boogie nights 20th anniversary 2

“I got a dream of making a film that’s true. True and right and dramatic.”

This line of dialogue comes courtesy of porn producer Jack Horner (Burt Reynolds) early in the sprawling 1997 epic Boogie Nights, from then-upstart writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson. In the intervening period, Anderson has lived up to that dialogue, maturing into his generation’s best filmmaker, the spiky and unique auteur behind Punch-Drunk Love, Inherent Vice, and the new century’s best film, There Will Be Blood.

Boogie Nights, which turns 20 today, is not Anderson’s first feature—that would be Hard Eight from 1996—but it’s a poster child of the major concept that he’s returned to in his other films. His filmography has focused on everything from porn to the oil industry to Scientology, but the core theme of his work, as highlighted by Boogie Nights, is the necessity of family.

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Stranger Things 2 Netflix

Boo! Did I just send you to an early grave with fear? If so, I apologize. Now rise from your coffin and read the rest of this. September is winding down, which means it’s now time for October and with it, Halloween season. It’s the most wonderful time of the year. With a new month comes new titles on Netflix. So bust out your pumpkins and remotes and browse along with us with this list featuring the new movies coming to Netflix in October 2017.

Below, check out our list of the best TV shows and movies coming to Netflix in October.

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Hero Complex Gallery Blacklight Show - The Dark Knight

This past weekend saw the opening of the Hero Complex Gallery‘s latest exhibition: Blacklight.

The Blacklight show featured dozens of fluorescent and blacklight reactive artwork, which means we’re talking about some bright, electric and neon tributes by extremely talented artists to some of your favorite movies and TV shows. The gallery featured pieces honoring movies like Boogie Nights, Alien, Blade Runner, RoboCop, The Dark Knight, Mad Max: Fury Road and Collateral, as well as TV shows like Rick and Morty, Stranger Things, Futurama and more.

Check out our favorite pieces from the Hero Complex Gallery Blacklight show below. Read More »

best long shots

(Welcome to /Response, the companion piece to our /Answers series and a space where /Film readers can chime in and offer their two cents on a particular question.)

Earlier this week, the /Film team wrote about their favorite “oners” (or long takes) in movie history. We then opened the floor to our readers: which long shots leave your completely breathless? And you let us know!

We have collected our favorite answers (edited for length and clarity) below. Next week’s question: what is your favorite movie car chase of all time? Send your (at least one paragraph, please) answer to slashfilmpitches@gmail.com!

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Five Movie Commentaries to Listen to in January

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While Damien Chazelle‘s La La Land wears its fondness for old school Hollywood productions proudly on its sleeve, his portrayal of present-day Los Angeles is hardly unflattering. It’s a movie so appealing to the eye it’s almost impossible to see nothing except beauty in La La Land, but it captures a genuinely lovely part of the city: it’s a place a lot of driven and passionate people move to every day.

After seeing the film a second time, it made me want to revisit a few movies set in Los Angeles, including Boogie NightsThe GraduateKiss Kiss Bang Bang, and a few others, which all feature some commentary tracks worth listening to.

Below, check out this January’s movie commentary recommendations.

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The Best Movies Coming To Netflix In January 2017

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It’s almost time for the new year, and you can ring in 2017 by checking out a bunch of new movies that are hitting Netflix. There are some classic contemporary films from comedy, sci-fi and horror coming to the streaming service, as well as all of the Superman movies that arrived before the DC Extended Universe came into existence. There are also some Netflix originals coming next month, including the series adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Check out all the TV shows and movies coming to Netflix in January after the jump. Read More »

Keanu Calendar - Mad Max: Fury Road

We don’t typically write about movie swag on /Film, although I’ll often tweet about some of the cooler things that get sent to the /Film offices to promote upcoming films and television shows. Today I received a package from Warner Bros. Pictures with swag promoting their upcoming film Keanu, a comedy film movie from Key and Peele. If you haven’t yet watched the trailer for this film, go do so now.

When I opened the box I knew I had to feature it on the site. The box contained a plush of the cat at the center of the film, Keanu, complete with his do-rag and gold chain. But thats not all, Warner Bros. produced a full-size calendar featuring Keanu reenacting scenes from popular movies. That’s the part I really wanted to show you as it’s ridiculous, cute and awesome. Before the Oscars they released a set of movie posters spoofing this year’s Academy Award nominees. This takes it further because they’ve gone to the lengths of elaborate photo shoots, rather than fast and dirty Photoshops. Hit the jump to take a look at some of the Keanu movie parodies featured in this Keanu calendar.

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Animals

Animals might be the weirdest, craziest, most interesting television show in a long time. The new HBO show feels like someone took a funny clever animated short film from the Sundance Film Festival and adapted it into a television series. The result feels like nothing else on television.

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Paul Thomas Anderson Boogie Nights

Two movies. That’s all it took for every single Paul Thomas Anderson movie to become an event. His first film, Hard Eight, opened with relatively little fanfare. His second, Boogie Nights, announced to the world that Anderson would be a filmmaker to celebrate. One whose work we would anticipate, possibly revere. With each subsequent film, film fans everywhere have salivated to find out what Anderson has in store for us next.

The latest event, Inherent Vice, opens in limited release this weekend. It’s both a huge departure for the director in that it’s the first film of his directly based on someone else’s work (the inspiration for There Will Be Blood was very different from the final film), but somehow it also perfectly fits into his career. Like most of his movies, it’s a film set in and around California and tells a story about its history. Anderson loves California, and that interest shows in almost every one of his movies. And while exploring that running theme, each of his seven movies gets more confident and daring. There has yet to be a single misstep.

Still, there has to be some kind of hierarchy, right? Some kind of almost impossible deathmatch in which these seven glorious works are pitted against one another, to see which triumphs.

Below, read our ranking of the best Paul Thomas Anderson movies. Read More »

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Scott C Boogie Nights Hunt

UPDATE: This has been found. One more Friday.

Los Angeles, the hunt is on for free, original paintings like the one above by the one and only Scott Campbell. In fact, exactly like the one above. But you’re going to have to be quick, smart and pop culture savvy.

Starting right now, and repeating each day until the Friday opening of his latest exhibit at Gallery 1988, Campbell is hiding an original painting from a famous film at the location where the scene was shot. Figure out the location, head there, find it and it’s yours. Then, see hundreds more paintings July 11 at the Revenge of the Great Showdowns exhibition at Gallery 1988 West.

Below, read Campbell’s clues about the fourth painting (seen above) and see a small selection of pieces that’ll be in this week’s show. Read More »