You almost wish this movie version of the Pynchon novel were a book whose pages you could flip back and forth in at will.
Inherent Vice squanders a strong start in an orgy of wheel-spinning. Perhaps Anderson is indulging himself with one of those lengthy jokes in which the punchline is that there's no punchline.
The final crucial moment came in the lies Clara and The Doctor successfully told each other. On one hand we saw The Doctor
After a tragic phone call with Danny, Clara attempts to black mail The Doctor into rewriting history. She is so distressed
I first noticed Philip Seymour Hoffman's work in a serious way at Sundance in 1998, when he showed up in significant roles in two different films: Next Stop Wonderland and Montana.
Paul Zara, "The Ides of March" (2011) (Photo: Collider) Scotty J., Boogie Nights (1997) (Photo: Listal) The abrupt death
Theodore has no luck with the ladies -- even when they're practically drawing him illustrations of the human reproductive act. He's bereft after a break-up, convinced he's doomed to a life of solitude. Then he installs Samantha and she not only organizes his life -- she gets him, in a way that no one ever has gotten him.
You know what an audience-friendly film is. It tells a story that engages you about characters you can like and root for. Yet those films -- movies that seek to tell a story that uplifts or inspires -- often get short shrift from critics for that reason alone.
Much of the footage in the 20-minute package -- which you can watch above; the clip is NSFW because of some foul language
One of the best films of the year, it's almost a shame to see The Master in your home rather than in gorgeous 70mm in a movie theater.