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Woody Allen

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"Any filmmaker has the right to create his vision. That's his vision." African-American actress Hazelle Goodman - the only black actress to have ever had a major role in a Wood Allen film when she played prostitute Cookie in 1997's…

Irrational Man (2015)

Well we’ve been here before. There’s the usual sprinkling of cultural references (Kant and Antonioni make it into the opening voiceover), the stricken but charming leading man stuck in a perpetual existential crisis, and the attractive…

Magic in the Moonlight (2014)

Attractive misogyny  Woody Allen's latest movie, Magic in the Moonlight, is one of his brightest and prettiest recent baubles; and we thought he couldn't come up with another one. It's set on the French Riviera in 1928, where the ladies…

Blue Jasmine (2013)

The latest film from writer-director Woody Allen is a good one. It's not up there with his best, far from it, but it's also nowhere near any of his worst. The biggest thing going against it is the fact that the central character is so…

Blue Jasmine (2013)

Tangled web Blue Jasmine is hard to describe. What is it? A depressing comedy? A serious film with some comic bits? Certainly it shows how dark Woody Allen's view of life has become at this point. He  packs a lot of what he  knows about…

Blue Jasmine (2013)

Woody Allen is brilliant, we all know this. Everything I’ve seen of his (admittedly not much) has been wonderful and his latest, Blue Jasmine, is no exception. This comedy/drama (dramedy? Is that a thing?) takes a look at our ability to…

Bond: The Odd Couple (1967 & 1983)

The only two "official" Bond movies to have been made outwith the official 007 franchise came about under very different circumstances. Casino Royale, a spoof of the Bond movies, was simply a case of someone having bought the rights to the…

To Rome with Love (2012)

Woody gets busy in Rome, with mixed results Woody Allen's first movie set in Italy was originally titled "Bop Decameron." Bad idea. The four interwoven stories set in Rome hardly bear comparison even with the so-so omnibus film Boccaccio…

Tiny Furniture (2010)

Lena Dunham writes, directs and stars in this astute indie comedy drama. Aura (Dunham) is a 22 year old Film graduate who returns home from University after a break up with her boyfriend and no idea what she wants to do with her life. Aura…