Katherine Waterston Talks INHERENT VICE, Working With Paul Thomas Anderson and Joaquin Phoenix, Referring to Pynchon’s Book During Shooting, More

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If Joaquin Phoenix‘s character Doc Sportello bears witness to the end of the 60′s in Paul Thomas Anderson‘s new film Inherent Vice, then Katherine Waterston‘s Shasta Fay Hepworth is what he bears witness to.  Aside from being the engine that sets the story in motion, she utterly embodies the change that occurred in the culture as free love gave way to greed and paranoia (Shasta herself being a victim of these things, not an avatar for them).  Along with a handful of other journalists, I recently had a chance to sit down with Waterston to discuss her role, and what it’s like working with such a singular director.

Hit the jump for our interview with Katherine Waterston.  Inherent Vice is now playing in limited release before going wide on January 9th.  It also stars Josh BrolinOwen WilsonReese WitherspoonBenicio Del ToroEric RobertsMartin ShortSasha Pieterse, Joanna Newsom, and more.

Josh Brolin Talks INHERENT VICE, Working With Paul Thomas Anderson, How His Character Resists Change, and Playing Thanos In AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR

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Josh Brolin plays Detective “Bigfoot” Bjornsen in Paul Thomas Anderson‘s newest film, Inherent Vice.  More than just an odd couple pairing for Joaquin Phoenix‘s Doc Sportello, Bigfoot is a wonderfully rich character that represents just about everyone from the 1950′s that resisted the social changes of the 1960′s.  I recently sat down with Brolin, along with a few other journalists, to talk about the role.  We also discussed what it was like for him to work with Anderson and touched briefly on the plans for Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War.

Inherent Vice is now playing in limited release before going wide on January 9th.  It also stars Katherine WaterstonOwen WilsonReese WitherspoonBenicio Del ToroEric RobertsMartin ShortSasha Pieterse, Joanna Newsom, and more.  I heartily (and respectfully) disagree with Matt’s review and urge you to see it ASAP.  Hit the jump for the interview.  A few mild spoilers await.

TOP 5: EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS, Insane MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Trailer, INHERENT VICE, INSIDE OUT Trailer, Golden Globe Nominations

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The opening paragraph is typically a space occupied by movie recommendations and, in a way, today is only a minor deviation. I was recently gifted a hardcover edition of Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons‘ comic series Kingsman: The Secret Service and I enjoyed it enough to not only throw a book recommendation your way but to also say I’m firmly on board for Matthew Vaughn (who earned a co-plotting credit on the comic) and Jane Goldman‘s movie adaptation due out in February (see the latest Red-Band trailer here). Embedded in Millar’s hyper-violent action are noble lessons about the value of public service, remembering where you came from, and the importance of recognizing stereotypes while having enough self-esteem to avoid letting yourself being defined by them. As for the movie, the bits I’ve seen look to be just as entertaining as the book albeit with more parkour action. After the work Vaughn and Goldman did on X-Men: First Class, I have every confidence that it’s going to be worth checking out.

Recommendations aside, this week’s Top 5 features interviews for and Matt’s review of Exodus: Gods and Kings, an insanely cool new trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road, Matt’s review of Inherent Vice to go along with a new trailer for the film, the first full-length trailer for Pixar’s Inside Out, and a recap of the 2015 Golden Globe nominations. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

INHERENT VICE Review

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Paul Thomas Anderson‘s Inherent Vice is a mess of absurdities.  It investigates the ludicrous conventions of the detective genre.  It rambles through the self-indulgent, dying age of the hippies.  It lurches along the vainglorious, narcissistic Los Angeles culture and cityscape.  Anderson wants to package everything he can from his adaptation of Thomas Pynchon‘s novel, and while the result is occasionally interesting, the movie becomes enamored of its own cleverness in how it approaches its various topics with a sense of droll mockery, straddling the border of wackiness and respectability.  We’re wound through a convoluted plot where the mystery may not be the point, but the points don’t matter when any emotional resonance is crushed beneath the weight of smug shenanigans.

Watch Paul Thomas Anderson Explain a Scene from INHERENT VICE

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Save for Boogie Nights, filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson eschews doing audio commentary tracks, which is a shame because he’s an extremely intelligent and talented guy whose insights would be very much welcome.  Luckily, the next best thing to an Inherent Vice commentary track has arrived by way of a short clip from Anderson’s new film in which the writer/director discusses what’s happening on screen.  The film seems to be a bit divise among folks, but I count myself firmly in the “love it” camp.  It’s a movie that washes over you, and Anderson does an incredible job of lulling the audience into an almost hypnotic state as we follow the hilarious adventures of Joaquin Phoenix’s pothead detective Doc Sportello.  Go in with an open mind and I think you’ll have fun with it.

