Tag: Woody Allen

From Fake News to Chamber Drama: 3 by Woody Allen

From Fake News to Chamber Drama: 3 by Woody Allen

November 16, 2017 | By

Reviews of Woody Allen’s formal feature directorial debut Take the Money and Run (1969) from KL Studio Classics, the short mockumentary Men of Crisis: The Harvey Wallinger Story (1971), and the underrated drama September (1987) from Twilight Time.

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TV: Men of Crisis: The Harvey Wallinger Story (1971)

TV: Men of Crisis: The Harvey Wallinger Story (1971)

November 16, 2017 | By

Running a compact 25 mins. Men of Crisis: The Harvey Wallinger Story is a satire of the Nixon Administration, which was past the halfway point of its first term mandate when the short was scheduled for airing in February of 1972, but as the lore surrounding this ‘lost’ film goes…

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BR: September (1987)

BR: September (1987)

November 16, 2017 | By

Released the same year as Radio Days, Woody Allen’s September retains the cast members Mia Farrow and Dianne Wiest, but the tone harkens back to the auteur’s Interiors (1978), a more dour and overwrought attempt at Serious Drama…

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BR: Take the Money and Run (1969)

BR: Take the Money and Run (1969)

November 16, 2017 | By

There’s a progression in Woody Allen’s early as he moved from screenwriter to director, after having penned TV scripts and making the leap to What’s New Pussycat? (1965), and although What’s Up Tiger Lily? (1966) is credited as his first directorial feature film…

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Woody Allen’s Another Woman (1988)

Woody Allen’s Another Woman (1988)

May 8, 2017 | By

Review of Twilight Time’s new Blu-ray edition of Woody Allen’s underrated drama Another Woman (1988).

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BR: Another Woman (1988)

BR: Another Woman (1988)

May 8, 2017 | By

If Interiors (1978) had Woody Allen oozing with the somber mood, visual minimalism, and dreadfully serious characters of a dead serious Ingmar Bergman drama, Another Woman is a more satisfying hybrid, unfolding like a filmed stage play with every scene is tied to a central character in a deep state of ennui…

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Woody Allen goes for Drama with Interiors (1978)

Woody Allen goes for Drama with Interiors (1978)

March 17, 2017 | By

Review of Woody Allen’s first formal drama on Blu, the Bergmanesque Interiors (1978) from Twilight Time.

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BR: Interiors (1978)

BR: Interiors (1978)

March 17, 2017 | By

Billed as Woody Allen’s first formal drama, Interiors is sandwiched between his much-lauded and awarded classics Annie Hall (1977) and Manhattan (1979), and although this creative gamble was nominated for 5 Oscars, including Best Director and Best Writing, Interiors has aged into an overly mannered snapshot of a wounded matriarch and her bickering family…

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Reality, Absurd Dreams, and Faux History: Woody Allen’s Stardust Memories & Zelig

Reality, Absurd Dreams, and Faux History: Woody Allen’s Stardust Memories & Zelig

January 12, 2017 | By

Reviews of two zingers from Woody Allen: the not-really-comedic Stardust Memories (1980) and the brilliant mockumentary Zelig (1983), both on Blu from Twilight Time.

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BR: Stardust Memories (1980)

BR: Stardust Memories (1980)

January 12, 2017 | By

Woody Allen’s examination of fame, adulation, and the worth of a comedian’s career is filtered through a Felliniesque lens that’s still a bit of a challenge 35+ years since its release, perhaps because, to paraphrase fan salvos aimed at central character Sandy Bates, ‘it’s not as funny as his older films…

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