Boogie Nights is writer/director, Paul Thomas Anderson's breakthrough film, following the ins and outs of the pornography industry (awful pun intended) told through the eyes of an up-and-coming "performer" played by Mark Wahlberg. Wahlberg plays a young, aspiring dishwasher, with an extra special appendage, who is recruited by a famed porno director, played with Oscar-winning perfection by Burt Reynolds, who then makes him the next big star of the porno world with his now-iconic stage name, Dirk Diggler. It may not sound like much, but this is an excellent film due to the hilarious, and very believable script, the memorable characters, awesome soundtrack and phenomenal camerawork. The film boasts a huge cast: Julianne Moore, John C. Reilly, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Luiz Guzman, Heather Graham, Don Cheadle, and William H. Macy, who are all given their moment to shine and breathe energetic life into their individual characters. The film spans through the 70s and 80s as styles change, people change, and their industry is affected by the advances in technology such as VHS tapes which make porno theaters obsolete. None is more affected by the changes around him than Dirk Diggler, who grows arrogant due to his fame and ultimately follows the wrong path involving himself with drugs, violence, and prostitution. Boogie Nights is not so much about the plot, but the many characters and subplots that inhabit this world and their day-to-day interactions are mesmerizing to watch. The film is a bit long, but I highly recommend sticking it out all the way to the end, for no better reason than finally seeing what made Dirk a star; arguably the film's most famous scene.