Irrational Man (2015)

I feel a little irrational that I keep watching Woody Allen movies. I know that some people adore him, but I just don’t think he’s my style. I am starting to notice that maybe Emma Stone needs to watch her back with Woody. She seems to be in all his movies now, and he has her only in outfits where her beautiful legs are seen. So, I’m thinking he’s just being a perv with her, but I guess work is work right Emma? I found this story a little gag-inducing. I know that girls fall in love with their professors but Emma Stone with a fat Joaquin Phoenix? Nope. He’s also a hot mess and she’s very put together, and although women also like a project sometimes… uh, nope. I just didn’t buy the relationship and the whole story just felt really uncomfortable. I think the parts where Phoenix was alone were the best parts of the movie. The ending was also not very satisfying. A waste of time if I say so myself. I can rationally state that.

56/100

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Annie Hall (1977)

I’ve always heard people talk about this movie and how great it is, but I found it to be mostly average. I must not be a Woody Allen fan. Maybe I just don’t get his humor like I don’t get Wes Anderson’s humor either. This movie isn’t terrible though, it has some good parts to it. I really liked the part with Christopher Walken talking about driving his car into oncoming traffic. I also thought it had a decent love story to it, except for how it turns out. I wasn’t a big fan of the ending. I’m sure I’ll get in trouble for this but so far Magic in the Moonlight might be my favorite Woody Allen movie. The rest I just don’t care for them that much. I have a few more to see, so maybe I’ll see some interesting ones soon.

71/100

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Sleeper (1973)

I wouldn’t call this a sleeper hit, but I stayed awake during it just fine. I wouldn’t call myself a Woody Allen fan. Most of the time I think my sense of humor just doesn’t align with him. This movie was pretty good though, I liked the cheesy 70’s version of their future with robot butlers and orgasmatrons for lovemaking. Some of Allen’s acting ranged from stupid to brilliant. The biggest thing that drags this movie down was its overuse of slapstick comedy. A lot of Benny Hill moments that just weren’t funny. Also, Diane Keaton, even though she is pretty was pretty grating in this film. It’s definitely not his worst film, but not his best either. I’ll just have to sleep on it.

72/100

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Magic in the Moonlight (2014)

Finally Woody Allen conjures up some magic in this romantic comedy about spirit mediums and love. I thought that Emma Stone and Colin Firth worked really well with each other. Emma Stone was born to play roles during this time period, she just looked so great in that 20’s fashion. Colin Firth was excellent as well being the brooding magician who wants to debunk Emma Stones amazing powers. I smiled quite a bit throughout this film and I’m starting to understand a little why people like Woody Allen. I’ve only seen his new stuff, but I’m excited to see some of his classic films. This one was good for one of his newer films.

79/100

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Blue Jasmine (2013)

Real Housewives of Woody Allen. This movie follows the breakdown of Cate Blanchett who portrays the wife of a man who gets arrested for a money making scheme (played by Alec Baldwin). Of course she loses everything and loses her sanity. Blanchett was amazing, she is an excellent actress. The rest of the movie just stunk. I hated Blanchett’s character, nothing irks me more than a highly unlikable main character of a movie. I watch movies to be entertained not to be annoyed for two hours. Bad movie.

60/100

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To Rome with Love

This movie wasn’t an abject failure but it wasn’t a success either. All the characters were delightful in some ways but if you ask me what this movie is about I would say… how the hell should I know? Was Alec Baldwin really there or was he a narrator? Why does Woody Allen act? Does he think he is Larry David and is funny? What the heck was up with the whole Roberto Benigni storyline? This movie leaves you with more questions than answers. The only redeemable thing is that it can make you laugh.

62/100

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