I love Boogie's concept and I love how it's 16mm looks. The acting is A+, the production design is A+, the editing is A+, it's well cast. The cinematography is deft if not revolutionary. The story however is messy. None of the film's main conflicts have a true resolution. The plot is spread too thin among too many characters. I kept asking "Who is this guy? Why is he here?" And the worst of all "why should I care?"
This film is pretty insane. It's quite the trip full of larger than life characters and excess built on excess. It's compelling to watch each character's rise and fall and certainly does a good job at conveying an arc of enchantment through to disenchantment. But honestly it's more a cinema d'experience than really anything profound. Personally not a film I'd rush to re-watch.
Seamlessly mirroring the events depicted on screen, Paul Thomas Anderson's second directorial effort is a stylish and excessive of the pornography business in the late 70's and early 80's. Such exuberance was only toppled a few years back by Scorsese's The Wolf Of Wall Street.
Long winded and at times clunky, but showcases a master in the making with those camera movements and sound editing. Sets a tone by audiovisual means that is more powerful than the content would be alone. That crosscutting scene of beat up and gun shots. phew 80/100 - Great.
one of those films that leaves you with a pit in your stomach, feeling empty after you've come so far along on the journey with these characters who now feel like old friends you have to part with...one of the few decades-pieces that feels really authentic; the set, the styling, the music - everything is executed to absolute perfection.
me just can't into this shit. i can understand everything and accept anything but the boring film about guy with a big dick. guys, u know, this boy was borned to fuck women with his enormous lovely dick so fucking fucking fuck oh yeah we shooted fucking film about fucking dick who fucks whores with his dick. wow.
It is the most glamorous movie about the porn industry set in the great disco age of the 1970s. It has the biggest stars - and it is excellent written and acted too. The highlight is Burt Reynolds as porn director and Julianne Moore as the ultimate M.I.L.F. and Heather Graham will never top her role as Roller Girl.
Party scenes right out of William Gaddis. I'll give you twenty bucks (USD) if you can get PT Anderson to call my personal phone & tell me he's never read Gaddis. 'Boogie Nights' makes Tarantino obsolete in the best way. PTA could've spent more time on gender dynamics but otherwise this is a really satisfying motion picture, and his stuff only really gets better from here.
Before this point, filmmakers employed tracking shots to enhance the story; PTA, in contrast, uses them to shamelessly flex his filmmaking muscles. The shameless posturing is only one of the film's failings, however: cartoonish caricatures, jarring tonal inconsistencies, and endless pop-songs completely derail PTA's juvenile attempt at aping a Scorsese/Altman flick. Awful: Scorsese® jukebox movie-making personified.