Inherent Vice movie review

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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There’s been a lot of back and forth over whether David Fincher changed Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl ending, but maybe all this time we should have been fretting over a different auteur-driven literary adaptation. Paul Thomas Anderson has reportedly written an entirely new conclusion for Inherent Vice, based on Thomas Pynchon‘s novel.

Not that Pynchon seems all that upset about it. Indeed, the famously reclusive author even agreed to a cameo in the movie — though he’s so private it’s quite possible no one will even recognize him anyway. Hit the jump for tons more from Inherent Vice, including a new photo of Joaquin Phoenix and Benicio del Toro and details on how Police Squad! served as an inspiration for Anderson.

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Update From Editor Peter Sciretta: A third image has arrived from Paul Thomas Anderson‘s Inherent Vice via the October edition of Empire Magazine. The new photo features our first look at Benicio Del Toro as Sauncho Smilax in the film, alongside Josh Brolin and Joaquin Phoenix. Hit the jump to see the new Inherent Vice image, along with the other two photos.

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Judging by the first box-office numbers for the Sin City sequel, the real question here might be “did you even see it?” Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez have returned to the black, white, and bloody world of their first collaboration with a couple more stories adapted from Miller’s Sin City comics stories, along with some new material. The first film was novel and striking in aesthetic, and the sequel still looks like almost nothing else.

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For brings back some familiar faces (Powers Boothe, Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis, Rosario Dawson ,and Mickey Rourke in extreme makeup) to get into some super-dark and violent dealings with new characters played by Eva Green, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Christopher Meloni. Josh Brolin takes over the character originally played by Clive Owen, while Dennis Haysbert inherits the role originated by the late Michael Clarke Duncan.

That’s a lot of talent, but do all their efforts make for a film that offers audiences a satisfying trip to the underbelly of Sin City? Weigh in below.

Josh Brolin Would Show Up for ‘Goonies 2′

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Here’s your opportunity: write a CRAZY script for The Goonies 2, because Josh Brolin says he’ll show up for it. The actor, out promoting Sin City 2, just appeared on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon. And in case the screenshot above doesn’t make the setup pretty clear, a lot of the talk on the show was about Brolin’s first big role, in The Goonies. We’re getting close to the film’s 30th anniversary (man, that hurts) and Fallon really wanted to talk about the movie. He got his wish; get a read on the odds of seeing Josh Brolin in Goonies 2, below. Read More »

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This year we’ll get to see the first feature adaptation of a Thomas Pynchon novel, which is amazing. The film is directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, which is even better. Now we’ve got a full-size version of the first official still from Inherent Vice. The image shows Joaquin Phoenix as burnout “detective” Doc Sportello, as he has a moment with hard-ass cop “Bigfoot” Bjornson, played by Josh Brolin. Check out the official Inherent Vice image below.  Read More »

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The worst kept secret in the Marvel Cinematic Universe was identity of the actor playing Thanos. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige admitted years ago Thanos would be in Guardians of the Galaxy, and months before release news broke that Oscar nominee Josh Brolin would play the character. Even though the official announcement wasn’t made until Comic-Con, Feige and director James Gunn both talked at length about the actor before release.

But now that it’s officially official, Brolin himself can talk about it. And the fact he’s promoting Sin City: A Dame to Kill For makes that possible. One outlet in particular got the actor to open up about his new role and he talked about how it got it, what he plans to do with it, how far in advance he knows what’s going on and more. Read the Josh Brolin Thanos quotes below. Read More »

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When Josh Brolin took the stage at San Diego Comic-Con wearing an Infinity Gauntlet, it wasn’t a surprise. Though Marvel had been very coy as to the identity of the actor who now plays the “mad titan” Thanos, the news broke a few months earlier. Plus, once you see Guardians of the Galaxy, he’s right there on screen, pulling the strings. Thanos doesn’t have a big role in this film, but he will moving ahead, which is why Marvel cast an actor like Brolin.

With Guardians of the Galaxy now in theaters, Marvel has finally released an official image of Brolin as Thanos. It’s a character you’re sure to become very familiar with as the Marvel Cinematic Universe transitions into Phase Three in 2015. Check out the Josh Brolin Thanos photo below. Read More »

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