“Summer of Film #16 of 100”:http://www.devanshanu.com/things/2005/06/12/2005-summer-of-film/
Paul Thomas Anderson is a genius and Boogie Nights is his the only ticket to greatness he needs. That he followed it up with two of my favorite films of the last decade- Magnolia and Punch-Drunk Love is only icing on the cake.
Boogie Nights is the Scorsese-movie, the Godfather, the Goodfellas, the Casino– the one epic that defines a time, place and a parallel society forever. Scorsese did it for old Vegas in The Casino; Copolla did it for the mafia for eternity with The Godfather and now PTA has done it for the 70s porn industry in one sweeping gesture.
(Just wanted to put this place-holder here; will write a full review soon. This is a must watch film; Mark Wahlberg, Burt Reynolds give the performances of their lives. Great performances by PTA’s usual suspects of John C. Reilly, William H. Macy, Philip Seymour Hoffman and other great middle-initial/name-using character actors.)