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note_NN
:_:
some_DT
may_MD
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of_IN
the_DT
following_JJ
text_NN
to_IN
be_BE
spoilers_FW
._.
be_BE
forewarned_JJ
._.
like_IN
its_PP$
own_DT
opening_NN
shot_NN
,_,
from_IN
out_RP
of_IN
the_DT
darkness_NN
boogie_NN
nights_NNS
triumphantly_RB
explodes_VBZ
upon_IN
the_DT
film_NN
scene_NN
with_IN
stunning_JJ
authority_NN
and_CC
clarity_NN
,_,
persuasively_RB
heralding_VBG
its_PP$
helmer_NN
paul_NP
thomas_NP
anderson_NP
as_IN
a_DT
bonafide_NN
major_JJ
talent_NN
._.
a_DT
sprawling_JJ
epic_NN
set_NN
in_IN
the_DT
heart_NN
of_IN
the_DT
disco_NN
era_NN
and_CC
focused_VBD
upon_IN
the_DT
ascension_NP
and_CC
decline_NN
of_IN
a_DT
troupe_NP
in_IN
the_DT
adult_NN
film_NN
industry_NN
,_,
boogie_NN
nights_NNS
is_BEZ
an_DT
astonishingly_RB
ambitious_JJ
feature_NN
film_NN
which_WDT
is_BEZ
completely_RB
effective_JJ
both_RB
as_CS
an_DT
utterly_RB
entertaining_JJ
joyride_IN
and_CC
as_IN
a_DT
strikingly_RB
impressive_JJ
piece_NN
of_IN
filmmaking_VBG
._.
the_DT
film_NN
follows_VBZ
a_DT
soft-spoken_JJ
young_JJ
man_NN
,_,
eddie_NP
adams_NP
(_(
mark_NP
wahlberg_NP
)_)
from_IN
torrance_NN
,_,
through_IN
his_PP$
induction_NN
into_IN
the_DT
erotic_JJ
picture_NN
business_NN
to_IN
stardom_NN
,_,
and_CC
later_RBR
,_,
to_IN
a_DT
harrowingly_RB
precipitous_JJ
drop_NN
._.
as_CS
boogie_NN
nights_NNS
opens_VBZ
,_,
he_PP
's_BEZ
toiling_JJ
as_CS
a_DT
dishwasher_NN
in_IN
a_DT
trendy_JJ
san_NP
fernando_NP
valley_NN
nightclub_???
,_,
and_CC
living_NN
at_IN
home_NN
under_IN
the_DT
thumb_NN
of_IN
a_DT
tyrannical_JJ
mother_NN
who_WP
denigrates_VBZ
him_PP
at_IN
every_DT
opportunity_NN
._.
recruited_VBN
by_IN
fatherly_RB
jack_NP
horner_NP
(_(
a_DT
rejuvenated_JJ
burt_NP
reynolds_NP
)_)
,_,
a_DT
successful_JJ
porn_???
filmmaker_JJ
,_,
eddie_NP
abandons_NNS
his_PP$
old_JJ
life_NN
in_IN
favour_NN
of_IN
a_DT
new_JJ
one_CD
as_CS
dirk_NP
diggler_NP
,_,
pornstar_NP
._.
wholeheartedly_RB
embraced_VBN
by_IN
jack_NP
's_POS
troupe_NP
,_,
including_IN
the_DT
maternal_JJ
amber_NN
waves_NNS
(_(
julianne_NP
moore_NP
)_)
,_,
reed_NP
rothchild_NP
(_(
john_NP
c_NN
._.
reilly_RB
)_(
,_,
buck_NN
swope_NP
(_(
don_NP
cheadle_NN
)_)
,_,
rollergirl_NN
(_(
heather_NP
graham_NP
)_)
,_,
dirk_NP
and_CC
his_PP$
"_"
one_CD
special_JJ
thing_NN
"_"
are_BER
quickly_RB
propelled_VBN
to_IN
the_DT
top_NN
of_IN
his_PP$
field_NN
,_,
fulfilling_VBG
his_PP$
mantra_NN
of_IN
being_BEG
a_DT
"_"
big_JJ
bright_JJ
shining_JJ
star_NN
"_"
._.
his_PP$
lack_NN
of_IN
discipline_NN
,_,
however_RB
,_,
incites_NNS
a_DT
chain_NN
of_IN
circumstances_NNS
which_WDT
sees_VBZ
dirk_NP
and_CC
his_PP$
friends_NNS
unravel_VB
as_IN
a_DT
new_JJ
decade_NN
is_BEZ
ushered_VBN
in_IN
._.
the_DT
element_NN
of_IN
boogie_NN
nights_NNS
which_WDT
literally_RB
commands_VBZ
attention_NN
is_BEZ
the_DT
bravura_NN
direction_NN
by_IN
mr_NN
._.
anderson_NP
,_,
whose_WP$
fascination_NN
and_CC
prowess_NN
with_IN
the_DT
camera_NN
is_BEZ
obvious_JJ
._.
