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Movie Review: Inherent Vice

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , , on 01/20/2015 by Taylor Holt


Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Katherine Waterston, Josh Brolin, Joanna Newsom, Jena Malone, Owen Wilson, Benicio Del Toro, Reese Witherspoon, Eric Roberts, Hong Chau, Martin Short

Rated R for drug use throughout, sexual content, graphic nudity, language and some violence, 148 minutes, Crime/Drama/Comedy

Compare to: Boogie Nights (1997), The Man Who Wasn’t There (2001)

You’ve got to give it to writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson. At this point, I think I could just watch one of his movies and know it was his before being told. Long shots that take you an entire minute to realize that man, this hasn’t changed from the time it started! While the story doesn’t take a backseat necessarily (I’ll get to that), the best way to enjoy Vice is by reminding yourself that these people are acting and none of it is real.

Why would you do that? Because everything and everyone are so natural in their roles that not knowing Joaquin Phoenix is a well established actor might may think Anderson really did go back in time to cast a hippie for the part. Continue reading

Movie Review: The Master

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , , , on 10/23/2012 by Taylor Holt

Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Laura Dern

Rated R for sexual content, graphic nudity and language, 137 minutes, Drama

Compare to: The Aviator (2004), There Will Be Blood (2007)

It doesn’t surprise me that a movie from Paul Thomas Anderson, director of Boogie Nights (1997) and  Magnolia (2000), would receive such unanimous critical acclaim for anything else he does. He’s a director much like Aronofsky and Kubrick, it seems he can do no wrong.

Younger audiences and casual viewers won’t care for this one, I can tell you that up front. But for those who are looking to take part in a film that isn’t going for any idea that you don’t figure out on your own- this is for you. That’s not to say it’s perfect, but it tight-rope walks the line. Continue reading