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 Posted:   Jan 24, 2012 - 8:38 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

No Stoll nod, but Midnight in Paris gets nominations for:

Best Picture
Best Director
Best Original Screenplay
Art Direction

Welcome back, Woody!

 
 Posted:   Jan 31, 2012 - 3:13 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

I watched You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, which I liked a lot. This article from Psychology Today provides an interesting analysis of the film.

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-literary-mind/201010/woody-allens-you-will-meet-tall-dark-stranger-good-movie-about-death

 
 Posted:   Jan 31, 2012 - 4:53 PM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

I'm guess I'm gonna have to try Midnight in Paris, huh? *sigh* I'm uh-scared because people were all twitterpated about Match Point, and I loathed Match Point. Woody, give me a sign that I'm doing right by watching Midnight in Paris. Any sign at all.

 
 Posted:   Jan 31, 2012 - 7:44 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

I'm guess I'm gonna have to try Midnight in Paris, huh? *sigh* I'm uh-scared because people were all twitterpated about Match Point, and I loathed Match Point. Woody, give me a sign that I'm doing right by watching Midnight in Paris. Any sign at all.

Seeing as many die hard Woody fans don't like "MIP"--though I loved it--if you're expecting another "Manhattan" or "Stardust Memories", don't bother. But if you enjoyed Woody Lite like "A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy", then you'll probably like it more.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 2, 2012 - 7:50 PM   
 By:   Compose47   (Member)

Too many favorites, but for now...

1 - Broadway Danny Rose - Mia Farrow
2 - Deconstructing Harry - the writing
3 - Crimes and Misdemeanors - Alan Alda
4 - Bullets Over Broadway - Chazz Palmenteri
5 - Midnight in Paris - France

...and Woody in the first three, and the cast in all of them.

 
 Posted:   Feb 27, 2012 - 2:46 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Woody Allen wins his fourth Academy Award and third for Best Original Screenplay for Midnight in Paris.

Way to go, Woody! I know you didn't attend. big grin

 
 Posted:   Jun 22, 2012 - 2:01 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

A review of To Rome with Love:

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-06-21/woody-italian-style-abe-lincoln-vamps-powerful-war-movies

I just got Celebrity and Anything Else. The former looks promising, but fifteen minutes into the latter and I'm already disappointed; the weak leads more than..."anything else"! Bu-dump-dump!

 
 Posted:   Jun 22, 2012 - 2:11 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Some of the To Rome with Love cast on the June 20 Charlie Rose program:

http://www.businessweek.com/video#video=h4dXU2NTp-_NBn_a7MgCDgAKa4Bl6DgR

 
 Posted:   Nov 1, 2012 - 7:01 PM   
 By:   KevinSmith   (Member)

Alan Alda was another Woody stock player that did some good work with Allen.

"If it bends, it's funny. If it breaks, it's not funny."

"Comedy is tragedy plus time."

big grin


"Last time I was inside a woman was when I visited the Statue of Liberty".

 
 Posted:   Nov 3, 2012 - 4:07 AM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

Woody who?

 
 Posted:   Jan 9, 2013 - 8:53 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Interesting site that reviews every Woody Allen movie. The author makes some great points on many things though I also strenuously disagree on some views. It's recommended reading nevertheless.

http://www.everywoodyallenmovie.com/

 
 Posted:   Jan 9, 2013 - 10:17 AM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

I read the interview book by Eric Lax last month, Conversations with Woody Allen. One of THE most fascinating books about filmmaking I've ever read. A real page-turner. Compelling to get into Woody's mind and understand why he made the choices he did. I highly recommend the book to anyone who appreciates the Woodster.

 
 Posted:   Jan 9, 2013 - 5:53 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Got that book a couple of Christmases ago, David. Love it! I also recommend Woody Allen: Interviews, edited by Robert E. Kapsis and Kathie Coblentz. The one with the purple cover. smile I really enjoyed the interview conducted circa INTERIORS.

http://tinyurl.com/72wnwm8

If the link fails, it's "Scenes from a Mind" by Ira Halberstadt.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 10, 2013 - 4:58 AM   
 By:   Joe E.   (Member)

My top five - er, three:

Sleeper
Annie Hall
Antz

As it happens, these are also my three least favorite, as they're the only Woody Allen movies I've seen in their entirety. Yeah, I know, I know. I actually would like to see more, but they're usually just low on my list of cinematic priorities (also, they tend not to stay in theaters around here very long, if they play at all). I'll get to more of them eventually...

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 10, 2013 - 9:14 AM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

"Annie Hall": for the entire cast (especially Tony Roberts, Christopher Walken and Janet Margolin)
"Crimes and Misdemeanors": for Martin Landau's performance
"Sweet and Lowdown": for Sean Penn's performance
"Match Point": for Jonathan Rhys Meyers' performance
"Cassandra's Dream": for Ewan McGregor and Colin Farrell's performances and Philip Glass' score!

 
 Posted:   Jan 22, 2013 - 7:32 AM   
 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.

 
 Posted:   Jan 22, 2013 - 7:45 AM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (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.

 
 Posted:   Jan 22, 2013 - 8:02 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

The cover's identical and even if it is the previous edition I'll keep it if it's widescreen since I don't have this one.

The movie's worth it for the art gallery scene alone!

I post it yet again:

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 22, 2013 - 9:30 PM   
 By:   Koray Savas   (Member)

Match Point
Midnight In Paris
Annie Hall
The Curse Of The Jade Scorpion
Melinda And Melinda

Woody Allen is one of my all-time favorite directors, and while he garners high praise and awards I always feel like he's woefully underrated. Perhaps it's because he's never really discussed by this generation; and as someone said earlier, has been delegated to the independent cinema market.

Very difficult to pick five films, but those are the ones that jump to mind first as being my favorites. I was completely awestruck by Midnight In Paris when I finally got to see it on my home theater.

 
 Posted:   Jan 23, 2013 - 9:52 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (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.


 
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