from_IN
the_DT
terrific_JJ
tracking_NN
shot_NN
throughout_IN
a_DT
nightclub_???
which_WDT
opens_VBZ
the_DT
film_NN
and_CC
introduces_VBZ
the_DT
players_NNS
through_IN
to_IN
the_DT
showy_JJ
sequence_NN
in_IN
the_DT
camera_NN
follows_VBZ
a_DT
female_JJ
partygoer_NN
diving_NN
into_IN
a_DT
pool_NN
,_,
mr_NN
._.
anderson_NP
's_POS
accomplished_JJ
command_NN
of_IN
the_DT
camera_NN
is_BEZ
without_IN
question_NN
._.
while_CS
novice_NN
directors_NNS
often_RB
demonstrate_VB
an_DT
unfortunate_JJ
lack_NN
of_IN
restraint_NN
in_IN
terms_NNS
of_IN
flamboyant_JJ
camerawork_NN
which_WDT
ultimately_RB
proves_VBZ
to_IN
be_BE
aggravating_CS
,_,
impertinent_NN
and_CC
self-congratulatory_NN
(_(
case_NN
in_IN
point_NN
:_:
marc_NP
rocco_NN
's_POS
unforgettable_JJ
perpetual-motion_NN
helming_VBG
of_IN
murder_NN
in_IN
the_DT
first_OD
)_(
,_,
in_CD
boogie_NN
nights_NNS
every_DT
zoom_VB
or_CC
pan_NN
by_IN
mr_NN
._.
anderson_NP
,_,
be_BE
it_PP
slow_JJ
and_CC
deliberate_JJ
or_CC
energetically_RB
sharp_JJ
,_,
is_BEZ
purposeful_JJ
and_CC
potent_JJ
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
a_DT
rarity_NN
and_CC
a_DT
delight_NN
to_IN
discover_VB
such_DT
a_DT
confidently_RB
assured_VBN
work_NN
so_RB
early_JJ
in_IN
a_DT
filmmaker_NN
's_POS
career_NN
--_???
boogie_NN
nights_NNS
is_BEZ
only_RB
his_PP$
second_OD
feature_NN
film_NN
,_,
following_JJ
up_IN
his_PP$
debut_NN
feature_NN
from_IN
earlier_RBR
this_RB
year_NN
,_,
hard_JJ
eight_CD
--_???
and_CC
although_CS
it_PP
's_BEZ
somewhat_RB
derivative_JJ
(_(
his_PP$
storytelling_NN
style_NN
is_BEZ
reminiscent_JJ
of_IN
robert_NP
altman_NN
,_,
while_CS
in_IN
terms_NNS
of_IN
visuals_NNS
he_PP
's_BEZ
clearly_RB
influenced_VBN
by_IN
martin_NP
scorsese_JJ
)_)
,_,
at_IN
least_DT
he_PP
's_BEZ
borrowing_NN
from_IN
some_DT
of_IN
the_DT
best_JJS
,_,
and_CC
it_PP
's_BEZ
entirely_RB
effective_JJ
within_IN
the_DT
context_NN
of_IN
this_DT
film_NN
._.
while_CS
boogie_NN
nights_NNS
is_BEZ
astonishingly_RB
polished_JJ
from_IN
a_DT
technical_JJ
perspective_NN
,_,
in_IN
terms_NNS
of_IN
sheer_JJ
entertainment_NN
value_NN
it_PP
's_BEZ
also_RB
rollicking_JJ
good_JJ
fun_NN
,_,
with_IN
a_DT
wickedly_JJ
deadpan_NN
sense_NN
of_IN
humour_NN
._.
the_DT
film_NN
perfectly_RB
captures_NNS
the_DT
essence_NN
of_IN
the_DT
disco_NN
period_NN
in_IN
terms_NNS
of_IN
music_NN
,_,
clothes_NNS
,_,
hairstyles_NNS
,_,
dance_NN
,_,
idioms_NNS
,_,
and_CC
culture_NN
,_,
aided_VBN
immeasurably_RB
by_IN
impeccable_JJ
production_NN
design_NN
by_IN
bob_NP
ziembicki_NP
and_CC
costume_NN
design_NN
by_IN
mark_NN
bridges_NNS
,_,
and_CC
boogie_NN
nights_NNS
convincingly_RB
catapults_NNS
the_DT
audience_NN
back_NN
to_IN
this_DT
recent_JJ
,_,
pre-aids-scare_NN
period_NN
in_IN
american_JJ
history_NN
where_CS
uninhibited_JJ
,_,
free-wheeling_VBG
lifestyles_NNS
abounded_VBN
._.
while_CS
much_DT
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
humour_NN
pertains_VBZ
to_IN
the_DT
characters_NNS
'_"
obliviousness_NN
of_IN
now-outdated_JJ
aspects_NNS
of_IN
their_PP$
lives_NNS
then_RB
prevalent_JJ
in_IN
society_NN
--_???
