In 2014, Paul Thomas Anderson's film adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's counterculture detective thriller had a brief, limited run in theaters, and despite a cast featuring the likes of Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon and the film following on the heels of Anderson's phenomenal The Master, it flew under many filmgoer's radars. The film, starring Phoenix as the perpetually strung out and lovelorn detective, Doc, is a winding exploration of the seedy, sweaty underbelly of the L.A. underworld circa 1970. In a drug-addled odyssey that seems equal parts Chinatown and The Big Lebowski, Doc follows a surreal conspiracy bedazzled with colorful characters and deadly consequences. For anyone looking for a slow-burning, head trip of a film with bizarre characters and a devious plot, this is one you don't want to miss.
A 1970s-era private investigator living in southern California investigates the disappearance of a former girlfriend and her current boyfriend.
Paul Thomas Anderson, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Peter McRobbie, Martin Short, Serena Scott Thomas, Reese Witherspoon, Jeannie Berlin, Martin Donovan, Eric Roberts, Joaquin Phoenix, Owen Wilson, Jena Malone, Jefferson Mays, Michael Cotter, Maya Rudolph, Sam Jaeger, Samantha Lemole, Sasha Pieterse, Michael Kenneth Williams, Delaina Mitchell, David Prak, Amy Ferguson, Christopher Allen Nelson, Madison Leisle, Andrew Simpson, Keith Jardine, Katherine Waterston, Yvette Yates, Wilson Bethel, Shannon Collis, Elaine Tan, Joe Dioletto, Jillian Bell, Martin D. Dew, Matt Doyle, Katie Schwartz, Anders Holm, Emma Dumont, Charley Morgan, Timothy Simons, Alina Gatti, Joanna Newsom, Jordan Christian Hearn, Taylor Bonin, Hong Chau, Catherine Haena Kim, Vivienne Khaledi, Jack Kelly, Christian Williams, The Growlers, Belladonna, Emmet Unverzagt, Osamu Saito, Eva Fisher, Jackie Michele Johnson, Shannon C. Sullivan, Liam VanJoosten, Paul Thomas Anderson, Thomas Pynchon