Woody Allen Retrospective: Annie Hall

Woody Allen Retrospective: Annie Hall

Annie Hall was the first film of Woody Allen's that I was ever exposed to. About seven years ago, I began to make my way through the Academy Award Best Picture winners. When I arrived at 1977, I had almost no prior knowledge of Woody Allen, as I had not started the deep dive into the pool of cinema I now swim in, so I came into the film with few expectations. I was absolutely blown away by Annie Hall, the artistry achieved in such a heartbreaking film completely floored me. I knew someday I would make a point to see everything else Woody Allen had made because that's how fast a project "happens" for me. It took longer than I would have liked, but I finally embarked on that retrospective project in July of this year. I had seen 11 of Woody Allen's films at the beginning of the project and discovered so many new favorites. Annie Hall was the only one of the 11 I rewatched, curious to see if it would remain at the top of my throne of Woody Allen's filmography. Annie Hall is still my favorite Woody Allen film, and one of my best-loved films of all time. It remains a rewatchable favorite, a film filled with personal touches and experimentation, a film that I am eternally grateful for.

Woody Allen in my favorite scene from Annie Hall
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WB and DC are working on a JOKER origin story with The Hangover Director and MARTIN SCORSESE

WB and DC are working on a JOKER origin story with The Hangover Director and MARTIN SCORSESE

Someone tell me Deadline's latest exclusive is not a joke... — According to Deadline, Warner Bros. and DC are in the early planning stages of another spinoff telling the origin story of the signature villain The Joker. But that's not even the punch line folks, the studio has pegged The Hangover‘s Todd Phillips to co-write a script (and Direct) along with 8 Mile scribe Scott Silver and none other than Martin Scorsese will serve as producer with Phillips.

"Leap!" Review
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"Leap!" Review

Often, while I'm watching a film that isn't going so well, I can't help but root for things to get better. I felt that way during most of "Leap!", the French-Canadian animated film originally released last year under the title "Ballerina". The Weinstein Co. is distributing the English-language version in the U.S. which includes, not only the new title and a new voice cast, but a modern soundtrack.

Dolph Lundgren is training for 'Creed 2'

Dolph Lundgren is training for 'Creed 2'

Do not underestimate old man strength. — Back in July, Stallone kicked off a series of Instagram posts teasing plans for "Creed 2". Yet it wasn't news of the sequel that came as the tease, but rather plans for Stallone's desire to see Rocky IV nemesis, Ivan Drago's return to the series.

Una
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Una

How much hate should we harbour for the paedophile Una presents to us? That’s the only feeling that needs calibrating as we contextualize the vice hovering above the two central characters in this film by first-time director Benedict Andrews. The strong performances on show may have you dithering for a minute – second chances right. But by the time the resolution comes around, questions and suspicions arise to drown out what the uncomfortable empathy surfaces.

Comedian Jerry Lewis dead at age 91

Comedian Jerry Lewis dead at age 91

Jerry Lewis, the comedian and filmmaker died on Sunday morning at his home in Las Vegas. He was 91. — His death was confirmed by John Katsilometes, a columnist for The Las Vegas Review Journal, who spoke to family members and confirmed the news on Twitter:

Annabelle: Creation; Review
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Annabelle: Creation; Review

A strong, scary, unnerving and exceptional step up from the first 'Annabelle' inspired spin-off. — The first spin-off from the Conjuring movies was Annabelle, and it was not that good; dumb characters, too many obvious scares approaching and an overall lack of real fear in my opinion. There were some good scenes, but far too few of them. This prequel of that prequel is a vast improvement. Likely due to the director, who also did 'Lights Out' and a strong cast of child actors, one of whom was from the equally good improvement over its previous, Ouija: Origin of Evil, and elder actors also.

"Ingrid Goes West" Review
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"Ingrid Goes West" Review

In "Ingrid Goes West" Aubrey Plaza plays the title character, a twenty-something whose mom has recently passed away. Now alone, and without any friends, Ingrid relies on social media (specifically Instagram), for everything - companionship, entertainment, love. She lives through the people she follows and "friends" online.

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