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INHERENT VICE (2014)

Inherent Vice (2014)

A film by Paul Thomas Anderson

Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson

This is how you should see this film by smoking a joint yourself because you will follow this private detective who is a pot head into his fine and cloudy adventure. By the time you are done watching the film you will smell the pot and see that the room has been filled with smoke because in this film there sure are a lot of pot smoking I though I was watching a Cheech and Chong movie. You have to follow the story very carefully in order not to get lost. Inherent vice is, apparently, a common term in insurance and business. But this film is not about business and insurance. The story takes place in L.A. in 1970. Larry “Doc” Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) with mutton-chop sideburns i think that is what they are called who does not mind the drinking and smoke pot on the job, some of his client wonder if he is drunk or high. at the time L.A. was under this horrible crime that was committed by the Charles Mason gang. If I am correct with the story Doc ex girlfriend Shasta (Katherine Waterston), visiting Doc. She’s having an affair with the local married real estate mogul Mickey Wolfmann (Eric Roberts) the one that makes the weird commercials on TV. According to Shasta, Mickey’s wife Sloane (Serena Scott Thomas) and her lover, Riggs (Andrew Simpson), plan to have Mickey committed to an institution the one where the crazy people are. Soon after a dude, Tariq (Michael Kenneth Williams), asks Doc to find Glen Charlock (Christopher Allen Nelson) who owes him money from their time in prison. As part of that Doc visit a project development that seems to be a whore house. He then gets knock up on the head to wake up outside a dead body and the police waiting for him to wake up. Doc then meets Detective Christian F. “Bigfoot” Bjornsen (Josh Brolin) who is not a fan of this hippie / Private detective . from there doc takes a journey of more investigating with the help of some more pot smoking to top it with drinks. He encounters quite of some eccentric characters as well.

Like I said you have to follow the story very carefully even id you do you will get lost a bit. I am going to see it again anyway. It is a bit long but fun to watch. I remember the è0’s with the hippies going on smoking pot all day doing odd jobs and having a different view of life than most of us. The set is done well because you feel that you are in their world and the colors are just right so are the clothe at the time when we were wearing those clothes we thought they were cool but looking back we say what the hell were we thinking wearing that. Good time on this film. have fun.

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TO DIE FOR (1995)

TO DIE FOR (1995)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A film by Gus Van Sant

Cast: Nicole Kidman, Matt Dillon, Joaquin Phoenix

 

Suzanne Stone (Nicole Kidman) is a woman who lives to be on TV. She lives in the small town of Little Hope, N. H., but in her head, she lives in the hyperspace of supermarket tabloids, and People magazine. Suzanne is small time but she wants to become a star the next Barbara Walters. She is the weather forecaster for a local cable channel you have to start from the ground up as she says. Larry (Matt Dillon) is in love with her but his sister does not see what she sees in her to her she is the ice princess. Suzanne marries him why  it is anybody guess, he’s a nice a guy from a family who owns the local Italian restaurant/bar. Suzanne is played by Kidman as a woman who is always onstage, she can not gain weight and she does not want to have children the thought of boobs to be big and out there plus a big belly well that is just gross and women like her can not get pregnant in order to succeed in this business. It becomes clear that her husband must go. That were it gets a little bit predictable. To help in disposing of her husband, she enlists three airheads from the local high school: Jimmy (Joaquin Phoenix), Russell (Casey Affleck) and Lydia (Alison Folland). That is a big mistake. You see suzanne is manipulative sleeps around with an executive that could help her career and her husband is weighting her down. Great performance from all the actor especially Nicole Kidman. Phoenix and casey  Affleck were fairly new actor back then just trying to get in the business look where are they now they have not stop working since then. Illeana Douglas is Janice, Suzanne’s ice-skating sister-in-law who read Suzanne as a phony ice princess. Matt Dillon plays this dude who is this cool dude who is going to get the babe blonde bombshell, Dan Hedaya plays the father-in-law who is the king in his Italian family. And Buck Henry plays a high school teacher who get harassed by the students. It is a neat little movie fill of eccentric characters and it works here. You will see how it starts the film I am not giving away that one. It is a bit predictable because I knew what was going to happen at the end. I saw to many film already. I went yesterday every Thursday near my apartment at this movie theater will put a cult film. This is the first time that I have heard about film. I am glad I went to see it is a cool little film by Gus Van Sant you can’t go wrong there.

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BUFFALO SOLDIERS (2001)

Buffalo

A film by Gregor Jordan

Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Anna Paquin, Ed Harris

1989. The Berlin Wall is about to fall, and the world is about to be made safe for the new world order. At Theodore Roosevelt Army Base, Specialist Ray Elwood of the 317th Supply Battalion is about to find his own cold war turn white hot. Elwood (Joaquin Phoenix)  is  a lovable  army dude he has a gold mine of black market of drugs, household detergent from the army of course well let just say that his network is huge and he drives a Mercedes. When a new top sergeant arrives, and has the  intention of cleaning the base up,  Elwood thinks the new blood is nothing he can’t handle, especially after he lays eyes on the top’s daughter, rebellious Robyn. But that was before he figured in the $5 million in stolen arms that just landed on his lap. He stores it at a nuclear facility and tries to get find a buyer. In the meantime the top is closing in and is beginning to hate Elwood.

