Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Sweet and Lowdown
A comedic biopic focused on the life of fictional jazz guitarist Emmett Ray. Ray was an irresponsible, free-spending, arrogant, obnoxious, alcohol-abusing, miserable human being, who was also arguably the best guitarist in the world.
One of the few Woody Allen movies that I had not seen. Sweet and Lowdown stars Sean Penn and Samantha Morton....both received Oscar nominations for their performances. Penn plays a fictional jazz guitar player that is the 2nd best guitar player in the world. More drama than comedy....Allen loves jazz so I am sure he loved making this movie. As for me....I do not really have an opinion on jazz music so I did not enjoy the movie as much as he had making the movie. Morton does shine in a completely wordless performance.
Another Woody Allen film that shows his huge love for Jazz music. Sweet and Lowdown is a comedy/drama passed during the 30's, in a documentary/biography style telling the life of the "famous" Jazz guitarist Emmett Ray.
Emmett Ray is a Jazz guitarist that entitles himself as "the greatest guitar player in the country" (after his great icon Django Reinhardt). A very selfish man with little adult attitudes claiming to be so irresponsible because he is an artist and "artists are like this anyway". The truth is that Emmett despite his enormous talent, due to his personality does not seem to get the career that he deserves, but he always has reasons for everything, or he was not "the best guitar…
Performances : 7.9/10
Story : 6.7/10
Production : 7/10
Overall : 7.2/10
I'm not sure why this is labeled as a comedy. There aren't that many laughs, and since I didn't check the genres before I watched it, I just assumed Sweet and Lowdown was a straight drama. I need to do a better job researching what I'm getting into before I watch Woody Allen's films. It seems I always come out complaining that I didn't get what I was expecting, it's not fair to the film.
If we're going to call Sweet and Lowdown a comedy then we need to call it a black comedy. It's dark and seriously depressing. It features some great performances though. Sean Penn, who…
Allen's last great film is a tuneful, funny and terribly poignant drama-mockumentary about Emmet Ray (Sean Penn), the second best guitarist of the 1930s, and his relationship with a sweet, mute young woman by the name of Hattie (Samantha Morton).
It begins as a collection of tall tales, rich in period flavour, brings a pleasant, amusing romance into the picture, then shifts gear for the climax, leading to one of the most stunning, heartbreaking denouements in movie history, as Penn drops the cartoonish detachment and gets you right in the tear-ducts.
Allen seems on top of his game, and in full command of his gifts, revisiting the sight gags of his youth, homaging the lobster revival from Annie Hall -…
"Wanna go to the dump and shoot some rats?"- Emmet Ray
Sweet and Lowdown has wonderful costumes, great cinematography and some excellent performances. Samantha Morton doesn't say a single word in the film, but she is fantastic. She actually got an Oscar nomination. Sean Penn is even better in the lead role. He also received an Oscar nod and deservedly so, he was amazing. One of the best performances of any Woody Allen film. I loved the relationship between Penn and Morton's characters, it was the heart and soul of the movie. I enjoyed Sweet and Lowdown this time, but feel it will grow on me after more viewings. 7/10
Allen delivered one of his last great films with this offbeat, charming, and deeply affecting personal effort. A dramedy set during the 30s, this film tells the story of Emmett Ray, the fictional second greatest guitar player in the world. Allen employs much of his techniques and touches here, using a mockumentary framework which jumps through a period he was always nostalgic for: the 30s during the Great Depression. And outside his uses of great jazz music and running jokes, Allen also effectively ties together many of his signature themes. Probably inspired by his the end of his relationship with Mia Farrow, this film focuses on many personal ideas; like the self-destructive artist who excels at his art but fails…
Emmet Ray, a jazz guitarist in the 1930s who bills himself as second only to the great Django Reinhardt and played with relish by Sean Penn, is one of Woody Allen's most acidulous creations, a frequently cruel and derisive egotist enthralled by his own talent and maddeningly frustrated at others' inability to recognise its infinite capacity. The tentative relationship etched between him and the mute Hattie (a superb Samantha Morton) offers Ray a brief glimpse of a happier, simpler existence that he can't help but shun at the expense of what he perceives an artist's aspirations should encompass. The jazz scene of the period is lovingly evoked by Allen, and though it is often funny, Sweet and Lowdown turns out to be one of his saddest films, and the lingering feeling of loss and regret that emerges is surprisingly potent given how scornful Ray remains until the bitter end.
Another neat litte Woody. I love the concept, it truly made me believe Emmet Ray was a real person and I tried to look him up. The score is absolutely perfect and makes you want to be a ridiculous bohemian sipping on sangria and nibbling on tapas in a little restaurant in Barcelona while listening to Emmet Ray play his guitar.
This movie also marks the second time ever that Sean Penn in a movie hasn't annoyed the living shit out of me. The other one being Fast Times at Ridgemont High. I attribute this to the fact that his character is a despicable, self-obsessed asshole, who also is pretty talented. Naturally, Sean Penn was right in his element.
A great tribute to jazz from Woody Allen. An electric tempo of the film, a vibrant script and excellent actings. I like alll in this movie.
Beautiful love letter to music in general and jazz in particular. A wonderful companion piece to "This Must be the Place", another Sean Penn masterpiece.
omaggio al jazz e agli anni 30
Sweet and Lowdown doesn't always strike the right tones to be a great film. It varies wildly between being a charming look at the life of a fictional musician and being a misguided attempt at replicating the same structure as Zelig some sixteen years prior. Yet despite some tonal issues, it stands as one of Allen's best films from this time period based on the strength of the acting alone, carried by great performances from Sean Penn and Samantha Morton.
This film had existed in Allen's head for a number of years, given his love for jazz music. I'm not certain what the straight dramatic version that Allen had originally written would have looked like, but the comedy-drama that we…
If Llewyn Davis’ eternal underachievement and doom to second place in INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS (2013) hints at a sense of existential unfairness in the world, it’s clear that Woody Allen does not share such a tragic world view in his oddly similar SWEET AND LOWDOWN (1999), a film which attacks the notion of fame altogether, being neither as sentimental nor as totally brutal and subjective as the Coens’ film.
The film presents itself as a talking heads documentary ostensibly about fictional guitarist Emmet Ray (played by an astonishing Sean Penn). By focusing on the man’s personal life, it denies the value usually attributed to fame and recognition. Happier shooting rats than performing on stage – a role he fulfils almost…
Tedious Jazz character study by Allen with a strong performance from Sean Penn. In fact, the whole cast is rather strong-particularly Samantha Morton as the mute girlfriend.
Still, despite a great cast and stylistic music-Penn's character is a real shit and it becomes hard to care about someone whose idea of a good time is going to the dump and shooting rats or watching trains.
Not to mention he's an alcoholic and disloyal and a screwup and a shit in just about every other way.
Strong characterizations and period detail aside, the film becomes a little difficult to watch at times.
Good effort even if it wasn't a success.
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