Like the Thomas Pynchon novel it's based on, this film remains infuriatingly evasive as its central mystery deepens. Also like Pynchon, writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson is more interested in characters than plot, expertly orchestrating a lively cast in a series of raucous scenes. That these moments never quite add up to a coherent bigger story may feel unsatisfying, but the groovy 1970s vibe is infectious, and there's a lot of fun to be had in watching these actors play around with the rambling dialogue and nutty interaction.
It's set in 1970 Los Angeles, where private investigator Doc (Joaquin Phoenix) is a stoner who'd rather not work at all. Then he agrees to help his ex-girlfriend Shasta (Katherine Waterston) find her missing property developer boyfriend Mickey (Eric Roberts). But this immediately puts him on a collision course with his long-time nemesis, Detective Bjornsen (James Brolin), a frozen-banana loving tough-guy cop known as Bigfoot. And the deeper Doc gets into the case, the more confusing it gets. Not only is the presumed-dead Coy (Owen Wilson) very much alive, but it's unclear whether a key clue about Golden Fang refers to a boat or a secret dental society. And suspiciously, Doc's DA friend Penny (Reese Witherspoon) always seems to be one step ahead of him on the case.
Anderson opens the film with a blinding flood of information and then simply never allows us to catch up, so like Doc we can't quite get a grip on what's actually going on. This effectively makes us feel as stoned as he is, bewildered by the way even the simplest revelations seem to contradict each other. But even as everything gets increasingly confusing, Anderson writes and directs scenes with a vivid intensity that's both hilariously entertaining and darkly involving. Each sequence carries a powerful punch, giving the superb cast plenty of quirky details to work with.
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The musician still doesn't know why she got cast.
Following Joanna Newsom's feature film debut with Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Inherent Vice', we settled down with her and co-star Jena Malone to discuss her latest career move and Joaquin Phoenix's just-roll-with-it aesthetic.
Joanna Newsom stars as Sortilège in 'Inherent Vice'
It's nerve-racking for anyone to launch headfirst into a career they've never really approached before, but between actors and musicians it's a crossover not uncommon. Joined by first-timer Joanna Newsom and Jena Malone, we explored not only what working going from singer to film actor was like, but also working in the shadow of living legend - but total sweetie - Joaquin Phoenix.
Paul Thomas Anderson's comedy-drama is typical of the innovative director.
Fans of Paul Thomas Anderson were positively foaming at the mouth upon hearing news that the legendary director was to adapt Thomas Pynchon's novel Inherent Vice. Further good news was to follow when Joaquin Phoenix - Oscar nominated star of The Master - had signed onto play private eye Doc Sportello.
Joaquin Phoenix [L] and Josh Brolin [R] in Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice
In the months that followed, arguably the best cast of the year was assembled, with Benecio Del Toro, Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson and Josh Brolin taking supporting roles. Early reaction was lukewarm but now, on the eve of its full U.S release, the heavyweight critics are beginning to wade in.
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With the imminent release of 'Inherent Vice', actor Benicio Del Toro has spoken out in praise of the film's director - Paul Thomas Anderson.
There are some movies that can be watched over and over again, without you getting bored. Sometimes, this is due to the intense and intricate work of directors, who hide all sorts of small things in the background, and with up upcoming release of 'Inherent Vice', actor Benicio Del Toro revealed that this film may just be one of those.
Benicio Del Toro in 'Inherent Vice'
"I feel that every time I see it, I see new things. And those movies I really respect - because they last", explained Del Toro, before adding "I think that this one is one of those." 'Inherent Vice' is the latest film from acclaimed director Paul Thomas Anderson, and follows the exploits of a Los Angeles detective (played by Joaquin Phoenix) during the 1970s.
