Certain Movies every man should see, some he should know by heart. These are the movies we’ll be featuring in the Proud Boy Movie Club. Some films will be new to some of us, some we’ve seen a dozen times. Either way you’re encouraged to watch or take the opportunity to re-watch these films every man should know. All Proud Boys can follow the films week to week here and discus and post thoughts, questions and comments in the Proud Boys Facebook Group.
This week’s Movie Club: BOOGIE NIGHTS
Directed by: Paul Thomas Anderson
Written By: Paul Thomas Anderson
In Theatres: October 31 1997
Running Time: 155 minutes
One of my all time favorite movies – Boogie Nights has found a place in the hearts of the party animals, the storytellers and the dudes who never get bored of jerking off. If the subject matter itself hasn’t baited you, the fact that it is pretty much a perfect film probably will. The story, the characters, the acting, the soundtrack and the cinematography are all as good as it gets. Paul Thomas Anderson wanted this movie to be anything but restricted. The producers or whoever was in charge of his previous film had ended up butchering the dream that was to be PTA’s Magnolia. Mr. Anderson wasn’t going to deal with those problems this time around.
Although the story revolves around many characters, it centers mostly around Eddie Adams (Dirk Diggler) played by Mark Wahlberg. Eddie is a confused teenager the same way I am a confused man but he has something I don’t. Unlike my decent sized handsome penis, Eddie’s Penis looks like someone bleached Shaquille O’Neal’s and stuck it on a white guy It’s Bigggggg. Eddie being aware of his ample sized schlong knows he has a gift that was given to few – He is a star ready to burst in flames and shoot across the galaxy like a super huge space load.
“I just want a name, I want it so it could cut glass – like razor-sharp”
The plot begins to unfold rather quick before we could even dig deep into the bucket of popcorn that has an 88% chance of giving you indigestion. The title track is playing as we meet the big shots and the small fries at a local dance club in Reseda, California during the 1970’s. Before you know it Eddie gets a taste of life in the adult film world. It doesn’t take long before Eddie escapes the clutches of mediocrity living at home with his abusive, alcoholic mother – who constantly yells at him and his sissy (step*)father – who takes pretty much the same abuse, he takes a bus and ends up at adult film director Jack Horner’s house played by none other than Burt Fucking Reynolds! Reynolds does the part justice. His delivery is something dangerous but subtle and people of all ages will agree this is up there for characters he is known for.
The movie is far from complex. It is the story of Dirk Diggler, like most stars in any other industry that involves being front of a camera, he has a dramatic rise and a dramatic fall. What makes this movie so good, so memorable, so dramatic, so funny and almost so perfect is the characters in Dirk’s life.
Introduced to the world with a blowjob from Roller-girl (Heather Graham) who is a high school drop-out much like him. Dirk befriends a fellow adult actor named Reed Rothchild played by John C. Reilly. Reilly much like Reynolds became the character. He is one of the main reasons why this movie can easily be categorized a comedy most of the time. Talk about comic relief, in one of the most intense scenes in cinema history Reed breaks the scene up a few times with his hilarious fear driven performance. During a drug deal slash robbery gone awry, Rahad Jackson (Alfred Molina) decides to play Russian roulette and the way John C. Reilly delivers every shaky, sweaty word is pure 24k gold. If life was still in VHS I’d take the time out to rewind back and forth to watch that scene over and over, it never gets old.
One of the biggest reasons I love this film may not be the best or safest reason. I love this movie for its excessive drug use, of course sex is cool and everything but in real life if you are a drug addict dicks and vaginas don’t work on their own. In lab studies rats died of dehydration because they chose cocaine over water. I want everyone to love having a good time. I want everyone to take risks but at the same time if you’re a moron you’ll end up dying sooner than later. Even the most seasoned drug addicts or even the “smartest” people overdose. Philip Seymour Hoffman played one of the most memorable fat faggots of all time in this movie, Scotty. Sadly we lost Hoffman to an overdose in 2014. Sorry, I didn’t want to be a bummer.
Little Bill has to be one of the most bittersweet funny motherfuckers ever. The reason mostly for that is him being played by William H. Macy. You can’t help but love, laugh and cry for the guy. The way the camera follows or leads in this movie is so bold and suspenseful – Little Bill is one of the best examples of that. Your heart will be racing from suspense or from laughter. I know I mention the comedic parts of this movie more than anything but that is because it is a genuine byproduct of how serious the situations are in this movie. It is still a drama by all means, I’m just not going to watch “Boogie Nights” with the same face as I would “Platoon”.
Boogie Nights intertwines all the characters, their stories, their passions and dreams into one big happy porno family all the while the industry itself was changing too. After you watch it you realize that these people can only function normally when they stay within their own social circle – the adult film world. The second they try and break away to mesh back into normal society they are rejected vehemently. The story of Eddie Adams is very similar to a real life porn star named John Holmes. These stories happen over and over all the time in real life, the industry isn’t forgiving to every person for one reason or another. Paul Thomas Anderson was trying to give you a slice sprinkled with laughter and littered with an awesome soundtrack.