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Woody Allen, Sans New York

AKIE BERMISS: As far directors go, there is probably no living director who is more synonymous with New York than Woody Allen. A majority of his movies pay deference to the great city and in turn we — the people of this city — pay Allen deference as the guy who can really shoot a New Yorker’s movie. And yet, as a the New York Times pointed out last week, several of Allen’s recent movies have been made abroad. So, it begs the question: what gives?

HOWARD MEGDAL: Akie is right, and let’s start with the understanding that Whatever Works is one of the lesser recent films Woody Allen made, a pale echo of the vital Vicky Cristina Barcelona. So New York is not the magic ingredient to making his films good recently. Continue reading

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Reviews: You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger

SONIA BRAND-FISHER: I’m not going to lie and say I have a completely unbiased opinion of the films of Woody Allen. I have never seen a work of his that I have not liked, and as a result I always expect his films to put me in a good, or at least reverent mood.


HOWARD MEGDAL:
Like Sonia, I view every Woody Allen film as an event. Back when he released a series of films on Christmas Day, I let those be my chance to connect to the Jewish community at large between meals at Chinese restaurants. (Why synagogues don’t have film showings on Christmas is beyond me.)

Still, with that handicap, I believe this film is worth seeing even for the less-than-obsessed Woody Allen viewer. The film fell a bit short of Vicky Cristina Barcelona for me, though well ahead of Whatever Works. Continue reading

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Two Views of Whatever Works

HOWARD MEGDAL: Whatever Works didn’t.

AKIE BERMISS: All in all, it was a great film. And I DO mean film. Not a movie. Allen is a composer and his compositions betray his talent and dedication to craft. Much of what we find to be funny today owes its success to Allen’s wild invention days of the 70s. His anti-hero schlubbs, his idiosyncratic way of making New York a character in the story, his snappy dialogue — and on and on. Continue reading

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