Saturday, November 14, 2009
"Boogie Nights" and "Pirate Radio"
And that got me thinking of another Philip Seymour Hoffman period piece: Boogie Nights. It was also long...both the Movie, and Marky Mark's one Special (prosthetic) thing.
In each movie, Philip Seymour Hoffman plays a kind of anchoring role in these two disparate, cobbled-together "families" that these misfits have created for themselves.
In the absence of real hands-on parents, various characters take on those surrogacies. In Boogie Nights it's Julianne Moore and Burt Reynolds. In Pirate Radio, it's Bill Nighy.
So why does Boogie Nights succeed where Pirate Radio fails?
Boogie Nights makes you care about the peripheral characters beyond just whether or not (or in spite of) them getting laid. Remember Don Cheadle?