Tag: Woody Allen

BR: Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993)

BR: Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993)

April 27, 2018 | By

MMM is a screwball comedy reformulated into a pitch black misadventure where dangerous entanglements recur with greater intensity, and the nonsense begins when against Larry’s wishes Carol agrees to accept an invitation of coffee & cake by senior neighbours Paul and Lillian House…

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BR: Alice (1990)

BR: Alice (1990)

April 27, 2018 | By

Alice is clearer example of Woody Allen revisiting his familiar template of an unhappily married woman going through a series of personal adventures before she decides it’s time to change her life and begin a second and more enlightened phase that may not even require a husband or boyfriend…

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The Joy of Infidelity

The Joy of Infidelity

March 2, 2018 | By

The joy (and perils) of infidelity are centre-frame in Paul Mazursky’s Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969) + Woody Allen’s Husbands and Wives (1992), on Blu via Twilight Time.

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BR: Husbands and Wives (1992)

BR: Husbands and Wives (1992)

March 2, 2018 | By

Woody Allen’s last film starring Mia Farrow is one of his best and darkest comedies, hyper-fixating on the (largely) negative effects of infidelity – the film earned Oscar nominations for writing and supporting actress (Judy Davis) – but its most powerful moments…

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The Relationship Between Bananas and Sex

The Relationship Between Bananas and Sex

February 17, 2018 | By

Reviews of two Woody Allen satirical classics – Bananas (1971) + Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* But Were Afraid to Ask (1972) – on Blu via Twilight Time.

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BR: Bananas (1971)

BR: Bananas (1971)

February 17, 2018 | By

Woody Allen’s reteaming with Take the Money and Run (1969) co-writer Mickey Rose struck pure gold in this poke at contemporary politics in which a moron becomes the leader of a South American country after it undergoes a Cuba-like revolution…

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BR: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* But Were Afraid to Ask (1972)

BR: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* But Were Afraid to Ask (1972)

February 17, 2018 | By

One of the toughest challenges for any film built around a series of thematically connected sketches is consistency of quality, and offering enough variation so that no segment is redundant nor feels disconnected from the original concept. Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex…

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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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