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Every Wednesday, FM writers Simon Columb and Brogan Morris write two short reviews on Woody Allen films … in the hope of watching all his films over the course of roughly 49 weeks. If you have been watching Woody’s films and want to join in, feel free to comment with short reviews yourself! Next up is Magic in the Moonlight and Bananas…
Simon Columb on Magic in the Moonlight…
Woody Allen returns with his annual treat. Magic in the Moonlight imagines a stuck-up, pompous magician (Colin Firth), trying to debunk a psychic (Emma Stone). Unfortunately, a clear plot is muddled by irrelevant romance that only serves to illustrate the distaste towards Allen’s oeuvre. Firth is considerably older than Stone and their romance is forced from the outset. Supporting actors are underused and dull (except for Hamish Linklater’s serenading fool Brice, whose dreary voice perfectly personifies the desperate lover). Woody Allen »
- Gary Collinson
78 years old and still going strong, Woody Allen continues the prolific streak that he's maintained for decades. While he's got "Magic In The Moonlight" hitting theaters this month, he's already filming his next movie, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone, and moreover, financiers are so confident in his work ethic, the director told The New York Times he's got financing secured for his next four movies. And for most of his career, this has been the case, with Allen's films usually turning a profit, costing little and getting wide distribution. But there is one that you likely haven't seen. Back in early '70s, between "Take The Money And Run" and "Bananas," Allen headed to PBS where he dropped the half-hour mockumentary, "Men Of Crisis: The Harvey Wallinger Story." The brief movie is skewing of Nixon administration, with Allen playing the Henry Kissinger-esque titular character. But he wasn't a »
- Kevin Jagernauth
While the media world explodes with speculation, excitement and, yes, a bit of trepidation for Avengers: Age of Ultron, we must keep the important things in perspective. Woody Allen’s Magic in the Moonlight is coming out next Friday, the latest in a long line of Allen films that stretch back six decades. But while you might know Mr. Allen’s work very well indeed, chances are you have not yet seen his 1972 mockumentary Men of Crisis: The Harvey Wallinger Story, which recently surfaced on YouTube.
Men of Crisis: The Harvey Wallinger Story was produced as a PBS special in 1972, marking Allen’s third directing credit and coming between Take The Money and Run and Bananas. With those two films in mind – as well as his later mockumentary Zelig, to which this bears a passing resemblance – one can see the development of Allen’s style as a director and, more potently, »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
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On your flickering screens tonight: allotment challenges, naughty schoolboys, (un)happy valleys, suave cannibals, French revolutions and a new Scottish sitcom pilot called Miller's Mountain that our own Ali Catterall promisingly compared to Father Ted. Here's a quick taster.
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- Sam Richards
By Mark Pinkert
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Bananas (1971) and Woody Allen‘s other early works, like Take the Money and Run (1969), are generally omitted from “Top Ten Woody Allen” lists. Most people neglect these movies, but only–I think–in light of his later works, which are more polished and masterful: movies like Annie Hall (1977) which established his reputation as an auteur who could tell real, meaningful stories. By that time, though, his earlier works suddenly come across as trivial and raw. And there’s no denying that most of the pre-Annie Hall films are silly; they are more collections of standup bits than they are complete films. Regardless, he was by that time an experienced humorist and Bananas is still a hilarious movie. So if you like Woody Allen at all–and thereby New York Jewish humor, slapstick, randomness, delis, standup, one-liners, and sex comedy–Bananas is a must-see.
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- Mark Pinkert
Caliber Media and Glydascope are producing the project. Quincy Rose is directing the film about well-educated young adults trying to make their way through the craziness of dating in Los Angeles.
Shooting began Wednesday and will last about three weeks in Los Angeles, where big-budget films have largely vanished due to rich incentives from other states and nations. State legislators have recently introduced a bill to improve the state’s production tax credit program, and FilmL.A. president Paul Audley has noted repeatedly that these days, much of the feature film shooting in Los Angeles has been of low-budget entries such as “Friends Effing Friends.”
“Shooting in L.A. was a mixture of several things,” producer Dallas Sonnier told Variety. “The story is all about how hard »
- Dave McNary
"This was the beautiful mess we hoped it would be," Tina Fey announced at the end of the Golden Globes. Amy Poehler crowed, "And I got to make out with Bono!" Both ladies were correct. It was the real American Horror Story: Coven up in here tonight, as this year's Golden Globes bash turned into a rowdy celebrity pageant of Wasted Ladies Kicking Ass. Tina and Amy led the way, though they saved their best line for the final stretch: "And now, like a supermodel's vagina, let's give a warm welcome to Leonardo DiCaprio. »
Golden Globes 2014 winners (photo: 2014 Best Supporting Actress Golden Globe winner Jennifer Lawrence in ‘American Hustle’) Scroll down to check out the full list of Golden Globes 2014 winners. This year’s Golden Globes ceremony took place earlier this evening, January 12, with Amy Poehler and Tina Fey back as hosts. (Here are our fearless — and somewhat accurate — Golden Globes 2014 Predictions and our equally fearless — and mostly accurate — 2014 Golden Globes Predictions - The Nominations.) The 2014 Golden Globe nominations were announced by Aziz Ansari, Zoe Saldana, and Olivia Wilde exactly one month ago. Among the surprises was the inclusion in the Best Picture - Drama category of Ron Howard’s domestic box office disappointment Rush, starring Chris Hemsworth and Best Supporting Golden Globe nominee Daniel Brühl, and the exclusion of The Wolf of Wall Street‘s Martin Scorsese from the Best Director roster. Also, Julie Delpy and Greta Gerwig were both in the running »
- Steve Montgomery
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