Tag Archives: Woody Allen

Trailer: “Whatever Works” (2009)

Let me tell you right off, okay? I’m not a likeable guy.”

Finally, the film we’ve been quietly (or not so quietly) anticipating for the past year — Whatever Works, Woody Allen’s newest flick starring enthusiastically curbed Seinfeld creator Larry David. This marks Woody’s triumphant return to NYC and, from the looks of the trailer, a pretty by-the-numbers return to form:

– First person narration? Check.

– Underage love interest? Check.

– Existential crises? Check.

– Bouncy jazz number? Check.

Aside from Larry’s brief cameos in Radio Days and New York Stories, this marks the first major collaboration between two of my favorite Jews. If someone could have convinced Philip Roth to participate in the writing process, we’d be dealing with the the ultimate trifecta of psychoneurosis.

Jezy

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Interview: Woody Allen (1971)

The following “interview” took place in 1971, between the release of Bananas and Play It Again, Sam. It’s one of the best showcases of a young Woody Allen’s playfully sardonic bite, so much so that he basically turned it into a movie in 1980 (Stardust Memories, a personal favorite) — and it just might be the funniest 45 minutes on the internet:

Part 1/4: “I don’t like the sound of laughter.”

Part 2/4: “What appears on the screen for the duration of the film is offensive to most people.”

Part 3/4: “I have no interest in meeting Roy Rogers, but I loved living with his horse.”

Part 4/4: “The message in Bananas is ‘don’t see Bananas.'”

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