Golden Age

8 Reasons Why “Boogie Nights” is a Modern Masterpiece

By Allan Khumalo

This year on October 10, “Boogie Nights” will be celebrating its 20th anniversary. Released in 1997, the film signaled the arrival of a major talent and future legend. Paul Thomas Anderson had made one film prior, the criminally unseen and underrated “Sydney/Hard Eight” but with “Boogie Nights” film society had no choice but to take notice.

Following a story set in the Golden Age of Porn in the 70s before video came and ruined it for everybody in the 80s, “Boogie Nights” plays more like a montage of stories and characters wrapped up in the excesses of their worst impulses. At heart, it’s really a story of a surrogate family who find home among other “damaged” people.

Every shot, every line of dialogue, every cut is the work of someone with film in their veins. Constantly quotable, constantly re-watchable and constantly entertaining, the film never gets old. It’s jam-packed with everything that makes film great throughout its 155-minute runtime. Besides its length, the time flies by. In celebration we look at everything that makes “Boogie Nights” a seminal classic, because after all, it’s not one but a million things that make a film work.

1. The Ensemble Cast

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While the story may focus more on Mark Wahlberg’s Dirk Diggler, the film is no doubt an ensemble with the dream cast to end all dream casts. Every character has their own storyline and their own reason for working in the industry.

As a surrogate family, they each fill a particular role. Burt Reynolds is the cool father that everyone calls by first name. A maestro who provides a safe haven for lost souls at the price of baring it all. Although Reynolds reportedly hated the film and his character, he was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor and → continue…

From:: Taste Of Cinema

The 10 Most Beautiful Movies of the 21st Century

By Shane Scott-Travis

The 21st Century has been and continues to be an astounding and simply stunning time for cinema. There seems to be no end to the awe-inspiring visuals lighting up living rooms, bijous, drive-ins, and multiplexes the world over.

Taste of Cinema’s tireless and exciting search for the most visually exquisite films of 21st Century has been no easy charge, though several films stood out straight away. The assembled list presented here offers up films of dazzling depth, stirring symmetry, impeccable production design, gorgeous framing, and assured grace. Enjoy!

10. Embrace of the Serpent (2015)

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Man’s connection to nature, the tragic loss of a conquered people, and the mean mysticism that’s carried along with it are at the heart-stirring center of Ciro Guerra’s Heart of Darkness-like adventure odyssey, Embrace the Serpent.

The winner of the Art Cinema Award in the Directors’ Fortnight section at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, this Amazon-set saga of spirituality and enveloping atmosphere is an opulent black-and-white affair that is fittingly plush in 35mm.

This is one of those great and tragic epic jungle films, like Werner Herzog’s Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972) or Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now (1979), and like those films it was also made under extremely difficult conditions made palpable by David Gallego’s immersive cinematography.

The Colombian landscapes are as majestic as they are menacing, making the forests a crazy-quilt of textures and ancient radiance. This isn’t just cinema, it’s a feat of luminous and everlasting strength.

9. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

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Gossamer-like, lovely and wistful, Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel thrums with the dual dispositions of the sublime Golden Age director → continue…

From:: Taste Of Cinema