Woody Allen has been hit and miss for the past decade or two, but between 'Midnight in Paris' and 'Blue Jasmine,' the legendary filmmaker seems to be hitting a new stride. So we have high hopes for hist latest production. We knew that it would star Emma Stone and Colin Firth, but now we know what it's going to be called. Drumroll, please ...
It should be no surprise that Woody Allen, survivor of a protracted tabloid scandal, should make 'Blue Jasmine.' It's a story of what happens after the headlines, about the emotional aftershocks of big, juicy news and how they affect unexpected people in unexpected ways. This isn't a very funny movie, but its observational instincts are so bright that the scenes evoke laughter, even when the story is actually rather sad. It's one of Allen's best films in years and a silver-plated gift to Cate Blanchett who takes the character and runs with it.
So the Sight & Sound poll was a big deal this week. If you missed it, it's the once-a-decade list of the top 50 films as voted by critics from around the world. But what about directors? We've got a look at the all-time top 10 lists from some of the greats, like Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, and more.
In case you hadn't heard, Louis CK was recently cast in Woody Allen's upcoming (and untitled) movie. Interestingly enough, Andrew "Dice" Clay was also cast in that same movie, which also stars Alec Baldwin and Cate Blanchett. Yeah, WTFs all around. Louis CK was on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' last night and elaborated on the weirdness and the film while giving his impression of Dice doing his impression of Woody Allen.
I’ve been a little desperate to show Lindsay a romantic comedy that won’t make her completely barfy, so it’s serendipitous that director Woody Allen’s latest film, ‘To Rome with Love,’ is releasing this Friday, June 22 – it gave us a chance to revisit one of his greatest for our latest Sibling Revivalry screening.
‘Annie Hall’ (1977) is undoubtedly Allen’s most beloved film, and I had high hopes that its authentic (albeit somewhat neurotic) characters and central relationship would resonate with Lindsay on an authentic level.
Turns out, I was right. In fact, Lindsay found something of a surrogate sister in Diane Keaton’s character Annie (I’m frankly a little jealous!). She also learned a thing or two – specifically, regarding the fact that P. Diddy didn’t coin the term "lurve," style icons existed prior to Carrie Bradshaw, and tears shed over insects of unusual size are, "Never about the bug." As an added bonus, I’m pretty sure the film inspired her to come up with a business idea that could earn her millions. Here’s our chat about ‘Annie Hall’ 35 years after the film’s release.
Unlike any other filmmaker, Woody Allen both benefits and suffers from our knowledge of the author. We know his work habits, pumping out a new title each season like a dressmaker's line, keeping takes to a minimum and wrapping each day in time for an early dinner. When a transition seems forced or a joke doesn't land we think, “C'mon Woody, put in the extra effort.”
On the other hand, the sometimes overly patrician dialogue or far-fetched relationship entanglement will seem extra pungent, knowing how it fits into his larger oeuvre, and we'll find ourselves being overly kind. Maybe he should retire/oh, I hope he never retires. This is the internal debate going through my mind when I watch a lesser, albeit entertaining Woody Allen film like 'To Rome With Love.'
Woody Allen is racking up an impressive cast list for his latest film, an untitled comedy set to shoot in San Francisco and New York over the summer. The latest names added to the roster: Comedians Louis C.K. and Andrew Dice Clay.
We'll wait here while you read that last one again. Done? Yeah, we're confused, too.
Whenever we think about the settings to some of the more recent Woody Allen pictures, our minds travel off to far off places like London and Rome. Every few years he decides to try and film one of his movies in New York City, but it's been rather difficult for the famed director to have that happen, that is until now.