Anyway, check out the short Inherent Vice commentary track after the jump.  The film also stars Josh Brolin, Katherine Waterston, Owen Wilson, Jena Malone, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, and Martin Short.  Inherent Vice opens in limited release on December 12th before expanding wide on January 9th.

San Francisco: See a Special Early Screening of INHERENT VICE This Thursday at the Castro Theater

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Inherent Vice is easily in my Top 5 list for 2014 and I have a feeling it’s a movie that will stick with me for quite some time and become a staple of my Blu-ray player for years to come.  Paul Thomas Anderson‘s latest film has understandably confounded some people who have been spending the running time of the piece trying to solve the central mystery.  Let me tell you right now, that’s not the point.  This is a movie about the journey, not the destination.  The destination, such as it is, is the feeling you’re left with when leaving the theater, which for me was pitched perfectly between whimsical and mournful.

And, if you live in San Francisco, you have a wonderful opportunity to get an early look at the historic Castro Theater.  Proceeds benefit the John Burton Foundation, which helps homeless children.  The whole thing goes down on Thursday, December 11th and you can get tickets here.   Inherent Vice opens in limited release on December 12th before going wide on January 9th.  It stars Joaquin Phoenix, Katherine WaterstonJosh BrolinOwen WilsonReese WitherspoonBenicio Del Toro, Eric RobertsMartin ShortSasha Pieterse, Joanna Newsom, and more.  I’ve included the new trailer before the jump for those of you on the fence.

New INHERENT VICE Trailer Cuts through the Paranoia to Clarify the Plot; Film Screening in Select Cities This Saturday

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Warner Bros. has released a new Inherent Vice trailer, and while it doesn’t play up the comedy as much as the previous trailer, it does provide a more straightforward view of the film, or at least as straightforward as a Paul Thomas Anderson movie can be.  The film stars Joaquin Phoenix as Larry “Doc” Sportello, a pot-smoking private eye who agrees to help an ex (Katherine Waterson) track down her new lover, real estate tycoon Mickey Wolfmann (Eric Roberts), and runs into a number of curious characters in the process.  This trailer highlights other plot points like the involvement of the Golden Fang as well as how the setting factors into the themes.  However, it doesn’t provide much in the way of the movie’s tone, which, admittedly, is harder to pin down in the span of less than two minutes.

Hit the jump to check out the new Inherent Vice trailer.  The film opens in limited release on December 12th before going wide on January 9th, and also stars Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, Martin Short, Sasha Pieterse, Joanna Newsom, and more.  Click here to check out six clips from the movie, and click here to find out if there’s an advanced screening in your area.

Check out Six INHERENT VICE Clips Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, and Owen Wilson

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Warner Bros. has releases six new Inherent Vice clips.  Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest stars Joaquin Phoenix as Larry “Doc” Sportello, a pot-smoking private eye who agrees to help an ex (Katherine Waterson) track down her new lover, real estate tycoon Mickey Wolfmann (Eric Roberts), and runs into a number of curious characters in the process.

Hit the jump to check out the Inherent Vice clips.  The film opens in limited release on December 12th before going wide on January 9th, and also stars Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, Martin Short, Sasha Pieterse, Joanna Newsom, and more.

Oscar Beat: The Best Supporting Actor Race at a Glance

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By the time the Academy Awards nominations are announced every year, there’s already been so much prognosticating and discussion about the race itself that in actuality, there aren’t a great deal of surprises.  Sure, every now and then you’ll have something like Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close getting into the Best Picture race or Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow being left off the Best Director shortlist (that one still baffles me), but by and large, things mostly seem to fall into place as expected.  Where you can find many of the true surprises, though, is in the Supporting Actor and Actress categories.  This is where beloved character actors can finally get their due, or burgeoning newcomers can find themselves nominated alongside acting veterans; and these kinds of nominees actually have good shots at winning.  This year, the bench for the Best Supporting Actor category is yet again deep with talent, offering plenty of opportunities for some pleasant surprises.

After the jump, I run down the current state of the Best Supporting Actor race in this week’s edition of Oscar Beat.

Over 45 New INHERENT VICE Images Featuring Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson and More

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Inherent Vice’s December 12th limited release is just a week away now, so Warner Bros. just unveiled a slew of brand new images from the film.  Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest stars Joaquin Phoenix as Doc Sportello, a pot-smoking private eye who agrees to help an ex (Katherine Waterson) track down her new lover, real estate tycoon Mickey Wolfmann (Eric Roberts), and runs into a number of curious characters in the process.

