This photo provided by Warner Bros. Pictures shows,  Benicio Del Toro, left, as Sauncho Smilax, Esq. and Joaquin Phoenix as Larry "Doc" Sportello in Warner Bros. Pictures' and IAC Films' "Inherent Vice," a Warner Bros. Pictures release. The film releases on Dec. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures, Wilson Webb)

Despite the film’s frustrations, it must be acknowledged that Anderson — a master of the multi-strand, multi-character, multi-meaning plot — is the perfect director to adapt Pynchon, in terms of both craft and spirit.

This photo provided by DelMonico Books - Prestel shows the cover of the book, "Killer Heels, The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe, edited by Lisa Small. (AP Photo/DelMonico Books- Prestel)

Shakespeare mentions high heels in “Hamlet,” former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg praised them and fashion designers from Dior to Manolo Blahnik have bewitched women and men with their versions.

FILe - In this April 3, 2014 file photo provided by CBS, David Letterman, host of the “Late Show with David Letterman,” waves to the audience in after announcing his retirement during a taping in New York. Letterman will host his final show on May 20. (AP Photo/CBS, Jeffrey R. Staab) MANDATORY CREDIT, NO SALES, NO ARCHIVE, FOR NORTH AMERICAN USE ONLY

“David Letterman has given to all of us a remarkable legacy of achievement and creative brilliance that will never be forgotten,” said Leslie Moonves, CBS Corp. president and CEO. “It’s going to be tough to say goodbye, but I know we will all cherish the shows leading up to Dave’s final broadcast in May.”

FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2012 file photo, President Barack Obama kisses his wife Michelle after the third presidential debate at Lynn University, in Boca Raton, Fla. An independent film is currently in development that will dramatize President Obama’s first date with Michelle Obama in 1989. Producer Stephanie Allain confirmed Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, that she and Tracey Bing are producing “Southside With You,” a film about the first summer afternoon the Obamas spent together.  (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Producer Stephanie Allain confirmed Monday that she and producer Tracey Bing are developing “Southside With You,” a drama about the first summer afternoon the Obamas spent together.

In this image released by Sony Pictures Classics, Julianne Moore appears in a scene from the film, "Still Alice." (AP Photo/Sony Pictures Classics, Linda Kallerus)

But during “Still Alice,” watching the vital, sharply intelligent woman played by Julianne Moore slowly cede her mental faculties — and, most painfully, her identity — to Alzheimer’s disease, I found myself frequently needing to gulp in big breaths of air, merely to steel myself for the next scene.