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Watch Five Minutes From Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Inherent Vice’

Written by on December 8, 2014 

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It’s hard to believe it’s finally here, but this week marks the arrival of a new film from Paul Thomas Anderson. Inherent Vice, set to open in limited release on Friday ahead of a wide expansion come early next month, was recently crowned our top choice to see this December, and for those that can’t wait much longer, we now have our best look yet. Thanks to six clips amounting to over five minutes of the film, we can see Joaquin Phoenix‘s Doc meet a variety of characters, from Josh Brolin to Reese Witherspoon. Of course, if you’re greatly anticipating a theatrical viewing we’d recommend steering clear of the below, but if you want a glimpse, it’s now available.

We said in our review, “There are many images throughout Inherent Vice that even the most perceptive eyes couldn’t describe with total confidence. I speak as much for the specific (color, shape, interactions between certain elements) as I do of the broad (why we’re seeing something from a particular angle, or what significance it might even hold — if there is any), and it’s to the film’s credit that this guessing game, for all its coinciding frustrations, never lapses into the boring. Perhaps more impressive is what mileage this conceit earns: it’s early enough that one realizes this, more than anything, is a visual translation of author Thomas Pynchon’s notoriously difficult prose styling.”

Check out the six clips below:

Inherent Vice opens on December 12th and expands wide on January 9th.


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