Inherent Vice

Inherent Vice

DVD - 2015
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Private eye Doc Sportello's ex-old lady shows up with a story about her current billionaire land developer boyfriend whom she just happens to be in love with, and a plot by his wife and her boyfriend to kidnap that billionaire and throw him in a loony bin.


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Sep 30, 2018

I found the story hard to follow mostly because of the rapid speech of the characters. People just don't talk that way and it often comes off muffled. I guess director Paul Thomas Anderson wanted to include all the clever dialogue and at 2.5 hours long, he just couldn't allow people to talk normally and let the movie get any longer. The narration helps some for those trying to follow the plot. That said, it is beautiful to look at with saturated color that helps capture the time (1970). Music by Neil Young is a real plus. Innumerable stars appear throughout the film in cameo roles (fun!). Joaquin Phoenix is brilliant, as always. If he and the others were able to speak at a normal rate, this could have been an excellent (if very long) film.

Jul 13, 2018

Nauseatingly boring. No reason for it to be 2.5 hours long.

Jan 12, 2017

This is a film which continues a literary arc, that of Thomas Pynchon's. It is kind of embarrassing when someone scores this film low because it does not fulfill Hollywood formulas. The film manages to flow in and capture a path that only Pynchon's spinning narratives can do. Sorry, his works just do not run by the clock. I never thought his novels could be portrayed in a film, but this film does that. And it is very break-up laughing funny. (If you do not find humor in it, maybe you better stay away) - but still the film earns FIVE stars. It also portrays an in-many-ways unique past era, that many want to push off the cultural table.

Jan 05, 2017

great soundtrack. initially there was a lot of concern about how well the jumbo of the book could be transferred to the screen. the answer is: not well. it is a rather slow, meandering movie....probably because it is in the world of its main character, a slow learning self-claimed private investigator, who can't exist without being drugged up.

Nov 18, 2016

A great film by a great director. 5 stars.

Trash. Let me be more specific. Vulgar trash.

Sep 05, 2016

I enjoyed it. Watched it twice - the second time with subtitles and I picked up a bit more of the dialogue. Deadwood is the same thing - you gotta watch with subtitles.

Aug 22, 2016

Of all the Thomas Pynchon books to make a movie, they chose this one! I've stopped reading Pynchon after he wrote "Vineland". His books (the ones after "Gravity's Rainbow") are generally a mystery populated by pecular characters ... most you don't want to meet. Most are period pieces, if not, then themed or cultural. "Inherent Vice" is one of these. Its like if David Lynch co-screenwrote"The Pelican Brief" with some stoner from the 60's. I hope I live to see "The Crying of Lot 49", "V" or "Gravity's Rainbow" made into a movie. The rest I could die now.

Aug 20, 2016

Wild weird rambling mumbling convoluted confused complex comedic. So much packed in and so much tied together in a strange swirling mass of interrelated scenes. The cat got into this ball of twine and had a field day. The unrepentant feeling of unraveling is all part of the bizarre ride. Multiple viewings improve the focus.

Aug 18, 2016

Loved the book. Tried twice to watch the film (with a 6-month break between attempts). Still trying to reason how the film version could've gone so badly. Great source material, solid director, cast, and music. Yet... it's TERRIBLE. I'm amazed I watched 40 minutes.

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Jun 09, 2015

Nice collection of quotes from IMdB:
Sortilège: [narrating] Well Mornin' Sam, like a bad luck planet in today's horoscope, here's the old hippie-hating mad dog himself in the flesh: Lieutenant Detective Christian F. "Bigfoot" Bjornsen. SAG member, John Wayne walk, flat top of Flintstone proportions and that evil, little shit-twinkle in his eye that says Civil Rights Violations.
Sortilège: [Narrating] Inherent vice in a maritime insurance policy is anything that you can't avoid. Eggs break, chocolate melts, glass shatters, and Doc wondered what that meant when it applied to ex old ladies.

Jun 09, 2015

Doc Sportello: [in regards to Puck Beaverton] Is that a swastika on that man's face? Dr. Threeply: No, it isn't. That's an ancient Hindu symbol meaning "all is well". It brings good fortune, luck and well-being!
Sortilège: [Opening Lines] She came along the alley and up the back steps the way she always used to. Doc hadn't seen her for over a year. Nobody had. Back then it was always sandals, bottom half of a flower-print bikini, faded Country Joe & the Fish t-shirt. Tonight she was all in flatland gear, hair a lot shorter than he remembered, looking just like she swore she'd never look

Jun 09, 2015

Sortilège: Back when she could go weeks without anything more complicated than a pout! Now she was laying some heavy combination of face ingredients on him that he couldn't read at all.
Sortilège: [Narrating] Was it possible that at every gathering, concert, peace rally, love-in, be-in, freak-in, here up north, back east, where ever, some dark crews had been busy all along reclaiming the music, the resistance to power, the sexual desire from epic to everyday? All they could sweep up for the ancient forces of greed and fear? Gee he thought... I don't know
Sortilège: [referring to the police station] On principle he tried to spend as little time around the glass house as possible. All this strange alternative cop history and cop politics, cop dynasties, cop heroes and evil doers, saintly cops and psycho cops, cops too stupid to live and cops too smart for their own good, insulated by secret loyalties and codes of silence from the world they'd all been given the control


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