I’ve been planning to watch “Blue Jasmine” for some time now, Woody Allen’s critically acclaimed 2013 film starring Cate Blanchett. Except that now the disturbing charges of pedophilia have resurfaced. The charges that Allen molested his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow first appeared two decades ago. They were investigated, and charges were not filed. Case closed? […]
Anomie and the City: A Reflection on ‘Midnight in Paris’
Last night I watched Woody Allen’s forty-first feature film, “Midnight in Paris.” The film stars Owen Wilson playing screenwriter named Gil in a performance that channels Woody Allen’s persona so effectively it’s almost spooky. Gil is visiting Paris with his fiancee Inez and her parents. But he is clearly dissatisfied in the relationship, and it increasingly becomes clear […]
Life is a concentration camp, so why are you smiling?
Few American autuers can boast the kind of reputation enjoyed by Woody Allen. While his films rarely clean up at the suburban Cineplex they are a cherished mainstay at the neighborhood art house. Whatever you think of Woody as a person, his oeuvre speaks for itself. And time and again Woody has explored one particular theme: the […]