a_NN
prime_JJ
example_NN
is_BEZ
part-time_JJ
salesman_NN
buck_NN
swope_NP
's_POS
demo_???
of_IN
a_NN
stereo_NN
system_NN
with_IN
an_DT
eight-track_NN
tape_NN
,_,
and_CC
inviting_VBG
a_DT
prospective_JJ
customer_NN
to_IN
get_VB
'freaky_JJ
deaky_JJ
'_"
with_IN
the_DT
music_NN
--_???
it_NN
's_HVZ
elicited_VBN
with_IN
an_DT
undercurrent_NN
not_XNOT
of_IN
ridicule_NN
,_,
but_CC
of_IN
wistful_JJ
reminiscence_NN
,_,
and_CC
some_DT
the_DT
throwback_NN
elements_NNS
in_IN
the_DT
film_NN
are_BER
strangely_RB
wondrous_JJ
._.
a_DT
giant_NN
ensemble_NN
disco_NN
dance_NN
production_NN
number_NN
in_IN
a_DT
nightclub_???
is_BEZ
funny_JJ
,_,
to_IN
be_BE
sure_JJ
,_,
but_CC
oddly_RB
magical_JJ
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
sequence_NN
which_WDT
lovingly_RB
explores_VBZ
eddie_NP
/_SYM
dirk_NP
's_BEZ
bedroom_NN
,_,
completely_RB
adorned_VBN
with_IN
posters_NNS
and_CC
elements_NNS
of_IN
iconic_JJ
1970s_CD
figures_NNS
(_(
farrah_NN
fawcett_NP
,_,
cheryl_???
tiegs_???
,_,
bruce_NP
lee_NP
)_)
is_BEZ
breathtaking_JJ
._.
ably_RB
supported_VBN
by_IN
a_DT
well-selected_VBN
collection_NN
of_IN
period_NN
music_NN
(_(
all_PDT
of_IN
which_WDT
purportedly_RB
came_VBD
straight_RB
from_IN
mr_NN
._.
anderson_NP
's_POS
personal_JJ
collection_NN
)_)
,_,
there_EX
's_BEZ
a_DT
clear_JJ
affection_NN
for_IN
the_DT
era_NN
in_IN
boogie_NN
nights_NNS
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
the_DT
period_NN
aspect_NN
and_CC
the_DT
playfully_RB
comic_JJ
nostaligism_NN
of_IN
boogie_NN
nights_NNS
which_WDT
has_HVZ
been_BEN
played_VBN
up_RP
in_IN
its_PP$
marketing_NN
campaign_NN
in_IN
deference_NN
of_IN
the_DT
pornography_NN
element_NN
of_IN
the_DT
storyline_JJ
;_;
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
promotional_JJ
trailer_NN
markedly_RB
avoids_VBZ
any_DT
explicit_JJ
reference_NN
to_IN
the_DT
adult_NN
film_NN
industry_NN
which_WDT
unites_VBZ
its_PP$
characters_NNS
._.
after_IN
the_DT
debacle_NN
with_IN
1996_CD
's_POS
milos_NP
forman_NN
film_NN
,_,
the_DT
people_NN
vs_IN
._.
larry_NP
flynt_???
,_,
another_DT
finely-crafted_VBN
work_NN
which_WDT
was_BEDZ
knocked_VBN
off_IN
the_DT
market_NN
prematurely_RB
due_JJ
to_IN
controversy_NN
regarding_IN
its_PP$
pornography-related_JJ
storyline_JJ
,_,
the_DT
new_JJ
line_NN
marketing_NN
team_NN
faced_VBN
a_DT
unique_JJ
challenge_NN
with_IN
boogie_NN
nights_NNS
in_IN
terms_NNS
of_IN
attempting_VBG
to_IN
deemphasize_JJ
the_DT
relatively_RB
risque_JJ
erotic_JJ
picture_NN
element_NN
of_IN
the_DT
story_NN
in_IN
order_NN
to_IN
increase_NN
salability_NN
to_IN
the_DT
general_JJ
public_NN
._.
however_RB
,_,
while_CS
boogie_NN
nights_NNS
delves_VBZ
into_IN
the_DT
world_NN
of_IN
the_DT
adult_NN
film_NN
industry_NN
of_IN
two_CD
decades_NNS
ago_RB
,_,
it_PP
's_BEZ
hardly_RB
a_DT
lurid_JJ
or_CC
seamy_JJ
film_NN
--_???
given_JJ
the_DT
subject_NN
matter_NN
,_,
there_EX
's_BEZ
very_RB
little_JJ
nudity_NN
,_,
and_CC
virtually_RB
none_PN
of_IN
it_PP
can_MD
be_BE
construed_VBN
as_IN
gratuitous_JJ
--_???
and_CC
boogie_NN
nights_NNS
smartly_RB
depicts_VBZ
erotic_JJ
filmmaking_NN
not_XNOT
as_IN
a_DT
hotbed_NN
of_IN
carnality_NN
,_,
but_CC
simply_RB
as_CS
a_DT
business_NN
._.