Hit the jump to check out all the new Inherent Vice images featuring Phoenix, Waterston, Roberts, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, Martin Short, Sasha Pieterse, Joanna Newsom and more.  Inherent Vice will open nationalwide on January 9th.

New CINDERELLA Posters Reveal the Good, the Magical, and the Wicked; Plus New Posters for INHERENT VICE and BIG EYES

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A variety of new movie posters have been unveiled.  Briefly:

  • Cinderella – A collection of Cinderella posters from director Kenneth Branagh’s live-action take on the fairy tale highlight the principal characters from the Disney film, including Cate Blanchett, Lily James, and Helena Bonham Carter.  The film opens in theaters on March 13, 2015
  • Inherent Vice – An incredible new banner for Paul Thomas Anderson’s adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon novel paints the principal characters in “The Last Supper” fashion, with Joaquin Phoenix taking center stage of course.  The film opens in limited release on December 12th and expands on January 9th.
  • Big Eyes – A new international poster for Tim Burton’s drama about the artist couple Walter and Margaret Keane, played by Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams, highlights a rather ugly perspective on the fllm’s central conflict.  The drama opens on December 25th.

Check out the aforementioned posters after the jump.

New Paul Thomas Anderson-Cut INHERENT VICE Trailer Teases a London Screening This Wednesday

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A new Inherent Vice trailer has landed online thanks to a bit of promotion for an upcoming screening of the film at the Prince Charles Cinema in London on Wednesday, November 19th.  The trailer has some new footage, but most notably it was apparently put together by writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson himself.  While the picture received a bit of a befuddled response after its premiere at the New York Film Festival, its unveiling at AFI Fest last week enjoyed a much warmer reception.  Perhaps going into the film knowing that it’s a semi-nonsensical journey makes for a better viewing experience.  Whatever the case, I’m still really, really looking forward to this one, and this short new trailer is a delight.

Check out the new Inherent Vice trailer after the jump along with a new poster, click here for tickets to the London screening, and click here to read Perri’s review from NYFF.  The film stars Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen WilsonKatherine WaterstonReese WitherspoonBenicio Del ToroMartin ShortJena Malone, and Joanna Newsom.  Inherent Vice opens in limited release on December 12th and expands everywhere on January 9th.

Oscar Beat: The Best Picture Race at a Glance

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The awards race is off and running.  We’ve already been through the fall film festival circuit where a number of contenders emerged either as heavy hitters or non-players, and as November approaches we’re starting to get to the point where all of the big films have been seen.  As such, I thought now would be a good time to start taking a closer look at some of the big categories, seeing where things stand as far as what films and actors/actresses are most likely to be nominated.  Take a look at the Best Picture race at a glance in this week’s edition of Oscar Beat after the jump.

INHERENT VICE Review | NYFF 2014

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After the New York Film Festival screening of Inherent Vice, writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson and a good deal of his cast took the stage for a brief Q&A.  At one point, Anderson discussed Howard HawksThe Big Sleep and noted, “I saw The Big Sleep and it made me realize, I could not follow any of it and it didn’t matter because I just wanted to see what was gonna happen next.”  Anderson does manage to achieve that to a degree in Inherent Vice, but it winds up making the film even more of a disappointment because what happens next is rarely satisfying.

TOP 5: GONE GIRL, INHERENT VICE, New INTERSTELLAR Trailer, AMERICAN SNIPER, Most Anticipated: October to December

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Halloween season is upon us and to celebrate I’ll be recommending horror pics I’ve seen recently that I think merit a view in each Top 5 installment this month. This week my recommendation goes to writer/director Mike Flanagan‘s Oculus. The film hit theaters back in April where it enjoyed solid box office returns and critical success alike. While not overly frightening, Oculus is an effective, unsettling picture thanks in large part to Flanagan’s editing which expertly weaves present day and past events together in a way that makes the outcome(s) feel inevitable yet satisfying. Watching Karen Gillan and Brenton Thwaites‘ terrifying past and present unfold concurrently could have easily discombobulated the narrative. Instead, the transitions not only feel smooth but they add tremendous tension and empathy for the brother and sister. More psychological horror than gore fest (although it’s not completely void of tough to watch moments), Oculus is absolutely deserving of a spot on your All Hallows’ Eve watch list.

Recommendations aside, this week’s edition features Matt’s Gone Girl review and the conclusion of his David Fincher retrospective, the first trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson‘s Inherent Vice, a new Interstellar trailer, a breathtaking first trailer for Clint Eastwood‘s American Sniper, and a look at our most anticipated movies for the rest of 2014. Read on for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

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