Thursday, December 1, 2011

All Things Woody…

There’s never a bad time to go a little Woody Allen crazy, is there? In honor of Woody’s 76th birthday today, praise is has been flying off the woodworks as of late.  PBS recently aired its thorough, mesmerizing two-part documentary on Allen, Midnight in Paris just received its first major awards attention, and the Woody Allen LAMBcast I recorded with some fellows bloggers a few weeks back hit the web.

If you are in need of a Woody Allen fix, here are a few ways to curb it:

A Career Examined
I spent January and February of this year watching every film Woody Allen has ever directed. I spent March reading every book I could find on him, and in April, I published my all-things Woody Allen post, which can be found here.

A few weeks ago, I recorded an epic Woody Allen podcast with fellow LAMBs Dylan, Sam, Dan, and Danny. You can listen to the long and all-inclusive episode here. Allen fans will certainly enjoy it.

Top 5
Now for a question: what are your top five favorite Woody Allen films, in order? Mine are:
Another Woman (1988)
Match Point (2005)
Husbands and Wives (1992)
Manhattan (1979)
Stardust Memories (1980)

Let me know your choices in the comments section and I’ll post the results! 


  1. I'm terrible with Woody Allen. I've only seen four films: ANNIE HALL, MANHATTAN, MANHATTAN MURDER MYSTERY and MIDNIGHT IN PARIS. I definitely, definitely need to catch up on his stuff.

  2. You would LOVE Another Woman. It's his Wild Strawberries.

  3. We kind of went over this on the 'cast, but my top five would have to be something like:

    1. Purple Rose of Cairo
    2. Annie Hall
    3. Husbands and Wives
    4. Sweet and Lowdown
    5. Love and Death

    I guess I just really like his 'And' movies. And thanks for linking all of your reviews, I think I'll check those out when I have some more time.

  4. Great choices. I need to give Love and Death another go... I didn't dig it at all the first time I watched it. Worth a re-visit...

  5. I too am lousy when it comes to Woody Allen, although I really enjoy Annie Hall. I need to watch more of his work, and I think I'll start with Midnight in Paris.

    After the podcast of course.

  6. I dunno if you have Netflix, but some of his best films are on Netflix Instant right now. "Another Woman" is one of the best movies I've ever seen. And it's only 80 minutes. A breeze.

  7. I have only seen six by Woody Allen, but I'm going to go with Manhattan, Annie Hall, Midnight in Paris, Match Point and Vicky Cristina Barcelona in order.

  8. All good choices. Manhattan...whatta classic.

  9. For me top 5 of Woody is:

    1. Anything Else
    2. Stardust Memories
    3. Husbands and Wives
    4. Manhattan
    5. Annie Hall.

    I haven't seen Another Woman, but I definetly will now!

  10. Wow big twist there. I love your choices, but I think Anything Else is Woody's worst film. Explain! :)

  11. Annie Hall
    The Purple Rose of Cairo
    Hannah and Her Sisters
    Match Point

    Top 3 Moments from what I would consider lesser Allen films (i.e. not in my top ten)
    The bank holdup from Take the Money and Run
    The dance beside the Seine from Everyone Says I Love You
    Emmet Ray breaks down at the end of Sweet and Lowdown

    Also just watched Wild Man Blues tonight. Check it out if you haven't. It pretends to be about Woody Allen, the jazz musician, but it's really not.

  12. I need to see Another Woman, badly.

  13. @Tom, all GREAT moments. I watched Wild Man Blues a few months back, and yeah, I was happy it didn't focus solely on his jazz. Really great doc

    @Sam, yes, my friend, yes you do.

  14. I have seen most of his work,and I love his early films,they are just hilarious!!

    My top5:
    2.Take the Money and Run
    3.Annie Hall
    5.Match Point

  15. @David Very nice. Like most of his work, I think you either like his early comedies, or you don't. How good is Match Point? Love it.