Joaquin Phoenix is private detective Larry "Doc" Sportello in "Inherent Vice." (Provided by Warner Bros. Pictures)

Party bus hijinks: See ‘Inherent Vice’ with Paul Thomas Anderson (contest deadline Jan. 7)

By week’s end Colorado will be host to two of moviedom’s finest iconoclasts when director Paul Thomas Anderson arrives in town for a special Alamo Drafthouse Cinema-Littleton screening of his latest, “Inherent Vice.” Based on Thomas Pynchon’s novel, the altered states “surf noir” stars an indelible Joaquin Phoenix as Doc Sportello.

As Post readers know, early in December, Quentin Tarantino began production on “The Hateful Eight” in Telluride. Now the maker of “Boogie Nights” and “There Will Be Blood” is headed to town with his wild adaptation of Pynchon’s novel.

When Doc’s ex old lady shows up with quite the tale, the private eye is plunged into a twisted, near hallucinatory, paranoia-tweaked saga. Seeing the film with its director would be cool in its own right but, as game-shows are fond of saying, it gets better.

In honor of the fragrant fog Doc so often operates from, “Anderson is inviting 25 lucky winners to join him on a ‘hazy’ party bus adventure,” Friday, Jan. 9. The bus will depart from a secret location in downtown Denver and wend its way to the Alamo Drafthouse for a screening of “Inherent Vice.”

Head over to the Stage, Screen & In Between blog to learn more about the contest.

A special present: Watch Zach Galifianakis give Brad Pitt a giant gift-wrapped bong for no reason (video)

This story was first published on