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Weber (Weber_gregston)
Username: Weber_gregston

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 86.128.208.208
Posted on Friday, March 15, 2013 - 07:36 pm:   

Just picked up a box set of 20 - that's 2 times 10 or 4 times 5 - Woody Allen films in Fopp for the stunningly high price of a whole TEN POUNDS. That's 50p a film!!!

All the famous ones appear to be in there. I think I may have a few good movie nights coming up.
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Mick Curtis (Mick)
Username: Mick

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 86.148.135.208
Posted on Friday, March 15, 2013 - 07:37 pm:   

Good stuff Marc - I'll look to do the same.
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Mick Curtis (Mick)
Username: Mick

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 86.148.135.208
Posted on Friday, March 15, 2013 - 07:40 pm:   

Was it this set?

http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B007W21JZO%3FSubscriptionId%3D035HRQETZ S3GCGBJ3F82%26tag%3Dfindhotelinth-21%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3 D165953

A bargain indeed - this sets advertised at 46!
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Mick Curtis (Mick)
Username: Mick

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 86.148.135.208
Posted on Friday, March 15, 2013 - 07:40 pm:   

...set's...
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Weber (Weber_gregston)
Username: Weber_gregston

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 86.128.208.208
Posted on Friday, March 15, 2013 - 07:42 pm:   

That's the one! I had to look twice to check that I'd read the price right.
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Stevie Walsh (Stephenw)
Username: Stephenw

Registered: 03-2009
Posted From: 212.183.128.48
Posted on Friday, March 15, 2013 - 08:06 pm:   

My Woody Allen Top 10 - off the top of my head - and, yes, I've seen just about all of them:

1. Crimes And Misdemeanors (1989)
2. Manhattan (1979)
3. Annie Hall (1977)
4. Love And Death (1975)
5. Take The Money And Run (1969)
6. Sleeper (1973)
7. Bananas (1971)
8. Zelig (1983)
9. Midnight In Paris (2011)
10. Radio Days (1987)

Ask me tomorrow and it will have completely changed from No. 4 down. The man is one of my all-time heroes and is incapable of making a bad film. He is to comedy cinema what Ramsey Campbell is to the horror novel. I love them all and have watched them all, some of them many, many times. Woody, I salute you!

I warned Weber not to get me started on Woody Allen ffs!!
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Craig (Craig)
Username: Craig

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 99.126.164.88
Posted on Saturday, March 16, 2013 - 03:21 am:   

Talk about a crime and misdemeanor! Stevie, how could you not include Husbands & Wives on that list?!? It would easily make my top slot! It's my favorite of all his films....

Then I'd put Crimes & Misdemeanors, then Hannah & Her Sisters, then Manhattan or Stardust Memories or Celebrity or... and so on...

Don't forget his two great dramas, Interiors and September; his recent great thriller, Match Point; and the hilarious piece he directed for New York Stories, "Oedipus Wrecks"!
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Stevie Walsh (Stephenw)
Username: Stephenw

Registered: 03-2009
Posted From: 194.32.31.1
Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 06:03 pm:   

As I'm bored I've decided to do a survey of all the genre works Woody Allen has directed or appeared in. You'd be surprised just how many there are:

HORROR

Shadows And Fog (1991)


SCIENCE FICTION

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex But Were Afraid To Ask (1972)
Sleeper (1973)
Stardust Memories (1980) - I've always detected a strong influence of Kurt Vonnegut in this one
Zelig (1983)


FANTASY

Play It Again Sam (1972) - star & screenwriter, directed by Herbert Ross
The Purple Rose Of Cairo (1985)
New York Stories (1989) - third portmanteau segment "Oedipus Wrecks"
Deconstructing Harry (1997)
The Curse Of The Jade Scorpion (2001)
Melinda And Melinda (2004)
Midnight In Paris (2011)
To Rome With Love (2012)


CRIME

Take The Money And Run (1969)
Broadway Danny Rose (1984)
Crimes And Misdemeanors (1989) - his masterpiece, imho
Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993)
Bullets Over Broadway (1994)
Small Time Crooks (2000)
Match Point (2005)
Scoop (2006)
Cassandra's Dream (2007)


ESPIONAGE

What's Up, Tiger Lily? (1966)
Casino Royale (1967) - actor only as "Jimmy Bond", directed by John Huston, among many others


MUSICAL

Everyone Says I Love You (1996)


ANIMATION

Antz (1998) - star only, directed by Eric Darnell & Tim Johnson


COMEDY

All of them bar: 'Interiors' (1978), 'September' (1987), 'Another Woman' (1988), 'Alice' (1990), 'Match Point' (2005), 'Cassandra's Dream' (2007) & the upcoming 'Blue Jasmine' (2013).

