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Rated R · 148 minutes · 2015

Crime drama, Mystery
Inherent Vice would be a landmark in movie history even if it weren't good. More than just an adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's 2009 novel—indeed the first official Pynchon adaptation, period—the film engages with the author's literature on the whole, attempting a filmic analogue to his virtuosic prose. Arguably the James Joyce of postmodern American fiction, Pynchon created a new kind of epic novel with V. (1963) and Gravity's Rainbow (1973), combining literary references high and low, probing considerations of postwar history, goofy counterculture humor (frequently about drugs and sex), and flights of formal experimentation. His books can be overwhelming on a first read, as they feature dozens (sometimes even hundreds) of characters and interweave multiple conspiracy plots, some of which touch on real historic events. How could one make a movie that conveys the depth of Pynchon's literature, to say nothing of his polyphonous language? Continue reading >>


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A great documentary about the making of Inherent Vice is now available to watch online

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Paul Thomas Anderson gives us a Pynchonian epic to get lost in

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Official Site: inherentvicemovie.com
Director: Paul Anderson
Producer: Paul Anderson, Joanne Sellar, Daniel Lupi, Scott Rudin, Adam Somner and Steven Mnuchin
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterston, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, Martin Short, Jena Malone, Joanna Newsom, Eric Roberts and Sasha Pieterse

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