Hello! I’m Mark Olsen, and welcome to your weekly field guide to a world of Only Good Movies. In last week’s newsletter, we featured the new Woody Allen film, “Café Society,” a melancholy comedy set in Hollywood and New York in the 1930s. I subsequently published an essay wrestling with Allen in...
Thoughts on Woody Allen as he completes half a century as filmmaker. And why ‘Crimes and Misdemeanors’ is his defining film. It’s hard to believe, today, that What’s Up, Tiger Lily?, Woody Allen’s first film as director, began with a series of James Bondian action scenes (flamethrowers! murderous discs with serrated edges!). Harder to believe […]
Capone's Art-House Round-Up with Woody Allen's CAFE SOCIETY and Drake Doremus's EQUALS Read the full article on AICN Hey, folks. Capone in Chicago here, with a few films that are making their way into art houses or coming out in limited release around America this week (maybe even taking up one whole screen at a multiplex near you). Show More Summary
In his new movie, the veteran director exalts the fashions that ruled in the 30s, when glamour and comfort went hand in glove.
Woody Allen used to tell this story in his stand-up act: He once went to work at a white, gentile ad agency. The pay was $95 a week. The job was “to sit in their office and to look Jewish.” Mike Pence, the governor of Indiana, has a similar role in Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Show More Summary
Amazon and Woody Allen are poised to take their relationship to the next level, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “The streaming giant, according to sources, is in negotiations to fully finance the director’s next film, the untitled Kate Winslet-Jim Belushi starrer,”...
Amazon and Woody Allen are expanding their relationship.
Sometimes lately I wish Woody Allen would just go away. And other times I can’t imagine the world without him. Every new film from him forces audiences to confront again their feelings about Allen as both artist and person, and to reexamine the evolution of those responses over time. He has gone...
Woody Allen's latest topped 2016 debuts. The Cannes debut is the best screen average of the year at $71K, giving the Specialty box office a needed shot. And on the eve of the Republican convention in Cleveland, doc Hillary's America:...Show More Summary
Woody Allen's 'Cafe Society' posted the biggest per-location-average of the year.
Fake shark attack survivor Blake Lively has a Jimmy Fallon-sized problem at home. “The Shallows” actress visited “The Tonight Show” on Friday to help promote her new Woody Allen flick “Cafe Society.” Remember? She thinks he’s “empowering” to women. Show More Summary
Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg, Blake Lively, and more are powering Woody Allen's 'Cafe Society' to the year's best per-location-average.
Blake Lively steps out of her hotel to head to some promo events for her film Cafe Society on Wednesday (July 13) in New York City. The night before, the 28-year-old actress premiered the upcoming Woody Allen film in NYC. PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Blake Lively After the event, she took to [...]
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Woody Allen gets another summer bow this weekend with Café Society, which opened the Cannes Film Festival last May. The Amazon/Lionsgate release stars Jesse Eisenberg, Steve Carell, Blake Lively and Kristen Stewart, whose fans will have two opportunities to see the actress in new releases this weekend. Show More Summary
“I am not totally well versed in like the classics,” says the actress, who stars in Woody Allen's "Cafe Society."
Woody Allen's 46th feature lands in familiar territory, mostly to its benefit.
This ambivalent return to 1930s Hollywood mostly rearranges the director’s old themes. But, overall, it’s an amusing little picture.
How you feel about Woody Allen’s recent films in large part comes down to how you feel about productivity. Allen is a director so obsessed with output—he has said that keeping busy makes him forget about death—that he makes a movie almost every year whether or not he has something noteworthy to say. Show More Summary
It is time again for Woody Allen’s annual movie, a prospect that can be hit, miss or somewhere in between. It’s good to report that his latest, Café Society, while not Allen’s greatest, is certainly his best and most entertaining since 2011’s Oscar-winning Midnight In Paris. Show More Summary