The latest project from acclaimed writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood, The Master) is opening in theaters this Friday, January 9th, and I think it will probably be one of the better releases since Interstellar back in November, give-or-take a few exceptions. Adapted by Anderson from the novel by Thomas Pynchon, the film follows outlandish private investigator Larry “Doc” Sportello across 1970s Los Angeles as he investigates the death of his ex-girlfriend. Joaquin Phoenix (Signs, Walk The Line) and Josh Brolin (No Country For Old Men, Men In Black 3) are leading the cast that also includes Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, Martin Short, and Benicio Del Toro. Anderson’s last film, The Master, received three Academy Award nominations and three Golden Globe nominations, all for Best Actor (Joaquin Phoenix), Best Supporting Actor (Philip Seymour Hoffman), and Best Supporting Actress (Amy Adams), and before that, There Will Be Blood won two Oscars in 2008 for Best Actor (Daniel Day Lewis) and Best Cinematography (Robert Elswit), so needless to say, this director knows what he’s doing. Check out the trailer here on MADE, then seriously consider seeing this one on the big screen.
One of the first releases following the start of the new year will be director Paul Thomas Anderson‘s 1970s LA crime-noir drama Inherent Vice. Anderson, who is known for films like There Will Be Blood and The Master, adapted the screenplay from Thomas Pynchon‘s novel about a pot-smoking detective in Los Angeles who investigates the disappearance of a former lover. The film is lead by an all-star cast that includes Jena Malone (Pride & Prejudice, Into The Wild), Reese Witherspoon (Walk The Line, Mud), Owen Wilson (Wedding Crashers, Night at the Museum), Benicio Del Toro (The Usual Suspects, Snatch), Josh Brolin (No Country For Old Men, Men In Black 3), and Joaquin Phoenix (The Master, Her). The movie is scheduled to open in theaters on January 9, 2015. You can watch the trailer right here on MADE.
We have been following the production of Paul Thomas Anderson’s next project for some time now, and finally we have a visual idea of what to expect from the upcoming drama. Inherent Vice follows the trials of Larry “Doc” Sportello, a pot-smoking private detective in 1970s Los Angeles who probes the murder/disappearance of his former girlfriend. Vice is based on the novel by Thomas Pynchon and stars Joaquin Phoenix and Josh Brolin in the roles of Sportello and LAPD detective Bigfoot Bjornsen. Reese Witherspoon, Sasha Pieterse, Benicio Del Toro, Jena Malone, and Owen Wilson also have supporting roles in the film. Entertainment Weekly recently acquired a photo from the set featuring Brolin and Phoenix in full costume, the first real look at the movie we have had thus far. The film is scheduled to hit theaters this coming January 15th. Stay tuned for more information…we should see a trailer coming out soon!
Director Paul Thomas Anderson is currently finishing production on his next film, Inherent Vice, which has now been given an official release date by Warner Bros. for this December 12th. The movie is based on the novel by Thomas Pynchon, which follows a pot-smoking detective in 1970s Los Angeles named Larry “Doc” Sportello, who probes the disappearance of an old girlfriend. The film stars Joaquin Phoenix in the role of Sportello, and has an all-star supporting cast that includes Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, and Martin Short. This will also be the third collaboration between Anderson and composer Jonny Greenwood, who worked on two of the director’s previous movies, There Will Be Blood (2007), and The Master (2012).
Many people may not be aware of Jonny Greenwood’s musical contributions outside of the English rock-band Radiohead, but the 42 year old musician is quickly becoming one of Hollywood’s hidden gems. Greenwood won a Grammy for his work on director Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood (2007), and also worked with the director on his more recent film, The Master (2012). Before working with Anderson, however, Greenwood’s music was featured in several big name motion pictures, including Children of Men (2006), Unfaithful (2002), Vanilla Sky (2001), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), and Romeo+Juliet (1996). Now Greenwood is also being contracted to score Anderson’s adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice, which is scheduled for release sometime this year and which stars Jena Malone, Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, Benicio Del Toro, and Martin Short. Although Anderson’s films have won (and received even more nominations) for the Oscars and Golden Globes, Greenwood’s work as a composer for the big screen has yet to be recognized by either film organization. Maybe this time he will get his big break, but either way his talents can no longer be overlooked by anyone in the film industry, even if Paul Anderson is the only filmmaker in Hollywood to let the musician work his magic. Stay tuned for more information on Inherent Vice.