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When you decide to take on Thomas Pynchon’s novels as a reader, you could be forgiven for thinking that his works are an impenetrable wall of disconnected events, taboo-breaking and completely random… stuff. Inherent Vice is one of his more accessible novels, but even this is like wading through thick smoke in a drug den. Somebody had to tackle the big TP eventually though and who better to do it than Paul Thomas Anderson? The director was once a student of David Foster Wallace – often considered the spiritual successor to Pynchon – who has racked up an impressive amount of lyrical, often surreal movies (There Will Be Blood, The Master).

Joaquin Phoenix is set to dazzle once again as Doc, a drug-addled private eye in seventies Los Angeles, whose life is turned upside down when his ex-girlfriend shows up out of the blue needing his help. Doing so means he enters a surf-noir, psychedelic world filled with hustlers, surfers, rockers, a tenor sax player, a homicidal loan shark and a mysterious entity known as the Golden Fang (although, that might just be something made up by dentists as part of a tax evasion scheme). It’s set to be a tripped-out, darkly comic and surreal blitz through the LA underworld, captivating for old fans of Pynchon as well as newcomers to his druggy paradise.

Inherent Vice begins screening at the Tyneside Cinema on Friday 30th January.

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