the_DT
glimpses_NNS
on_IN
the_DT
sets_NNS
of_IN
jack_NP
horner_NP
's_POS
shoots_NNS
reveal_VB
that_CS
while_CS
the_DT
films_NNS
he_PP
makes_VBZ
are_BER
intended_JJ
to_TO
titillate_VB
,_,
there_RB
's_POS
a_DT
candid_JJ
matter-of-factness_NN
in_IN
terms_NNS
of_IN
sex_NN
;_;
his_PP$
cast_NN
and_CC
crew_NN
are_BER
professionals_NNS
who_WP
are_BER
merely_RB
doing_DOG
a_DT
job_NN
,_,
and_CC
it_PP
's_BEZ
refreshing_JJ
that_CS
the_DT
obvious_JJ
cliches_NNS
of_IN
depravity_NN
and_CC
sinful_JJ
lechery_NN
often_RB
linked_VBN
to_IN
dismissive_JJ
portraits_NNS
of_IN
adult_NN
filmmaking_VBG
,_,
such_DT
as_IN
coercion_NN
or_CC
debauchery_NN
,_,
are_BER
avoided_VBN
._.
if_CS
anything_PN
,_,
boogie_NN
nights_NNS
is_BEZ
more_DT
interested_JJ
in_IN
the_DT
process_NN
of_IN
adult_NN
filmmaking_VBG
than_CS
the_DT
adult_NN
films_NNS
themselves_PPX
._.
jack_NP
horner_NP
's_POS
dream_NN
is_BEZ
an_DT
honourable_JJ
one_CD
--_???
he_PP
genuinely_RB
aspires_VBZ
to_IN
make_NN
a_DT
great_JJ
film_NN
--_???
and_CC
to_TO
some_DT
degree_NN
boogie_NN
nights_NNS
is_BEZ
reminiscent_JJ
of_IN
ed_NN
wood_NN
(_(
albeit_CS
lacking_VBG
a_DT
certain_JJ
wistful_JJ
innocence_NN
)_)
._.
in_IN
both_PDT
films_NNS
,_,
the_DT
world_NN
of_IN
quickie_NP
low-budget_NN
filmmaking_NN
is_BEZ
explored_VBN
,_,
and_CC
both_RB
jack_NP
horner_NP
and_CC
the_DT
version_NN
of_IN
ed_NN
wood_NN
by_IN
tim_NP
burton_NP
,_,
scott_NP
alexander_NP
,_,
and_CC
larry_NP
karaszewski_NP
share_NN
similar_JJ
mindsets_NNS
--_???
jack_NP
's_MD
retort_NN
of_IN
"_"
there_RB
are_BER
shadows_NNS
in_IN
light_NN
,_,
baby_NN
"_"
to_IN
his_PP$
cinematographer_NN
's_POS
complaint_NN
about_IN
poor_JJ
set_NN
lighting_NN
echoes_NNS
back_NN
to_IN
ed_NN
wood_NN
's_POS
"_"
it_PP
's_BEZ
not_XNOT
about_IN
the_DT
little_JJ
details_NNS
,_,
it_PP
's_BEZ
about_IN
the_DT
big_JJ
picture_NN
!_!
"_"
rant_NN
when_CS
it_PP
is_BEZ
pointed_VBN
out_RP
that_CS
his_PP$
graveyard_NN
set_NN
for_IN
plan_NN
9_CD
from_IN
outer_JJ
space_NN
appears_VBZ
patently_RB
false_JJ
._.
in_IN
boogie_NN
nights_NNS
and_CC
ed_NN
wood_NN
,_,
the_DT
aspirations_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
respective_JJ
filmmakers_NNS
'_"
prove_VB
to_IN
be_BE
bemusing_CS
,_,
not_XNOT
in_IN
their_PP$
intentions_NNS
--_???
there_EX
's_BEZ
nothing_PN
inherently_RB
silly_JJ
in_IN
the_DT
goal_NN
of_IN
making_VBG
an_DT
'artistic_JJ
'_"
erotic_JJ
picture_NN
--_???
but_CC
in_CD
the_DT
degree_NN
that_CS
they_PP
miss_VB
the_DT
mark_NN
._.
much_DT
like_IN
the_DT
humour_NN
lacing_VBG
ed_NN
wood_NN
,_,
the_DT
laughs_VBZ
involving_VBG
jack_NP
horner_NP
are_BER
double-edged_JJ
;_;
after_IN
viewing_NN
a_DT
hilarious_JJ
excerpt_???
from_IN
one_CD
of_IN
his_PP$
latest_JJS
films_NNS
which_WDT
hybridizes_VBZ
the_DT
james_NP
bond_NN
and_CC
porn_???
genres_NNS
,_,
when_CS
jack_NP
breathes_NNS
"_"
this_DT
is_BEZ
the_DT
best_JJS
work_NN
i've_???
