Inherent Vice ★★★★★

"Don't worry, thinking comes later."

Although I loved Inherent Vice the first time around it took a second viewing to truly appreciate how masterfully crafted it is. At its best Inherent Vice is as entertaining and energetic as Boogie Nights, as thematically rich as There Will Be Blood or The Master, and as humanistic as Magnolia and Punch Drunk Love. Sure the plot is labyrinthine and the film asks more questions than it answers but if Inherent Vice is about anything its about how little criminal schemes and abstract concepts matter; what really matters are people and the relationships they have. Underneath a flurry of hysterical one liners, character tics, and sight gags (seriously some of the best visual humor I've ever seen) are amazing moments that showcase both the good and bad side of human nature. Without a doubt Inherent Vice is my favorite film of 2014 and is also in contention for my favorite PTA film.