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An image of the actor and producer Carly Pope.A group shot of the cast of Boogie Nights, with Nicole Ari Parker, Burt Reynolds, Mark Wahlberg, Julianne Moore, John C. Reilly and Philip Seymour Hoffman in the foregroundOn this week’s episode of Someone Else’s Movie, we add our fourth Paul Thomas Anderson film to the catalogue as Carly Pope steps up for his 1997 breakout Boogie Nights, which still feels eccentric, electric and vaguely transgressive almost a quarter-century after its premiere.

It’s a great movie, and it made for a great episode; Carly is someone I’ve been hoping to book on the show for a while, and it finally came together in a very satisfying way. So give it a listen! Subscribe on Apple PodcastsGoogle Play and Stitcher to get it instantly, or download the episode directly from the web.

And then you can check out my review of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, which is very satisfying as a Marvel movie and even more so as the feature-film breakout of Simu Liu, who graduates from Kim’s Convenience to superherodom and makes it look downright graceful. It hits theatres September 3rd, and if the idea of going to see a movie with a crowd is worrying to you … well, I understand. Maybe catch a matinee. Or wait for it to hit Disney+ in a couple of months; it shouldn’t be too long, with The Eternals looming in November.

It’s weird that it’s almost September, right? This whole summer blew right past me. But that means TIFF is coming, and the festival revised their COVID policies yesterday to mandate full vaccination or proof of a recent negative test. I wrote that up for NOW yesterday, not that there’s really any more to the story than that. But still. It’s a living.

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