Woody Allen

Ernest Hemingway’s Hottest Takes on Today’s News

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Happy birthday, Papa Hemingway! Many outlets are celebrating the famously concise and manly writer with tributes to his bon mots, but we thought we’d do something a little more appropriate for the 24/7 online news cycle — so we asked the beloved author to weigh in on a few of the most thinkpiece-worthy headlines of the moment. He obliged, being conveniently long dead, and therefore in the public domain.
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Irrational Bleh: Will Woody Allen Ever Make Another Good Movie?

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For a little while there, it looked like we were on a one-off, one-on pattern w/r/t the quality of Woody Allen’s annual feature film — You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger was followed by Midnight in Paris, To Rome with Love by Blue Jasmine, and thus last summer’s wildly mediocre Magic in the Moonlight would seem to indicate we were due for another good one. Alas, Allen’s latest, Irrational Man, is not that good one — in fact, it’s a picture so dire, its problems so base and elementary, that I’m honestly not sure he still has good ones in him.
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‘Louie’ Season 5 Episode 5 Recap: “Untitled”

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In light of the high quality Louie has maintained in pretty much every area over the course of its four and half seasons thus far, it’s easy to forget that it started out as a very different kind of show. C.K. has talked pretty openly about the heavy influence Woody Allen’s had on his work, and in its broad strokes, the progression of the show lines up fairly closely with that of the Allen filmography; he started out doing something that was almost purely for laughs, an extension of his stand-up act that was filled with blackout sketches and visual/verbal cartoons. But even in that first season, there were hints that he had more on his mind, and when he wrote his character an Annie Hall-style nervous romance (“Daddy’s Girlfriend,” aka the Parker Posey episodes), the emotional stakes were raised; the comedy became more grounded, more about the real world, and more concerned with genuine emotion. All of which is a long way of getting around to noting that last night’s episode, “Untitled,” was in many ways the closest thing he’s done to that inaugural season in quite some time: a bizarre exercise in pure absurdity.
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Flavorwire’s Guide to 2015 Summer Movies

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This Friday, just like the first weekend of every May since 2007, a new movie based on a Marvel comic book will open in thousands of theaters across the country, will make all the money, and will serve as the official starter pistol for summer movie season. And for many a seasoned moviegoer, that’s a cue for despair; after all, summer has become synonymous with big, bloated, stupid blockbusters of the Transformers school. And make no mistake, there’s plenty of those on the runway this season (how ya doin’, Terminator Genisys, it’s pretty funny that you’re actually going with that spelling). But don’t go into cinematic hibernation just yet; there’s also a steady stream of first-rate indie-flick counterprogramming on the runway, and some of the big movies actually sound pretty good. So, as a public service to you, the discerning moviegoer, we’ve assembled a month-by-month look at what might actually be worth your time and …Read More

‘Louie’ Season 5 Premiere Recap: “Potluck”

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In the first non-stand-up scene of the fifth season of Louie, our hero Louis C.K. is opening up to his therapist. “I’m not that good anymore about navigating between the good and the bad times,” he tells him. “I just don’t know how to live a life anymore.” And as he goes on, explaining what is clearly an oncoming depression, he realizes that the therapist is nodding off. It’s a moment of realization for him: “I’m a boring asshole now!” he exclaims, and leaves. It’s a funny little scene — the kind of neurotic psychiatry-based humor that Woody Allen birthed a career from — but it’s also, in pretty clear terms, an acknowledgment of the criticisms of the show’s previous season.
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