I’ve never made a secret here (why would I?) that I’m a Woody Allen fan (I don’t care about the rumors out there about his personal life, not getting into that—OK?). I think I have just about all his movies on my computer. I have two favorites—“Annie Hall,” and “Manhattan” in that order. My third favorite may surprise you.
“Deconstructing Harry” came out in 1997. I was living in Clifton’s Gaslight District at the time and I remember walking over to the Esquire Theatre on Ludlow one afternoon to watch it. I loved it—have seen it many times since.
Harry Block is a writer who’s a bit of a mess. If you’re interested, you can click here to get the plot of the movie.
I don’t think the movie was a big hit, but it hit a nerve with me. It’s kind of a mean little movie and I like that. What does that say about me?
The clip down below, in my view, is one of the funniest scenes ever in a Woody Allen film—Harry Block and “The Affair.” Woody and Kirstie Alley are great together. Warning: it’s laced with bad language.
I shall return here on Wednesday.
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Thanks to my son, I just about have every movie Woody Allen has made on my computer. A little while back, he added “Blue Jasmine” to my collection and a couple nights ago, I got around to watching it. In my view, this is one of Woody’s best. If Cate Blanchett doesn’t win an Oscar for her performance, I’ll be shocked.
The next day while remembering how much I enjoyed the movie, I started thinking about this old/new Woody Allen mess and those child-abuse accusations. It’s a family matter, should be very private but, of course, it isn’t. It, and I’m not sure there even is an ‘it,’ happened 20 years ago, but Dylan Farrow has put it back in the news again.
Gawker recently ran a story about New York Times critic Janet Maslin who thinks Farrow is making the whole thing up and simply wants attention. This very well could me. In my opinion, and this is only my opinion, 20 years ago it didn’t ring true to me and 20 years later it still doesn’t.
20 years ago, I would often get into arguments with friends about still going to see Woody Allen movies after the child abuse stuff came to light. My answer then is still my answer now: I don’t think about his personal life when I’m watching his movies. I’m paying attention to the story being told on the screen.
That’s my view and I’m sticking to it.
I may watch “Blue Jasmine” again tonight or maybe “Annie Hall”—haven’t decided yet.
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Yes, I know it’s Super Bowl Sunday. That’s all well and good. I probably won’t be watching the game. Actually, there’s no ‘probably’ to it. I won’t be watching. I would rather just be doing something else.
I’ve never gone to the Super Bowl—never had any desire to. Also, never had any money to.
The last Super Bowl I watched on television was back in 1989. That’s when the Cincinnati Bengals were last there, of course. They didn’t win, of course.
Super Bowl commercials? I’m sure I’ll catch up with a few of them sooner or later. I watch “television” on my computer now and most of the time I can skip commercials and I don’t see that being any different with those from the Super Bowl. A commercial is a commercial and most of them are anoying.
I’ve never been to a Super Bowl party but I have gone to regular parties in my life. CityBeat parties used to be the most fun, but not so much anymore. They’ve changed, or maybe I have.
I’ve gone to some Bengals games in my life, but I’ve gone to many more Reds games—used to go to about 20 a year. Not anymore. I’ve said this before here: Nothing stays the same.
Enjoy watching the Super Bowl tonight. I’ll probably be watching a Woody Allen movie that I’ve got on my computer. I’m thinking Woody won’t be doing what I’m doing. I’m thinking Woody will be watching the Super Bowl.
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