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Woody Allen stars as Val Waxman, a two-time Oscar winner turned washed-up, neurotic director in desperate need of a comeback. When it comes, Waxman finds himself backed into a corner: Work for his ex-wife Ellie or forfeit his last shot. Is Val blinded by love when he opts for the reconnect? Is love blind when it comes to Ellie's staunch support? Literally and figuratively, the proof is the picture.
Performances : 7.9/10
Story : 8.4/10
Production : 7.8/10
Overall : 8.03/10
In one word, I found the overall story of Hollywood Ending touching. It's classic Woody Allen. Yet he's so old and stuttering and over-the-top nuerotic that it comes off fresh for some reason. As far as his performances go I think it may have been one of his best. Tea Leoni was great too, and I'm usually not a fan of hers.
I don't know, I really need to take a break from these Woody Allen films for a while. I'm very close to being done but I've essentially running out of new things to say. It's both a great thing and a bad thing with Allen. Almost…
Woody Allen always loves to write about nervous, complexed and temperamental characters. Hollywood Ending is another one of those examples and this time he is the one plays it.
Val Waxman was a very well respected Hollywood director until he has lost all of his credibility because of some poor works. The chance of directing a great film after a long time appears by the hands of his ex-wife who cheated on him with the millionaire that is producing the film. Val is not dealing very well with the situation but it's his last big opportunity and he has to accept. After some kind of nervous breakdown he developed a psychosomatic blindness. Now he has to direct the picture without…
"Here I'm a bum but there i'm a genius! Thank God the French exist."
Yet another Woody Allen movie, i have recently been working on the few Allen films i had not yet seen. Most of them are recent work of his from the last fifteen years, so far i have seen Small Time Crooks, Whatever Works, Scoop and You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger. I hadn't seen any of those because being a massive Allen fan i was afraid that i would be disappointed by them since the buzz is pretty much bad on all of those. The truth is that they were all amusing experiences and some of them like Whatever Works even surprised me. I…
Film #7 of Scavenger Hunt #3 Challenge
Item 21. A film featuring a blind person!
I'm not the biggest fan of Woody Allen, something about him and his movies just puts me off. Unlike most Woody Allen films, the quirk in "Hollywood Ending" is fairly tame. The typical neurotic pace and frenetic speech is present, but the movie as a whole is pretty calm. The plot isn't too anything, keeping a quick pace but not losing me anywhere. Middle of the road Woody.
"'How would you improve this movie?' Arson."
I'm getting real sick of your shit, Woody.
Rather predictable but still sweet hearted comedy from Woody Allen.
A director with a fantastic career has nearly destroyed himself with his wild artistic demands-right as he gets the chance to direct a major picture to redeem himself he goes blind. With the help of a few close friends and an ex-wife he directs the whole picture without any vision.
Plenty of autobiographical moments from Allen's life as well as a fairly good cast help keep the balance-plus the ending is a true delight-but on an overall scale this felt rather weak-thankfully it never took itself too seriously.
Allen's best performance since I saw Love and Death yesterday.
I take back everything I said in my review of Alice, that I've probably watched all of Allen's best films and I'm just filling in gaps.
But, this one was great. It's more in line with his broader comedies and I enjoyed the energy of it, as well as Allen's performance.
I also enjoyed the meta comments by Allen about his own movies, those were fun.
The idea of a director who is regularly accused of making the same move over and over again actually making a movie about a director who goes blind is pretty clever, actually.
It's a bold move to make such a crazy idea work, even…
when will woody allen die
First time viewing and I’m so glad I skipped it when it came out. Here, Allen takes a one-joke concept (a filmmaker goes blind the day before production begins on his comeback film, but his manager insists he fake it anyway to salvage his career), and runs it into the ground for 75 minutes. The film runs 114 minutes, but for some reason, Allen took ten minutes worth of exposition and stretched it out to forty. And the concept gets old quickly. Almost every joke is a variation of “Which of these two guns do you prefer we use in this scene?” “Oh...that one looks...fine.” “Which one? The black one?” “Sure, the black one.”
Once again, Allen surrounds himself with…
Great to see Kelly Kapowski (Saved By the Bell's, Tiffani-Amber Thiessen) in a small but memorable role. And I did like the whole blind director storyline. But Woody's endings are getting to be sooooo predictable. And does he always have to use L.A. or N.Y. as the setting to the movie? Lots of other great cities in the U.S.A. you know.
τον αγαπώ και θα τον αγαπώ για πάντα.-
"Call Hayley Joel Osment and tell him congratulations on his lifetime achievement award"
It's reputation as Allen's absolute worst is way exaggerated (Celebrity resides yet on its ignominious throne). Hollywood Ending is a good movie with a great movie buried within its 114 minutes (and not all that deeply). With the lone exception of the all-time-great Match Point, Woody Allen movies that step past the 100 minute mark invariably lumber across the finish line slack and defeated. Trim 15-20 minutes off this picture and tighten up some of the character work--particularly the stuff surrounding Val's ex-wife and estranged son--and Hollywood Ending sails easily into "very good" territory.
Es claro que el trabajo de Woody Allen se ha organizado en la dirección de explorar un tema en el que la historia es tan sólo una excusa y los recursos creativos, su método. Y esto lo ha hecho con éxito, en el pasado.
Esto lo digo porque la premisa de Hollywood Ending —que un veterano y decadente director de cine tiene ceguera psicosomática—, se presta más bien baldía y forzada. Además de que Allen, con su ubicuo personaje ansioso pero siempre ingenio, no la hace bien de cieguito.
Lo que debería importar pasa a segundo plano para que los dispositivos de su guion destellen. En específico, sus personajes contradictorios: el asistente de producción, con su idiosincrasia de correctismo político,…
Woody Allen returns to some tried and true concepts in this art imitating a life that could have been (if he himself had to answer to studio control).
In what seams to be a fictional alternative making of his masterpiece Manhattan we see Allen's typical psyche in ruin. Anxiety takes hold and literally blinds the artist to his ego's grand scheming. Although the movie works comedically, the bits that make his movies ascend beyond typical comedy are lacking in this go. What could have been a grand return for an era of lesser than filming turns out to be just above average and rather forgettable.
The movie shines during the fictional films production. (There's something to be said of the movie's difficult asian cinematographer and Woody's previous film's cinematographer Zhao Fei.) This film sits firmly at middling in Woody Allen's work: which isn't as much of an insult as you'd think.
the never ending NYC movie list.
feel free to add more if i missed any.
A list of films about filmmaking. Suggestions are more than welcome.
Documentaries (and batteries) not included.
The context is in the notes (if mentioned more than once, only the first time is included.)