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Inherent Vice

Model Shop

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Inherent Vice

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.

Director
Paul Thomas Anderson
Starring
Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterston, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, Jena Malone, Maya Rudolph, Martin Short
Year
2014
Rated
R
Country
USA
Format
35mm
Running Time
148 minutes

Model Shop

Like a traveler who falls in love with a place without really knowing why, Jacques Demy’s first and only American film, Model Shop, lilts around late-sixties Los Angeles looking for beauty and connection in some simple, profound ways. An emotionally lost young man (Gary Lockwood) follows a weary European model (Anouk Aimee) into the amateur studio where she gets paid to let customers take boudoir photos of her. Voyeurism, consumerism, and war are all discussed as the long smoggy day and endless auto trips across town begin to shift the course of their alienated, wistful lives. Demy captured Angelino locations galore for this heavy-hearted romance, and following his gaze across the newly minted city (the real star of the film) has all the swooning nostalgia of an old hippie travelogue from the peak of an era.

Kim Morgan writes about Model Shop on the New Beverly blog.

Director
Jacques Demy
Starring
Anouk Aimée, Gary Lockwood, Alexandra Hay
Year
1969
Country
France/USA
Format
35mm
Running Time
97 minutes

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