I love Boogie Nights with all my heart. Paul Thomas Anderson’s virtuoso expose of the porn scene in the 70s and 80s is full of wonderful cinematic sequences. One of the film’s finest moments sees William H. Macy’s tragic Little Bill crash the New Years party by murdering his wife and her lover before sticking the gun in his own mouth and pulling the trigger. The majority of the sequence unfolds in one long steadicam shot (surely one of the best ever put on film) and plays out to the beat of Charlie Wright’s groovy Do Your Thing.
It’s a breathtaking piece of filmmaking that perfectly signals the beginning of Dirk’s downfall. Bravo, PTA, bravo.