Although Phoenix is the focus, "Inherent Vice" is handily Josh Brolin's best performance since "No Country For Old Men," and "Bigfoot" Bjornsen is a pretty fascinating character in his own right. His working relationship with Doc is bizarrely ambiguous, a begrudging respect between two men who clearly fucking hate each other. Bigfoot alternates between confiding in Doc and completely fucking him over. There's clearly history here. Bjornsen wields force and authority like a weapon but also makes money on the side appearing as a pitiable extra on crappy cop drama "Adam-12" or donning an afro wig in a terrible real estate commercial. Brolin sells all this beautifully, a weirdo straight-man bully to Phoenix's loveable loser PI. In one telling scene, Bigfoot eats plate after plate of pancakes at a Japanese restaurant, then declares that they aren't as good as the kind his mother used to make but that he loves the respect they offer him at this establishment. "Respect," as an ideal, is important to him.