More Movies....


More movies to mull over. Last week we drove up the hill to Ranchos Palos Verdes and saw INHERENT VICE....

and I was like.... whuuuuuuuuuut?

"Inherent Vice," is the seventh feature from Paul Thomas Anderson and the first ever film adaption of a Thomas Pynchon novel. When 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, a tenor sax player working undercover, and a mysterious entity known as the Golden Fang, which may only be a tax dodge set up by some dentists... Part surf noir, part psychedelic romp - all Thomas Pynchon."

Seriously.... what was that?

Okaaaaaay. That was Interesting.... OUT there... funny at times.... foggy at others.... sort of hard to follow. Not impossible... but I think since I had NO idea what the movie was about... I felt like I was always two steps behind. WAIT.... maybe that is what I was SUPPOSED to feel. That's pretty much where Joaquin Phoenix was the whole time.

INHERENT VICE happens when we mix THE BIG LEBOWSKI and CHINATOWN... with a dollop of PULP FICTION. Joaquin Phoenix is great once again. I have to hand it to him. Even when you are feeling frustrated by your own lack of comprehension... you are still totally drawn in by his performance. He really takes you for a ride. Well... he gives you a great big haul off of a great big joint... and THEN he takes you for a ride. It's GO-TO-WORK-WITH-YOUR-SLACKER-POTHEAD-UNCLE DAY. Hooray. Get out there and investigate some stuff.

Imagine trying to do Detective work when you're STONED out your gourd? Thats what INHERENT VICE is like.  

One review I read hit the nail on the head-


"Inherent Vice provides a contact high: Inherent Vice locates a mystery worthy of Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe and basically sends in Cheech and Chong to crack the case."

Now... dont get me wrong. I wouldn't dare call this film a stoner flick. This is Paul Thomas Anderson for Krice Sakes, not Tamra Davis ("Half Baked") (No disrespect to Tamra Davis). This movie has a lot going for it.... you might even say it's pretty good.... but I don't think its anywhere NEAR his best work.

OK.... so NEXT?


To Be Frank and Direct.... get right to the point... GONE GIRL was GOOD.... really really good. I liked it ALOT... but....  

I HATED that F****ing ending. Damn you. David Fincher. Damn you....

GONE GIRL - directed by David Fincher and based upon the global bestseller by Gillian Flynn - unearths the secrets at the heart of a modern marriage. On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) reports that his beautiful wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick's portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife?

This movie was a lot of fun to watch. Great characters. The story really kept you on your toes. My wife and I kept turning to each other throughout the movie, making simultaneous reaction faces at every twist and turn.... But the ending sucked. Plain and simple. Again... maybe its supposed to suck... maybe as the viewer I'm supposed to hate what they did to me in the end. I feel betrayed. I feel used. 

(Maybe I should create and carry out some crazy plan to exact my REVENGE!!!!!)


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