6 items from 2014
Woody Allen's new movie, Magic in the Moonlight, hits limited theaters this weekend. Meanwhile, he's off in Providence, Rhode Island with Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Stone and new additions to the cast, Parker Posey and Jamie Blackley, shooting his next movie, which the Chicago Sun Times reports is "a murder mystery, set on a college campus." On top of that it's said to be a "serious-ish drama," which I guess might place it in Match Point territory considering Manhattan Murder Mystery was definitely comedic. In other Allen news, in a recent New York Times profile they revealed Allen has secured financing for not only the film he's currently shooting, but three more beyond that and it sounds like all four will be released by Sony Pictures Classics: Mr. Allen said that his next four films, including the currently untitled one he is making with Ms. Stone and Mr. Phoenix, »
- Brad Brevet
Lawrence Michael Levine reaches back to a seemingly dead genre, the screwball murder mystery, for his primary influences on Wild Canaries. Using The Thin Man series as one of his earliest reference points, Levine models Noah after William Powell's Nick Charles, developing a character who is comically reserved and rational, yet despite his carefulness is also quite vulnerable. Noah is so tentative in his actions -- well, except for whenever he is inebriated -- that this character takes a backseat in the murder mystery to Barri. The plot of Wild Canaries could almost be explained as a modern day adaptation of Woody Allen's Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993) -- which is debatably the last legitimate entry into the screwball murder mystery cannon -- with Levine playing the Woody Allen to Takal's Diane Keaton. »
- Don Simpson
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 Interiors and Manhattan Murder Mystery...
Simon Columb on Interiors...
Woody Allen’s first foray into drama is a delicate musing on family, divorce and depression. Daughters Joey (Hurt), Renata (Keaton) and Flyn (Griffith) are coping with the divorce of their parents, Arthur (E.G. Marshall) and Eve (Geraldine Page). Interior-designer Eve desperately hopes Arthur will return to her – but we, and the daughters, suspect this won’t happen. Wild-child Flyn is a TV actress and her sister’s boyfriend obsesses over her. Joey’s high-strung and intense attitude cloaks her fears. Renata, though honest with her mother, »
- Gary Collinson
Woody Allen Golden Globes 2014 tribute: Diane Keaton remembers ‘friend’ (photo: Woody Allen directing Cate Blanchett in ‘Blue Jasmine’) Accepting from presenter Emma Stone the 2014 Cecil B. DeMille Award for absentee Woody Allen, Diane Keaton (Sleeper, Love and Death, Annie Hall, Interiors, Manhattan, Manhattan Murder Mystery) was a likable presence at the January 12, 2014, Golden Globes ceremony, but her reminiscences about Allen were clearly PG-rated, going on about their "friendship" as if the two had always been just pals. Was that lullaby she sang moving or would Woody Allen have been right in yelling, "get the hook and get her off the god damn stage"? You decide. Now, in all fairness, Diane Keaton’s Woody Allen tribute wasn’t all PG-rated treacle, as she was twice bleeped by the censors. Apparently, NBC — and the ludicrous FCC — believe television audiences should be treated as if we were all three-year-olds. (See also: “Golden Globes »
- Andre Soares
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
Strap on your leather gloves and jaunty hat, because it’s Diane Keaton‘s 68th birthday this weekend! The legendary thespian will always be known for Best Actress-earned turn in Annie Hall, but she’s given us enough joy to last us a few cinematic lifetimes: Love and Death, Sleeper, Looking for Mr. Goodbar, Manhattan, Reds, Baby Boom, Father of the Bride, Marvin’s Room, The First Wives Club, and hell, Something’s Gotta Give. She eked an Oscar nomination out of Something’s Gotta Give, people. The woman has earned her props. And her memoir? Is outstanding.
To celebrate her big day, I ask you: What’s the most underrated Diane Keaton performance?
- Louis Virtel
6 items from 2014
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