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Woody Allen, who is not known to divulge much in the way of personal information to the press, discussed his relationship to his wife Soon-Yi Previn in a recent interview. Woody Allen On Soon-Yi Previn Allen’s relationship with Previn was exposed as a major scandal in the early 90s. At the time, Allen had been […]
- Chelsea Regan
Well, it's finally August, and while the summer movie season isn't completely over it might as well be. This article was a difficult one to put together, because there just isn't much to recommend this month. But you know what, that's okay, I think I managed to pull together five solid titles for the "must-see" section, and lucky for us the fall festival season is just around the corner, which means things are about to heat up exponentially on the prestige movie front just in time to compensate for things cooling down outside as the seasons change. (I should note here, it is currently 106 degrees fahrenheit here in the desert, and the thought of things cooling down is marvelous, but also very premature.) We are coming off what turned out to be a pretty solid month last month, in my opinion, as I settled back into my routine after a »
- Jordan Benesh
Review by Dane Marti
One of the reasons I love the work of Woody Allen is that he obviously thinks of cinema as an art form, intellectual and aesthetic. Allen attempts –and often succeeds in a magnificent way—in delving deeper into a visual tale. Sure, his films ordinarily are extremely entertaining, but I find that they always contain a bit more. ‘The Irrational Man’ is a good, solid example of a film that offers thoughtful and interesting surprises for film viewers.
Allen’s films, even when they are not completely successful, are always interesting—and I mean that word in a truly positive way.
The Story: A young, disheveled professor, Abe Lucas, played with angst and passion by Joaquin Phoenix, arrives at a prestigious eastern University. Although only in his thirties, Abe is already a legend with the local academic environment, women in particular. And he definitely reeks Existential angst, »
- Movie Geeks
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What’s particularly disappointing about some of the latter-day Woody Allen comedies is the filmmaker’s recent inability to capture effectively how smart people talk to each other. In his earlier classics, Allen had a gift for human-sounding dialogue even between the most pompous and pretentious of academics, but in movies like “Irrational Man,” his characters sound like they’re spewing computer-generated sentences that happen to include occasional references to Schopenhauer. Listening to two smart guys talk to each other is among the principal pleasures of “The End of the Tour,” based on writer and journalist David Lipsky’s multiple-day interview with author David. »
- Alonso Duralde
Woody Allen and Soon-Yi Previn's relationship has long been the subject of controversy and public interest, and one that Allen himself has kept largely quiet about. The 79-year-old Oscar winner, however, gave rare quotes about his 44-year-old wife in a new interview with NPR. Allen opened up to the public radio organization about his career and full life ahead of the wide release of his new drama, Irrational Man. He reflected on his dynamic with Previn, whom he infamously got to know because she was the adopted [...] »
The art magazine Frieze has opened up its archives, making back issues dating back nearly 25 years freely available. We're highlighting past articles on David Lynch, Andy Warhol, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Jonas Mekas, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Olivier Assayas, Peter Watkins, Gregory Markopoulos, Luchino Visconti, Dario Argento, Stan Brakhage, Eric Rohmer, Guy Maddin, Todd Haynes, Volker Schlöndorff and Christian Petzold. Also in today's roundup: Interviews with Woody Allen and Andrew Bujalski, an appraisal of Joshua Oppenheimer's documentaries, a Philippe Garrel retrospective, a conversation about Ken Loach, a remembrance of Pierre Cottrell and more. » - David Hudson »
Always one to shy away from interviews, Woody Allen is finally opening up about his wife, Soon-Yi Previn, and the sexual-abuse allegations against him made by his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow. In a new interview with NPR, per Vanity Fair, Allen gets candid about his relationship with his wife, who also happens to be Mia Farrow's adopted daughter. (Allen and Farrow were in a serious relationship at the time.). "I started the relationship with [Previn] and I thought it would just be a fling," he tells NPR's Sam Fragoso. "It wouldn't be serious, but it had a life of its own. And I never thought it would be anything more. Then we started going together, then we started living together, and we »
In a rare interview with NPR, Woody Allen is opening up about his controversial relationship with wife Soon-Yi Previn, the adopted daughter of his former partner Mia Farrow. Asked how he and Soon-Yi have been able to maintain a 20-year marriage despite their 35-year age gap, he credits the "paternal" nature of their relationship: "I lucked out in my last relationship. I've been married now for 20 years and it's been good. I think that was probably the odd factor that I'm so much older than the girl I married. I'm 35 years older, and somehow, through no fault of mine or hers, the dynamic worked. I was paternal. She responded to someone paternal. I liked her youth and energy. She deferred to me, and I was happy to give her an enormous amount of decision-making just as a gift and let her take charge of so many things. She »
- Dee Lockett
Colomo stars in and directs “Isla Bonita,” which will world preem at September’s San Sebastian Film Festival as part of the non-competitive Zabaltegi sidebar.
