Boogie Nights (1997)


The story of a young man’s adventures in the California pornography industry of the late 1970s and early 1980s. (IMDb)
I dunno, amidst all its characters and plot lines, in the end it lacks a certain, ahem, thrust, with no clear arc or, heh, climax to speak of (the hypnotic back-and-forth between limo and truck came close but didn’t quite land). That said, its “slice of life” structure is certainly done very well, with the majority of its many characters and scenes quite memorable and mull-worthy (Reilly’s earnest Reed and the dramatic/comedic drug deal probably top the list). Great music and camerawork too.
7.5/10 (Really Good)


Smokey and the Bandit (1977)


The Bandit is hired on to run a tractor trailer full of beer over state lines, in hot pursuit by a pesky sheriff. (IMDb)
Hot damn, I had fun with this movie: The simple and silly premise that combines all the best of both car chase and road trip tropes, the hilarious characters (see Gleason’s raging sheriff and his timid son), the CB radio jargon and witty banter, the wild third act with everyone and their grandma (literally) helping Bandit and co. escape from the “smokeys”. Gets a little misogynist at points (see the gratuitous butt shots/comments), but fortunately, Field’s quirky Carrie holds her own.
7.5/10 (Really Good)