Paul Thomas Anderson
Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Katherine Waterston, Owen Wilson, Jena Malone, Jillian Bell
Anderson’s wild and entrancing 2014 adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's novel is a cinematic time machine, plunging us deep within the world of the paranoid, hazy Los Angeles dope culture of the early ’70s. Joaquin Phoenix goes all the way for Anderson (just as he did in The Master) playing Doc Sportello, the private investigator searching for his ex-girlfriend Shasta (Katherine Waterston), menaced at every turn by Josh Brolin's police detective Bigfoot Bjornsen. The film's logic twists just as much as the plot, and there's much enjoyment to be had just revelling in the chaos.
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