• disinvite

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by disinvite 05 Oct, 2014

    The first hour of the movie feels like dropping in on the ultimate party of the seventies. Anderson’s camera aeronautics and long takes manage to outdo even Scorsese.

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  • mtobin37

    ★★★★★ Watched by mtobin37 26 Jan, 2015

    PTA's admiration for Max Ophuls shows in most of his films, but it really stuck out to me in Boogie Nights. Two long tracking shots in this film really stood out: First, when we initially enter the night club and meet the entire cast of characters; and when we follow William H Macy's "Little Bill" as he goes to his car to get a gun after finding his wife with another man once again. Everything about this film combines to…

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  • willmoviefan97

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by willmoviefan97 25 Jan, 2015

    One of the most lively, and endlessly engaging rise & fall stories I've ever seen put to film. Paul Thomas Anderson's pitch perfect script perfectly balances all aspects of comedy, drama, & crime as it's endlessly hilarious, but also quite heart breaking and sometimes quite intense to watch with definitely some of the most memorable quotes probably ever put to film. And man does he get such stunning work out of his amazing cast from Mark Wahlberg, Julianne Moore, Burt Reynolds, Don…

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  • Not David Lynch

    ★★★★½ Watched by Not David Lynch 17 Jan, 2015

    The tragedy of the rise and fall of an individual is not an original story. For the definitive take, look at Goodfellas. Boogie Nights is a little different. It's not about the rise and fall of an individual. It's about the rise and fall of a group. It's about Dirk Diggler and Amber Waves and Jack Horner and Rollergirl. They all similarly go through a good rise and sharp fall as the culture evolves. But where the movie succeeds is…

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  • Chiddaling

    ★★★★ Watched by Chiddaling 23 Jan, 2015

    I've never seen a movie with such energy and vibrancy since Scorsese's Goodfellas. Boogie Nights is PTA's most energetic movie and there's no way you can argue that. From the great performances by Wahlberg, Moore, Reynolds and just about every other cast member, to the intricate and stylish direction by PTA, this movie did not let up. As the movie opens with an incredible tracking shot for the ages, it closes with another tracking shot. Basically, the camerawork in this…

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  • Chevy Sierra

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Chevy Sierra 24 Jan, 2015

    How the climax of Boogie Nights didn't unalterably ruin Sister Christian, Jesse's Girl and Alfred Molina for everyone is beyond me.

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  • Luke McGowan

    ★★★½ Watched by Luke McGowan 06 Jan, 2015

    There's enough to love about Boogie Nights - the music, the acting, the costumes - to help get over the weird direction choices and slightly overstuffed script. There are some magical scenes in Boogie Nights, the performances by Wahlberg and Reynolds are excellent, and to say that Phillip Seymour Hoffman steals every scene is an understatement.

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  • Josh Barton

    ★★★★½ Watched by Josh Barton 23 Jan, 2015

    Paul Thomas Anderson's Boogie Nights charts the rise and fall of Eddie Adams, aka Dirk Diggler (Mark Wahlberg), from his time at the top of the porn industry in the 70s to his life of excess that led to his downfall in the 80s.

    Boogie Nights is both a daring and dazzling drama from Anderson that showed Hollywood he meant business. The film is written by Anderson as well and I have to say the script is superb.

    The characters…

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  • Andrew Bemis

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Andrew Bemis 29 Dec, 2014

    While There Will Be Blood is Paul Thomas Anderson's best movie so far, Boogie Nights remains his most entertaining; really, it's one of the most purely entertaining movies by any director. Every time I watch it, I'll repeatedly think to myself that a particular scene or performance is my favorite until I'm reminded of the next one. I love that, from the opening shot's blatant attempt to one-up the Copacabana shot from Goodfellas, Anderson is so transparent about his influences,…

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  • Laurence Barber

    ★★★★★ Watched by Laurence Barber 24 Jan, 2015

    P.T.A could teach a lot of people a lot of things about tone. And about pretty much everything, really.

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  • wildlark

    ★★★★★ Watched by wildlark 22 Jan, 2015

    It's official: by sheer coincidence, I love PTA's even-numbered films a hell of a lot more than the odd-numbered ones.

    As I continue to watch his films in backwards order, I have to admit that though I had problems with Magnolia, it was a stylistic turning point for Anderson that created his signature auteur look/feel to his films. But if Magnolia was his Revolver, Boogie Nights is his Rubber Soul - borrowing a lot from the old masters, no doubt,…

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  • Ryan Michaels

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Ryan Michaels 22 Jan, 2015

    I'm jumping out of a plane today and if shit goes south while shit's going south, I'll at least know I closed out 18 years of movie-watching on an absolute pantheon favorite. It is absolutely an improved GOODFELLAS and I'll never relent on that statement. My fifth watching in the last 13 months.

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