Inherent Vice scene commentary

Inherent Vice begins its limited rollout tomorrow, and the excellent and unusual film should be on your must-see list for the end of the year. (Or for early January, if you’re in a market that doesn’t get it this month.) As prep for that release there has been a new trailer, a handful of clips, and now writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson has taken a minute to talk the New York Times through one scene in the film. The upshot of that is, you can listen in. Check out a brief Inherent Vice scene commentary from the director below. Read More »

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New Inherent Vice trailer

Paul Thomas Anderson‘s newest film, Inherent Vice, opens limited on December 12, but for the markets that don’t get the film until January Warner Bros. is offering sneak preview screenings this coming Saturday, December 13. You can get theater info here, and there’s a great new Inherent Vice trailer that tells of the upcoming screenings. It also has some footage you haven’t seen before, a digitally-altered version of a shot from the film (above, with extra details added to the painting) and a little bit of the awesome Can song ‘Vitamin C’ that is used to good effect in the film’s opening.

This is a really good representation of the film condensed down into two minutes. Check it out below. Read More »

Inherent Vice influences

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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First Inherent Vice footage

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 »

Inherent Vice trailer

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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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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First Inherent Vice footage

It’s not much, but we’re still in “we’ll take *anything*” mode when it comes to the new Paul Thomas Anderson film Inherent Vice. So here’s the first Inherent Vice footage, albeit in super-brief form. The trailer for this year’s New York Film Festival has gone online, and it features two or three clips from the Thomas Pynchon adaptation, nestled in amongst footage from the rest of the festival’s high-profile films. 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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