ever_RB
done_DON
"_"
,_,
it_PP
's_BEZ
genuinely_RB
funny_JJ
,_,
but_CC
given_VBN
his_PP$
utter_JJ
sincerity_NN
,_,
also_RB
possesses_VBZ
a_DT
tinge_NN
of_IN
sadness_NN
._.
mr_NN
._.
anderson_NP
is_BEZ
at_IN
this_DT
point_NN
clearly_RB
a_DT
greater_JJR
talent_NN
as_IN
a_DT
director_NN
than_CS
a_DT
screenwriter_NN
._.
while_CS
boogie_NN
nights_NNS
shows_VBZ
great_JJ
inventiveness_NN
in_IN
staging_NN
,_,
there_EX
really_RB
isn't_BEZ
any_DT
clever_JJ
dialogue_NN
in_IN
the_DT
film_NN
,_,
though_CS
a_DT
valid_JJ
point_NN
certainly_RB
can_MD
be_BE
made_VBN
that_CS
none_PN
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
characters_NNS
particularly_RB
lend_VB
themselves_PPX
to_IN
thoughtful_JJ
verbal_JJ
exchanges_NNS
;_;
when_CS
one_CD
considers_VBZ
that_CS
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
*_???
protagonist_NN
*_???
literally_RB
doesn't_DOZ
say_NN
a_NN
single_JJ
insightful_JJ
thing_NN
throughout_IN
the_DT
entire_JJ
152_CD
minute_NN
running_VBG
time_NN
,_,
it_PP
's_BEZ
no_DT
wonder_NN
why_WRB
the_DT
playfully_RB
inane_JJ
"_"
how_WRB
much_DT
can_MD
you_PP
bench_NN
?_?
"_"
banter_NN
between_IN
dirk_NP
and_CC
reed_NP
constitutes_VBZ
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
finest_JJS
exchanges_NNS
._.
and_CC
while_CS
mr_NN
._.
anderson_NP
creates_VBZ
a_DT
rich_JJ
collection_NN
of_IN
fascinating_JJ
characters_NNS
,_,
it_PP
's_BEZ
problematic_JJ
that_CS
some_DT
of_IN
the_DT
the_DT
threads_NNS
given_VBN
to_IN
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
characters_NNS
are_BER
simply_RB
stale_JJ
material_NN
--_???
julianne_NP
moore_NP
's_POS
child_NN
custody_NN
battle_NN
is_BEZ
fairly_RB
cliched_VBN
stuff_NN
,_,
better_RBR
suited_VBN
for_IN
a_DT
less_DT
risque_JJ
and_CC
uninspired_JJ
tv-movie_NP
version_NN
of_IN
her_PP$
character_NN
's_POS
story_NN
,_,
and_CC
far_RB
less_DT
interesting_JJ
than_CS
the_DT
thread_NN
dealing_VBG
with_IN
her_PP$
woefully_RB
hackneyed_JJ
filmmaking_NN
ambitions_NNS
._.
still_RB
,_,
even_RB
if_CS
he_PP
doesn't_DOZ
always_RB
know_VB
what_WDT
to_TO
do_DO
with_IN
his_PP$
characters_NNS
,_,
mr_NN
._.
anderson_NP
most_DT
definitely_RB
captures_NNS
their_PP$
essences_NNS
,_,
and_CC
his_PP$
resolutely_RB
nonjudgemental_JJ
affection_NN
for_IN
them_PP
is_BEZ
infectious_JJ
--_???
misguided_JJ
,_,
even_RB
aimless_JJ
,_,
hopelessly_RB
naive_JJ
,_,
self-destructive_JJ
,_,
insufferable_JJ
:_:
i_PP
loved_VBD
them_PP
just_RB
the_DT
same_DT
._.
in_IN
any_DT
case_NN
,_,
it_PP
's_BEZ
hard_JJ
to_TO
pick_VB
nits_NNS
with_IN
a_DT
screenplay_NN
which_WDT
contains_VBZ
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
most_DT
audacious_JJ
and_CC
inspired_JJ
(_(
and_CC
ultimately_RB
best-executed_VBN
)_)
scenes_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
year_NN
:_:
a_DT
scene_NN
where_CS
dirk_NP
diggler_NP
and_CC
reed_NP
rothchild_VB
are_BER
dragged_VBD
along_IN
by_IN
their_PP$
loose-cannon_NN
compadre_???
to_TO
the_DT
home_NN
of_IN
drug_NN
baron_NN
rahad_NP
jackson_NP
(_(
a_DT
mesmerizing_NN
alfred_NP
molina_NP
in_IN
an_DT
unforgettable_JJ
performance_NN
,_,
even_RB
if_CS
it_PP
's_BEZ
a_DT
small_JJ
one_CD
)_)
in_IN
a_DT
suicidal_JJ
drug_NN
deal_NN
scam_???
