Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Alice Tate, mother of two, with a marriage of 16 years, finds herself falling for the handsome sax player, Joe. Stricken with a backache, she consults Dr. Yang, an oriental herbalist who realizes that her problems are not related to her back, but in her mind and heart. Dr. Yang's magical herbs give Alice wondrous powers, taking her out of well-established rut.
Another slow-rolling yet jazzy outing punctuated by a fine cast and eye-catching visuals, Woody Allen's "Alice" is a solid, charming piece of work. Its semi-restrained sensibilities keep everything low-key, but the film works in its own quiet way.
Focusing on Mia Farrow's Alice, the film revolves around series of Chinese herb-inspired adventures taking place while the protagonist questions her marriage. Developing feelings for another man, Alice tries to keep things in perspective and under control. The narrative offers a classic look at marriage with a touch of fantasy added to the mix.
Farrow is strong and layered as Alice, essentially the quirkily put-upon role that Allen himself, who is not in the film, typically plays. William Hurt, Joe Mantegna, Blythe…
Isn't it annoying how Americans pronounce "herbs"? Yes it is.
Anyway, onto the film. This is a mature, idealistic if somewhat shambolic Woody Allen comedy-drama which interrogates the complacent lifestyles of his usual set, while throwing in a few supernatural and comedic flourishes.
Mia Farrow is the titular character, a lapsed Catholic who goes to see a mysterious Chinese acupuncturist (the great Keye Luke), only to have her back pain diagnosed as upper middle class malaise. Luke gives her a succession of improbable potions to take, which allow her to study, and alter, her comfortable life.
Some may quibble with the usual Allen idea that leading a more truthful, worthwhile life involves cheating on your partner, but Farrow is excellent,…
"Love is a very complex emotion. No rational thought... much romance, but much suffering."- Dr. Yang
Alice is a lesser known film from Woody Allen, but I thought it was pretty good. Mia Farrow does a great job as always and all of the supporting actors and actresses do good as well. Alice blends some fantasy elements into its plot and I felt they worked very well. The film does feel a tad long in my opinion, but nothing too bad. I recommend this to any fans of Woody Allen. 7/10
Now, here's a Woody Allen film that actually walks a fine line between being good and bad. I don't think I was entirely in the right frame of mind to watch this (it wasn't a story that interested me to begin with), but I certainly was able to realize that there wasn't anything major of note here.
Some of the fantasy sequences are more amusing than others, but for the most part, it's a very minor outing for Woody, not bringing anything new to the table for his usual themes dealing with marriage and infidelity. None of the characters, minus Dr. Yang, are particularly memorable, although both Mia Farrow and Joe Mantegna do bring the most possible to their roles. Still, there is little chemistry going on here. The ending is easily the worst part of the film and it just didn't work for me at all.
Part of **No ReWatch November 2012**.
A slow-moving meditation on happiness and fulfillment. It's gorgeous, of course, filled with lovely colors and New York street scenes and a jazz soundtrack.
Mia Farrow can definitely deliver Woody's dialogue in the classic "Woody Allen" style -- although the insecurity and self-deprecating commentary sounds especially sad-sacky coming from a beautiful, impeccably dressed woman.
I think I might come to really like this one after another watch or two.
#6 in my 99 90's Movies month. (Which, I have to start in December thanks to Netflix's routine end-of-the-month purge. Aarg!)
You just know when the plot of a film hinges on an "exciting" life-changing romance with Joe Mantegna that an even bigger life-change has to be around the next corner. (Like: dumping Joe Mantegna!)
Woody Allen en los 80 hizo varias películas que comparten un montón de similitudes en lo visual, personajes y tramas, pero siempre, siempre tiene la originalidad suficiente como para hacer que esos espejos a los que acude tengan un valor único.
Algo que creo que no es lo suficientemente valorado de este director es su habilidad para crear con tanta rapidez, sí, por supuesto que ha tenido altibajos, sobre todo en los 90 que fue su etapa más apagada, ¿pero qué director es capaz de escribir, dirigir y crear tanto material en tan poco tiempo sin colapsar y crear productos desastrosos?, eso es una habilidad indiscutida de Woody Allen que estoy seguro que grandes directores si lo intentan…
"Alice pressed against the wall so she can see the door, in case the laughing strangers crawl and crush the petals on the floor!" Sorry to confuse y'all with that obscure Sisters of Mercy song, but it's really hard to find a song titled "Alice" that isn't about "Alice in Wonderland", and I need to emphasize to people that this film isn't an adaptation of that story. Man, Woody Allen is so neurotic and eccentric that this would be one of the kookier adaptations of the Lewis Caroll classic in question without all of the psychedelic drugs that are required in the making of an "Alice in Wonderland" film. This film is about some housewife healing backache and gaining the…
Surprisingly charming and playful little film from Woody Allen.
Probably it is satirically meant, but I believe it is delightfully done with superb fantasy elements. The outcome is up to the viewer to judge for themselves. I really liked the thought of giving the children every bit of spare time. The chinese doctor parts was really funny and surreal too!
Woody Allen presents a very good musical score too, presumably carefully chosen from his own collection of old jazz.
A charming bagatelle that could be interpreted as a parable.
VERY, VERY ENJOYABLE!
In which a woman learns a valuable lesson from what can only be described as an oriental. Complete with opium scene and Farrow doing a wonderful female Woody Allen (a frequent critique of his recent films but working well here) as she wonders familiar territory. Maybe not his best, but an underrated balance of his more fantastical and serious movies.
Alice (Mia Farrow) is the wife of some rich dude and she's looking for some changes. So – with a little help from a traditional Chinese doctor named Yang – she starts an affair with an attractive sax player named Joe. But despite her new found freedom her real role model is still Mother Teresa…
"Alice" is probably Woody Allen's most Catholic film, even featuring footage of Mother Teresa herself. But even though he's an atheist himself Woody doesn't poke fun at Alice's beliefs or Mother Teresa – it's really Alice's husband who's the bad guy here. This is a minor Woody I guess but still it's one of his most beautiful films (and in a way even sexier than "Vicky Cristina Barcelona") – certainly one of his most tender and amusing films, and there's definitely also depth here.
One of the mild Woody Allen. Not great
The magic of a Woody Allen film is that it draws you in with the plot and characters, and has a satisfying pay off with the ending, as everything becomes more complex, thematically deep and nuanced.
This structure is followed in Alice to a T.
The introduction of Alice features a romantic infidelity plot which seems run of the mill, with some light fantasy overtones.
But as the titular character of the film finds herself hooked on the potions of a rather ill disciplined caricature, the set up story sort of fades away. Alice begins to shift through her life through various fantastical machinations, and wonder where it went wrong, and question why she began to see another man in…
Nota = 7
I just don't like Mia or find her to be a compelling actress tbh.
Stories about women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…
This list was inspired by a conversation on the March 2nd/9th editions of Mark Kermode & Simon Mayo's film review, where…