It is a black comedy about larceny, theft, drug dealing among other things. Love that one. Feel like M*A*S*H a little bit which is cool a different version.Elwood is  in uniform because the judge gave them a choice between jail and enlisting. so he enlist but can’t stand it and he is bored so he decide to make some money, week he becomes a hustler. His commander is clueless and he is some piece of work. he is besides him that is for sure. To top it all off he is Having an affair with his commander’s wife. And later he dates the top’s daughter. He is cold calculating and he his in for the money, that is is only drive. It is a dark film specially at the end with the big  climatic scene. Elwood is not likable too much and is ahead of the game most go the time. Nice job by Jordan here to provide us with a dark comedy. 

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THE IMMIGRANT (2013)

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A film by James Gray. 

Cast: Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Renner. 

It is 1921 and yes the American dream is around the corner for Ewa Cybulska (Marion Cotillard)  and her sister Magda (Angela Sarafyan) sail to New York from their native Poland. When they reach Ellis Island, doctors discover that Magda is ill, and the two women are separated. Magda must go to the hospital on Ellis Island. Ewa was going to get deported but she begged a man to help her and he did well sort of. Bruno (Joaquin Phonix) a charming but wicked man who takes her in and forces her into prostitution a way to make money so she can get her sister out of the hospital (well there were no medical insurance back then. ) Ewa encounters Bruno’s cousin and gets taken by him he on the other hand is falling for her. Ewa is Polish and Catholic, and her religion gives her the strength to meet any and all difficulties. Bruno is a low rent stage artist/pimp who scoop Ewa up to use her but he his in love with her . Those emotion runs through him and he can’t control nor express them. Bruno has no self worth and no sense of direction in his life I don’t think he likes himself. Bad things happen to Ewa, she always has her religion and her pride to get her through, but Bruno,  has nothing. They are trying to reach out to each other and that is the heart of this drama. This film period of the 1920’s in New York is done in dark color with display of light and shadow like the old movies back in the 30’s 40’s. Slowly Ewa gets tougher and tougher plus like I said she has this will power that will not go away and her sister on her mind. The men can have her body but can’t get to her no one will have her soul. She has one thing in mind get the money to get the money to get her sister out and go somewhere else to get a fresh start and be happy. Think about it you are waking up in Prague in a poor part of the town you have no wallet no ID no working paper and no money. Fear set in and the one thing on your mind at all the time is how I am going to get out of this situation where is my next meal will come from, where am I going to sleep tonight. fear will continue to set in until you’ll find a way out. That is how Marion  played it. Perfect cast for this one and great performance from them all. It is still going today where immigrant get in a country and fall in the hand a bad people. Great film. See it.

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THE MASTER (2012)

A film by Paul Thomas Anderson.
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams.
Returning from Navy service in World War II, Freddie Quell drifts through a series of breakdowns. Finally he stumbles upon a cult which engages in exercises to clear emotions and he becomes deeply involved with them.
Its title character is transparently inspired by L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology, but it sidesteps any firm vision of the cult religion itself — or what it grew into. It has great performances I mean by that oscar performances. Top billing goes to an alcoholic adherent of The Master named Freddie Quell — played by Joaquin Phoenix who goes through a melt down. Then you have Lancaster Dodd and played by Philip Seymour Hoffman. Two great actors and like I said 2 great performances. Freddie Quell has an unnatural and dangerous taste for booze in all forms. During the film, he will also create concoctions from paint thinner, coconut water, and something from a medicine cabinet — Lysol, perhaps. This big boat belongs to Lancaster Dodd, introduced as a writer and apparently a rich one. (He later tells Quell: “I am a writer, a doctor, a nuclear physicist and a theoretical philosopher, but above all, I am a man, a hopelessly inquisitive man, just like you.”) He is in the process of founding a group, movement, cult, whatever, named the Cause, and the ship is en route to New York via the Panama Canal. He has been joined on board by many followers who will join Dodd and his wife, Peggy (Amy Adams), to celebrate the marriage of their daughter. When Dodd discovers Quell is on board, his response is not to send him ashore. He does not tell him to get off the boat, but he is strangely fascinated by him and his ability to make alcohol. Dodd ask him a series of questions repeatedly over and over again This is described as “processing,” similar to the “auditing” Hubbard described in his book Dianetics. In meetings with East Coast followers, especially Helen Sullivan (Laura Dern), we see that the Cause has already attracted many recruits — and doubters, including John More (Christopher Evan Welch), who stands coldly in a doorway at one meeting and fires hostile questions. Freddie Quell is quick to pick fights with those who oppose the man who has given him affection and guidance. Quell drifts in and out of reality, imagining rooms where the women have suddenly become unclothed. You might say that he should be committed to a mental institution. It is unclear what is the cause of the cult. Scientology has reportedly staged a campaign against “The Master,” the film is vague about the Cause. Anderson is a talented director but there is some stuff missing in the movie. So see this one it is still good with great actors.