,_,
only_JJ
to_IN
find_NN
that_CS
the_DT
millionaire_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
crazed_JJ
eccentric_JJ
(_(
the_DT
part_NN
where_CS
he_PP
stops_VBZ
the_DT
deal_NN
to_IN
listen_VB
to_IN
the_DT
crescendo_NP
of_IN
night_NN
ranger_NP
's_POS
"_"
sister_NN
christian_JJ
"_"
on_IN
his_PP$
stereo_NN
system_NN
is_BEZ
sheer_JJ
brilliance_NN
)_)
flanked_VBN
by_IN
an_DT
armed_JJ
bodyguard_NN
._.
if_CS
this_DT
scene_NN
already_RB
wasn't_BEDZ
tense_JJ
enough_RB
with_IN
these_DT
elements_NNS
,_,
mr_NN
._.
anderson_NP
introduces_VBZ
a_DT
chinese_JJ
boy_NN
that_CS
wanders_VBZ
through_IN
the_DT
scene_NN
,_,
who_WP
for_IN
no_DT
discernable_JJ
reason_NN
is_BEZ
tossing_VBG
firecrackers_NNS
around_IN
the_DT
room_NN
,_,
pushing_VBG
the_DT
scene_NN
to_IN
a_DT
new_JJ
,_,
surreal_NN
level_NN
of_IN
delightful_JJ
giddiness_NN
._.
there_EX
are_BER
some_DT
other_JJ
interesting_JJ
touches_NNS
in_IN
boogie_NN
nights_NNS
._.
mr_NN
._.
anderson_NP
recycles_NNS
the_DT
use_NN
of_IN
long_JJ
methodical_JJ
chimes_NNS
on_IN
the_DT
soundtrack_NN
from_IN
hard_JJ
eight_CD
;_;
here_RB
,_,
it_PP
accompanies_VBZ
the_DT
violent_JJ
intercut_JJ
sequences_NNS
which_WDT
depict_VB
the_DT
prostration_NN
of_IN
various_JJ
characters_NNS
to_IN
frightening_JJ
effect_NN
._.
similarly_RB
,_,
a_DT
painful_JJ
scene_NN
where_CS
crew_NN
member_NN
scotty_JJ
j_NN
(_(
philip_NP
seymour_NP
hoffman_NP
)_)
breaks_NNS
down_IN
in_IN
tears_NNS
in_IN
the_DT
driver_NN
's_POS
seat_NN
,_,
sobbing_VBG
"_"
i'm_???
so_CS
stupid_JJ
"_"
after_IN
being_BEG
rebuffed_VBN
by_IN
dirk_NP
after_IN
an_DT
awkward_JJ
but_CC
heartfelt_NN
advance_NN
is_BEZ
strikingly_RB
played_VBN
out_RP
exactly_RB
as_IN
a_DT
later_RBR
scene_NN
with_IN
dirk_NP
in_IN
the_DT
driver_NN
's_POS
seat_NN
after_IN
a_DT
particularly_RB
tumultuous_JJ
and_CC
traumatic_JJ
evening_NN
._.
boogie_NN
nights_NNS
is_BEZ
exceedingly_RB
well_RB
cast_VBN
,_,
and_CC
each_DT
of_IN
the_DT
actors_NNS
rise_NN
to_IN
the_DT
occasion_NN
;_;
the_DT
ensemble_NN
cast_VBN
is_BEZ
uniformly_RB
good_JJ
._.
while_CS
most_DT
of_IN
the_DT
acting_JJ
accolades_NNS
will_MD
no_DT
doubt_NN
go_VB
to_IN
mr_NN
._.
wahlberg_NP
(_(
fulfilling_VBG
upon_IN
the_DT
sparks_NNS
of_IN
promise_NN
he_PP
demonstrated_VBD
in_IN
some_DT
of_IN
his_PP$
earlier_JJR
films_NNS
)_(
and_CC
mr_NN
._.
reynolds_NP
(_(
terrific_JJ
as_CS
the_DT
father_NN
figure_NN
and_CC
stable_JJ
anchor_NN
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
,_,
ringing_NN
true_JJ
in_IN
every_DT
respect_NN
)_)
,_,
a_DT
handful_NN
of_IN
other_JJ
performances_NNS
which_WDT
might_MD
otherwise_RB
be_BE
overlooked_VBN
deem_VB
mention_NN
._.
mr_NN
._.
reilly_RB
demonstrates_VBZ
here_RB
,_,
as_CS
he_PP
did_DOD
for_IN
brief_JJ
glimpses_NNS
in_IN
ulu_???
grosbard_NN
's_HVZ
georgia_NP
,_,
a_DT
genuine_JJ
aptitude_NN
for_IN
comedy_NN
--_???
many_DT
of_IN
his_PP$
scenes_NNS
in_IN
boogie_NN
nights_NNS
are_BER
among_IN
the_DT
very_RB
funniest_JJS
in_IN
the_DT
film_NN
._.
i'm_???
not_XNOT
sure_JJ
how_WRB
much_DT
of_IN
his_PP$
performance_NN
as_IN
reed_NP
was_BEDZ
scripted_VBN
and_CC
how_WRB
much_DT
was_BEDZ
done_DON
on_IN
the_DT
spot_NN
,_,
but_CC
he_PP
plays_VBZ
the_DT
quintessential_JJ
second_NN
banana_NN
character_NN
to_IN
a_DT
tee_NN
._.
