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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Report Card---"Inherent Vice"

This will only be half-a-Report Card, as my wife and I were only able to make it through the first hour of this movie.
At the precise moment, we turned to each other and said "Have you had enough? Yup."
And we turned it off.
I understand that Martin Short was in this movie.
We love Martin Short.
We didn't even make it to his scene or scenes.
This was Paul Thomas Anderson's foray into 70s film noir.
I don't think the 70s lends itself easily to film noir.
He was better off with 70s comedy, Boogie Nights"
This wasn't that.

On to the scoring:

Everything pertains to the first hour.

Is it interesting?


Compelling even?

A yawner.

Is it controversial?

It wasn't anything.

Is it a story worth telling?

If it was, it became one in the second hour.

Is it good storytelling?

It is only boring.

Is it well written?

It is stultifyingly bad.

Is it well cast? Well played?

It once again brings up the question "Was Joaquin Phoenix ever good in anything?"

Well shot?

Everything is shot in the dark.

Is it too long? Too short?

I'll never know.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?

I didn't believe or care about anything.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

I'll never know.

Do you think about it after you've seen it?

Only about how Anderson got a Best Screenplay nomination.

Is it funny?

It's not anything.

Would it have been worth the thirteen bucks it would have cost to see it in the movies?

Someone would have to co-sign a loan to get me to see it in the movies.

Is it impressive?

I won't dignify that one.

Overall grade: F.

A lot of people were fooled by this one.
This was the last Report Card before Oscar Night.
Last was certainly least.


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Along with the newer ones, "The Man Is Dead", and "Report Cards".
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Hi. I am, according to my Wikipedia entry,(which I did not create) a noted television writer, playwright, screenwriter, and occasional actor. You can Google me or go to the IMDB to get my credits, and you can come here to get my opinions on things, which I'll try to express eloquently. Hopefully I'll succeed. You can also e-mail me at Perhaps my biggest claim to fame is being responsible, for about six months in 1975, while Head Writer for the "Happy Days" TV series, for Americans saying to each other "Sit on it."