Pretty self-explanatory. I want to collect all of the movies that deal with relationships falling apart/ending. I'm also interested in…
A new comedy
Whatever Works explores the relationship between a crotchety misanthrope, Boris and a naïve, impressionable young runaway from the south, Melody. When Melody's uptight parents arrive in New York to rescue her, they are quickly drawn into wildly unexpected romantic entanglements. Everyone discovers that finding love is just a combination of lucky chance and appreciating the value of "whatever works."
Woody Allen is back in New York City with a comedy which is reminiscent of the old days where Larry David stars as an eccentric misanthrope and Evan Rachel Wood stars as a naive and impressionable young runaway, two very different people who end up falling in love. When Melody's tense and irritable parents arrive to save her, they are quickly caught in unexpected romantic events that take them out of their world. Everyone will discover that finding true love comes down to a combination of luck and appreciating the Whatever Works value.
Whatever Works is Woody Allen's experience of putting his old and glorious formula into practice, where the main character is the typical neurotic old man who hates…
Performances : 7.8/10
Story : 7.5/10
Production : 7.5/10
Overall : 7.6/10
When discussing Woody Allen and the films that he has made and starred in over the years, I have never heard Whatever Works mentioned. That's a real shame because I really thought this movie was one of Woody Allen's best films as a director. The story might not be the best and while the performances were great they weren't the best. His camera work though was wonderful and the set pieces were great.
Larry David is certainly one of those actors who you either love or hate. Personally I love him. Seinfeld is, in my opinion, one of the greatest shows ever made and I loved Curb Your…
Years ago I read Woody Allen's book Woody Allen On Woody Allen in which the director speaks candidly about his filmography and approach to filmmaking. Somewhere in the book, and I have tried to find a link online in support, he mentions that African-Americans are never central to his stories because he basically writes about what he knows and what he sees, and to be honest, growing up as he did he was not afforded the benefit of exposure to that culture, and some other cultures as well. With Whatever Works we get to see the results of not adhering to that philosophy.
Whatever Works is bargain basement, tossed-off, bottom-feeder Woody Allen, mired in cliches to the point of being…
The first hour of this movie is some of the funniest Woody Allen I have seen since Annie Hall. The pairing of Allen and Larry David felt like a perfect match, the conceit of putting an aging misanthropic genius with a young southern belle airhead, also a perfect match, the dialogue bristled and just kept coming, and I laughed loudly repeatedly. And then somewhere around the time of the transformation of the mother-in-law, it all came to a swift halt. The third act feels like something hastily written on the toilet, with criminally less David, and an overabundance of the less-interesting secondary characters. Once again, if there was just a little more time between projects, a little more attention to the job at hand, Whatever Works could have been one of Allen's great comedies. Alas, it is once again quantity over quality with Woody Allen inc.
The moral of this movie is basically "Do whatever makes you happy, unless your'e conservative or religious, in that case you're fucking dumb." For the record I'm am neither conservative or religious, I just find mean-spirited prejudice to be awful no matter what viewpoint it is coming from. Also the probable reason Larry David plays the main character instead of Woody Allen is because Allen didn't want people to realize what a creep he is.
Another one from Woody Allen, good but certainly not one of his best.
In Whatever Works we follow the story of a middle age man called Boris Yellnikoff. A grumpy and sometimes annoying guy that entitles himself as a genius. Some of his ideas about the world are definitely different from other people and he is basically against everything and everybody. One day fate put Melody Saint Anne Celestine, a girl from Mississipi into his life. She is doesn't have any kind of cultural intelect and is the absolute opposite of Boris, so she is the kind of people Boris can't stand, well but he always thinks he is the only bright human being on planet. Her sweetness ultimately enchants…
"In the end the romantic aspirations of our youth are reduced to, Whatever Works" Woody Allens clearly personal art imitating life tale of a man falling in love with a woman decades younger, keeps just the right side of being totally cheesy (and dare I say creepy) because of the great use of Larry David. He's the first to accept hes not a diverse ranged actor so essentially plays himself just like he does wonderfully in Curb (come HBO get it on again), but it works a treat.
I finally caught up with this gem because of a scavenger hunt poll task here on letterboxd, which asked for a film rotting away on your watchlist/netflix queue. And while its neither Woody or Larry at their heady best, its still solid.
A man who looks like Woody Allen and found the runaway girl from home played by Evan Rachel Wood, then comes along the whole other characters that try to map this two relationship, because it's weird situation for a very young and attractive girl married a very old and insane man.
I watch it for fun. And, it's fun. Especially where Evan Rachel Wood comes along with Henry Cavill.
At one point here (the scene with his ex-wife) Larry David, the writer of some of the smartest, most concise, most densely, sublimely structured, most quotable and most funny comic writing of the last 20 years seems to be acting in something that would function just fine in most movies as a parody of a bad college play.
Both characters sound like Woody Allen circa 1975 or more accurately ~(and probably literally correct) like the first drafts of characters Allen rejected 30 years ago and threw in his ideas draw..
There are things to like here, particularly if you are a Seinfeld/Curb fan (although it is so far from the level of Curb it's upsetting but it's still Larry being…
Woody Allen's best movie to date and that's mainly because of Larry David.
Mein erster kompletter allan, ich bin begeistert.
A big part of the reason why a lot of people think they don't like Woody Allen movies is probably because every couple years, he makes a movie that's fundamentally condescending; that insists that everyone in the world would share his worldview if only they were enlightened enough to know it. People hate that shit.
As a huge fan of Larry David and Curb your Enthusiasm I was really excited to see Larry David play someone besides himself but unfortunately I'm incredibly disappointed. David tried but his character was such a mix of a character I really didn't like it. The script fails the movie with annoying and unnecessary characters, hollow direction, and an incredibly rushed run time so I don't know let's hope Clear History is better than this one.
What I Learned:
Larry David is a terrible actor, he needs to stick to endless takes of improv
Woody Allen Laziness: ★★★★★
Larry David is getting up and trying to find "whatever works", so I guess he really is "curbing his enthusiasm". Evan Rachel Wood is here, playing some naïve southern chick who gets involved with a much older man, which makes me think of "Down in the Valley", and which therefore "curb stomps" my enthusiasm (Get it, fellow fans of Edward Norton and "American History X"?). Speaking of which, no matter how much enthusiasm this cat has, something that really doesn't work is him with the good-looking chick who, for crying out louds, was engaged to Marilyn Manson at this time, largely because not many women want to hear any type of man ramble on about misanthropic philosophy. Yeah, I should…
A comprehensive, alphabetical list of films released in the United States that have been condemned by the Catholic Church since…