mr_NN
._.
reilly_RB
is_BEZ
the_DT
best_JJS
part_NN
of_IN
the_DT
big_JJ
disco_NN
dance_NN
production_NN
number_NN
,_,
and_CC
it_PP
's_BEZ
wickedly_RB
funny_JJ
to_IN
watch_NN
his_PP$
reed_NP
join_VB
in_IN
with_IN
dirk_NP
after_IN
the_DT
fact_NN
in_IN
threatening_VBG
the_DT
new_JJ
stud_???
on_IN
the_DT
block_NN
during_IN
a_DT
macho_JJ
altercation_NN
._.
worth_IN
the_DT
price_NN
of_IN
admission_NN
alone_RB
is_BEZ
the_DT
glimpse_NN
of_IN
him_PP
getting_VBG
down_RP
in_IN
the_DT
recording_NN
studio_NN
while_CS
the_DT
dirk_NP
character_NN
is_BEZ
laying_VBG
down_RP
a_DT
numbingly_RB
bad_JJ
(_(
and_CC
dead-on_???
period_NN
;_;
it_PP
sure_RB
sounds_VBZ
like_IN
bad_JJ
early_JJ
1980s_CD
to_IN
me_PP
)_)
demo_???
track_NN
"_"
you_PP
got_VBD
the_DT
touch_NN
"_"
in_IN
a_DT
vain_JJ
attempt_NN
at_IN
a_DT
musical_JJ
career_NN
._.
mr_NN
._.
reilly_RB
plays_NNS
his_PP$
vacant_JJ
character_NN
with_IN
utter_JJ
conviction_NN
which_WDT
is_BEZ
convincing_JJ
and_CC
effective_JJ
._.
ms_NN
._.
graham_NP
,_,
with_IN
her_PP$
long_JJ
dirty_JJ
blonde_JJ
hair_NN
,_,
innocent_JJ
demeanour_NN
,_,
and_CC
huge_JJ
hazel_NN
eyes_NNS
,_,
looks_VBZ
like_IN
a_DT
disney_NP
animated_JJ
heroine_NN
come_VB
to_IN
life_NN
--_???
or_CC
in_CD
this_DT
case_NN
,_,
a_DT
disney_NP
animated_JJ
heroine_NN
who_WP
came_VBD
to_IN
life_NN
,_,
made_VBN
a_DT
wrong_JJ
turn_NN
,_,
and_CC
ended_VBD
up_RP
on_IN
the_DT
new_JJ
line_NN
lot_NN
in_IN
a_DT
film_NN
focused_VBN
on_IN
the_DT
late_JJ
80s_CD
/_SYM
early_JJ
80s_CD
adult_NN
film_NN
industry_NN
._.
consequently_RB
,_,
it_PP
's_BEZ
a_DT
bit_NN
incongruous_JJ
to_IN
see_NN
this_DT
cheery_JJ
sweet-faced_JJ
starlet_NN
whizzing_VBG
about_IN
the_DT
set_NN
on_IN
her_PP$
roller_NN
skates_NNS
,_,
but_CC
in_IN
a_DT
scene_NN
where_CS
she_PP
's_BEZ
lounging_VBG
in_IN
a_DT
limousine_NN
prowling_VBG
the_DT
streets_NNS
,_,
garish_JJ
red_JJ
lipstick_NN
messily_NN
smeared_VBD
on_IN
,_,
giving_VBG
the_DT
camera_NN
a_DT
hilariously_RB
pouty_NN
come-hither_NN
look_NN
,_,
all_PDT
one_CD
can_NN
do_DO
is_BEZ
gulp_NN
._.
her_PP
role_NN
in_IN
the_DT
film_NN
sadly_RB
needs_VBZ
more_DT
fleshing_NN
out_RP
(_(
err_???
--_???
in_CD
a_NP
figurative_JJ
sense_NN
)_)
--_???
she_PP
's_MD
essentially_RB
a_DT
glorified_JJ
extra_JJ
--_???
but_CC
she_PP
does_DOZ
score_VB
impressively_RB
in_IN
her_PP$
key_JJ
scene_NN
which_WDT
is_BEZ
unnerving_VBG
in_IN
its_PP$
sheer_JJ
primal_NN
ferocity_NN
._.
(_)
if_CS
only_JJ
mr_NN
._.
anderson_NP
had_HVD
filmed_VBN
the_DT
scene_NN
so_RB
that_CS
we_PP
could_MD
actually_RB
see_VB
the_DT
expression_NN
of_IN
rage_NN
and_CC
anguish_NN
on_IN
her_PP$
face_NN
,_,
though_CS
!_!
