November 29, 2011

I have a love hate relationship with Woody Allen. 98% of his movies are exactly the same. Neurotic Jew, (who’s currently seeing an analyst to “deal with it”) rants about current life happenings to his muse-girlfriend. Usually, there’s not a lot wrong with that, because his muse girlfriends are often really gorgeous, so they detract from any lack of interesting plot. “RANT RANT RANT DIANE KEATONS BOOBIES RANT RANT RANT.” (Actually, I’m not sure she was ever nude in a Woody Allen movie…)(Whatever.)

I used to whine about the homogeny of his films until my boss brought up a good point: “Authors are lucky if they have one really great piece of work. He’s got about five, which is really astonishing when you think about it.” True. (I love my job sometimes.)

I started this post on Thanksgiving, and I was going to write about how I’m thankful for this movie, because no matter what, it’s always perfect, it always concludes in the same perfect tied up like a present bow way, everyone ends up where they need to be… Then, maybe delve  into the coincidence of one of my best friends being named Hannah, and being thankful that there are people that tolerate my punkass…

Really though, this Thanksgiving, I’m thankful that some people really understand Chekhov. I’m thankful that quiet, character driven films exist, (though they seem to be much less popular), and I’m thankful that I get to read a bunch of drivel at work so I can appreciate what’s really good. I’m also thankful that Dianne Wiest won an Academy Award for this movie because she was fucking brilliant. (Ughhh the last scene just kills me every time.)

I’m also super thankful for my BFF Hannah, (and my other BFF’s Fif, and Aleena) because I really can’t think of a reason to keep me around, but they seem to think I’m sort of worthwhile 😛

That said, if you haven’t seen this movie, see it.

Here are some of my other favorite quiet character movies:

Judy Berlin (Dir: Eric Mendelsohn, 2000.)(Super hard to find, download it here.)

Bande a Part (Dir: Jean-Luc Godard, 1964)

Harold and Maude (Dir: Hal Ashby, 1971)

Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (Dir: Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1974)

Ordinary People (Dir: Robert Redford, 1980)

Rabbit Hole (Dir: John Cameron Mitchell, 2010)

Happy Birthday, Gemini (Dir. Richard Benner, 1980)

State and Main (Dir. David Mamet, 2000)

Adaptation (Dir. Spike Jonze, 2002) <- Not sure this one counts, I just really like Charlie Kaufman (/HIPSTER.)


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