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 Posted:   Jan 23, 2013 - 10:13 AM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

Jim, did you dig Woody's voice work in the animated comedy ANTZ? I thought it was hilarious. An insecure ant with abandonment issues. big grin

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 23, 2013 - 11:53 AM   
 By:   MusicMaker   (Member)

I realize I'm WAY late to the thread, but here are my top 5 from Woody Allen (chronological order):

TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN
SLEEPER
MANHATTAN MURDER MYSTERY
BULLETS OVER BROADWAY
VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA

And I agree with the poster a few pages back who thoroughly enjoyed Allen's work in ANTZ. smile

 
 Posted:   Jan 23, 2013 - 1:37 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

"Play it Again, Sam" has been OOP and fetching big bucks used but I just ordered a reissue(?) even though it is listed as not being letterboxed, as Amazon is often slow to make the correct changes in its descriptions. Hopefully it's a widescreen reissue DVD. If not, then back it goes.

I bet it'll be the same old DVD from years ago with a different cover. The specs at amazon don't make sense. Says it's 2013, yet specs further down the page list 2001 and full frame. Can't imagine paramount would reissue it in full frame; makes no sense.


The box reads "Widescreen version enhanced for 16x9 TVs." Is that the correct aspect ratio or at least close enough?

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 23, 2013 - 3:40 PM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

Perhaps it's because he's never really discussed by this generation

I hope someone from recent generations thinks enough of his work to discuss it. I wonder if college kids go through a "Woody hipster phase" but take enough from his work to return to it time and again.

In-depth discussion about most filmmakers doesn't happen on this board outside of Kubrick, Spielberg, and Lucas. Scorsese is another director that goes without much comment around here. This place is mostly a "kids of the '80s" haven where sci-fi, fantasy, horror, and action movies rule the roost. There's nothing wrong with those genres--at all, but it's about all that's talked about.



And who cares about the Neo Noir films of the Silver Age era: not a single kid of the Eighties, buddy boy.

 
 Posted:   Jan 23, 2013 - 3:41 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Jim, did you dig Woody's voice work in the animated comedy ANTZ? I thought it was hilarious. An insecure ant with abandonment issues. big grin

I've never seen it! Weren't there a couple of "ant" movies released around the same time in 1998?

 
 Posted:   Jan 23, 2013 - 5:31 PM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

Jim, did you dig Woody's voice work in the animated comedy ANTZ? I thought it was hilarious. An insecure ant with abandonment issues. big grin

I've never seen it! Weren't there a couple of "ant" movies released around the same time in 1998?


A Bug's Life and Antz came out at around the same time. Check out ANTZ. It's truly funny. Not only Woody, but Gene Hackman and Christopher Walken!

 
 Posted:   Jan 23, 2013 - 8:47 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

And who cares about the Neo Noir films of the Silver Age era: not a single kid of the Eighties, buddy boy.

They think Neo Noir is a product placement for cologne in "The Matrix", pally.

It's a subject for another thread, but the "Womb Theory" lives, breathes, and thrives here at FSM. If it didn't happen in your childhood--it didn't happen.

Speaking of Noir, it's too bad Woody's only foray into the genre was the lackluster "Jade Scorpion" (apologies to the above poster who has that in his top five list; we're all friends here.)

 
 Posted:   Jan 23, 2013 - 9:34 PM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

Shadows and Fog remains IMO the most underrated Woody film of them all. It should be studied in film school.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 23, 2013 - 11:52 PM   
 By:   Preston Neal Jones   (Member)

I was going to say, "The early, funny ones." But Gary S. beat me to it.

(Naturally, I think Gary S. is a genius.)

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 24, 2013 - 12:39 AM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

Thirty years ago, I was into his comedy stuff so I would have picked anything from the early Seventies.

"Love and Death"
"Sleeper"
"Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask"
"Bananas"
"Take the Money and Run" (with Janet Margolin)

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

I was never a fan of his Eighties output. I started to watch "The Purple Rose of Cairo" during its original theatrical run and I enjoyed the homage to the Golden Age society cinema and the use of the fantastic element. It's "Crimes and Misdemeanors" that sold me out.
What I really enjoyed about the plastic Eighties, was the cop films of that era: "Cop", "Best Seller", "8 Million Ways to Die", "Black Widow", "Into the Night". I even enjoyed Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket" and Eastwood's "Heartbreak Ridge".

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 24, 2013 - 1:06 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

The Phelps-Sones-Allen love-in continues into its 23rd month!!

ha ha.

Well done for keeping it fresh.

Like Preston and Gary, I was going to say I liked the genuinely funny early ones, but I realised I did two pages ago!!!

By the way, as Ive not mentioned it before, when are we going to get Take the Money And Run score?!!!

