'Inherent Vice' (Dec. 12)
Is Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights, Magnolia, There Will Be Blood, The Master) the best director of his generation? I think so. So when PTA takes on the impossible task of filming Inherent Vice, Thomas Pynchon's impossible phantasmagoria of a novel, attention must be paid. Joaquin Phoenix stars as Doc Sportello, a pothead PI, circa 1970, taking on the LAPD and assorted criminal conspiracies amid a haze of weed and psychedelia. As always with PTA and Pynchon, you take a leap into the wild blue. Afraid? Come on, cowboy the fuck up.