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…
Those aliens in Stardust Memories weren't far off.
A bit patchy, but there are so many hilarious moments that it's easy to overlook the flaws in this film and just enjoy it.
Woody Allen Retro #3:
Bei Bananas hat sich in der Wertung für mich nichts verändert, nachdem ich ihn dieses Jahr zum ersten Mal gesehen habe. Fazit bleibt gleich, er ist witzig und hat viele gute Gags, aber ist auch etwas zu lang. Außerdem schlägt hier wieder die Ironiekeule zu: Woody Allen scherzt am Anfang des Films und bezeichnet sich als "Child Molester".
Hadn't seen this since 1971. Who knew Woody would still be making movies 45 years later? Interesting to see this in the context of slapstick comedy (Three Stooges, Abbot and Costello, the Marx Brothers), rather than in the context of other Woody Allen films.
Woody Allen's failed attempt of satirical farce.
If nothing else, it made me appreciate that he cut the stupid gags and focused on the dialogue in his later films.
That Bananas is one of the films that Woody Allen later teased as being one of his, “earlier, funny ones,” doesn’t so much suggest that he regressed as a filmmaker from this point, but that it represents Allen’s purest ambitions as a young artist. Whereas Allen’s philosophical interests would contend with the humor of his later pictures, Bananas is the work of a young comedian who seems in a hurry to throw everything he can at the screen—as a collection of sketches, it barely coheres itself together, instead favoring a madcap pacing that is rendered all the more nutty by Marvin Hamlisch’s score. If Allen was rarely better as a physical comedian, however, Bananas still shows his weaknesses. In the…
This film is "bananas" (pun intended) and I loved it for that. A very absurd and funny film, full of visual gags but loaded with jabs and criticism at the politics of the moment. I do think the last act loses a bit of steam, but I still enjoyed it a lot.
Woody Allen still trying to find and perfect his style in what is largely his most Marx Brothers (and a little Karl, for that matter) influenced film, and therefore his silliest. As usual with Allen some beats recur later in his filmography, mainly in Sleeper, which is a variation of the same political plot with him serving as your unlikely left-wing revolutionary, and even though a straight-up satire with so little purpose other than to get laughs and so determined not to be taken seriously, it has a great eye for detail and surprisingly gets most things right about Latin America's long tradition of coups in a humorous way.
Also, look out for that strange oddity: the Woody Allen-directed action scene.
Movies that are slightly off.
I don't usually post others' best-of/essential film compilations, since there are too many of them to keep track of, but…