Tag Archives: Woody Allen

Sherlock Jr

The shortest of Buster Keaton’s features, the 45-minute Sherlock Jr. is only five minutes longer than the Oscars’ stated limit for short films (not that they existed back then). It had been conceived and shot as a six-reel feature, but Keaton deleted two of those

Shadows and Fog

One year following his overlooked 1990 film, Alice, Woody Allen followed that up with his tribute film towards the German expressionist film movement, Shadows and Fog. As the title suggests, Allen and cinematographer, Carlo Di Palma, soak the film in a misty and darkened b/w

Cinema Eclectica 99 – The Pinnacle of Mount Woody

We’ve never been accused of being political, but this week we had no choice in the matter. Join us as we talk movie presidents and Pablo Larrain’s American debut “Jackie”, followed by a big old chat about Woody Allen featuring “Zelig”, “Stardust Memories”, and a

Radio Days

If you want to see an impressive track record from any filmmaker, then Woody Allen shines as one of the most prolific directors of modern times. Since 1982 with A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy, Woody has directed a film each and every year. This is

The Purple Rose of Cairo

As incredulous a comparison as it is, the monoliths that are DC & Marvel have an awful lot in common with that rare, super prolific class of directors which Woody Allen belongs to. Both parties present the uninitiated with an unwieldy mass of titles to

Crime and Misdemeanors

No matter how many times actors, writers and directors repeat that old saw about dying being easier than comedy, critics are still more likely to go into raptures about hard-hitting Oscar-season dramas than summer comedies.  One rare exception, enshrined as a great living American director

Escape from ‘Liberty’ Cinema

Second Run are one of the more remarkable labels operating in the UK, focusing on forgotten and obscure Eastern European films during the past decade. There is one concurrent theme common in many of the titles they pluck from obscurity, their political awareness. The by-product

Cinema Eclectica 37 – The Made-Up Words Club

This week don’t need a dictionary… because we ARE the dictionary. Off the Shelf is top-filled with the usual oddities – Samuel Fuller’s noir Pick-Up on South Street, Woody Allen’s maligned Curse of the Jade Scorpion, M. Night Shyamalan’s latest attempt to salvage his career