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Old April 7 2012, 04:01 AM   #468
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Re: Movies Seen in 2012

40. Boogie Nights (A+)

I saw There Will Be Blood when it came out, but other then that I never got around to the rest of Paul Thomas Anderson's filmography. But he's got a new film out this year, after a five-year gap, so I figured it was time to get on that. In this case, there was a three-pack of this, Magnolia and (for whatever reason) Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind on Blu-ray for $35. I'd seen that last one already, but I wouldn't mind seeing it again.

This sprawling story set in the 70s/80s porn industry (I kept waiting for AIDS to come up, but it never did) features by far the best Mark Wahlberg performance I've seen to date, and a bevy of prominent supporting roles (the film made me realize that it's been years since I saw a new film with William H. Macy in it), with special honours going to Julianne Moore. I liked Anderson's story approach, which becomes dark as it goes on, but never descends into utter nihilism, and he has a great sense for black humour in places.

In some ways this feels like a weird companion piece to Ed Wood, which also featured a close-knit filmmaking crew pursuing artistic dreams in spite of circumstance and serious delusions about their talent.

Cinema: 10
Home Video: 25 (+1)
Computer: 5
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