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Woody Allen on Magic, Movies, and Life's Meaning

July 24th, 2014 No comments

Woody Allen reflects on magic, movies, and the (non-existent) meaning of life

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Woody Allen on Magic, Movies, and Life's Meaning

Top 10 romantic movies

April 9th, 2014 No comments

Everyone loves a romantic movie, right? Here’s what the Guardian and Observer’s critics think are the 10 most romantic movies of all time.

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From Mr. Smith to Will Ferrell – The Top 10 Political Movies

August 6th, 2012 No comments

With the new film “The Campaign” as our hook, we took a look this week at our Top Ten political films: Enjoy! -Jake Tapper Get more pure politics at ABC News.com/Politics and a lighter take on the news at OTUSNews.com

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Top 10 at the movies for week of June 24, 2012

June 24th, 2012 No comments

Woody Allen classics, now on Blu-Ray

March 1st, 2012 No comments

Midnight in Paris which released six months ago is also out on Blu-ray and DVD

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MIDNIGHT IN PARIS review by John Delia

June 9th, 2011 No comments

 

 

 

 

 

Cast: Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Adrien Brody, Marion Cotillard, Yves Heck, Alison Pill and Corey Stoll

Directed by: Woody Allen

MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some sexual references and smoking

Genre: Comedy, Romance

Running Time: 1hr 40min

Distributed by: Sony Pictures Classics

 

 

By John Delia

 

Nicely written, Midnight in Paris does entertain with a romantic interlude in beautiful Paris.  The characters are pleasing and Woody Allen’s direction impeccable.  The movie is perfect for a dinner and a date.

Wilson as Gill and McAdams as Inez

To tell you a lot about the film would give away important plot points that surprise as the script spins out, but here is the basic version.  Gill (Owen Wilson), a film writer on the verge of completing his first novel, and his fiancé Inez (Rachel McAdams) travel to Paris with her parents who are attending a convention.  The two find it an opportunity to see the city of lights and enjoy a trip as a pre-honeymoon of sorts while Gill works on his manuscript.  While there, Inez runs into some old friends and for Gill it becomes a distraction.  One night while walking alone strange things happen that threaten to change Gill’s life.

Woody Allen on the set of MIDNIGHT IN PARIS

I am not a huge fan of Woody Allen films but with Midnight in Paris he redeems himself.  He takes a huge 180 from what he has done in the recent past and unravels a tale of astonishment and romance that’s unique and unparalleled to what he has directed before. Working with a strong cast playing literary and art characters, Allen builds up a fantasy tale that’s unique and enjoyable.

 

But even with a great story, Allen still can’t say out of the movie inserting Owen Wilson to play ‘him’ and for me making the film irritating at times.  Most people like Allen’s acting and his fast talking whirly dervish style of negative communication between characters.  In his early films it was fun to watch, but it has become increasingly annoying to me over the years.  With Wilson in the lead role Allen carries on his legacy of the ‘mench’ in the show.

Owen Wilson as Gil and Marion Cotillard as Adriana

A tip of the hat to some of his amazing characters played by Adrien Brody, Yves Heck, Alison Pill and Corey Stoll who make the film work with their flamboyance and personifications of some very famous artists, writers and composers.  But the stand-out performance by Marion Cotillard as Adriana a courtesan who plays with the heartstrings of the elite tops the bill and makes this film a winner.

 

Midnight in Paris is rated PG-13 for some sexual references and smoking.  The cinematography of Paris and the costumes provide a tableau that gives added reason to see the film.

 

FINAL ANALYSIS: A very good film in spite of my personal dislikes. (B)