This post risks spoilers for the last third of Boogie Nights, so if you haven't seen it and are planning to join us THIS SATURDAY at Grind-Fu Cinema, you may want to skip reading this until Sunday!
If you have seen Boogie Nights, though, you know exactly what this is dealing with. The main storyline in Boogie Nights deals with the rise and fall of Dirk Diggler (Mark Wahlberg) as he deals with fame, drugs, and delusion. After a heated argument on the set of a film he storms off. We soon see him embarking on his next career: failed singer.
The scenes with Dirk and his friend Reed Rothschild (John C. Reilly) are both hilarious and tragic, because it shows how badly ego and drugs have damaged Dirk, and just how delusional he has become about his talents. Witness the key moment where Dirk lays down a track in the studio:
Painful. Funny, but painful. I've laughed at that performance for years, never knowing that the horrible song he's singing is AN ACTUAL SONG that was released years earlier. You know how every movie in the eighties had some song about "going gets tough" and "you've got to fight" and "you've got what it takes" and any number of other inspirational cliches that were probably sung by Frank Stallone? This was one of those songs. From The Transformer Movie, released in 1986.
Stan Bush wrote The Touch for the original Transformers film, and the song is featured prominently in it. I was too old to really be into The Transformers at the time, or I surely would have recalled it. But there it is, all Transform-y, in the movie:
Even better, he made a stand alone video for it:
Is Paul Thomas Anderson a Transformers fan? I have no idea. He clearly knows a stellar song to get pumped up to, and you can see it in Boogie Nights, this Saturday!
GRIND-FU CINEMA PRESENTS
Beyond The Valley of the Dolls
Paul Thomas Anderson's
Saturday, June 28th at 7:00pm
Wiecking 220 Auditorium
Minnesota State University, Mankato
You should see both films, because you can. Honestly, Beyond The Valley of the Dolls doesn't screen that often, and it was only recently that we were able to get the rights to it. It isn't even available on DVD right now, so it's not like you can just pop out and see it. If you absolutely have to pick and choose, here are the showtimes for each movie:
7:00 - BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS
9:00 - BOOGIE NIGHTS
But you should really see both. They're too good to pass up.
I'm the new boy in town! Where can I go?