Tag Archives: Woody Allen

February 01

Beyond Therapy – Christopher Durang and the modern marriage. (Theatre Review)

Beyond Therapy King Street Theatre and Understudy Theatre 28 Jan to 14 Feb. You can grab your tickets here. Christopher Durang writes a deceptively complex script using absurdist narrative structures to laugh at a topic he clearly takes very seriously in Beyond Therapy which is still a little like watching a 70’s American sit-com if […]

August 26

Magic in the Moonlight – Woody Allen slowly losing his magic. (Film Review)

Woody Allen’s films are hit and miss, with his hits being little gems and his misses being endured for the sake of the hits. Sometimes he can make a truly brilliant heavy-weight film (Husbands and Wives) but then he can also make something superb out of light-weight fluff (Midnight in Paris). Sometimes his gems are […]

January 27

30 Years ago today – Broadway Danny Rose (film review)

Slap bang in the middle of the Woody Wow Days, Broadway Danny Rose made in 1984 is couched between 1983’s Zelig and 1985’s The Purple Rose of Cairo. In ’86 he will make the brilliant Hannah and her Sisters, in ’89 he will make Crimes and Misdemeanours, in ’92 he’ll make my favourite Allen film Husbands […]

September 17

Blue Jasmine – Woody Allen and Cate Blanchett make ugly lovely. (Film Review)

Make no mistake, I like Woody Allen films – but that’s a little like saying “I’m not racist, some of my best friends are black” because it can seem like an apologist statement on its own. One of my favorite films is Husbands and Wives, even with the rabid stealing from Bergman’s Scenes from a […]

June 13

Frances Ha – Noah Baumback grows a heart and cires “Look at my girlfriend!” (Sydney Film Festival Film Review)

Frances Ha is now showing at the Sydney Film Festival.  You can get your tickets here. Frances Ha is a film that is loved, loved and then loved, most of all for Gerwig’s performance, which is spellbinding.  This is probably the best film to show off her talents to date – and she did write […]

May 26

Vicky Christina Barcelona – Woody Allen and the impossibility of our desires. (Film review)

In The Perverts guide to Ideology, a certain emphasis is placed on our desire and the impossibility of its fulfillment. This is a Lacanian idea (and one I think at this point in my intuitive travels makes a lot of sense) and it is double interesting to remember that Woody Allen has been through a […]

To Rome with Love – Woody Allen and the whistle-stop tour does Italy

Is it my imagination, or has Woody Allen finally grown up? Vicky Christina Barcelona teeterd on the past and the future for him, Midnight in Paris was a refreshing look at a great director, not back in form, but using his wit and wisdom to create something fresh, and now with To Rome with Love we have […]

FFF: Paris-Manhattan review

I saw this little flick tonight at the French film Festival. OK – It’s not the Charlotte Rampling documentary, nor is the final night screening of Francois Truffaut’s The Last Metro (how much do you think I can’t wait for THAT one!!) but it was a very pleasant way to spend a couple of hours. […]

Midnight in Paris – Woody’s letter to himself.

Woody Allen likes to make films for himself and if other people like them too, well, that’s just darling. If he wants to  copy a Bergman, he does it. If he wants to bash on endlessly about his neurosis, he does it. if He wants to be asking the same questions about the invisible pathways between men […]

Off to see Midnight in Paris this afternoon.

OK – So I am off to see this tonight. I’m going to suspend my Woody “opinions” (like can we PLEASE make something other than an Annie hall remake?) and see if I can just get into the celebration of modernism. I mean, hey!  I’m up for a midnight visit with Gertrude Stein right? I’ll post a […]