Joaquin Phoenix with mutton chops? Alright! Paul Thomas Anderson adapted the 2009 novel by Thomas Pynchon, Inherent Vice. The film version is slotted for release on December 12 and combined with a stellar cast, it’s a neon-pulsating invite for Oscar contention.
Inherent vice–the hidden defect in an object that comes to light usually too late. I suspect it’s Doc.
Josh Brolin, Reese Witherspoon, Jena Malone, Martin Short, Owen Wilson, and Benicio Del Toro join Joaquin Phoenix as the principal cast. There’s a lot of energy and talent here for the ensemble to bounce off each other.
I wanted to read the novel first before the film came out and I am glad I did. It combines crime, mystery, and love set in Hollywood, 1970. Our hero is a pothead private investigator, Larry “Doc” Sportello, who attempts to find his missing ex-girlfriend, Shasta. A bully sergeant reluctantly works with Doc to solve the mystery and connection between Shasta and a missing tycoon. It’s also funny, with quirky characters in bizarre dialogue surrounded by a hippie/surfer setting. I liked the book–it was a fast-paced, easy read. I’ll be curious to see how Paul Thomas Anderson translates Thomas Pynchon’s novel to the screen. Robert Elswit has joined Anderson again as cinematographer. The musical score of late 60s hits–plus the cast–it looks like a fun ride. Listen to the book trailer narrated by Pynchon himself. It’s the opening of his novel and gives you the vibe.
Looking for summer reading? Give Thomas Pynchon’s book a try.
Do what you feel in your heart to be right- for you’ll be criticized anyway. You’ll be damned if you do, and damned if you don’t. –Eleanor Roosevelt
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. –Benjamin Franklin
If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.–Milton Berle
Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. — Robert Louis Stevenson
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” –Teddy Roosevelt