The trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson’s upcoming film, Inherent Vice, was released last night — and it’s freaking glorious, and you should stop doing whatever you are doing right this second and watch it.
The film, based on the “psychedelic detective novel” from notoriously reclusive author Thomas Pynchon (who, rumor has it, actually makes an appearance in the film!), stars Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, Benicio Del Toro, Maya Rudolph and many, many more, and looks to be quite a bit different, tonally, from just about anything Anderson has ever done. Sure, there’s seems to be a sprawling, multi-charactered, Altman-esque looseness to the film that PTA has employed before (most notably in Boogie Nights and Magnolia), but it’s also—as the director himself noted—a madcap comedic piece influenced by old Zucker films like Airplane! and Top Secret.
Whatever the end result ends up being, this is definitely a film to mark on your calendar.
Folded into the pain of witnessing what is happening to the women of a community when multiple instances of rape and coercion are coming to light is the automatic self-reflection/paranoia of being a man, an elder, and questioning one’s own behavior. Have I stepped over the line? Have I made lewd comments? Have I manipulated? Have I made uncomfortable? Did I miss cues? Did I see something and not say something? Have I been blind and deaf and dumb?
If you are not asking yourself these things, you are not being honest.
Me and Ray Shea, like wet dogs in from the rain
Ray Shea reading at City Lights Bookstore
You can also catch her at the Small Press Expo this weekend and pick up a signed copy of the book (which is good!). Dragon’s Breath is a co-publishing venture between us (Uncivilized Books) and 2D Cloud, our fellow Minneapolis micro-publisher.