All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1187. An easy way of seeing how…
Woody Allen's New Comedy Hit
The life of a divorced television writer dating a teenage girl is further complicated when he falls in love with his best friend's mistress.
[originally written on my blog]
I don't understand how you make a film that looks like this and then go on to make 32 subsequent films (and counting) that look nothing like this. But then, neither do I understand how you achieve the perfect synthesis of your many gifts and somehow conclude that you totally whiffed, to the point where you beg the studio to destroy the negative. Each of the film's tricky balancing acts—between visual beauty and verbal dexterity, between wit and pathos, between the specific and the universal—couldn't be more sublimely realized; like most every masterpiece, it's a tiny, insular story that nonetheless embodies human folly at its most ubiquitous and grandiose. That Woody chooses to make…
Film #3 of Florin's Recommendations
“I feel like we're in a Noel Coward play. Someone should be making martinis.”
Isaac Davies is the typical Woody Allen character, an underachieving intellectual who is not confident enough to do what he wants to do in life, someone who is living a romantically –and of course sexually- problematic life and seems to struggle with the endless complexities of human relationships, someone who has always been one step away from achieving success but the fear of rejection and the lack of confidence have kept him from reaching greatness and happiness, an individual who is desperately searching for the meaning of life in a time and place where things- thanks to modernization- are changing so…
“Chapter One. He was as tough and romantic as the city he loved. Behind his black-rimmed glasses was the coiled sexual power of a jungle cat—oh, I love this. New York was his town, and it always would be.”
Is life fundamentally sweet or sour? Depends on your point of view, I suppose. You get a new job, make a new friend, fall in love—life is honeyed and worth living. You lose that job, have a falling out with that friend, fall out of love—life is curdled and should be thrown out. The funny thing is, those circumstances don’t parcel themselves out discretely. They tend to coexist. You get a promotion but have a fight with your spouse about the…
Manhattan is the type of comedy I like: neurotically simple simple, romantic, charming and fresh, never falling into unreasonable clichés while telling its story. Everything seems to work in this film, from the delicious dialogue which makes cultural references without exaggerating to its lovely direction. Beautifully shot in black and white, Manhattan is Woody Allen's love letter to New York, his beloved city, which he thought that was the perfect background for this story, and, god, he was right. The film is about a divorced television writer, who has ambitions to become a novel writer. He's a neurotic underachieving intellectual who's always changing his mind about love and who does not know what to do with his life. As always,…
Few will deny that Woody Allen, as a director, is formulaic as fuck, especially thematically as nine out of ten of his pictures revolve around male-female romances with some oddity about them - often triangular or double-triangular to add extra conflict. Personally though, I really don’t mind since the format appeals to me and Woody’s releases, even his newest, manage to inflict on me the emotions they attempt to inspire: a smile, a bit of warmth and light upset due to characters’ choices and habits. Manhatten, following his most acclaimed feature Annie Hall, may as one of his earliest efforts have rolled out the red carpet for his impressive filmography and this fact is obvious from its romantic-comedy structure. Yet,…
From the stunning opening sequence with the familiar wail of 'Rhapsody in Blue', Woody Allen guides us round the nooks and crannies of his home city. His fractured voiceover introduces the city as one of the main characters; as complex, loveable and frustrating as the movie's human populous.
He introduces other cities this way in his later, 'European tour' movies, but he only ever gives us a tourist's picture postcard of the likes of London, Barcelona and Paris. Here, it is intensely personal. He is one tiny cell of New York's lifeblood, and New York flows similarly in his veins.
Take the famous shot from the poster: as self-absorbed, neurotic, inconsistent and maddeningly burdened with First-World problems Isaac, Mary and…
un film de Woody Allen en todo su explendor... el viejo Woody donde la ciudad de nueva york es tan protagonista que tiene el titulo del film... un film gracioso, inteligente, ademas la corta pero precisa actuacion de Meryl Streep fue quizas una de las mejores... aunque realmente no soy tan fans del woody newyorkino... este fims hace que haga las pases parcialmente con el
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Less annoying and more entertaining than "Annie Hall".
Allen's tribute to his beloved city. The hysterical mood that pervades this little story is fascinating, among the best of the filmmaker's trademark themes. Gordon Willis exquisite cinematography is another reason to admire it. Funny and ultimately poignant. Highly recommended.
Still better than Annie Hall.
"What are you thinking?"
"I dunno, I was just thinking. There must be something wrong with me, because I've never had a relationship with a woman that's lasted longer than the one between Hitler and Eva Braun."
Watched at the Lincoln Center with live performance by the New York Philharmonic, who scored the film nearly four decades ago.
This viewing, of course, emphasized the beautiful George Gershwin score.
With a large, receptive audience, even the jokes seemed funnier.
As much as I hate to admit it, movies like this one sparked my fascination with New York City before I'd even been near the Northeast. So you can imagine that this was quite the treat and a magical experience.
(Still holding back on giving stars. See previous review for reason.)
One of my very favourite of Woody Allen's films, it seems the perfect mix of 'art' and 'comedy'. It has a marvelous cast, and though Mariel Hemingway, one of the all-time great cinematic beauties IMHO, I'm a tad perplexed of the age-differential of the May-December romance: I mean, if you have the opportunity to be with one of the most beautiful woman in the world, all right, I suppose, but that's simply not my cup of tea. I'm more for someone I can relate to. I was on Diane Keaton's side from Day 1 (her performance in the criminally-neglected 'Looking for Mr. Goodbar' I would posit is one of the sexiest and bravest by an actress ever put on celluloid),…
Another creepy and funny trip inside young woody allen's mind . I love the dialogues in this movie . This sh*t makes me think .