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Paul Thomas Anderson’s adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon novel is a dizzyingly dazed, darkly comic detective tale set amidst the paranoid psychedelia of 1970, a baked Los Angeles noir of rockers, dopers, surfers and dentists, and the stoned private dick (Joaquin Phoenix) trying to put the puzzle together with pieces that don’t quite fit. It’s a jaw-dropping, head-scratching, immensely rewatchable tour de force from the Boogie Nights auteur, featuring an incredible ensemble cast, an instant classic soundtrack and, perhaps, the greatest frozen banana scene ever filmed.
“Inherent Vice, brilliantly scored by Jonny Greenwood, is an Anderson head trip, impure jazz with a reverb that can leave you dazed, confused and even annoyed. But at no time do you doubt that you are in the hands of a master.” – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
“Mr. Anderson has condensed the book with surgical precision, ditching certain subplots, characters and locales while retaining the novel’s sociopolitical tug, barbed asides and chokingly funny details.” – Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
“The deftness with comedy and actors are at a level that few filmmakers working today could achieve.” – Ben Kenigsberg, AV Club
Kim Morgan discusses Inherent Vice on the New Beverly blog.
- Paul Thomas Anderson
- Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterston, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, Jena Malone, Maya Rudolph, Martin Short
- Running Time
- 148 minutes
The Long Goodbye
Elliott Gould is a rumpled, rambling version of Raymond Chandler’s white knight Phillip Marlowe in The Long Goodbye, Robert Altman’s free-spirited adaptation of the iconic detective tale. A private eye out of time in the hippy Hollywood Hills of the early 70’s, Marlowe ingrains himself in a twisted mystery to save a long-time (and newlydead) friend’s reputation. Sterling Hayden co-stars as a neurotic, violent Hemingwayesque writer whose alcohol-addled memory may hold the key to Marlowe’s mystery. This hazy, slipstream noir was a major influence on The Big Lebowski, and even features a Jewish gangster who’s loathe to handle business on Shabbat.
“Raymond Chandler’s sentimental foolishness is the taking-off place for Robert Altman’s heady, whirling sideshow of a movie, set in the early-seventies L.A. of the stoned sensibility.” – Pauline Kael, The New Yorker
“Altman’s achievement has been to make a tough, funny, hugely entertaining movie that acknowledges its Chandler origins without ever turning into an anachronism… It’s an original work, complex without being obscure, visually breathtaking without seeming to be inappropriately fancy.” – Vincent Canby, The New York Times
Kim Morgan interviews Elliott Gould for the New Beverly blog.
- Robert Altman
- Elliott Gould, Nina van Pallandt, Sterling Hayden, Mark Rydell, Henry Gibson, David Arkin
- Running Time
- 112 minutes