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Monday, Aug. 4, 2014

Woody Allen at the Limits of Reason

  With his latest European-set piece, Magic in the Moonlight, Woody Allen pulls off a remarkable feat by folding an essay on metaphysics into a glamorously entertaining package. Magic
06.11.2014 | | Posted at 04:22 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Outdoor summer theater opens in a big way this weekend in the greater Milwaukee area as a couple of notable productions open. Optimist Theatre’s staging of The Winter’s Tale at Kadish Park opens the same  weekend as Summerstage of Delafield’s outdoor production of Don’t Drink the Water. Director Brian D. Zelinski brings Woody Allen’s 1966 play to the outdoor stage at Lapham Peak Sta...
Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013

Woody Allen’s Bicoastal Drama

 Although Woody Allen became a belated world traveler in recent years, setting films in Barcelona, London, Paris and Rome, he returns to familiar ground for much of Blue Jasmine. Half of the film unwinds in the tonier districts
Thursday, March 21, 2013

Beginning to know the medium and its message

 Looking back at the 20th century, it seems as if some philosophers deliberately marginalized philosophy by refusing to address important issues in language meaningful to the general public. Perhaps that disengagement
01.25.2013 | | Posted at 10:43 AM
By David Luhrssen
  At first glance, the latest Woody Allen films released on Blu-ray, Sleeper (1973) and Hannah and her Sisters (1986), represent entirely different aspects of the writer-director’s work. Sleeper is a sci-fi spoof and Hannah is like a Chekhov play transposed to the milieu of Manhattan’s intelligentsia. Allen is the protagonist of Sleeper’s zaniness while in Hannah, he’s only o...
Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Baldwin, Page star in Woody Allen's latest

To Rome With Love is no Midnight in Paris, but then, Woody Allen set the bar so high last summer that it may...
Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010

Best-laid plans go awry in latest romantic comedy

Leon Redbone is heard as the stark black-and-white opening credits roll, singing “When You Wish Upon a Star” with raspy endearment. That Woody Allen’s latest blend of sweetness and cynicism, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, starts on an ironic note is hardly a surprise. In case anyone misses the point of his thorny romantic comedy, the movie’s recurring narrator...
Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Larry David Works Well; Woody Allen scores with Pygmalion tale

The enduring fantasy of older men is that a gorgeous young woman will fall in love with them, find them sexually arousing and long to imbibe their wisdom while sitting at their feet. That fantasy is the spring driving Woody Allen's often-hilarious farce, Whatever Works, and as any reader of People magazine knows, the fantasy worked for him in real life, too. But Allen has enough wit to undermine his own proposition by movie's end. Celebrity gossip hounds may wonder what the story's twisting plot says about the director's marriage to his younger...
Thursday, Jan. 24, 2008

Woody Allen’s murder-thriller

Working in the United Kingdom was the best idea Woody Allen had in years. With his third British-made film, Cassandra’s Dream, Allen avoids all of the shtick cliches he had wrapped himself in since the ’80s. It’s a murder-thriller keyed on conflict between family loyalty and wider morality. It also asks the question . . .