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1. Boy, the Olympics have sure seen a lot of wolf tickets written on behalf of the women in my universe. All of the women in my office and half of the women on my friends list are openly lusting after this or that Olympic athlete (I don't know which one because the Olympics are super boring). I don't have a problem with it as such, it's just curious to see so many women behaving the way guys do all the time.

2. Hey! We're putting missiles in Poland! And Russia just invaded one of its neighboring nations! What year is it again?

3. Mad Men continues to be a beautifully made and occasionally astonishing show, but I don't think I've ever seen a television program where I so badly want every one of the characters to get run over by a bus. I could name a dozen moments just in the three episodes so far where one of the main characters behaves in a way so contrary to human decency that I started to wonder if the whole thing was a weird meta-narrative where everyone is in hell for various mortal sins.

4. Folks, come on. All we have to do is collectively swear not to go see this shitty new cartoon and George Lucas will stop making movies! UNITED WE STAND, people!

5. I inadvertently ripped off the AV Club for a Screengrab post today, but I'm not too worried, because no one reads the Screengrab. At any rate, critics are praising Woody Allen's new flick, Vicki Cristina Barcelona, to the high heavens, and as someone who's never entirely bought into the idea that he's anything but a great director of comedies, I'm always curious about what people think of him and his movies. I'm gonna list mine under a cut, but what are your favorite and least favorite Woody Allen movies? And do you think he's a great director?


MASTURBATION: IT'S SEX WITH SOMEONE I LOVE (The Great)
Annie Hall
Manhattan
Radio Days
Zelig

AND SUCH SMALL PORTIONS (The Good)
Broadway Danny Rose
Deconstructing Harry
Hannah and Her Sisters
Melinda and Melinda
Sleeper
Take the Money and Run
What's Up, Tiger Lily?

THAT'S A POLITE WORD FOR WHAT YOU ARE (The Mediocre)
Bullets Over Broadway
Husbands and Wives
Love and Death
Match Point
Sweet and Lowdown

THE FOOD IS TERRIBLE HERE (The Bad)
Anything Else
Cassandra's Dream
Crimes and Misdemeanors
The Curse of the Jade Scorpion
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex...But Were Afraid to Ask
Interiors
A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy
Mighty Aphrodite
September
Shadows and Fog
Small Time Crooks
Stardust Memories

NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL REMOVED (Didn't See 'Em)
Alice
Bananas
Another Woman
Celebrity
Everyone Says I Love You
Hollywood Ending
Manhattan Murder Mystery
The Purple Rose of Cairo
Scoop

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tx_cronopio
Aug. 15th, 2008 03:19 pm (UTC)
He got a pretty dismal review on NPR this morning.
ludickid
Aug. 15th, 2008 03:40 pm (UTC)
For the new one? That's a bit surprising, since NPR usually marks out for him hard and it's getting such high praise elsewhere.
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clockworkmonkey
Aug. 15th, 2008 03:38 pm (UTC)
When I posted yesterday about how Godawful the new Star Wars movie looks and how I, a horrible mark for Star Wars and certainly part of the intended market, have no interest in seeing it, I was surprised how many people responded with a "yeah, it looks awful, but I'm going to see it because ____." Apparently there are bigger Star Wars nerds than me out there, and they feel like they HAVE to.

We really don't have to.
ludickid
Aug. 15th, 2008 03:42 pm (UTC)
NO! YOU DON'T!
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garbagedog
Aug. 15th, 2008 03:40 pm (UTC)
I came late to Mad Men and am not yet caught up to the current episodes, but soon we will be able to discuss.
ludickid
Aug. 15th, 2008 03:43 pm (UTC)
I will attempt to refrain from any flagrant spoilers, then.
calamityjon
Aug. 15th, 2008 03:41 pm (UTC)
I sometimes wonder if I need to rewatch Purple Rose of Cairo, which I've dozens of folks tell me is their hands-down favorite movie ever. I found it saccharine and plodding.

Honestly though, Crimes and Misdemeanors is one of my favorite films. I think Allen's gift is choosing his actors well and letting them do the character like they feel it ...
ludickid
Aug. 15th, 2008 03:46 pm (UTC)
I have oft been excoriated for never seeing "Purple Rose", which I too have heard many people list as an all-time fave.

"Crimes"...man, there's no denying that the acting in that thing was top-notch (it was in "Interiors", too, which I also hated), but I just found the whole thing ugly and malignant and full of all kinds of uncomfortable class signifiers, and not in a good, or illuminating, or even shocking way. Just...ugly.
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anne_jumps
Aug. 15th, 2008 03:41 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I've wanted to stab just about every main character on "Mad Men" at least once, sometimes a lot more than once.
ludickid
Aug. 15th, 2008 03:51 pm (UTC)
In the second episode of S2, in particular, I was wishing that Joan would burst into flames. And Don was behaving like Al Swearingen in the latest episode.
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rjwhite
Aug. 15th, 2008 03:50 pm (UTC)
Oh sweet fancy heck, Celebrity was so godawful.

I generally agree with your list. But- Crimes and Misdemeanors, though? Excellent, excellent film. Really enjoyed Sweet and Lowdown, too- saw it at the theater twice in one week.

Manhattan Murder Mystery is one of my favorites, too.

Shadows and Fog- enjoyed it in print format, but couldn't get through the entire film. Something got waaay lost, there.