In the film, Colomo plays Fer, a seasoned publicist flustered by modern times and new generations of women that travels to Menorca invited by his friend Miguel Angel, played by Spanish ad exec and writer Miguel Angel Furones. There he will meet Nuria, an anti-establishment sculptress (artist Nuria Roman), and her daughter Olivia (actress Olivia Delcan).
Living with different acquaintances and new friends will bring Fer a new perspective on life and a connection with an environment that will awake his senses.
Reportedly made with a firm Woody Allen feel, the characters move at an »
- Emiliano De Pablos
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It seems that the summer has inspired publications to take the long view of cinema history. Just last week, BBC Culture published their ranking of the 100 Greatest American Films. Now Time Out is doing them one better, going with their list of the 100 Best Movies Of All Time. And their top selection might surprise you. Read More: Read New All-Time Top 10 Lists From Martin Scorcese, Woody Allen, Francis Ford Coppola, Quentin Tarantino & More Time Out's survey didnt't turn to critics, but to a select group of actors (whose individual lists you can see here) who provided their personal top tens, which in turn were used to calculated the top 100. So you won't see Orson Welles' "Citizen Kane" or Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo" in this particular top ten. Instead, it's a surprising selection, including Paul Thomas Anderson's "Boogie Nights," Powell & Pressburger's "The Red Shoes," Woody Allen's "Annie Hall, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The actress is in early talks to join Cumberbatch in "Doctor Strange," as she revealed in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.
"It's still super-early days, and I don't know where that's gonna go, if it's gonna go anywhere at all," she said, adding that she's not a "comic book snob."
Her quotes are part of an article about her somewhat-unconventional movie career. After major hits like "The Notebook" and "Mean Girls," McAdams was anointed by some as Hollywood's next Julia Roberts. Instead, she's balanced big studio movies like "Sherlock Holmes" with Woody Allen movies ("Midnight in Paris") and small indies ("About Time"). Now, she's currently starring in HBO's "True Detective."
If she does jump on board "Doctor Strange," due out in November 2016, the »
- Kelly Woo
This week’s episode of our podcast We Are Movie Geeks The Show is up! Hear Wamg’s Jim Batts, Dane Marti and Tom Stockman discuss the weekend box office, and next weekend’s releases. We’ll review Pixels, Irrational Man, Paper Town, and Vacation. We’ll also discuss at length the career and films of Woody Allen. We Are Movie Geeks The Show is a weekly podcast and we will soon be streaming at ONStl.com Online Radio.
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- Movie Geeks
Sundance award-winner to open festival; Dagur Kári’s Tribeca winner Virgin Mountain to close.
Anna Muylaert’s The Second Mother (Que Horas Ela Volta?) is to open the 21st Sarajevo Film Festival on August 14.
Brazilian director Muylaert will be in attendance at Sarajevo’s impressive open air theatre for the screening of the film, in which the estranged daughter of a live-in housekeeper suddenly appears, breaking down unspoken class barriers that exist within the home.
