The year of 1997 in cinema might be one of the greatest of all-time, leading to a 1998 Academy Awards ceremony in which almost every nominated movie had a legitimate shot at winning. Of course, there was a monster iceberg movie standing in the way.
- L.A. Confidential
- Boogie Nights
- Jackie Brown
- Con Air
- Air Force One
- Good Will Hunting
- Men in Black
- As Good as it Gets
- My Best Friend's Wedding
A big, bright shining star
I count this movie among my top-five of all-time. PTA is still one of my favorite filmmakers and writers, for that matter. He has gone on to quite the career, with hits such as Magnolia, Punch-Drunk Love, There Will be Blood, The Master, and soon-to-be-released film about the fashion industry. (And supposedly the last film of Daniel Day-Lewis.)
Boogie Nights helped turn Mark Wahlberg into a movie star. Prior to that, he'd made a few films, notably Fear with Reese Witherspoon, but Boogie Nights gave him the bump he needed. It also helped to be surrounded by a stellar cast.
Starting with Reynolds.
Disputes between Reynolds and PTA are well-documented. Fact is, the film helped bring Reynolds new acclaim. A long tenured career aside, Boogie Nights gave the veteran actor a character to really sink his teeth into. He briefly capitalized on a return to the spotlight, but has not had a great a role since.
William H. Macy, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, John C. Reilly, Julianne Moore, Heather Graham, Ricky Jay, Alfred Molina, Thomas Jane, and Don Cheadle. Getting any of those names to appear in your movie is something to be proud of. Anderson got them all.
All are integral to the story being told and each bring's a character to life, no matter how minor or major the part. For many of these actors, they continued to work with PTA over the years and were given more opportunities because of these independent movie that could.
A movie that soon found itself in direct competition with the next film on the list.