nice little Monday treat from the director, and in case you missed it, the official soundtrack details for the movie also emerged over the weekend. "Inherent Vice" screens at the Prince Charles Cinema on Wednesday at 7:00 Pm and »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Jonny Greenwood has once again provided the score for a Paul Thomas Anderson film after scoring both There Will be Blood and The Master previously and details on his Inherent Vice score as well as the songs featured on the film's soundtrack have been made available via Film Music Reporter along with a new banner for the film as seen above and a new picture featuring stars Joaquin Phoenix and Katherine Waterston. The soundtrack will be made available on December 15 (preorder here), three days after the film's limited release on December 12 and it features nine new tracks from Greenwood along with tracks from Can, The Marketts, Radiohead, Minnie Riperton, Kyu Sakamoto, Neil Young, Les Baxter and Chuck Jackson. I have gone ahead and created a Spotify playlist featuring the tracks available right now, which means everything other than the new Greenwood composed pieces and the track from The Marketts. Check that out directly below. »
- Brad Brevet
Looking for some less mainstream sci-fi films in the year ahead? Then here's our list of 10 genre movies to look out for in 2015...
If you've been keeping an eye on next year's schedules, you'll probably already know about some of the major sci-fi films due for release in 2015. Ridley Scott will leave Matt Damon stranded on the red planet in The Martian. Colin Trevorrow will unleash a new breed of dinosaurs in Jurassic World. George Miller will be bringing us his belated Mad Max sequel Fury Road, Neill Blomkamp will show off his robot sci-fi comedy Chappie, and then, of course, there's Avengers: Age Of Ultron and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
But what about the smaller genre films, the ones that don't have the marketing budget of, say, Disney's Tomorrowland, or the brand recognition of Star Wars? Those are the kinds of films we're focusing on here: the lower budget, »
Here's one award Meryl Streep can't take away from Daniel Day-Lewis. Though the actor joked while receiving the 2013 Best Actor Oscar for Lincoln that Streep was the first choice to play America's 16th president, Day-Lewis found himself tops on the list for a distinctly British honor Friday: being knighted by Prince William at an elegant Buckingham Palace ceremony. The 57-year-old actor, who has racked up a record-breaking three Best Actor Oscar wins among many other awards, was honored for his services to drama, and the Duke of Cambridge, 32, administered the ceremonial two shoulder taps on a kneeling, tuxedoed Day-Lewis. News »
In honor of Supernatural's 200th episode, EW took a quick trip down the road so far. And by quick, we mean that we ranked every episode of Supernatural ever. From Sam and Dean's first battle against the Woman in White to Sam's recent rescue of Demon Dean, we left nothing out, and we're pretty sure it was just as difficult as that one time that Sam and Dean stopped the apocalypse. If you're looking for our Top 40 picks, check out gallery No. 1, and for our Worst 10, head here. For everything in between, scroll down, relive the memories (and »
- Samantha Highfill and Jonathon Dornbush
There are few things that can get us film fans more pumped up than particular actor-director pairings. A few recent ones that got tongues wagging were Nicolas Cage and Werner Herzog for Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, Daniel Day-Lewis and Pt Anderson for There Will Be Blood. When stuff like that happens the universe is in alignment. It just makes damn good sense. While neither Jamie Foxx of Harmony Korine's powers pulse as strongly as such grand kings and tiptop heirs as the above lot, their teaming up on Korine's upcoming crime drama The Trap, has me giggling at the manic possibilities.Throw in Benicio del Toro and we may just have gone overboard on the wacko-meter, but after the thumping gonzo glitz apocalypse...
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By Anjelica Oswald
As we head into the final two months of the year, there are still a number of Oscar contenders that won’t be released — or even be seen — until December.
Tim Burton’s Big Eyes, Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken and Rob Marshall’s Into the Woods will premiere on Christmas Day. Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper will have a limited release on Christmas before expanding to more theaters Jan 16.
Exodus: Gods and Kings, which is set for a Dec. 12 release, had a 37-minute press screening in September before the film was completed.
It was recently announced that a 30-minute first-look screening of Selma, the Martin Luther King Jr. biopic that centers on the Civil Rights marches from Selma to Montgomery, will take place at AFI Fest before its limited release on Dec. 25. But if Selma isn’t yet ready for it’s December release, it »
- Anjelica Oswald
Another all over the board episode as Laremy and I discuss reactions to last week's Marvel conversation, examine the idea of reviewing Interstellar as an Oscar movie, taking a look at the slow Halloween box office for horror, listing off this week's new DVD and Blu-ray releases, your questions and a few games. Hope you enjoy! If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. An alternative to that option is a new way of leaving »
- Brad Brevet
In award contenders "Nightcrawler" and "Inherent Vice," cinematographer Robert Elswit redefines L.A. as millennial noir and '70s counter-culture haven for first-time director Dan Gilroy and frequent collaborator Paul Thomas Anderson, grabbing snapshots of who we are and the way we were. Gilroy's low-budget indie (made for $4.5 million and shot in five weeks) captures a nighttime Los Angeles we've not seen before. He avoided downtown and other iconic locales, and instead concentrated on the up and down geography from West Hollywood to the West Valley, where sociopath turned TV crime journalist Jake Gyllenhaal shoots his way to fame as a voyeur of grisly mayhem and murder. Newbie director and Oscar-winning Dp ("There Will Be Blood") prepped by driving around L.A. to efficiently incorporate 44 locations. "It all came from Danny [Gilroy]," explains Elswit, who previously collaborated with Gilroy's brother, Tony, on "The »
- Bill Desowitz
Remember when Disney announced that J.J. Abrams would direct Star Wars: Episode VII and all of Twitter lit up with lens flare jokes? (Not me. I made a Felicity joke.) Jacob T. Swinney thinks that (possible) overuse of the camera effect has led to an unfair devaluation of the camera effect. He writes,
Lens flares seem to catch a bad rap. While some are simply a stylistic element (and some are even mistakes), there are plenty of thoughtful and symbolic uses of light scattering through the lens. Here is a compilation showcasing the many different types and uses of lens flares in a variety of films.
