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IceAlisa
06-01-2011, 08:11 AM
I guess I'm the lone voice of dissent, but I was never a fan of Woody Allen flicks going back to the beginning of his career. After all the crap that went down when he was fcuking his step-daughter along with the fallout cemented my disgust with the man.

Cyn, I don't respect a lot of authors, writers and actors whose work I admire, starting with Hemingway all the way to Woody Allen. Dostoyevsky was an anti-semite but I just can't give him up. So was Agatha Christie, at least before WWII. Lots of talented people also happen to be asshats. Picasso was no picnic but I love his Blue period. And so on.

I agree on one thing: until recently Woody Allen films seemed to be all one long movie about neurotic Jews living in NYC. But he's branched out, that's for sure. :D

Asli
06-01-2011, 08:34 AM
Cyn, I don't respect a lot of authors, writers and actors whose work I admire, starting with Hemingway all the way to Woody Allen. Dostoyevsky was an anti-semite but I just can't give him up. So was Agatha Christie, at least before WWII. Lots of talented people also happen to be asshats. Picasso was no picnic but I love his Blue period. And so on.


The difference of the case of Woody Allen is that unlike with a writer, you have to watch him and listen to his endless blah blah blah all about HIM and HIMSELF in many of his movies. So that makes it difficult to forget who he is.

allezfred
06-01-2011, 12:22 PM
The difference of the case of Woody Allen is that unlike with a writer, you have to watch him and listen to his endless blah blah blah all about HIM and HIMSELF in many of his movies. So that makes it difficult to forget who he is.

:lol:

Even he couldn't ruin "Annie Hall" or "Manhattan" though.

IceAlisa
06-01-2011, 04:16 PM
The difference of the case of Woody Allen is that unlike with a writer, you have to watch him and listen to his endless blah blah blah all about HIM and HIMSELF in many of his movies. So that makes it difficult to forget who he is.

I just ignore those particular movies. :P

Stefanie
06-06-2011, 02:14 AM
I happened to see this last night while I was visiting NYC, and I really enjoyed it. He made Owen Wilson almost endearing to me, which is no easy task. :)

Allskate
06-06-2011, 02:35 AM
I saw this last night and liked it, but didn't love it. I thought the Rachel McAdams character was pretty bad. Almost a caricature. I had a hard time understanding why Owen Wilson's character ever had gotten together with her.

It also was really odd hearing Woody Allen's words and speaking patterns coming out of Owen Wilson's mouth. :lol:

But, I did think it was funny, especially the parts where he went back in time and met all those characters. I probably would have enjoyed it more if it hadn't been so long since I'd read Hemingway, Fitzgerald, etc. and remembered more about that perioda and the literary and artistic characters, but I was still able to get most of the references.

BTW, for those who can't stand the sight of Woody Allen, he's not on screen in this movie.

Stefanie
06-06-2011, 02:15 PM
BTW, for those who can't stand the sight of Woody Allen, he's not on screen in this movie.

^This is [one of then reasons] why I loved VickyCristinaBarcelona so much. :)

olympic
06-06-2011, 04:22 PM
Saw the movie and loved it.

I thought the movie had an important message - We tend to live in the past / reflect on the past admiringly because we find the present boring, but the day-to-day in the past was boring, too. We just forget about that in a fit of nostalgia [hope that made sense]

VALuvsMKwan
06-06-2011, 04:57 PM
:lol:

Even he couldn't ruin "Annie Hall" or "Manhattan" though.


Maybe not for you... :shuffle:

I'm with Cyn about Woody Allen, although I did find "Sleeper" and parts of "Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Sex" funny ("You've been a naughty rabbi").

I feel about him as I do Roman Polanski.

Vash01
06-06-2011, 08:28 PM
I am not an Owen Wilson fan & it always boggles my mind that he is cast as the romantic love interest. He seems like more the ugly sidekick type.

ITA. His name alone may make me not want to see this movie.

OTOH Woody Allen's name should trump all the other names, which means I should see this movie, but can I tolerate Owen Wilson for 2 hours?

Stefanie
06-06-2011, 08:51 PM
OTOH Woody Allen's name should trump all the other names, which means I should see this movie, but can I tolerate Owen Wilson for 2 hours?

You can, trust me! I didn't think I could. :)

agalisgv
06-07-2011, 11:31 AM
I feel about him as I do Roman Polanski. Ditto

To me the issue is Allen and Polanski are still alive, so every time you see their movies, they are financially rewarded.

IceAlisa
06-08-2011, 06:06 AM
I feel about him as I do Roman Polanski.

Am I missing something? I seem to be a lot better informed on the Polanski affair, thanks in no small part to the rigorous dissection of the matter here on FSU.

IIRC, Woody Allen..um..dated and married his own step daughter, which is IMO very creepy. But did he break the law? I honestly don't remember the details.

Allskate
06-08-2011, 06:23 AM
IIRC, Woody Allen..um..dated and married his own step daughter, which is IMO very creepy. But did he break the law? I honestly don't remember the details.

I don't think anyone knows how old she was when their relationship changed from a father/daugher type relationship to a sexual/romantic relationship, but he definitely was still with Mia when it happened, and she grew up with him in that father-type role. But, I don't think the concern about inappropriate sexual conduct was limited to Soon yi. I think there also were questions about sexual misconduct with his children, and I seem to remember that he couldn't be with them unsupervised. So, who knows what illegalities occurred, but really, really creepy.

IceAlisa
06-08-2011, 06:27 AM
:scream: