3 items from 2011
Woody Allen’s 41st feature film in 45 years of directing somewhat surprisingly became the biggest box office hit of his career, grossing $56 million in the Us and was thought to have enough mainstream potential to be released in the UK soon after its Stateside run (usually us Brits have to wait a full year before the latest Woody Allen film is released and even then almost always on a limited run). Now available on DVD and Blu-Ray release in the Us and coming out in the UK on the 6th February 2012, it’s the perfect time to take a look back at this film, which upon release had a fair amount of Oscar hype, and see how it holds up.
Overall it’s one of Woody’s most optimistic films of recent times, its story centres around Owen Wilson’s character Gil – a Hollywood hack screenwriter – feeling out of place in his surroundings, »
- Owain Paciuszko
Woody Allen makes a film annually and every few years critics latch on to his latest work and declare it his “comeback”, or his “best in years”. That seems to be the case with his latest, the romantic comedy Midnight In Paris. It is a great film but I think that Allen’s been on a roll. His last two films Whatever Works, and You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger, were two of his very best (both high on my top ten lists of the past two years), and while I don’t think the new one is as good as either of those, it’s highly recommended.
Midnight In Paris stars Owen Wilson as Gil, a screenwriter and self-described “Hollywood hack” who is tackling his first novel, about a man who runs a nostalgia shop. An apt subject since Gil himself is nostalgic about the past, particularly Paris in the 1920s, »
- Tom Stockman
Directed by: Woody Allen
Running Time: 1 hr 34 mins
Release Date: June 3, 2011 (Portland)
Plot: Gil (Wilson) and his fiancee (McAdams) travel to Paris. Gil loves the allure of the city and on once magical night he travels back to classic Paris in the 1920s.
Who’S It For? If you love Woody Allen, you see everything and this will be included. If you like Woody Allen, this falls under his “good” category. If you don’t like Woody Allen, please rewatch Annie Hall. Also, if you’ve wanted Wilson to do something of substance (yes, Hall Pass, I’m offending you) than this one is for you.
- Jeff Bayer
3 items from 2011
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