To work through that catalogue afresh would be a sumptuous delight
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Friday 07 November 2008
French writer-director Agnès Jaoui's comedy of manners takes on issues of class, race and loyalty, but in such a charming, offhand way that one hardly notices them being raised.
Friday 17 October 2008
Perhaps the most revealing book ever written about a living film director, this enthralling dialogue spans 36 years. Allen shows immaculate taste in picking out the best of his own films: "Manhattan Murder Mystery is a picture I like very much... I think Match Point came off... Purple Rose of Cairo, Bullets over Broadway." On the other hand, he insists, "The way people latched onto Manhattan was irrational... I've done better pictures than Annie Hall." Allen expresses astonishment that his film Hollywood Ending, never released in this country, "was not thought of as a first-rate comedy". This reviewer agrees. It is hilarious.
Friday 15 August 2008
This addition to Penguin Modern Classics may be a startling choice but Woody Allen is in favour: "[He] will be equally funny a thousand years from now."
Sunday 15 June 2008
Sunday 08 June 2008
Warner Having masterminded seven series of 'Seinfeld' and six seasons of his own starring vehicle, Larry David has a strong claim to be the greatest sitcom creator in TV history.
Saturday 31 May 2008
In the past two years Rebecca Hall has appeared in a host of successful films. And earlier this year she fulfilled a lifetime ambition by starring in a Woody Allen production.
Sunday 25 May 2008
Cassandra's Dream is the new Woody Allen film. Like 2005's Match Point, it's a London-set drama that asks whether an ordinary man could get away with murder, but this time the story concerns cockneys, not aristocrats, which, in Woody-world, means more floral wallpaper and less oak panelling.
Sunday 18 May 2008
Saturday 17 May 2008
Saturday 12 April 2008
The rail map of Spain is a pretty thing. Trunk lines radiate out from Madrid. These strands unravel towards the Costas, and the Portuguese and French border, and connect with filigree threads around the perimeter of the nation. Stout fibres running perpendicular to the radial lines hold the whole delicate structure together. But in the middle of the north coast, there appears a tangle as complicated as, say, the relationships in a Woody Allen film.
Monday 31 March 2008
Monday 31 March 2008
Friday 01 February 2008
Based on a Sixties cartoon series about a beagle with superhero powers, this is James Belushi's second outing with a crime-fighting mutt – K-9 being the first – and points to a worrying downward trajectory in his career. Far more surprising is the name of Jason Lee on the credits: one might have thought My Name is Earl had freed him from such indignities, but he's here voicing Underdog himself. Maybe Woody Allen was right: Hollywood isn't dog-eat-dog, it's dog doesn't return other dog's phonecalls.
Wednesday 19 October 2005
Friday 25 March 2005
Sustained immigration has not harmed Britons' employment, say government advisers
British jihadist calls for 'flag of Islam' over Downing Street and Buckingham Palace
Australia facing international condemnation after turning around Sri Lankans at sea
7/7 memorial defaced on anniversary of 2005 attacks with ‘Blair lied thousands died’ graffiti
Even when it brutalises one of its own teenage citizens, America is helpless against Israel
There’s a nasty smell in the political air – and it’s coming from the Tories
- 1 Howard Jacobson: Let’s see the 'criticism' of Israel for what it really is
- 2 Gingers face extinction due to climate change, scientists warn