Thursday, June 08, 2006

Wild Man Blues

So the trailer for Woody Allen's new film Scoop with Scarlett Johanssen, Hugh Jackman and Ian McShane. It is Woody's second british production in a row as last year's Match Point which also starred Scarlett Johanssen.

Despite all the praise heaped on Match Point, I have yet to see it. This is a rather sad fact as I have always considered myself a huge Woody Allen fan.

Top 5 Woody Allen Movies
1. Annie Hall
2. Crimes And Misdemeanors
3. Love And Death
4. Manhattan Murder Mystery
5. Play It Again, Sam

As you can see from this list, the films are from between 1969 and 1989. Despite the fact that Allen continues to release films once per year. With each one, i get less excited. Some feel gimmicky...this one's a musical...this one's shot like a German expressionist film...this one has a greek chorus.

And then seeing these films in the theatre is even more of an "experience". The threatre is always filled with Woody Allen fans only and they laugh and laugh like it is the funniest thing they ever saw when in fact the bulk of his latter films are just sad comparisons to his earlier work.

Top 5 Worst Woody Allen films
1. Hollywood Ending
2. The Curse of the Jade Scorpion
3. Alice
4. Melinda And Melinda
5. Anything Else

Having said that, this Scoop trailer makes the film look really good. I love anything with Ian McShane. Not that I am a fan of the western HBO series Deadwood. But Ian McShane plays a brothel/saloon owner Al Swearengen. An ironic name as his character swears like no one else ever has in the history of television.



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