 
 Posted:   Jan 24, 2013 - 7:40 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

I was never a fan of his Eighties output. I started to watch "The Purple Rose of Cairo" during its original theatrical run and I enjoyed the homage to the Golden Age society cinema and the use of the fantastic element. It's "Crimes and Misdemeanors" that sold me out.


Yours is definitely the minority view as Crimes and Misdemeanors is widely regarded as one of Allen's finest efforts. Any particular reason why you didn't like it? Did it not hit you on a gut level? wink

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 25, 2013 - 2:15 AM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

I was never a fan of his Eighties output. I started to watch "The Purple Rose of Cairo" during its original theatrical run and I enjoyed the homage to the Golden Age society cinema and the use of the fantastic element. It's "Crimes and Misdemeanors" that sold me out.


Yours is definitely the minority view as Crimes and Misdemeanors is widely regarded as one of Allen's finest efforts. Any particular reason why you didn't like it? Did it not hit you on a gut level? wink


It's precisely that film that I find it interesting back then.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 25, 2013 - 2:18 AM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

I was never a fan of his Eighties output. I started to watch "The Purple Rose of Cairo" during its original theatrical run and I enjoyed the homage to the Golden Age society cinema and the use of the fantastic element. It's "Crimes and Misdemeanors" that sold me out.


Yours is definitely the minority view as Crimes and Misdemeanors is widely regarded as one of Allen's finest efforts. Any particular reason why you didn't like it? Did it not hit you on a gut level? wink


It's precisely that film that I find it interesting back then.


It's the film that sold me the realm of WA. Sorry about the "out".

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 25, 2013 - 11:00 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

Having checked with IMDb I think my answers are ... (I presume we're talking Actor only, otherwise I may need to go back to IMDb) ...

What's New, Pussycat? ... hilarious
Casino Royale('67) ... it has its moments
The Front ... I recall going to see this when I was at Uni ... I knew very little of the McCarthy period and this was something of an eye-opener. I don't recall anything of it now (36 yrs on)
A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy ... I'd forgotten this one (until I saw the title in IMDb) and I have no recollection of WA being in it ... I recall concentrating on the lovely Ms. Steenburgen
and ...

I think I've seen some of Sleeper but it could have been Bananas and I must have seen a few minutes of Everything You Always Wanted ... .

I have a cousin who raved about Annie Hall but the film always passed me by ... and the one with Michael Caine arrived a few years after I'd given up seeing all of his new films.

I'm sorry to say he's an actor who holds no attraction for me.

Mitch

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 25, 2013 - 12:20 PM   
 By:   MusicMaker   (Member)

(I presume we're talking Actor only, otherwise I may need to go back to IMDb) ...

snip...

I'm sorry to say he's an actor who holds no attraction for me.



I actually think that for the most part, the contributors in this thread have been talking about films that Allen has directed and/or written. I'm not saying what's right or wrong- just what has been.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 25, 2013 - 1:24 PM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

...

I actually think that for the most part, the contributors in this thread have been talking about films that Allen has directed and/or written. I'm not saying what's right or wrong- just what has been.


Ah, thank you ... I've reviewed IMDb for his Writing and Directing credits now. I can add, in the former category: Pussycat, Pussycat, I Love You. I can recall thinking at the time (other than asking myself if the film was meant to be funny), it seemed a lot like What's New, Pussycat? ... in basic story-line. I did not know he was involved in that film.

I shall try to catch the next WA film on TV ... I know he has a good following so maybe it's time I tried one of them.

Mitch

 
 Posted:   Jan 26, 2013 - 4:47 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

I actually think that for the most part, the contributors in this thread have been talking about films that Allen has directed and/or written. I'm not saying what's right or wrong- just what has been.

If Woody Allen acted in, directed, or wrote the screenplay (or any combination of those things), then it qualifies for inclusion here. smile

 
 Posted:   Jan 26, 2013 - 6:00 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

I was never a fan of his Eighties output. I started to watch "The Purple Rose of Cairo" during its original theatrical run and I enjoyed the homage to the Golden Age society cinema and the use of the fantastic element. It's "Crimes and Misdemeanors" that sold me out.


Yours is definitely the minority view as Crimes and Misdemeanors is widely regarded as one of Allen's finest efforts. Any particular reason why you didn't like it? Did it not hit you on a gut level? wink

It's precisely that film that I find it interesting back then.

It's the film that sold me the realm of WA. Sorry about the "out".


Ah, that clears up everything and makes quite a difference! What do you think of his 1990s output? It's just as varied, if not more so, than the decades before.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 26, 2013 - 9:21 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

Didnt woody allen used to play the clarinet in a band and turn up and play at local bar gigs?
New york I think. Going back to the early 90s here.

 
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