)_(
and_VB
a_DT
cautionary_JJ
tale_NN
for_IN
the_DT
strict_JJ
and_CC
prudish_JJ
:_:
as_IN
a_DT
teen_NN
,_,
ms_NN
._.
graham_NP
's_POS
parents_NNS
forbade_VBD
her_PP$
to_IN
take_VB
a_NP
part_NN
in_IN
the_DT
twisted_JJ
cult_NN
classic_JJ
heathers_NNS
;_;
since_CS
then_RB
,_,
her_PP$
most_DT
notable_JJ
roles_NNS
have_HV
been_BEN
as_IN
a_DT
junkie_NN
(_(
gus_NP
van_NP
sant_???
's_BEZ
drugstore_NN
cowboy_NN
)_)
and_CC
now_RB
a_DT
porn_???
starlet_NN
._.
draw_VB
your_PP$
own_DT
conclusions_NNS
._.
perhaps_RB
the_DT
most_DT
quietly_RB
touching_JJ
performance_NN
in_IN
boogie_NN
nights_NNS
is_BEZ
that_CS
of_IN
mr_NN
._.
cheadle_NN
,_,
who_WP
lends_VBZ
dignity_NN
to_IN
his_PP$
role_NN
as_IN
a_DT
character_NN
in_IN
search_NN
of_IN
his_PP$
identity_NN
,_,
and_CC
whose_WP$
quest_NN
is_BEZ
comically_RB
manifested_VBN
by_IN
a_DT
series_NN
of_IN
changes_NNS
in_IN
his_PP$
sense_NN
of_IN
fashion_NN
._.
his_PP$
relationship_NN
with_IN
his_PP$
cheerfully_RB
supportive_JJ
new_JJ
wife_NN
jessie_NN
st_NP
._.
vincent_NP
(_(
an_DT
interesting_JJ
melora_FW
walters_FW
)_)
is_BEZ
wholly_RB
compelling_JJ
has_HVZ
genuine_JJ
sweetness_NN
,_,
and_CC
although_CS
his_PP$
general_JJ
longing_NN
for_IN
acceptance_NN
from_IN
others_NNS
is_BEZ
perceptible_JJ
,_,
it_PP
's_BEZ
no_DT
more_DT
so_RB
than_CS
in_IN
the_DT
bank_NN
scene_NN
where_CS
his_PP$
loan_NN
application_NN
to_IN
open_JJ
a_DT
stereo_NN
store_NN
is_BEZ
rejected_VBN
due_JJ
to_IN
his_PP$
background_NN
in_IN
the_DT
porn_???
industry_NN
._.
while_CS
the_DT
scenario_NN
is_BEZ
familiar_JJ
,_,
the_DT
wounded_JJ
look_NN
in_IN
cheadle_NN
's_POS
eyes_NNS
makes_VBZ
the_DT
scene_NN
unforgettable_JJ
._.
luis_NP
guzman_NN
's_POS
most_DT
famous_JJ
work_NN
is_BEZ
possibly_RB
in_IN
brian_NP
de_NP
palma_???
's_BEZ
carlito_NN
's_POS
way_NN
,_,
and_CC
here_RB
he_PP
plays_VBZ
a_DT
variation_NN
on_IN
the_DT
same_DT
character_NN
:_:
maurice_NP
t_NN
._.
rodriguez_NP
is_BEZ
a_DT
hapless_NN
but_CC
good-natured_JJ
nightclub_???
owner_NN
who_NP
's_POS
a_DT
hanger-on_???
to_IN
jack_NP
's_POS
group_NN
,_,
ingratiating_JJ
himself_NN
into_IN
the_DT
clique_NN
and_CC
constantly_RB
hounding_VBG
jack_NP
,_,
with_IN
little_DT
disguise_NN
made_VBN
of_IN
his_PP$
desperation_NN
,_,
for_IN
a_DT
part_NN
in_IN
one_CD
of_IN
his_PP$
erotic_JJ
pictures_NNS
._.
jack_NP
's_POS
eventual_JJ
acquiescence_NN
to_IN
maurice_NP
's_POS
request_NN
leads_VBZ
to_IN
one_CD
of_IN
boogie_NN
nights_NNS
'_"
biggest_JJS
comic_NN
payoffs_NNS
._.
boogie_NN
nights_NNS
is_BEZ
a_DT
stunning_JJ
achievement_NN
due_JJ
to_IN
the_DT
virtuoso_NN
direction_NN
by_IN
mr_NN
._.
anderson_NP
,_,
who_WP
immediately_RB
asserts_VBZ
his_PP$
presence_NN
in_IN
the_DT
film_NN
industry_NN
as_IN
a_DT
presence_NN
of_IN
note_NN
with_IN
this_DT
work_NN
._.
striking_JJ
a_DT
fine_JJ
balance_NN
between_IN
humour_NN
and_CC
drama_NN
,_,
and_CC
exceptionally_RB
well-crafted_VBN
,_,
there_EX
's_BEZ
no_DT
doubt_NN
that_CS
boogie_NN
nights_NNS
is_BEZ
among_IN
the_DT
very_RB
best_JJS
films_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
year_NN
._.
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