Day 114 & Day 115 – Good Will Hunting & Boogie Nights

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Movie Title: Good Will Hunting

First Watch / Repeat Viewing

Running Time: 2 hr. and 6 min.

Rated: R

Who did I watch with?: Stephie

Where did I watch it?: Home

Review:

Will Hunting (Matt Damon) is a janitor at MIT. He is an orphan from South Boston with significant psychological problems related to his upbringing. He is also a mathematical genius. His best friends Chuckie (Ben Affleck) and Morgan (Casey Affleck) have jobs similar to Will’s and they roll hard together. When they run into someone that has screwed with Will in the past they start a fight with him and his friends. Will gets arrested and the judge decides to throw the book at him because of all his past offenses.

Meanwhile MIT professor Lambeau (Stellan Skarsgard) discovers that Will was the one that solved the problems written on a board outside his classroom. He finds Will and today’s custody of him. He is required to meet with him once a week to work on complex proofs and he is required to meet with a psychologist. He treats every psychologist he meets with contempt. They all quit because Will psychologically torments them. Lambeau takes him to see his old classmate Sean (Robin Williams) with whom he has a tumultuous relationship. Sean serves as a mentor and foil to Will’s character. His sessions and conversations between Lambeau and Sean give Will the confidence to start forging relationships with other people. He meets Skylar (Minnie Driver) while he is out one night with the boys and this relationship sends him into an emotional tailspin that builds to the movie’s climax.

Good Will Hunting has an authentic environment, great drama, and great humor. It builds to a beautiful resolution. Robin Williams’ character is even more stirring since his suicide and the character feels incredibly authentic.

Verdict:

It’s a great movie that put Matt Damon and Ben Affleck on the map with an excellent cast. See it.

Tomorrow’s Movie: Boogie Nights (1997)

 

Movie Title: Boogie Nights

First Watch / Repeat Viewing

Running Time: 2 hr. and 35 min.

Rated: R

Who did I watch with?: Flying Solo

Where did I watch it?: Home

Review:

Boogie Nights takes a satirical, hilarious, and depressing look at California’s pornography industry in the late 70s and early 80s. The star of the show is one Eddie Adams, stage name Dirk Diggler (Mark Wahlberg), who is renowned for the size of his package. He gets into pornography after dropping out of high school and getting thrown out of his parent’s house by an overbearing mother. While working as a dishwasher in Los Angeles he became acquainted with pornography producer Jack Horner.

Horner (Burt Reynolds) introduces Eddie into the business. Eddie is a ridiculous airhead and almost every line he says drips with ignorance or irony. Tbe 1st half of the movie tracks Dirk’s rise in the pornography industry and the rise of his alter ego. He has unmitigated success. He makes a lot of money in a short period of time and receives critical acclaim, but like all such things it can’t last.

During the 2nd half everything goes to hell. Once the 1980s start people end up dead, turn into drug addicts, and get involved in other horrible situations. This is foreshadowed by William H. Macy ringing in the new year with style. The cast may be one of the best assembled in any movie ever. Every role is played by an actor of quality. In addition to Reynolds and Wahlberg the movie also stars Julianne Moore, John C. Reilly, Don Cheadle, Heather Graham, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Philip Baker Hall, Thomas Jane, Alfred Molina, and other quality role players in all kinds of roles. Paul Thomas Anderson’s direction is fantastic.

Verdict:

Boogie Nights runs the gamut of humor and drama. It is masterful at both. See it.

Tomorrow’s Movie: Child’s Play 3 (1991)

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