Woody Allen

Wonder Wheel

December 8, 2017
Kate Winslet red-faced in 'Wonder Wheel'

“Oh God!” says Kate Winslet, towards the end of Wonder Wheel, “Spare me the bad drama!” Alas, by then it’s too late. We’ve just endured one hour and 40 minutes of dialogue so wooden and scenes so hopelessly stagey, no actor could survive such a catastrophe. It’s been a long time since I went into … More


To Rome with Love

October 20, 2012
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First it was the Gauls and the Visigoths, now Rome has been laid waste by a new menace of unstoppable proportions – Woody Allen. Over the past few years this deadly invader has marched on London (Match Point), Barcelona (Vicky, Cristina, Barcelona), and finally, Paris (Midnight in Paris). Is no city – at least, no … More


Midnight in Paris

October 22, 2011
Film Still, Midnight in Paris

Long before Woody Allen was known as a successful movie director, he did stand-up comedy routines. These were collected on an LP record that I recall listening to in my teens. The most memorable sketch was about spending time in Paris with Hemingway and Gertrude Stein. Allen’s latest film, Midnight in Paris, may be seen … More