Movies of 1997 Bracket Game Final!: Austin Powers vs Boogie Nights
Yep. Here we are in the championship round of our 1997 movie bracket, and obviously we all knew that this matchup was coming from the start…right?
Certainly nobody here was foolhardy enough to think there was any chance we’d see something like Titanic against Men In Black in the final. What kind of numb nut would have entered this exercise with that sort of expectation? Such a person would surely have been underestimating our fine readers at LeBlog.
So how did we get here? What sequence of events has led us into this state of affairs? I’m glad you asked! If you’ve been reading along for the past two weeks, you’ll probably recognize the bracket we’ve been working on this whole time. As it turns out, in our most recent contest Mike Myers’ Austin Powers beat out Luc Besson’s eccentric sic-fi confection The Fifth Element, putting his spoof of James Bond spoofs (that’s what Myers calls his trilogy of movies) against Paul Thomas Anderson’s investigation of the pornography business of the late 70s and early 80s, Boogie Nights.
The relatively low percentage chance of these two movies facing off against one another perhaps resulted in me wondering what they could possibly have in common all the way up until the moment when I saw their posters next to one another. On some level, they both inspect the results of the sexual revolution. While Boogie Nights can be argued to be positing that participation in the production of pornography leads to tragedy or impotence unless you can find a way out of the life, while Austin Powers simply holds up the swingers of the sexual revolution of the 1960s to ridicule as foolish products of the Cold War that dominated world politics after the Second World War.
It could be argued that our task here is to decide which of these artistic reactions to the cultural environment of the post-war world is most valid. It could be argued, but as the person running this bracket game I’m saying outright that we are definitely not doing that. At least not as a unified group. What we’re doing is using this one-and-done competition form as a strategy for selecting an agreed-upon favorite movie for the year 1997…among just the people who stumble across our game…and decide to vote. It’s fun, right?
Go ahead and have some more fun. Vote between these two movies here and then tell us how you interpret their themes or what it is that makes you giggle about them in the comments section.