Woody Allen: A Documentary

(Robert Weide, 2012)

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

6

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

7

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

5

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

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