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 Posted:   Jan 12, 2012 - 9:00 PM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

Jim, have you ever read any of Woody's comedy books from the early '70s? Without Feathers, Getting Even, etc.? If not, you should, especially Without Feathers. It's laugh-out-loud funny from page 1.

 
 Posted:   Jan 12, 2012 - 9:13 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

I requested them for Christmas, but only got an interviews book. I've heard some excerpts on the Allen site with Woody himself doing the reading. It's good stuff!

 
 Posted:   Jan 13, 2012 - 8:31 AM   
 By:   Adm Naismith   (Member)

Radio Days.
Just an absolute confection of a movie that hits on all cylinders fired. Funny, warm, great production design.

 
 Posted:   Jan 13, 2012 - 9:16 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Radio Days.
Just an absolute confection of a movie that hits on all cylinders fired. Funny, warm, great production design.


"Start every day, the Re-Lax way!"

I saw the film back in 1990 and enjoyed it, but like so much of his work, Radio Days means more now. Not just for the "dimming of memories through the passage of time", but that era with the songs and pop culture that Woody loved so much growing up. It helps to have an affection for those tunes, and I hope those not knowing about the likes of Cole Porter, Gershwin etc. will become interested in that music after seeing Radio Days.

 
 Posted:   Jan 17, 2012 - 6:54 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Midnight in Paris wins the Golden Globe for Woody Allen's screenplay. I'd like to see the Woodman not show up if this wins the Best Original Screenplay Oscar...

 
 Posted:   Jan 17, 2012 - 7:42 AM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

Midnight in Paris wins the Golden Globe for Woody Allen's screenplay. I'd like to see the Woodman not show up if this wins the Best Original Screenplay Oscar...

You mean like he didn't show up in '87 when he won for Hannah and Her Sisters? smile Yeaaahhh, I don't think we'll see him at the Oscars.

 
 Posted:   Jan 17, 2012 - 1:17 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

"No, it's a greater honor for me."

 
 Posted:   Jan 17, 2012 - 3:06 PM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

He was at the 2002 Oscars...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8YaMwUumII

...and he was the class act of that ceremony.

In fact, IIRC, he was the last "class act" moment at the Oscars since that ceremony.

 
 Posted:   Jan 17, 2012 - 3:12 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Way ahead of you, Ron. Take me off "Ignore", I'm really a helluva guy! big grin

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:   Jan 18, 2012 - 12:16 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Jim, have you ever read any of Woody's comedy books from the early '70s? Without Feathers, Getting Even, etc.? If not, you should, especially Without Feathers. It's laugh-out-loud funny from page 1.

Ordered The Insanity Defense: The Complete Prose this very day. I'll resist the urge to start a separate thread tracking its arrival. wink

 
 Posted:   Jan 18, 2012 - 1:23 PM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

Jim, have you ever read any of Woody's comedy books from the early '70s? Without Feathers, Getting Even, etc.? If not, you should, especially Without Feathers. It's laugh-out-loud funny from page 1.

Ordered The Insanity Defense: The Complete Prose this very day. I'll resist the urge to start a separate thread tracking its arrival. wink


I haven't even heard of that one! Is it old?

 
 Posted:   Jan 18, 2012 - 1:25 PM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

Random High-larious Woody Quotables #1:

Alvy: What's the difference? It's all mental masturbation.
Annie: Oh, well, now we're finally getting to a subject you know something about.
Alvy: Hey, don't knock masturbation. It's sex with someone I love.

 
 Posted:   Jan 18, 2012 - 1:50 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Ordered The Insanity Defense: The Complete Prose this very day. I'll resist the urge to start a separate thread tracking its arrival. wink

I haven't even heard of that one! Is it old?


It compiles Getting Even, Without Feathers, and Side Effects (minus the two one-act plays from "Feathers.")

BTW, I've really enjoyed A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy...it's the forgotten Allen film!

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 18, 2012 - 1:53 PM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

according to a movie quiz I got for Christmas, Woody Allen originally intended Annie Hall to be a murder mystery movie!!

 
 Posted:   Jan 18, 2012 - 1:55 PM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

Ordered The Insanity Defense: The Complete Prose this very day. I'll resist the urge to start a separate thread tracking its arrival. wink

I haven't even heard of that one! Is it old?


It compiles Getting Even, Without Feathers, and Side Effects (minus the two one-act plays from "Feathers.")


OH! That's perfect! You're in for a treat. Although those one-act plays are awesome, one of them being what Shadows & Fog was based on. After you read the compilation, you may want to seek out the single version of Feathers just for those plays. It's worth it.

 
 Posted:   Jan 18, 2012 - 2:08 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

according to a movie quiz I got for Christmas, Woody Allen originally intended Annie Hall to be a murder mystery movie!!

...which later became Manhattan Murder Mystery. smile

BTW, feel free to answer my Wallander question over in the Sherlock thread. If you don't know the answer, just make one up, like my father-in-law always does. wink

 
 Posted:   Jan 18, 2012 - 2:15 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

OH! That's perfect! You're in for a treat. Although those one-act plays are awesome, one of them being what Shadows & Fog was based on. After you read the compilation, you may want to seek out the single version of Feathers just for those plays. It's worth it.

In reading the sample pages on Amazon, I could "hear" Woody's voice and the style was not unlike his own narration in the foul but masterful Deconstructing Harry.

 
 Posted:   Jan 18, 2012 - 2:56 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Get started, Allardyce!

http://www.details.com/blogs/daily-details/2010/11/nerd-boyfriend-how-to-dress-like-woody-allen.html

 
 Posted:   Jan 20, 2012 - 11:27 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Manhattan Blu-Ray review:

http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/dvdreviews15/manhattan_dvd_review.htm

 
 Posted:   Jan 23, 2012 - 1:43 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Tomorrow's the Academy Awards nominations. Hope Midnight in Paris gets at least a nod for Corey Stoll...though I doubt he'll get it.

 
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