Today is

   "A word to the wise ain't necessary --  
          it's the stupid ones that need the advice."
					-Bill Cosby

Monday, December 19, 2005

First, I thought ...

... well, maybe Woody Allen isn't a complete idiot. I mean, he admits to being a mediocre filmmaker. But then he chooses the three films of his that are "good" by anybody's standards: Match Point, his most recent; Husbands and Wives (!); and The Purple Rose of Cairo. So Allen is apparently not only a mediocre filmmaker, but a mediocre film critic as well.

For the record, here are my nominations for Allen films that deserve inclusion on the "good by any standards" list:

Broadway Danny Rose
Hannah and her Sisters
Annie Hall
Crimes and Misdemeanors [Whether you think this one is great depends, for me, on whether one views the Alan Alda character as ultimately sympathetic, which I do. It's typical, isn't it, that Allen has no trouble establishing sympathy for the murderer played by Martin Landau, but it's a closer call whether he manages to create sympathy for the character that is most antipathetic to his cinematic alter ego?]


Blogger stewdog said...


Take the Money and Run
Everything You Wanted to Know. . .

Annie Hall was a great movie.
Then, he stopped being funny and just got very borrrrrrrrrrrrring.

December 19, 2005 2:32 PM  

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