New York Film Festival Director Talks PTA’s ‘Inherent Vice’, Plus a New Picture

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Joaquin Phoenix in Inherent Vice
Joaquin Phoenix in Inherent Vice
Photo: Warner Bros.

Paul Thomas Anderson‘s Inherent Vice will play the New York Film Festival on October 4th and The Film Society at Lincoln Center has posted an interview with Festival Director and Selection Committee Chair Kent Jones where in he discusses Anderon’s latest film and just above is a new picture of Joaquin Phoenix in the movie courtesy of The Film Stage.

Discussing the lineup Jones comments on David Fincher‘s Gone Girl calling it a “panoramic, phantasmagorical, acid trip of a movie that keeps shifting gears for an amazing cinematic ride” and as for Inherent Vice he says it’s a cinematic rid in a different way. “It’s like being in a time machine,” he said, “going back to the time of mutton chops and Neil Young.”

Those chops are clearly on display in the pic above, just as they were in the first pic from the film and Jones discussed the film further adding:

Wild movie. You know, it’s the first [Thomas] Pynchon film adaptation, and it really catches his tone. It really catches the antic nature of him: the crazy names of characters, the nutty behavior, and then also the emotional undertone. It has the flavor of Pynchon. It has this Big Lebowski element to one side of it, but the emotional undertone, the desperation, the paranoia, and the yearning in the film… [Paul Thomas Anderson’s] an absolutely amazing filmmaker and it’s incredible to see him responding to someone else’s creation and then building his own creation out of it. He sort of did that with There Will Be Blood, but not really. It’s his own movie, inspired by the novel “Oil!”

I was born in 1960, but I certainly remember 1971 very well and I gotta say, from the minute the movie started to the minute it ended, I was back–way back–to the point where I was thinking “Gee, my son was born in the ’90s.” So it’s a different kind of relationship that he would have. It’s an amazing piece of work, and at this point Joaquin Phoenix and Paul have something so rare between them as an actor and director, and Sam Waterston’s daughter, Katherine, is in it, and she’s riveting every minute she’s on screen. It’s quite a film.