March 9, 2022

EP. 304.2 — Boogie Nights

Amy & Paul got the touch for 1997’s seedy Valley epic Boogie Nights! They marvel at a young Paul Thomas Anderson’s preternatural skill behind the camera, see echoes of Step Brothers in the chemistry between Mark Wahlberg and John C. Reilly, and discuss what makes a tracking shot great and not just showy. Plus: the technological shifts that sunk Dirk Diggler and enabled Anderson’s rise.


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