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2009.06.24

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Tom Russell

"Santo Loquasto has served as production designer on over 79 of the Woodmans' films"

... Cute.

john

I thought the Loquasto capture was funny. I mean, what possible difference would it have made if I'd guessed "Melinda and Melinda," "Anything Else," "Hollywood Ending," "The Curse of the Jade Scorpion," "Small Time Crooks," "Celebrity," etc., etc., etc., etc., etc., etc., etc., etc., etc., etc., etc., etc., and failed to guess the actual "right" movie?

The only thing more consistent than that classy-assy font at this point is the mediocrity and interchangeability of the guy's movies.

Tom Russell Says "Oh No You Didn't"

"The only thing more consistent than that classy-assy font at this point is the mediocrity and interchangeability of the guy's movies."

Them's fighting words, sir. While, like any auteur, Mr. Allen has themes and obsessions to which he returns again and again (and again), and while he has stylistic hallmarks that have remained consistent throughout his career (example: characters walking out of rooms during conversations while the camera remains in the first room in Manhattan & Hollywood Ending), and while, yes, it can be argued that his best work is behind him-- even the films of the last ten or fifteen years can hardly be called mediocre and interchangeable. From his thrillers to his straight-up comedies to interesting if ultimately unsuccessful experiments like "Melinda and Melinda", Woody Allen has continued to create a varied and idiosyncratic body of work.

It's true that none of these films, with the expection perhaps of Sweet and Lowdown, comes near Manhattan, Purple Rose, Zelig, or Alice (masterworks all) and I'll surely grant you that. I'd argue against the charge of "mediocrity", as even the least of these new films have given me entertainment several merits above the run-of-the-mill comedies at the multiplex. Hollywood Ending might not be Bananas, but it's surely better than actual mediocrities like He's Just Not That Into You. And to just say that this new body of work is "interchangeable" is, I think, laughable on its face.

The Woodman might be on the wane, but he's still good and his work is not as irrelevant as your dismissal seems to imply.

Steven Augustine

Yup... was certain it was from "Stardust Memories" (which, like "Crimes and Misdemeanors", "Husbands and Wives", "Hannah and Her Sisters" and "Manhattan", of course, was from a period in Woody's heyday when he knocked every ball out of the park... and only certain bits from the credits were "interchangeable")... therefore my mention of John Lennon in the previous post's thread.

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