WOODY WEDNESDAY Ranking Woody Allen’s 47 movies!!!! Part 16

WOODY WEDNESDAY Ranking Woody Allen’s 47 movies!!!! Part 16

The Best & The Rest: Every Woody Allen Film Ranked

This week, Woody Allen‘s 2016 title (for as we all know, there’s one each year), “Cafe Society,” starring Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg, Steve Carell, Corey Stoll, Blake Lively and Anna Camp, opens after a warm reception as the opening film at the most recent Cannes Film Festival. You can read our take from Cannes here, or hang on to scroll through and see where it lands on the list below, but we thought this would be a good time to gussy up our previous sprawling two-part Allen retrospective, and because we’ve been a little harmonious around here of late and miss the sounds of sobbing and breaking crockery, to rank it.

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Weathering personal scandal and coming in and out of fashion like flares, Allen’s been at constant work as a director for five decades now, and “Cafe Society” marks his 47th theatrically-released feature. Which means we have a lot to get through, so let’s get straight to it, shall we? Here, ranked worst to best, are all of Woody Allen’s theatrical features —with any list this long, there’s bound to be massive disagreement, so remember, the comments section awaits your ire. Or your congratulations, on the slim chance you agree with all of it.

Crimes and Misdemeanors: A Discussion: Part 1

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Part 1 of 3: ‘What Does Judah Believe?’
A discussion of Woody Allen’s 1989 movie, perhaps his finest.
By Anton Scamvougeras.

http://camdiscussion.blogspot.com/
antons@mail.ubc.ca

 

Crimes and Misdemeanors: A Discussion: Part 2

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Part 2 of 3: ‘What Does The Movie Tell Us About Ourselves?’
A discussion of Woody Allen’s 1989 movie, perhaps his finest.
By Anton Scamvougeras.

http://camdiscussion.blogspot.com/
antons@mail.ubc.ca______________

Crimes and Misdemeanors: A Discussion: Part 3

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Part 3 of 3: ‘Is Woody Allen A Romantic Or A Realist?’
A discussion of Woody Allen’s 1989 movie, Crimes and Misdemeanors, perhaps his finest.
By Anton Scamvougeras.

http://camdiscussion.blogspot.com/
antons@mail.ubc.ca

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Crimes and Misdemeanors8. “Crimes and Misdemeanors” (1989)
“I remember my father telling me, ‘The eyes of God are on us always.’ The eyes of God… And I wonder if it was just a coincidence I made my specialty ophthalmology.” So says Judah Rosenthal (Martin Landau, in a late career-high) in Allen’s bleakly funny rumination on the nature of justice, divine and otherwise. For Judah, an affair with Dolores (Anjelica Huston) has turned potentially ruinous, and the means by which he plans to remove Dolores will force Judah to come face to face with his inner darkness in no uncertain terms. Allen himself provides the lighter B-plot as Cliff, a failed filmmaker tasked with covering the every-day exploits of pompous producer Lester (Alan Alda). While the film features some choice zingers (like Lester’s proud observation “If it bends, it’s funny. If it breaks, it isn’t”), Judah’s plotline is foregrounded and features some of the best character writing Allen’s ever done. Shot by Bergman collaborator and cinematography giant Sven Nykvist, ‘Crimes’ features scenes not just of dry humor and wit, but of startling beauty and great sorrow — an elegant film about most inelegant people.

Interiors-woody-allen-diane-keaton7. “Interiors” (1978)
One of the boldest reactionary moves in cinema — following up the beloved and Academy Award, Best Picture-winning “Annie Hall” with an icy chamber drama — Woody Allen’s still undervalued and heavily Ingmar-Bergman-indebted “Interiors” is masterwork of meticulously crafted mise en scene that deepens the already claustrophobic mood and sense of emotional distance. Gordon Willis’ stellar compositions and pale illuminations are perhaps his most underrated work as well. Centering on a fragmented trio of neurotic sisters (Diane Keaton, Mary Beth Hurt and Kristin Griffith), their lives are upended when their seemingly content parents unexpectedly divorce. The sudden ending to the household unearths unhealed wounds, manic distress and painful resents that places the family on the edge of disintegration. As the title heavily implies “Interiors” is all about the intimate inner lives of its characters that reflect, often quite devastatingly, on the past, their upbringing and their family. Post Oscar win, Allen had chips to cash and he doubled down on a emotionally shattering that’s tragic, devastating in its bleak conclusion and, given the protests that greeted its top 10 placement here, probably the director’s most underrated film.

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