Thursday, October 27, 2005

JAZ's 10 Favorite Woody Allen Movies:


If you haven't gotten into Woody Allen's movies, you're missing out! He portrays life, and especially fallen human nature, with immense insight. Not surprisingly, he's especially strong when dealing with the psycho-sexual confusion that is often found in the midst of romance. His best movies, like most of my favorite films, are both sad and full of jokes. Manhatten is a perfect example of this, though it's especially dark. That said, it's very easy to begin by watching the wrong Woody Allen film first.

If you would like to give him/his films a(nother) shot, start with the following list...well, not Zelig, Alice, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Husbands and Wives, Radio Days (unless you're 11 years old), or Broadway Danny Rose...probably Annie Hall is the best starting point.

JAZ's Top 10:

Stardust Memories**
Broadway Danny Rose**
Manhattan**
Annie Hall**
Zelig**
Husbands and Wives**
Crimes and Misdemeanors**
Alice**
Hannah and Her Sisters**
Radio Days** (my first Woody Allen movie, watched at the Multiplex Cinema with my parents in Westchester, NY, at age 11)

(double asterix = a personal, special-place-in-my-heart fave, i.e., Love and Death **, not on either list, but man did I love this movie when I was 12! I once made a list of every joke, meticulously pausing the VCR for almost 6 straight hours.)

JAZ's Top 10 Honorable Mentions:

Take the Money and Run**
Mighty Aphrodite
Manhatten Murder Mystery
Sleeper
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex but Were Afraid to Ask**
Bullets Above Broadway
A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy
Bananas**
Celebrity**
Play It Again, Sam**

1 comment:

Tim Galebach said...

The complete non-sequitur above aside, thanks for the list, I need movies to watch.
--TG