The film debuted at Sundance in January where actors Regina Casé and Camila Márdila picked up the Special Jury Prize. It went on to win the Panorama Audience Award at Berlin in February and the jury prize for best screenplay at RiverRun.
Sarajevo has also announced that Dagur Kári’s Virgin Mountain (Fusi) will close the festival on August 22.
Kári will present the screening alongside lead actor Gunnar Jónsson, who plays a 43-year-old that still lives with his mother and whose monotonous »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Oh (voiced by Jim Parsons), an alien on the run from his own people, lands on Earth and makes friends with the adventurous Tip (Rihanna), who is on a quest of her own, in this DreamWorks Animation family film. If you bring "Home" into your home, it'll bring a ton of extras with it. The DVD and Blu-ray editions both include long lists of special features, with the Blu-ray offering a cute new animated short created for the home entertainment release called "This is Being Boov."
Here's an exclusive look at "This Is Being Boov": "The Water Diviner"
Russell Crowe both stars and makes his directorial debut in this drama about an Australian farmer who goes in search of this three missing sons, »
- Gina Carbone
Steve Oedekerk's 2002 dubbed comedy Kung Pow: Enter the Fist is one of those comedies I'll always have to regret liking when I was around nine-or-ten years old. It's a sophomoric, slappy-happy rip-off of Woody Allen's What's Up, Tiger Lily written with all the sophistication and charm of two middle-school boys riffing on a copy of an old 1970s martial arts feature. It probably had to do with my love of kung fu -- something I still adore today -- and being of the right age. This is all to say, it's one of those black marks in my film-loving life from which I constantly atone for. It didn't make a dent in the box office, but I suppose it had a modern following on home video who clamored up its irreverence in a pre-YouTube era as I did then. Does that warrant the need to have a sequel »
- Will Ashton
Out-of-work actor Jay (Ray Panthaki) struggles to make ends meet while managing his family’s London tandoori restaurant. Jay was once a rising star on a popular television soap, but his world came crashing down around him when his ex-girlfriend, Chloe, released their sex tape on the internet after he dumped her so he could focus on his career. Chloe went on to become a rich and successful Hollywood star, and Jay? He was dropped from the soap, he made the tabloids, he brought his family shame (even the family in India, his father points out), and his only claim to fame, it seems, is the infamous tape, the “one crazy thing” of the film’s title. He can’t go out to a bar without someone wanting a picture with the “Asian Persuasion”, as one fan calls him. He can’t even, it seems, go out on a date »
- Katherine Matthews
I sat down with Oscar-winning screenwriter, actor, director and musician Billy Bob Thornton for Venice Magazine in October of 2001. He had a slate of very diverse projects he was promoting: his first solo music album, "Private Radio," as well as the films "Monster's Ball," "Bandits," and "The Man Who Wasn't There." My strongest memory is of Thornton's quiet intensity and an undercurrent of Southern affability, which came out once he decided you were okay. He seemed to feel that way about me after I shared with him my idolatry of legendary filmmaker Fred Zinnemann, something we shared. I also remember his unusual diet, when our lunch was served. Thornton got the biggest plate of sliced papaya I've seen to date, artfully presented. I got a seafood salad. He looked at my plate, smiled, and told me about the horrible shellfish allergy he'd been saddled with all his life, and how »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Chicago – At this point in his stellar career, what is fascinating about Woody Allen is basically what he thinks about. He is a successful, family-stable, millionaire filmmaker with mortality issues. In “Irrational Man,” he ponders the existential question of “what lights the spark of life?”
The other question – in critical circles – is always, “what kind of Woody Allen will show up?” In assessing his long career, there are masterpieces, middle-of-the-roaders and duds, but it’s his dogged pursuit of making movies that is always welcome, and oddly comforting. “Irrational Man” is a middle-of-the-roader with flashes of brilliance, but the thin way Allen draws the characters – students and professors in an academic setting – is very irritating in the context of what he ponders. The film is less of an entertainment than a philosophical exercise, and Woody does attempt to have a meaningful discussion about a very piquant subject, but ultimately »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
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