Spanning two decades, this chronicle of the California pornographic film industry shows the rise and fall of a wide-eyed, well-endowed young man who becomes an industry superstar by the name of Dirk Diggler.
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While the acting is quite good, it's about empty and pathetic people, who really aren't interesting at all. This movie is for people who stop in traffic to see the accident on the side of the road. Porn is about exploitation, and this movie doesn't transcend that.
The aesthetic is everything, and PTA nails it (no pun intended). Burt Reynolds and Mark Wahlberg are great, especially when viewed through the father-son lens. Boogie Nights also features two of the most intricate and spectacular steadicam long takes you can find - the swirling opening scene at the night club, and the half-submerged gaze at the pool party.
Just tell me how you manage those camera movements! Paul Thomas Anderson feels like a contemporary Renoir crossfading with a young Scorsese. I really fell deeply for this movie, through the cool upswing till the wheezing downfall this movie goes psychological complex without losing the quirky artistry by PTA.
Just re-watched this gem, which is one of my favourite PTA films. Every role seems to have been perfectly cast, and Marky Mark showed great promise. The soundtrack is sick and the whole 70s vibe so perfectly captured. The early 80s weren't so groovy... in the second half the film takes a dark turn, showing how damaged these characters are and how porn is a business that you can't just simply escape when you want to.
Lavish and indulgent look at pornography, drugs, music, and above all, quite frankly, the 1970s in general. Incredible performances by all, and what may be Paul Thomas Anderson's first display of masterful direction.
One year after HARD EIGHT, Paul Thomas Anderson tells us once again the story of a dysfunctional family. Burt Reynolds and Julianne Moore are mothering a bunch of irresponsible children trying to become adults. I loved this porno-epic covering six or seven years. Little masterpiece.
Second time seeing this. I like it a lot. Some of those shots in and around the pool house were positively triumphant. It does drag a bit toward the end, although the final drug house romp exceeds, or fights alongside of, any other similar scene I've ever seen. I love the way this movie makes me feel.