Wonder Wheel (2017)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2017.  Amazon Studios, Gravier Productions.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Vittorio Storaro.  Produced by Erika Aronson, Letty Aronson, Edward Walson.  Production Design by Santo Loquasto.  Costume Design by Suzy Benzinger.  Film Editing by Alisa Lepselter.   It’s Coney Island in the 1950s, and while all of New York gathers in crowds on the beach underneath…

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Cafe Society (2016)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 2016.  FilmNation Entertainment, Gravier Productions, Perdido Productions.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Vittorio Storaro.  Produced by Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum, Edward Walson.  Production Design by Santo Loquasto.  Costume Design by Suzy Benzinger.  Film Editing by Alisa Lepselter.  Cannes Film Festival 2016.   Woody Allen reaches a career low with this tired and charmless period piece. Jesse Eisenberg heads out to…

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The Curse Of The Jade Scorpion (2001)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA/Germany, 2001.  DreamWorks, VCL Communications, Gravier Productions.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Fei Zhao.  Produced by Letty Aronson.  Production Design by Santo Loquasto.  Costume Design by Suzanne McCabe.  Film Editing by Alisa Lepselter.   Woody Allen‘s clever zingers pour out of his mouth constantly but fall flat in this overtired and badly paced comedy, his least…

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Small Time Crooks (2000)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2000.  DreamWorks, Sweetland Films.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Fei Zhao.  Produced by Jean Doumanian.  Production Design by Santo Loquasto.  Costume Design by Suzanne McCabe.  Film Editing by Alisa Lepselter.  Golden Globe Awards 2000.   Tracey Ullman is magnificent as Woody Allen‘s exasperated wife, who starts a cookie business as a front for her husband’s plans for…

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Celebrity (1998)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1998.  Sweetland Films, Magnolia Productions.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Sven Nykvist.  Produced by Jean Doumanian.  Production Design by Santo Loquasto.  Costume Design by Suzy Benzinger.  Film Editing by Susan E. Morse.   Woody Allen has made a shallow film about shallow people, but hopefully the parade of famous faces who traverse the screen will…

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Deconstructing Harry (1997)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1997.  Sweetland Films, Jean Doumanian Productions.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Carlo Di Palma.  Produced by Jean Doumanian.  Production Design by Santo Loquasto.  Costume Design by Suzy Benzinger.  Film Editing by Susan E. Morse.  Academy Awards 1997.     Woody Allen plays a popular scribe with writer’s block who spends two days re-examining his life and…

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Bullets Over Broadway (1994)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1994.  Miramax, Sweetland Films, Magnolia Productions.  Screenplay by Woody Allen, Douglas McGrath.  Cinematography by Carlo Di Palma.  Produced by Robert Greenhut.  Production Design by Santo Loquasto.  Costume Design by Jeffrey Kurland.  Film Editing by Susan E. Morse.  Academy Awards 1994.  Golden Globe Awards 1994. John Cusack plays an idealistic playwright in 1930s New York City who decides that, for his…

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Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1993.  TriStar Pictures, Jack Rollins & Charles H. Joffe Productions.  Screenplay by Woody Allen, Marshall Brickman.  Cinematography by Carlo Di Palma.  Produced by Robert Greenhut.  Production Design by Santo Loquasto.  Costume Design by Jeffrey Kurland.  Film Editing by Susan E. Morse.  Golden Globe Awards 1993.   One of Woody Allen‘s most enjoyable film comedies. Diane Keaton plays a…

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Husbands And Wives (1992)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1992.  Jack Rollins & Charles H. Joffe Productions, TriStar Pictures.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Carlo Di Palma.  Produced by Robert Greenhut.  Production Design by Santo Loquasto.  Costume Design by Jeffrey Kurland.  Film Editing by Susan E. Morse.  Academy Awards 1992.  Golden Globe Awards 1992.   Woody Allen‘s examination of married couples isn’t as marvelous as his similar…

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Annie Hall

BBBBB (out of 5) La dee da, la la. Woody Allen takes a sharp turn away from slapstick and gives birth to comedy genius. Natural, observant dialogue and moments of romantic poignancy chart the relationship between an insecure television producer (Allen) and his flighty, free-spirited girlfriend (Diane Keaton).  He begins by telling us that they broke…

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Manhattan

BBBBB (out of 5) Woody Allen creates a tribute to the Big Apple, to romance, to movies and to the love of love itself with this dreamy film. He plays a writer working on his first big novel whose affair with a precociously intelligent teenager (Mariel Hemingway) is interrupted by a sexy, grown woman (Diane Keaton)…

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Stardust Memories (1980)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1980.  Jack Rollins & Charles H. Joffe Productions, Rollins-Joffe Productions.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Gordon Willis.  Produced by Robert Greenhut.  Production Design by Mel Bourne.  Costume Design by Santo Loquasto.  Film Editing by Susan E. Morse.   One of Woody Allen‘s less inspired works, this bitter film is the director’s response to the criticism he…

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