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Posted by Technoheaven on April 25, 2015

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Manhattan (1979) Woody Allen

Posted by Technoheaven on January 1, 1879

96 mins – rated R – view video trailer

Director: Woody Allen

Stars: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Mariel Hemingway

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance

IMDB 8.0 / Amazon 4.2 / Tomatometer 98% / 92%

Oscars: nominated for 2, won 0

The life of a divorced television writer dating a teenage girl is further complicated when he falls in love with his best friend’s mistress. IMDB 8.0 rating from over 88327 users

“Manhattan” is best explained as a convoluted series of wrecked and ruined relationships centering around Allen’s character, Isaac Davis. Isaac is divorced from Jill (Meryl Streep), who is now living with Connie (Karen Ludwig), and planning to write an expose on her marriage. Isaac is having an affair with 17-year-old Tracy (Mariel Hemingway), but then he meets Mary (Diane Keaton), the mistress of his best friend Yale (Michael Murphy), who is married to Emily (Anne Byrne). Ultimately, however, this is not a film about love, but rather a film about loss, because you just know that forced to make choices, Isaac is going to make the wrong ones. Tracy and Mary are characters constructed as such polar opposites and it never dawns on Isaac to focus more on what each has than on what they lack. Amazon 4.2 stars from over 277 users

Considered “one of Allen’s most enduring accomplishments” (Boxoffice), Manhattan is a wry, touching and finely rendered portrait of modern relationships against the backdrop of urban alienation. Sumptuously photographed in black and white (Allen’s first film in that format) and accompanied by a magnificent Gershwin score, Woody Allen’s aesthetic triumph is a “prismatic portrait of a time and a place that may be studied decades hence” (Time). 42-year-old Manhattan native Isaac Davis (Allen) has a job he hates, a seventeen-year-old girlfriend, Tracy (Mariel Hemingway), he doesn’t love and a lesbian ex-wife, Jill (Meryl Streep), who’s writing a tell-all book about their marriage and whom he’d like to strangle. But when he meets his best friend’s sexy intellectual mistress, Mary (Diane Keaton), Isaac falls head over heels in lust! Leaving Tracy, bedding Mary and quitting his job are just the beginning of Isaac’s quest for romance and fulfillment in a city where sex is as intimate as a handshake and the gateway to true love is a revolving door. Amazon

On the heels of Annie Hall, the Oscar-winning romantic comedy that rocketed Woody Allen to the front ranks of American filmmakers, Manhattan continued Allen’s romantic obsessions in a slightly darker, more pessimistic vein. Rotten Tomatoes 98% / 92% audience

MRQE 88% over 36 reviews / Madison Public Library


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Interiors (1978) Woody Allen

Posted by Technoheaven on January 1, 1878

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93 mins – rated PG – view video trailer

Director: Woody Allen

Writer: Woody Allen

Genres: Drama

IMDB 7.5 / Amazon 4.2 / Tomatometer 77% / 80%

Oscars: nominated for 5, won 0

Three sisters find their lives spinning out of control in the wake of their parents’ sudden, unexpected divorce. IMDB 7.5 rating from over 11,540 users

Haunting, bleak, somber, grey, tragic, morose, repressed. All these describe Interiors. And this Woody Allen made right after Annie Hall! The story, expanded upon throughout the rest of these reviews, is about a family struggling with each other after the matriarch has a nervous breakdown. The children, three sisters (echoing “Cries and Whispers” and Chekov?), their significant others, and their father all debate what of their lives and history and mother and each other. Interiors is a moving film, not funny, not even light, save for Maureen Stapleton, the only character with any positive energy, whose vitality is echoed in her red, pink and kalidescopic clothing. But Interiors is a great examination and an up-close creation of a family’s struggles within itself and how each individuals issues shapes the family. The set designs, in very muted tones, the clothing, the lack of music, the darkness, and the harsh and gorgeous beach photography all enhance the story. Recommended for those interested in Allen’s darker side and/or Ingmar Bergman-like/Scandanavian aesthetic. Amazon 4.2 stars by over 71 users

Interiors isn’t your average Woody Allen film. It is a true drama, which you can’t say about all that many Allen films. There is very little humor here and the humor that is in there, is between sophisticated people, about sophisticated subjects. Every single one of these characters is unlikable with only one exception, Pearl. This family is just so [negative]. That is all they do, [complain]. Joey has to be the most unlikable realistic woman character I have ever seen. She has no real creative talent, yet all she wants to do is create something. One of her sisters (Renata) is a writer, the other (Flynn), an actress. Joey [complains] day and night to her boyfriend (Michael) about how great her sisters are. Then she quits every job she gets because it isn’t pleasing to her… Despite how much I dislike it, I still found it easy to watch because Allen’s writing is pretty good and the actors all do a good job bringing to life their ugly characters. It isn’t a movie I would ever watch again, but every Woody Allen movie deserves one viewing. Rotten Tomatoes 77% / 80% audience

Although only ninety minutes long, sitting through the film is a painful experience. None of the characters apparently have ever had a feeling without expressing it, which usually amounts to whining or complaining. The script is mostly a series of tedious arguments. The cast is loaded with unhappy people who feel sorry for themselves, despite their privileged lives… All things considered, it might be more entertaining to repeatedly prick your fingers with a sewing needle, than to actually watch this film. Epinions

MRQE over 14 reviews linked / Madison Public Library


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Annie Hall (1977) Woody Allen

Posted by Technoheaven on January 1, 1877

Jump to Amazon93 minutes – rated PG – view video trailer

Director: Woody Allen

Stars: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance

IMDB 8.2 / Amazon 4.1 / MRQE 89% / Tomatometer 98%

Oscars: nominated for 5, won 4: Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Director, Best Writing

Neurotic New York comedian Alvy Singer falls in love with the ditsy Annie Hall. IMDB 8.2 rating from over 149,943 users

One of the truest, most bittersweet romances on film. In it, Allen plays a thinly disguised version of himself: Alvy Singer, a successful–if neurotic–television comedian living in Manhattan. Annie (the wholesomely luminous Dianne Keaton) is a Midwestern transplant who dabbles in photography and sings in small clubs. When the two meet, the sparks are immediate–if repressed. Alone in her apartment for the first time, Alvy and Annie navigate a minefield of self-conscious “is-this-person-someone-I’d-want-to-get-involved-with?” conversation. As they speak, subtitles flash their unspoken thoughts: the likes of “I’m not smart enough for him” and “I sound like a jerk.” Despite all their caution, they connect, and we’re swept up in the flush of their new romance. Amazon 4.1 stars from over 427 users

Woody Allen’s neurotic and original classic ‘Annie Hall’ still holds up as a poignant comedy to this day. Not only is it hilarious, but Allen’s fresh techniques and style compliment the film and place it above and beyond other comedies of the era. An exuberant mix of heart, laughs, and societal issues, ‘Annie Hall’ is sure to capture any contemporary audience as much as it did back when it was first released. Rotten Tomatoes 98% / 93% audience

MRQE 89% with over 89 reviews linked / Madison Public Library


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