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 Posted:   Nov 18, 2011 - 10:50 AM   
 By:   Donna   (Member)

WHAT'S UP TIGER LILY? It started my fascination with Woody (until he dated his stepdaughter and jumped the shark in the world of movies for me).

 
 Posted:   Nov 18, 2011 - 11:20 AM   
 By:   The REAL BJBien   (Member)

I loved MIDNIGHT IN PARIS, the best film I've seen this year and, apparently, Allen's most financially successful film ever.

I found this film to be "cute" and rather fun but ultimately, I felt the whole A story was shit [didn't care for the wife and her family and her having an affair with Michael Sheen whom I wanted to punch in this film] and that only the "time travel" and the wonderful cameos really worked and left me wanting more.

Corey Stoll as Ernest Hemingway was fantastic and I really liked Tom Hiddleston as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Sonia Rolland as Josephine Baker and the way those two carried on.

Kathy Bates as Gertrude Stein was delightful and seemed like she could have done a whole film as Stein and Adrien Brody as Salvador DalĂ­ was a wonderful surprise.

One weak link was that it felt at times as if Owen Wilson was trying to do a Woody Allen like impression rather then his usual calm, collected, but still rather manic self.

 
 Posted:   Nov 18, 2011 - 12:00 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

One weak link was that it felt at times as if Owen Wilson was trying to do a Woody Allen like impression rather then his usual calm, collected, but still rather manic self.

Compared to the doppleganger performances of Kenneth Branagh and Edward Norton, I think Wilson came across a lot less Woodylike and gave a better performance than those two did in their Allen films.

 
 Posted:   Nov 20, 2011 - 4:25 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Sun Nov 20 and Monday Nov 21, PBS' American Masters will air a 3 and a half hour Woody Allen documentary.

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/episodes/woody-allen/about-the-documentary-film/1865/


Tonight @ 9pm!

 
 Posted:   Nov 21, 2011 - 4:44 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Part one was two hours and while it's interesting to have an extensive interview with Woody, there just seems to be a glossing over of the content of his films. A movie every year for thirty five years will do that. Part one stops at Stardust Memories...which has become my current favorite Allen film.

This aired on two of my local PBS stations and both of them had the screen all wrong; names cut off, etc. It's like they have it formatted for those widescreen TVs...they don't even know how to present their own medium. I also found it prude that they blurred out the huge plastic breast from Everything You Wanted to Know About Sex, even if it was hilarious to see a gigantic pixilated/censored fake boob trundling on screen. Friggin' puritans.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 21, 2011 - 8:13 AM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

A midsummer's night sex comedy- Everything you need to know about sex but was afraid to ask- Sleeper-Scenes from the mall-love and death.

 
 Posted:   Nov 22, 2011 - 7:15 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Part II of the American Masters doc was good as it showed Allen actually directing. It was also interesting to see the the (color) footage of him at work on Stardust Memories, both on set and in the editing room. I wish they'd discussed his use of music in the films, though.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 22, 2011 - 8:30 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

Right, dont normally wander over to this side of the woods, but I am not ashamed to list my 5.
You may notice, none of the poncey ones, just his pure best funny slapstick packed-with-gags ones!! ha ha.

1 Take the Money and Run (apt natural, I have a gub, glorious unreleased score)
2 Love and Death (how long since you made love? Whats today, monday tuesday, er two years!)
3 Bananas (You must suck out the poison...)
4 Sleeper (the food running down the chin when he wakes up cracks me up!)
5 Everything you ever wanted to know about sex (yerrrssss we're going to make babies!!!).

and 6 er...The moose sketch on youtube!! (first prize goes to the rabinowitz's, the moose comes second so they lock antlers in the living room!!)





 
 Posted:   Nov 22, 2011 - 8:36 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

This scene from SLEEPER is friggin' hilarious:

 
 Posted:   Nov 24, 2011 - 4:55 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

"That aftershave. It just made my whole childhood come back with a sudden Proustian rush."

"Yeah? That's 'cause I'm wearing Proustian Rush by Chanel. It's reduced. I got a vat of it."

~Stardust Memories (1980)

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 25, 2011 - 10:13 AM   
 By:   Richard-W   (Member)

Woody Allen has always been important to me, since I first started going to movies. I guess the film I laughed the hardest at, and related to the most, was Play It Again, Sam in 1972, but then the other films happened, and now I can't make up my mind which are my favorites, they all feel so close.

I do wish more people knew about Zelig.
I wish those who do know about it would give it a chance.
It's Woody's Citizen Kane].


Richard

 
 Posted:   Nov 26, 2011 - 3:34 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

It's interesting to note that Richard Benjamin, who appeared in Deconstructing Harry, had previously played the lead in Portnoy's Complaint (1972), which was a Philip Roth novel. Deconstructing Harry was supposed to be Woody's take on Philip Roth, so casting Richard Benjamin must have been another nod.

 
 Posted:   Dec 1, 2011 - 6:36 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Here's Woody's rare (only?) Academy Awards appearance, introducing a montage of New York City films. This was the first Oscar telecast after 9/11. Woody is his usual funny, charming, and self-deprecating self:

http://www.kidinthefrontrow.com/2009/09/woody-allen-oscar-speech-for-new-york.html

 
 Posted:   Dec 17, 2011 - 3:12 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Midnight in Paris to DVD Tuesday December 20.

http://moviemet.com/review/midnight-paris-dvd-review

 
 Posted:   Dec 18, 2011 - 7:12 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

I just don't accept anyone's use of popular music in their films, but Woody Allen nails the emotional core of every film he creates with his use of song. Husbands and Wives is another fine example of this.

Cole Porter- What is This Thing Called Love?

 
 Posted:   Jan 11, 2012 - 9:28 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Watch the absent Woody Allen win Best Director over Spielberg and Lucas:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1ivLfbayKU&feature=g-vrec&context=G269667bRVAAAAAAAAAw

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 11, 2012 - 9:55 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

Is it raining outside?

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 11, 2012 - 5:11 PM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)



Whyfore? For once, his intellectual homages were organically integrated and not just a
pretentiously hollow 'homage' and, second, the de-vine Ms. Keaton.

Hay, who sez we have him on our white-out list?! big grin

smile wink

 
 Posted:   Jan 11, 2012 - 6:17 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

For once, his intellectual homages were organically integrated and not just a
pretentiously hollow 'homage' and, second, the de-vine Ms. Keaton.


Yeah, but he beat Spielberg AND Lucas! big grin

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 12, 2012 - 7:43 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Everything you want to know about sex but were afraid to ask-Everything you want to know about sex but were afraid to ask- A midsummer's night sex comedy, A midsummer's night sex comedy- Everything you want to know about sex but were afraid to ask.

 
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