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Larry "Doc" Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) is a simple man. When he's not abusing illicit substances, he's solving crimes as a private investigator - although those two do sometimes overlap. But as the 1960s breath their dying breath, Doc's life is going to get perhaps a little too interesting for his liking. When his ex-girlfriend shows up one day, Doc finds himself unable to stay unintegrated with the 70s, as his new employer and former lover has him tracking down her new boyfriend and trying to thwart the plans of his wife and HER boyfriend. And if that wasn't complicated enough for him, there's something to do with a mysterious 'Golden Fang'. It's gonna be one hell of a decade.
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Harpist Joanna Newsom has narrator role in P.T. Anderson's 'Inherent Vice'.
Joanna Newsom plays onscreen narrator in 'Inherent Vice'
The 32-year-old multi-instrumentalist best known for her accomplishments in harp-playing is almost totally new to the world of acting. Aside from lending her voice to the English dubbing of Japanese animation 'The Sky Crawlers', making an appearance as a harpist (naturally) in an episode of 'Portlandia' and starring in MGMT's video for their single 'Kids', she has only ever found a creative outlet in music. That was until she landed the role of narrator Sortilege in Paul Thomas Anderson's adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's 2009 novel 'Inherent Vice'.
'Inherent Vice' may not compete at the Oscars - but the critics love it.
Inherent Vice. Remember that? We haven't heard much of Paul Thomas Anderson's druggy epic since the hilarious trailer dropped, but it's finally here. The reviews are in. It seems Anderson - The Master - has done it again. Whether this is going to compete at the Oscars remains to be seen, but Anderson fans can finally feed their appetite.
Joaquin Phoenix could have bagged himself another Oscar nomination for Inherent Vice
The movie stars Joaquin Phoenix as Doc Sportello, a private investigator who investigates the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend's boyfriend.
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Paranoid comedy 'Inherent Vice' unites Owen Wilson and Joaquin Phoenix.
'Inherent Vice' may be an absurd comedy with a rather complicated premise, but it could prove to have one of Owen Wilson's more serious roles, as he takes on a Coy Harlingen; a government informer with some big trust issues.
Owen Wilson plays Coy Harlingen in 'Inherent Vice'
Joaquin Phoenix is Doc Sportello in the Paul Thomas Anderson's adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon novel; a private investigator forced to get involved in a case he'd rather walk away from when his ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend and his wife and her lover get embroiled in a kidnapping scheme. Sound complicated? That's why he needs Coy. 'I'm the guy who's helping Doc to understand what's going on', Wilson explains. 'Except I'm not able to ever really shed too much light on it so all our scenes have this mysterious quality to it, fringed with paranoia'.
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The leading man of upcoming crime comedy 'Inherent Vice' Joaquin Phoenix posed alongside Patricola Public Relations founder Susan Patricola and the film's premiere held at the 52nd New York Film Festival. In the movie, Phoenix plays private detective Doc Sportello, whose new case comes in the form of his ex girlfriend.
Joaquin Phoenix, Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin bring colour to Paul Thomas Anderson's adaptation 'Inherent Vice'.
Joaquin Phoenix once again demonstrates his extraordinary versatility as a screen actor with his latest role as PI Doc Sportello in Paul Thomas Anderson's forthcoming mystery drama 'Inherent Vice' - but who else makes this unusual flick one to watch out for?
Phoenix always surprises with his choice of movie roles, going from the deadly serious sect drama 'The Master' (also directed by Anderson) to the coy, technological romance (we like the term Comp-Rom) of 'Her', and now he's takes a new turn once again in this comedic 70s thriller. He's a private investigator who is forced to take on his ex-girlfriend Shasta's case when her new boyfriend Mickey Wolfmann becomes embroiled in a kidnapping plot by his scheming wife Sloane and her secret lover.
Maya Rudolph and Paul Thomas Anderson - The funeral of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman held at Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in Manhattan. Hoffman was found dead in his West Village apartment on Sunday (02Jan14) from an apparent drug overdose. - Manhattan, New York, United States - Friday 7th February 2014
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26th June, 1970
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