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08/23/2016 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Inherent Vice" by Yojimbo

A pot-smoking Private Investigator is visited by his ex-girlfriend who asks for his help foiling a plot to have her wealthy new beau committed to a mental institution by his wife and her lover. Inherent Vice is pretty much how I'd imagine Chinatown would play out if The Dude were investigation rather than J.J. Gittes. We follow a drug-addled Joaquin Phoenix during his convoluted investigation into a mysterious operation called "Golden Fang", as he struggles to tell the difference between genuine threats and his own drug-fuelled paranoia and lapses in memory. Josh Brolin provides most of the best moments as a hippie-hating hard-nosed cop and the supporting cast are all good, but the plot is little more than a series of whispered info-dumps in a haze of pot smoke and it isn't real...

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02/04/2015 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

a strange drug trip dream with great acting

first of joaquin phenix is brillaint in this movie. he is in my view is one of the best actors working today he doesn't just act he is the character and he is facinating to watch like he was in the underrated the master.
but you may need to be on drugs to understand this movie. its a 1970's set movie thats full of drugs weird characters and long naratives. with a great cast.
joaquin plays a druggy private eye . while josh brolin plays a dodgy cop called big foot . josh is really good in this and plays it perfectly as well. one of the best roles ive seen him do.
as for the move its interesting weird slow its like a weird dream drug fulled trip that you feel like your on and have not much idea what is exactly going on. it has dry weird humour quirkness and a very cool sex scene.
but ...

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01/12/2015 (2 of 2 found this helpful)

"Hey little Hippie."

Sortilège: "Coming just in time for Christmas."

Inherent Vice is about a private eye Doc Sportello's ex-old lady suddenly out of nowhere 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 looney bin...well, easy for her to say. It's the tail end of the psychedelic `60s and paranoia is running the day and Doc knows that "love" is another of those words going around at the moment, like "trip" or "groovy," that's being way too overused - except this one usually leads to trouble. With a cast of characters that includes surfers, hustlers, dopers and rockers, a murderous loan shark, LAPD Detectives, ...

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01/12/2015 (2 of 2 found this helpful)

'Inherent' Sleep

'Inherent Vice' is another disappointment from 2014, for me. Director P.T. Anderson continues his downward slope that started with 'The Master'. This film suffers from some story issues I had with his previous. The plot sets up a usual, but interestingly, complex noir mystery, only to spill out into a stream of random situations that constantly shift between actually solving the case and introducing a truckload of new characters to study. Most are forgettable, being examined by a throwaway quirk or trait used to setup a weird gag. The threads are not supposed to meld together, I assume. The result is a mess. The narrative is completely unfocussed. Long scenes of pointless ramblings add nothing at all to the story, causing gaps of boredom. Having a snail's pace makes it tedious, a...

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01/11/2015 (3 of 3 found this helpful)

Borderline Nonsensical

Paul Thomas Anderson is one of the best, if not one of the absolute best, directors working today. He has directed some of my personal favorite movies (like Punch Drunk Love and There Will Be Blood,) as well as some of the more interesting films to come out of modern cinema (like Hard Eight and The Master.) In summary: I think I could be called a straight-up Thomas Anderson fan-boy, and I am in no way ashamed of that.

Yet, alas; even I, who am likely to squeal girlishly when Anderson’s name appears in the opening credits of a flick, am having a hard time finding ways to defend his latest release, Inherent Vice. It is a movie that I legitimately want to like, but am having a horrible time doing so.

Inherent Vice has all of the trademarks of modern T. Anderson. It has a crazy ca...

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