DESERT HEARTS
1985, Janus Films, 96 min, USA, Dir: Donna Deitch

Director Donna Deitch’s feature debut was this pioneering, 1950s-set lesbian romance adapted from Jane Rule’s novel Desert of the Heart. New York English professor Helen Shaver meets Reno casino worker Patricia Charbonneau at a Nevada ranch that caters to women finalizing their divorces; the two are soon attracted to each other despite their different backgrounds. “An astonishingly polished and nuanced first film.” - Paul Attanasio, The Washington Post.


INHERENT VICE
2014, Warner Bros., 148 min, USA, Dir: Paul Thomas Anderson

Writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson’s Oscar-nominated adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon neo-noir novel owes as much to Cheech & Chong as to THE BIG SLEEP. Stoner private eye Larry "Doc" Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix, in an industrial-strength mullet) winds his way through three interrelated cases in 1970 Los Angeles after an ex-girlfriend (Katherine Waterston) turns up at his door. Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio del Toro, Jena Malone and Martin Short round out the amazing cast. “Anderson has superbly captured Pynchon’s laconic, gently surreal tone, which permeates the film as thoroughly as the hazy SoCal light of Robert Elswit’s gorgeous 35mm cinematography.” – Scott Foundas, Variety


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