A list of films compiled from every response to "What Have You Been Watching" on r/TrueFilm in 2015.
The perfect man. The perfect story. The perfect murder.
An American journalism student in London scoops a big story, and begins an affair with an aristocrat as the incident unfurls.
‘I was in the lounge when I heard you drowning. I finished my tea and scones and rushed in immediately.’
It is not very often that you see a comedy based around a serial killer hunt, but I guess if anyone can pull it off it would be Woody. Scoop opens with a funeral for recently deceased journalist, Joe Strombel (played excellently by Ian McShane). From there we are taken to Joe crossing the River Styx with Charon and a boat full of dead people; which is when Joe learns who the Tarot Card Killer is. All of this may sound dark, but jokes are thrown in regularly throughout, and the film wastes no time in setting up the plot.…
Murder, magic, and mirth combine in Woody Allen's "Scoop," a handsome and comedic mystery with an outstanding group of actors. Casting himself in a supporting role, writer/director/star Allen keeps the energy at a slow boil and the focus on his leads, Scarlett Johansson and High Jackman.
The plot mixes supernatural, journalistic, prestidigitatious, and romantic elements. While at a magic show, an American journalism student is contacted by a ghost with a clue in a murder investigation. Joining with the magician, the student works to track down the murderer and avoid falling for a dashing aristocrat. It is all standard Allen futziness awash in upper-crust English trappings.
The film moves at an admittedly meandering pace, though its cast and that cast's…
" I don't need to work out. My anxiety acts as aerobics. "
- Sidney Waterman(Woody Allen).
There is a certain quality to all of Allen's films. It is a warm comfort and feel good factor which they emanate. Be it a film which deals with unfaithfulness and murder as in Match Point or a reporter hot on the heels of a Killer, the feel good factor and the unique woody Allen touch remains intact. The ideas which he brings on to the screenplay, the characterization, the dialogues and his brand of, so effortlessly ingraining humour in each and every sentence, present the viewer with such a magical charm. And I am enchanted.
I just love the guy. He does…
"I was in the lounge, I heard you drowning, I finished my tea and scones and came immediately!"
I've been dedicating myself lately into seeing the few films of Woody Allen i have still not seen. I'm a huge fan of the man, probably ranks as my favorite director and actor, a true inspiration and idol of mine, i love him. I have seen most of his earlier work and most of the films i haven't dig into, are his most recent work, mainly of the last fifteen years. I haven't seen those because i have been afraid of diving into a disappointment since these films are critically mixed at best. So i went in without much expectations,…
Scoop may be the least Allenesque film made by Woody Allen himself that I've seen yet. Apart from dialogue provided by Allen's character it was a pretty straightforward mystery/crime film, albeit a pretty simple minded one. His lines though added another layer of humor that brought the film above merely a middling mystery/crime film. I'm talking about lines like "I was born into the Hebrew persuasion, but when I got older I converted to narcissism" and "I bought my first Reubens with my poker winnings". They might not be the most hilarious things he's ever said but they certainly liven up Scoop.
I think it's also worth mentioning Allen's obsession with Death…
Let me just say, I'm not the biggest Woody Allen fan. I don't like him as a director or an actor near as much as most people. When I watch one of his films, the highest I predict I'll rate it is 3.5 stars. More often than not they fall in the 3 star range. I generally either find his work somewhat clever and witty or extremely annoying. Scoop, which Allen wrote, directed, and plays a role in, is probably my new least favorite Woody Allen film. He makes one of the worst mistakes I think any filmmaker can make. He tries to pass this film, which isn't even remotely funny off as a comedy. Sure it's also billed as…
Lo cierto es que, en este intento de tragicomedia, (que a mi parecer tiene más de comedia que de tragedia) la trama me resulta muy previsible en la mayor parte de la película, cosa que hace al público minorizar su intriga y caer en la monotonía de adivinar cada suceso a destacar del drama.
En cuanto al reparto, considero especificar que los protagonistas se han dotado de un dramatismo hiperbólico que dista mucho de acoplarse a la realidad, siendo además, tormentosamente expresivos en las escenas más cotidianas contenidas en la película.
Respecto al plano audiovisual, considero que la escenografía no es especialmente rebuscada, pero también destaco que se centran mucho en escenas carentes de relevancia y disminuyen el impacto de…
Es la segunda vez que la veo y nuevamente me parece una obra infravalorada. No vamos a ponernos a lanzar cohetes, claro está, pero, visto el panorama tan contingente de Allen en el siglo XXI, es una película que transmite la nostalgia setentera del cine de humor en pequeños bocados de ironía, aunque a veces te atragantes con el vacío.
An amusing farce
Enjoyed this very much. Scarlett Johansson is hot in here as a young reporter and it was pretty cool seeing Hugh Jackman doing anything other than Wolverine. The scenes with Death on his boat early on really sold me on this. I'm pretty new to watching Woody Allen films, this being the second, but its very apparent why he has such high regard. His humor is low key and offbeat but very funny. His movies so far are a full of dialog but that is their strength rather than a weakness. I loved how this played out and imagery he used with Death. Looking forward to more of his library.
With an interesting, unique plot and fantastic acting (especially by Woody Allen, who's a riot), this movie was extremely fun and delightful to watch.
Einer der schwächeren Woody Allen Filme
Um trabalho bobinho do mestre Woody Allen, mas, ainda assim, deveras agradável...
Scoop is a highly entertaining crime caper from Woody Allen. I love almost everything Woody does and this is no exception. Woody again basically plays himself, this time as a magician who is roped into a murder investigation by a young journalist played by Scarlett Johansson. The film keeps you guessing the whole time and it is very funny as well.
Some (many) films aren't on Letterboxd and therefore are missing in the list. Here they are:
*Luna de agosto (1985)…
If I missed any, let me know. When you get lost in such a wonderful discussion, it's easy to miss…