Woody Allen: A Documentary

(Robert Weide, 2012)

alone, on DVD at 1681 3rd Ave., May 2012


Comprehensive but a little shallow.  I guess it would have been hard to plumb the depths and still secure Allen’s cooperation.  In any case, this movie is an intriguing overview of a fascinating personality.  It’s striking to realize that after all these years of fame and acclaim, Woody Allen has never really “broken into” Hollywood.  He’s never really wanted to.

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Marvel’s The Avengers

(Joss Whedon, 2012)

NYC, Millerton, then NYC again, with many, many different people, from May 8th to June 18th


I’ve seen this three times, but I’m not going to post three separate reviews, because at this point that would be silly.  Of course, it was a slightly different movie each time.  Here, I’ll compromise:

VIEWING ONE: Very solid.  Not transcendent.  Lacks distinctive visual style.  Comes alive in two long sequences: the bonding-and-bickering sessions on the Helicarrier, and the climactic battle.

VIEWING TWO: Pretty neat the way they made Iron Man first among equals, but subtly enough so that you don’t notice it right away.

VIEWING THREE: The stuff Robert Downey Jr. is doing with language here is wonderfully fresh and varied.  Lots to learn about acting from watching him.

OVERALL: Immensely clever and engaging, but not a masterpiece.  Too much disposable action.  Opening scenes weak.  But yeah, I’d see it again.

Published in: on July 1, 2012 at 9:12 am  Leave a Comment  

Jeff, Who Lives at Home

(Jay and Mark Duplass, 2012)

with Elizabeth Gray, East 86th St. Cinemas, 4/5/12


Sweet, slight, contrived little fable about belatedly growing up.

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