I'd also add his segment of New York Stories to the mediocre list.
ludickid
Aug. 15th, 2008 03:54 pm (UTC)
I know I'm in a minority for not liking "Crimes", just as I am for not liking "Interiors" and for thinking "Deconstructing Harry" was pretty good.
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happinesstogo
Aug. 15th, 2008 03:57 pm (UTC)
My favorite Allen movies are Annie Hall, Deconstructing Harry, and Everyone Says I Love You. I really enjoy his work most of the time, although I admit that after seeing so many of the films over so many years, many of them kind of run together in my mind, and I can't really tell them apart anymore, and I might not be giving enough credit to some of the others that were better than I remember. I remember detesting Mighty Aphrodite because I felt Allen had gotten too old and weird to pull off the nerdy-yet-charming male lead. That's one of the things that happened in that movie, right? Allen's character hooked up with what's-her-name? Anyway, he's one of my favorite directors, and in his movies that I really like I think there is a lot of actual acting going on, you know, more like something you would see on stage rather than various constructed clips that come out of a studio, which is how a lot of other movies feel sometimes.
ludickid
Aug. 15th, 2008 04:16 pm (UTC)
It's amazing to me that he claims to have never watched any of his movies after they were done. Amazing. I guess that's how you come to make 40 if the fucking things.
lunchcat
Aug. 15th, 2008 03:58 pm (UTC)
Glad to find another Radio Days fan. It may be my favorite Allen movie of all time. I never, ever get tired of watching that film. And I'd count Purple Rose of Cairo in my top five as well. Mia Farrow is wonderful in that movie and the whole scenario -- the idea of wanting something better in your life but realizing you'll never get it -- is heartbreaking.

Annie Hall, Manhattan, Sleeper, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Hannah and Her Sisters and Take the Money and Run are probably my other top favorites. I enjoy Sweet and Lowdown too because of Sean Penn and Samantha Morton but I kind of get squicked out on the implied woman hating thing.

I'm really a big admirer of Woody Allen and I don't really care how many crappy movies he puts out at this point. I think he already proved himself to be a great writer and director a dozen times over and if he just wants to crank 'em out to keep himself entertained at this point, I'm a-ok with it. And if he occasionally turns out something really good, then I'll be there to see it even if his fascination with Scarlett Johansson makes it difficult for me to stomach.

Plus, I saw him play his clarinet once and he said hi to our table, so I have to like him.
ludickid
Aug. 15th, 2008 04:17 pm (UTC)
"Radio Days" is just so genial and good-natured and fun, I don't see how people can not like it. Also, very funny, a quality sadly lacking in his later stuff.
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roseyv
Aug. 15th, 2008 04:10 pm (UTC)
>I could name a dozen moments just in the three episodes so far where one of the main characters behaves in a way so contrary to human decency that I started to wonder if the whole thing was a weird meta-narrative where everyone is in hell for various mortal sins

Um. You do realize it’s set in an AD AGENCY, don’t you? And yet I love it so.
ludickid
Aug. 15th, 2008 04:18 pm (UTC)
I can't believe I'm saying this, but the relentless hateworthiness of ALL the character (including the ones who don't work at Sterling Cooper, like Betty) might just start getting in the way of how much I like it.
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easyalchemy
Aug. 15th, 2008 04:36 pm (UTC)
I think Woody Allen only really appeals to people who either are from New York City, or wish they were. I get it, I just think it sucks.
I had an acting teacher who really bought into Woody Allen movies as representative of people from New York, and played into every boring stereotype with a gusto that was embarrassing.

I am the biggest Star Wars nerd I know personally, but I will not see the new movie. I hope George Lucas dies. Does no one ever say 'No, George, that's a bad idea' to this man?
'Cause I will. Get me in a room with him. I'll tell him all about his bad ideas.
roseyv
Aug. 15th, 2008 04:44 pm (UTC)
Also, I really like Woody Allen's movies, except for that nervous fella that's in all of 'em.
rjwhite
Aug. 15th, 2008 04:45 pm (UTC)
Tony Roberts?
calamityjon
Aug. 15th, 2008 04:46 pm (UTC)
My one piece of advice to all Olympic attendees: Don't drink the Coke. THEY THINK IT'S FUNNY.

Additionally, this is really a chance for the Americans to show the Chinese what we're really made of; thousands of American athletes and tourists, showing off our terrific skills at not drinking the pee-pee part. "Rook at this, I can't berieve it! It's all PEE PEE! He dlink arr the Coke part! Inconceivabre! Not even a dlop of Coke left, TOTAR PEE PEE! I MEASULE IT AND EVELYTHING!"

Right, okay. Let's see. I've got a lot more demeaning reacist jokes handy if we host the next Olympics in any Latin American or African nation, too!

ludickid
Aug. 15th, 2008 07:12 pm (UTC)
LUNNING OF THE BURRS

LUNNING OF THE BURRS
blue_straggler
Aug. 15th, 2008 05:31 pm (UTC)
1. Boy, the Olympics have sure seen a lot of wolf tickets written on behalf of the women in my universe.

It's the swimmers and their swimmer torsos. Chicks dig a good torso.
roninspoon
Aug. 15th, 2008 06:09 pm (UTC)
I don't go out of my way to see many Woody Allen films, but the ones I have seen I generally enjoy. By far, my favorite is Sleeper.
fiberpunk
Aug. 15th, 2008 06:22 pm (UTC)
So I know it's a really annoying cliche when someone is like, "I DON'T LIKE THAT SHOW, BUT THE CHICK IN IT, VA VA VOOM, I'D LIKE TO MAD HER MEN HA HA IF YOU KNOW WHAT I'M SAYING."

So I know that.
fiberpunk
Aug. 15th, 2008 06:29 pm (UTC)
Okay but also, I haven't really watched the show because a couple of episodes in, I got really annoyed at the fact that everyone keeps pointing out what time it is. "Wait, a tart you can put in the toaster? Hang on, that's crazy! This is 1962, when pop tarts don't exist! Let's go out in my 1962 Ford Galaxie! Boy, I hope they don't start wiretapping Martin Luther King next year!"
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