Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Life is the ultimate work of art
Two girlfriends on a summer holiday in Spain become enamored with the same painter, unaware that his ex-wife, with whom he has a tempestuous relationship, is about to re-enter the picture.
Glib and carelessly-imagined ode to privilege. I tried to ignore my distaste for the superficial artsiness of the characters, but after the scene where the blonde girl decided it would be kicks to go to a slummy-looking neighborhood and photograph sex-workers I just couldn't. Esp. when the SW were all "Hello, American Lady Woman! We love you! Come taste the wines and cheeses of my village!"
Art is one thing, lifestyle-pimping is another.
Major European city + a story about love = Woody Allen production. The former part of the equation is Barcelona, the latter part consists of the two females mentioned in the film’s title and the charismatic Spanish painter Juan Antonio - played by Rebecca Hall, Scarlett Johansson and Javier Bardem respectively. It’s a typical Woody Allen fantasy about two women with opposing views on love who end up in a love triangle/rectangle, mostly to convey an unoriginal story arc, but simultaneously attractive enough in terms of acting and little twist and turns to keep it all exciting enough to transcend mere doctors drama. Those peaks are continuously interrupted by a lacklustre monotonous narrator who sounds like he’s directly citing a…
My dear Boxd’s friends for this film I have only 3 things to say:
SCARLETT JOHANSSON IS fucking hot
REBECCA HALL IS fucking hot
PENÉLOPE CRUZ IS fucking hot
Sorry, my friends but is just only I had to say about. I love you, Woody Allen, for give me such relief in this pleasant night.XOXO.-
LETTER TO MY 18-year-old self, by the present almost 21 y-old William:
I don't know you haven't delete it this review, despite an period you have deleted all your bad reviews, but I know why! Is one of your most liked review, you wrote in a period of joy and happiness, was happier to do, done after the film watch! The film is wonderful, very.…
A light-toned, sun swept drama about love, relationships, and which types of both cause true dolor, Woody Allen's "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" is a charming, provocative, and completely Allen-esque meditation on the things that make women and men tick, cheat, and feel. The film is well-shot, well-written, well-acted, and strangely unaffecting. Still, its inability to ever seriously heat up should not be held against it, as the film is a completely solid endeavor.
On summer holiday in Barcelona, Americans, Vicky and Cristina, weave their ways through a number of romantic and artistic misadventures mostly involving a swarthily handsome Spaniard played by Javier Bardem. The dialogue is rich, the narrative is compelling, and both exude the kind of lightly intellectual, academically conscious,…
Woody Allen really loves Europe. First Barcelona, then Paris, then Rome. Incredible. Barcelona is absolutely gorgeous in this movie. The characters are gorgeous as well. Scarlett Johansson, Rebecca Hall, Penelope Cruz. Javier Bardem is a really lucky man! This movie was really magical. It is based around the characters, and that's what I love about it. There is no real plot, but I really love the way Allen plays with the interesting characters. Javier Bardem's acting really impressed me, and so did the 3 girls, who are all gorgeous. Thank you, Woody Allen. I hope you make movies till you are a hundred.
Many of us can find the familiar elements that exist within its two titular characters, Vicky and Cristina, whom have arrived in Barcelona for a two month vacation. Both an antithesis of one another, but friendly chemistry between them fits and it is immediately evident that their bond is undoubtedly difficult to dissolve. Vicky is an individual who appears to thrive off rationality, to have much of her life goals as a reachable target and minimal of risk, there is an attraction for her in this aura of stability that she currently finds herself in the most ideal position in her life, a fiancee and a possible apartment to call home in New York City. This is a particular type…
Great late career Allen; a sexually charged comedic drama of two American Tourists Vicky and Christina staying in Barcelona for a summer who are prepositioned by a famous local painter to spend a weekend with him. Their choice to go with him will have long lasting consequences between them and around their social circles. As with most of the rest of Allen's work, the dissection of our choices runs thickly through the narrative, creating moments of revalation and awkwardness equally. Though the narration may be excessive it helps add to the 'as a matter of fact' tone of the whole affair. More bite than your usual "Great-Looking-People-Having-Sex-in-Gorgeous-Locations" movie.
javier bardem: I wanna fly you to this place for the weekend and then we make love
me, already packing: sure lets go
Unpretentious, sincere, exhilarating. I love when sweet cinycal Woody takes on relationships and passion. This film is a light vacation from the naive mainstream definition of love.
NB: Penelope Cruz is a goddess
Vicky Cristina Barcelona isn’t one of Woody Allen’s most hated films from the 21st century, but I’d be damned if isn’t his most undervalued. The man’s made a few “airy” films throughout his prolific career, but this film is his “airiest”; not because it’s light-hearted and without any kind of criticism for its spoiled characters, but because it’s completely enveloped in these characters living a life of explorative wealth and complete comfort in their “old money” domain.
It’s nice to see such characters that are so full of themselves, yet still likeable and devoid of being neurotic, rich assholes.
Two central characters in the film (played by Javier Bardem and Penèlope Cruz) are painters – and the tagline for the…
when will woody allen die
تا اینجایی که حدود 5 تا فیلم از وودی آلن دیدم بدترین بود! فاجعه.اصلاً باورکردنی نیست که آلن با اون قدرت در فیلمنامه نویسی همچین چیزی رو ساخته باشه.به شدت سطحی.فیلم به هیچ وجه پرداخته نمیشه.شخصیت ویکی کاملاً متناقض با چیزیِ که باید باشه.کریستینا معلوم نیست دنبال چیه.شخصیت خاویر باردم هم فاجعه است! در دو دقیقه اول آشنایی با یه نفر مگه میشه پیشنهاد رابطه ی جنسی داد؟!
کلا فیلم آشفته است.از آلن انتظار همچین زباله ای نداشتم.
All the crimes of Cassandra’s Dream are totally forgiven. Vicky Cristina Barcelona is an absolutely excellent, fresh and vibrant slice of joy. It’s definitive proof of just how skilled Woody Allen is at creating and studying characters in a way that’s just so beautifully controlled and intelligent. But this isn’t an unravelling of the romantic fantasy world of our imagination that’s he’s captured so perfectly in the way that Blue Jasmine, perhaps is. This is a film that loves the world it’s in and explores it as though it were real. How would the character dynamics in that world actually function and what would be their logical outcomes? How would those characters change and develop as a result of those interactions? It’s just realised so beautifully and so eloquently and with so much fun and humour that arises without the need even for conventional jokes. It’s just wonderful.
One of the best ways to be floozy for a night in.
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