Posted on Monday, December 8th, 2014 by Angie Han
Creating a truly great character is no easy task. Everything has to come together, from the script to the costuming to the acting. But when they do, the result feels like more than the sum of its parts. In a matter of hours or even minutes, great characters manage to feel as real and vivid as anyone we’ve met in real life.
In 2014 we met quite a few such characters in arthouse oddities and studio blockbusters alike, ranging from heroes to villains, comic relief sidekicks to horrifying bogeymen. The only thing all of our favorite characters of 2014 have in common is that days or weeks or months after we first saw them, we haven’t been able to get them out of our minds.
Read our list of the best movie characters of 2014, ordered by release date, after the jump. Read More »
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Inherent Vice, the new film from Paul Thomas Anderson, isn’t just an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Thomas Pynchon. It is part of a specific tradition of movies that pry into the gaps between visions of American culture, especially as seen on the streets of Los Angeles locations. Paul Thomas Anderson has talked about one or two specifically as Inherent Vice influences, and beyond those few titles is an expansive set of movies in which characters who are all but lost as mainstream culture and power swirl around them.
These are films that line up with the spirit of Inherent Vice. Sometimes it’s just in the case of one sequence, or one shade of the movie. But put all these films together and you have a weekend worth of movies that will prepare you for the desultory, city-spanning story of Doc Sportello. No spoilers for PTA’s movie are here as we talk about the films that link up with it in this particular cinematic tradition, but when you do see Inherent Vice after seeing these you’ll immediately see how they all fit together.
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Paul Thomas Anderson never ceases to amaze. He makes a rain of frogs look plausible, turns Adam Sandler into an actor, and makes an iconic image out of drinking milkshakes. He’s always doing something surprising and wonderful. Anderson’s latest film, Inherent Vice, is two hours of those moments loosely strung together with a detective narrative.
Based on the novel by Thomas Pynchon, Inherent Vice stars Joaquin Phoenix as Doc, a ratty detective whose mysterious ex-girlfriend Shasta (Katherine Waterston) asks for help with a supposed plot against her new squeeze. Doc obliges, as Doc does with many people in the film, but the movie never really cares about solving this mystery. It’s more interested in Doc’s pot-infused, Choose Your Own Adventure lifestyle where he says “yes” to everything and takes the ride that follows.
That ride introduces some absolutely insane, memorable characters played by the likes of Josh Brolin, Martin Short, Reese Withersooon, Owen Wilson, Benicio Del Toro, Eric Roberts, Maya Rudolph and Jena Malone, all of whom pop in and out of Doc’s life on a whim. Some play significant roles, others do not, but Inherent Vice isn’t a movie about connecting these points. It’s pretty much just about the trip.
Inherent Vice had its Los Angeles Premiere at the AFI Fest presented by Audi and you can continue reading our Inherent Vice movie review below.
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Paul Thomas Anderson has given us an unexpected gift this morning, and if you live in London there are actually two gifts. For everyone, there’s a new Inherent Vice UK trailer, cut by Anderson himself. For those actually in the UK — and specifically, those in London or close to the city — the special gift is that this trailer heralds surprise screenings of the film which will take place this coming Wednesday. Check out the new trailer below, and get the screening info, too.
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Paul Thomas Anderson‘s new film Inherent Vice premiered at the New York Film Festival over the weekend, and along with the first reviews and reactions to the film, we’ve got a lot more information about the Thomas Pynchon adaptation. The Inherent Vice soundtrack has been revealed, and that’s great. And then there’s a lot of other info that came out of the festival.
For one, you can now watch the 30-minute press conference for the film featuring Anderson and many members of the film’s crowded cast. That’s a good treat, but also contains a lot of talk about a film that most of us haven’t yet seen.
More friendly to those who want to preserve the experience of watching the film is the rundown of the film’s soundtrack, and an accompanying playlist featuring all the tracks. There are a couple great tracks from Can, and an unreleased Radiohead song called ‘Spooks.’ (The Radiohead song is represented in the playlist by a live version.) Read More »
Around these parts, we’re very excited about Paul Thomas Anderson‘s Inherent Vice. It was #1 on my list of most anticipated films of 2014, and Angie and Russ both put it on their lists too. Anderson’s resume of work speaks for itself and the film being the first adaptation of a Thomas Pynchon novel only ups the ante. Then that cast is just insane: Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, Martin Short and Jena Malone just to name a few.
While the film doesn’t open in theaters until December 12, it had its world premiere at the New York Film Festival this weekend and buzz on the film is predictably all over the map. Many are in love with Anderson’s latest, praising it for its humor and a purposefully incomprehensible narrative. Others were frustrated by it, hoping for more clarity from the director of masterpieces like Boogie Nights and There Will Be Blood.
Below you can read excerpts from ten Inherent Vice reviews. Three are negative, six are positive and one is undecided. It seems like an appropriate reaction to what’s likely Anderson’s most trippy film yet. Read More »
Here’s the first trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson‘s new film Inherent Vice, which is based on the novel by Thomas Pynchon. This does a great job of setting up the basic story beats right at the outset in a manner that is funny and effective, and which aptly communicates the tone of the novel. And then it gets a little goofy.
And that’s great, because Inherent Vice should be a little bit goofy, and a bit weird, and downright unpredictable. Those who’ve read the novel will spot many little flourishes and visions in this trailer that suggest that PTA has at least hewn close to the spirit of the book. And for those who haven’t read the novel, we won’t yet give away all the meanings behind the bits of this Inherent Vice trailer. Just sit back and enjoy it. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, September 25th, 2014 by Angie Han
Paul Thomas Anderson‘s Inherent Vice features some very colorful characters, and to fill them out he’s hired some immensely talented actors, including Joaquin Phoenix, Benicio del Toro, and Josh Brolin.
One we haven’t seen much of yet is Reese Witherspoon, who plays Penny Kimball. That changes today with a brand-new image. Get your first look at Witherspoon in Inherent Vice with her giant 1970 hair after the jump.
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