Friday, December 9, 2011

Ranking Woody Allen

After catching the Woody Allen Documentary on PBS a couple of weeks ago (It's available to stream within the US on their website and it heads to DVD for a limited time in February), I made it a mission to revisit Woody's Film Canon, in the order they were released. I fizzled out a bit during his lesser fare in the early to mid 2000s, but I was surprised to find that I loved some of his Films now more than ever (Small Time Crooks, Manhattan Murder Mystery) while others that I once really liked have lost some of their luster (Interiors, Alice)...

Check out the Documentary if you can. It was very well done and an informing glimpse into the inner workings of a Film Director. It was fun to draw parallels to Woody's upbringing in New York to my own. His real home was at the Cinema, and I can totally relate.

Here are his Films, in the order I like 'em...

Annie Hall (1977)
Play It Again, Sam (Actor/Writer) (1972)
Hannah And Her Sisters (1986)
Manhattan (1979)
Crimes And Misdemeanors (1989)
The Purple Rose Of Cairo (1985)
Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993)
Deconstructing Harry (1997)
Husbands And Wives (1992)
Small Time Crooks (2000)

Bullets Over Broadway (1994)
Broadway Danny Rose (1985)
Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)
Match Point (2005)
Mighty Aphrodite (1995)
Take The Money And Run (1969) 
Midnight In Paris (2011)
Every One Says I Love You (1996)
Another Woman (1988)
Sleeper (1973)

Radio Days (1987)
Cassandra's Dream (2007)
Stardust Memories (1980)
Scoop (2006)
Alice (1990)
Sweet And Lowdown (1999)
Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex* But Were Afraid To Ask (1972)
Bananas (1971)
Celebrity (1998)
Whatever Works (2009)

Interiors (1978)
Zelig (1983)
Anything Else (2003)
Oedipus Wrecks (from New York Stories) (1989)
A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy (1982)
The Curse Of The Jade Scorpion (2002)
Love And Death (1975)
Hollywood Ending (2001)
Melinda And Melinda (2004)
Don't Drink The Water (1994) 
Shadows And Fog (1991) 
You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger (2010)
September (1987)

Woody Allen is currently our most prolific American Filmmaker. Now in his mid 70s, he's still making the occasional wonderful Film, and has scored his biggest hit with the charming Midnight In Paris. Here's to all his future Films to come!


MrJeffery said...

i love his movies. this is a great list.

Cinema Du Meep said...

Thanks Jeffery!

Ryan Clark said...

Here's my current ranking:

Deconstructing Harry
Hannah and Her Sisters
Another Woman
Stardust Memories
Crimes and Misdemeanors
Love and Death
Annie Hall
Husbands and Wives
Midnight in Paris
Manhattan Murder Mystery
The Purple Rose of Cairo
Shadows and Fog
Broadway Danny Rose
Cassandra's Dream
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Bullets Over Broadway
Mighty Aphrodite
Small Time Crooks
New York Stories - "Oedipus Wrecks"
A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex
Radio Days
Match Point
Anything Else
Melinda and Melinda
Whatever Works
The Curse of the Jade Scorpion
You Will Meet a Tall, Dark Stranger
Take the Money and Run
Don't Drink the Water
Hollywood Ending
Everyone Says I Love You
Sweet and Lowdown

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