To prove that, he has made this compilation of purposeful, thoughtful lens flares throughout cinematic history. Or actually, mostly recent films with a few older ones thrown in for cred. Still, he makes a compelling case. Abrams even makes the list. The supercut is »
- Mily Dunbar
Writer and director Dan Gilroy speaks in a manner in which ideas, facts and concepts come tumbling out, his train of thought speeding fast but never in danger of going off the track. The credited screenwriter on films like “The Bourne Legacy,” the long-forgotten “Freejack,” the family-friendly heroics of “Real Steel” and the grim fairy tale “The Fall,” Gilroy makes his directorial debut with “Nightcrawler.” Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, the film depicts the rise and fall of Lou Bloom, a self-motivated striver who bootstraps into a freelance job filming the car crashes and crime scenes of L.A. at night for the local news channels that thrive on blood and bad news (our review). Gilroy spoke with The Playlist about what cinematographer Robert Elswit (“There Will Be Blood,” “Boogie Nights”) brought to the film, the economic realities behind the Lou Bloom character, Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance and the film's depiction of the dark dream of L. »
- James Rocchi
Commentators have noted that this year's Best Actor race is stacked with way more than five outstanding candidates. And they are right. But compared to Best Cinematography, Best Actor is positively paper thin. As usual, an embarrassment of riches is present in this category, which awards a film's director of photography (Dp). The cinematography branch is partial to gorgeous looking films, black-and-white films and war films. After years of resisting digital photography, the branch has also embraced 3D work this decade. Being a Best Picture nominee can also help immensely, but so can being a foreign-language film; the branch has an international eye like few others. In any particular year, most of the nominees tend to be returning contenders. Moreover, many first-time nominees (such as Philippe Le Sourde and Phedon Papamichael last year) tend to be veterans awaiting their first nomination. Having said that, there hasn't been a year with »
- Gerard Kennedy
Deloitte Corporate Restructuring Group, which specializes in reorganizing troubled companies, has taken over day-to-day operation of Modern VideoFilm. Scott Avila, a principal of Deloitte Crg, has been named CEO of the postproduction facility. He replaces Moshe Barkat, the company’s founder, who was ousted as CEO and President by the board of directors in September. Cooper Crouse, a director of Deloitte Crg, has been named President of Modern Video/Film.
Avila and Crouse’s previous job for Deloitte Crg, a subsidiary of the giant professional services and accounting firm Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd, was to manage the affairs of the financially distressed Culver Studios before its sale to Hackman Capital Partners this year. Roxanna Sassanian, a former financial officer at the Culver Studios, has been named Modern Video/Film’s CFO, replacing the ousted Hugh Miller.
Asked about Deloitte Crg, Avila told Deadline: “I can’t comment on that. I »
- David Robb
Nyff 2014: Chris’ Top 5 – A year dominated by its main slate
Not much more can be said about the sheer grandeur and highbrow allure of the New York Film Festival. Gala debuts and celebrity red carpet events have become quite the norm for the festival, making its 52nd installment no exception. No, this festival isn’t for your midnight madness crowd. Instead, the festival prides itself on broad appeal. Boasting two World Premieres, including Warner Bros.’ Paul Thomas Anderson-directed Inherent Vice and David Fincher’s film adaptation of the best seller Gone Girl from 20th Century Fox, Nyff is solidifying itself as the stomping ground for Oscar-bait material. Not quite the trendsetter as earlier film festivals such as Sundance (as the case with Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash), Nyff acts as the showstopper in order to garner attention for award season. Thus, it’s no surprise that this year’s »
- Christopher Clemente
In Paul Thomas Anderson’s sweeping vision of sunbaked ‘70s Southern California, gumshoe Larry “Doc” Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) is woken up by an ex-girlfriend, Shasta Fey Hepworth (Katherine Waterston), caught up in a messy situation. The rest of Inherent Vice feels like that confusing moment between being awake and being asleep, grabbing at sensible threads among a slew of disorienting details.
At first, the private investigator begins the search for his ex’s new lover, a real estate mogul named Mickey Wolfmann that has disappeared. Shasta suspects Mickey’s wife, who has been seeing a lover of her own, and as Doc visits her home he stumbles onto a sexy party she’s hosting for the Lapd, all of whom seem unconcerned by her husband’s absence.
Soon, Doc is navigating Aryan Brotherhood biker gangs, desert-set sex parlors, hippie music cult/communes, coke-fueled dentists’ offices and a massive cuspid-shaped building with a golden tip, »
- Zachary Shevich
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