A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
When a bumbling New Yorker is dumped by his activist girlfriend, he travels to a tiny Latin American nation and becomes involved in its latest rebellion.
Fielding Mellish, an individual who fails to maintain his relationship with his girlfriend, finds himself dragged into South America, where he accidentally becomes a libertarian who will be left in charge of the negotiations with the United States.
Bananas is a film that perfectly defines Woody Allen's style before deepening both his romantic and dramatic side. Formerly, his films were just an accumulation of dry jokes (some simple and some more complex), pure comedies that do not have much to offer besides funny gags. Most of the jokes actually land (there are a few gags that don't work as well as Woody wished), but the truth is that Bananas is simply and easily forgettable.
Woody Allen offers you a very…
"Bananas" may be the closest writer/director/star, Woody Allen, ever comes to Mel Brooks, Stanley Kubrick, and the Marx Brothers. Though not of the same quality as Brooks' best parodies, Kubrick's "Dr. Stangelove..." or the brothers Marx's "Duck Soup," the film bears similar qualities to each. However, this political satire and romantic comedy is pure Allen, and, though it can be compared to the above greats, it is full of signature Allen moments.
Built around a New York City nebbish who finds himself entangled in a Latin American revolution, the film has Allen playing a typically Allenesque character. Intellectual, unlucky in love, and talkative, Allen's Fielding Mellish is little different than Alvy Singer or any of the similarly quirky romantics Allen…
La película donde Woody Allen se enfrenta a Stallone.
O donde tuvo los créditos más coloristas y marchosos.
O donde su personaje se parecía más a Jerry Lewis.
Me he vuelto a reír un montón.
The first half hour tricks you into thinking it's that same Woody Allen movie he always makes but with slapstick, then it turns into a weird Mel Brooks hybrid that I loved.
The best part was when Sylvester Stallone beat the shit out of Woody Allen because it's what I've always wanted to do.
I haven't watched a Woody Allen movie in more years than I could guess. When I was young and would watch anything on TV I caught Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex, Mighty Aphrodite and enough buts and pieces of Curse of the Jade Scorpion to know I'd love it if I ever sat down and watched it properly.
Then in college I was given, literally, a garbage bag FILLED with cassettes that a middle aged lady didn't want anymore. In there were some interesting klezmer tapes, some old mix tapes, a lot of 70's singer-songwriter kind of stuff and a Woody Allen stand up tape. This renewed my dormant interest in the man years after seeing a…
Perhaps the strongest of Allen's 'early, funny ones', Bananas is still Woody erecting a fairly skeletal framework of a plot to hang his inventive verbal and physical gags on. It's not until later that he begins to get the balance right.
That is not to say that there isn't plenty to like here. Anybody that can combine adept Marx Brothers goofery with knowingly highbrow nods to miserablist Danish existentialist Søren Kierkegaard without the whole thing disintegrating at the seams is obviously doing something right. The story is also bookended by two genuinely hilarious scenes of sports reportage about topics that really shouldn't have that kind of journalism.
The story itself involves Fielding Mellish (Allen), a products tester, who takes off…
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This is very clearly one of Woody Allan's very earliest films, and I wouldn't be surprised if it in fact was his first. You can tell that the guy doesn't know how to work with a camera, and the story is really just a string of jokes connected on a red line.
But at the same time this film has Allan's hand-prints all over it. We get his typical, nervous, intellectual character and his typical sense of humour. And there are several really funny gags in this. All in all a pretty good movie.
Yeah I know it's a shitty review, I'm sick and tired. It's the best I can do.
More of a Mel Brooks movie than a Woody Allen one.
But, still, it's funny, in a broader way than even Mighty Aphrodite was. It probably helped that I've watched a few Marx Brothers movies over the past couple of weeks, they're definitely an influence here.
It had a few standout scenes, but played more like a collection of jokes riffing on a them than a coherent film.
I don't know if I'm tackling Allen's movies in the right way. I'm actively trying to avoid chronological order, because I think I'll get burnt out before I even reach halfway...but with 34 movies left, I'm sure that will happen no matter what order I watch them in.
So, I'll just take…
Generally pretty funny, but I was expecting a little more visually and narratively. That's not too big a problem, though, as I still enjoyed this a bit.
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Woody Allen che sfotte i dittatori. Non chiedo niente di più. Certamente non il miglior film del newyorkese ma ciò non toglie che questa sia una brillante commedia che fa piegare in due dal ridere e DICE QUALCOSA che, a suo modo, è importante.
Un Allen molto politico, ci piace.
"I was a nervous child - I was a bed wetter. When I was younger, I, uh, I used to sleep with an electric blanket and I was constantly electrocuting myself..."
Eh, this Woody Allen film is a dud.
It has some funny scenes but the overall film is muddled and forced.
Part of My August 2016 Scavenger Hunt
#25: A film with a fruit in the title.
I'm not sure if this is a controversial statement, but I think that this is the funniest Woody Allen movie I have seen so far. Seriously, from start to finish it is nonstop hilarity with this film. Allen employs lots of terrific visual comedy in this film, something that is all too lacking in modern comedy. A lot of his physical comedy feels reminiscent of (and perhaps is even as good as) Chaplin himself. But it isn't just the visual comedy that is great, Allen's writing is as on point as ever, delivering some of the most quotable bits set to film in his…
One of Woody Allen's first movies, and while it had some really funny parts, it shows. A lot of the jokes don't feel like they're part of the movie, they feel disconnected, making the entire film just seem like a loss arangement of funny scenes, most of which could be cut and you'd lose nothing from the movie. Which is the exact opposite of what typically makes a great Woody Allen movie, he's the best at writing movies where's the stories themselves and how the characters react to them are funny. And unsurprisingly all of the funniest jokes in the movie are the ones that are integral to the plot and characters. Not some side joke that has no reason…
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