Phew... I enjoyed that!
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Stevie Walsh (Stephenw)
Username: Stephenw

Registered: 03-2009
Posted From: 194.32.31.1
Posted on Friday, March 22, 2013 - 04:28 pm:   

That leaves the COMEDIES:

What's New Pussycat? (1965) - SEX FARCE [actor & screenwriter, directed by Clive Donner]
Bananas (1971) - POLITICAL SATIRE
Love And Death (1975) - HISTORICAL EPIC [and the best of his early silly ones]
The Front (1976) - POLITICAL SATIRE [star only, directed by Martin Ritt]
Annie Hall (1977) - ROMANTIC COMEDY
Manhattan (1979) - ROMANTIC COMEDY [for me the best one ever made]
A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy (1982) - PERIOD SEX FARCE
Hannah And Her Sisters (1986) - ENSEMBLE COMEDY DRAMA
Radio Days (1987) - PERIOD FAMILY DRAMA
Scenes From A Mall (1991) - DOMESTIC DRAMA [star only, directed by Paul Mazursky]
Husbands And Wives (1992) - ENSEMBLE COMEDY DRAMA [again, the best one ever made]
Don't Drink The Water (1994) - POLITICAL SATIRE
Mighty Aphrodite (1995) - ROMANTIC COMEDY
Celebrity (1998) - SHOWBIZ SATIRE
Sweet And Lowdown (1999) - PERIOD ROMANTIC COMEDY
Hollywood Ending (2002) - HOLLYWOOD SATIRE
Anything Else (2003) - ROMANTIC COMEDY
Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008) - ROMANTIC COMEDY
Whatever Works (2009) - ROMANTIC COMEDY
You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger (2010) - ENSEMBLE COMEDY DRAMA

...and that's the lot, for now. Some career!
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Patrick Walker (Patrick_walker)
Username: Patrick_walker

Registered: 01-2010
Posted From: 87.112.54.196
Posted on Sunday, March 24, 2013 - 08:48 am:   

Lordie, you like your genrefying don't you?! I've actually never considered films like Hannah, Husbands & Wives, Vicky Christina Barcelona, or even Manhattan, to be comedies. As I find to be the case with, say, Billy Wilder's The Apartment, I feel it somehow does the films a disservice. I think Vicky Christina won a Golden Globe in the "Best Comedy/Musical category". Really? To me, at most it's a quirky drama. I wonder whether it'd be considered comedy had Woody Allen's name not been on the credits. I'm not at all saying comedy is a dirty word; I'm not snobbish about genre fiction/films, anything else. But something about it has never sat quite comfortably with me. Some of these films are clearly serious and deeply personal pieces of work. I'm not saying I'm right, however. In our modern sense of the word, how do you define "comedy"?
Just for the record, apart from Hannah, my favourite Woody is probably Another Woman.
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Stevie Walsh (Stephenw)
Username: Stephenw

Registered: 03-2009
Posted From: 86.24.62.55
Posted on Sunday, March 24, 2013 - 04:16 pm:   

Woody Allen films invariably make me laugh out loud at the absurdities of life and people. The only exceptions are those I singled out above, including 'Another Woman' - a very fine drama.

I'd put his comic dramas in the same category as Shakespeare's or Oscar Wilde's. For me comedy is the most underrated of all the genres and the most difficult to get right, whether it be the high wit of Allen or the inspired silliness of Monty Python. It is a crime that the pure acting ability of people like; Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Phil Silvers, Tony Hancock, Leonard Rossiter, Arthur Lowe, Ronnie Barker etc is not more highly thought of in terms of the skill and perfection of their performances. Comedy and Tragedy are dramatically equal to my mind. Woody Allen proved this most magnificently in 'Crimes And Misdemeanors', IMHO.
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Craig (Craig)
Username: Craig

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 99.126.164.88
Posted on Friday, March 29, 2013 - 03:46 pm:   

Test your love for Woody, Stevie, by sitting through all 40+ minutes of this.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0E34d7NXqPQ&
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Stevie Walsh (Stephenw)
Username: Stephenw

Registered: 03-2009
Posted From: 86.24.62.55
Posted on Monday, April 01, 2013 - 07:01 pm:   

I can't watch more than a few seconds of that, Craig!

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