Friday, September 24, 2010
Friday's Top 5... Woody Allen Movies
#5: Bullets Over Broadway
Bullets Over Broadway is a curiously underrated film, I've found. And yet it's one of Allen's snappiest and, frankly, funniest films. It would be worth seeing for Dianne Wiest's performance alone but there are also great turns from Jennifer Tilly, Chazz Palminteri and John Cusack.
#4: Hannah and Her Sisters
A terrific drama about three sisters and one of many examples of Allen's ability to consistently craft interesting, complex female characters. It also features one of my favourite moments from any of Allen's films, when Hannah realizes that her husband and her sister, Lee, have been having an affair. It's a terrific and very subtle moment but it has great power.
#3: The Purple Rose of Cairo
I've written about my love for The Purple Rose of Cairo many times so I'm not really sure what else I could possibly say about it other than to simply reiterate that I love it.
Allen's love letter to the city where so many of his films are set is many things - brilliantly acted, perfectly written, beautifully filmed - but first and foremost it's his strongest effort as a visual stylist.
#1: Annie Hall
Perfect from beginning to end, Annie Hall is not just his best film, it's one of the very best films ever made.