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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

July 6, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Woody Allen and ‘To Rome with Love’

(By the way, apropos of nothing, I’ve now seen two episodes of “The Newsroom” and am a little less enamoured. Love the trademark Sorkin screwball feel of the dialogue; love the cast; not so fond of the way he’s writing the female characters as dithery twits, while the men do the smart work. I mean, really — having MacKenzie demonstrate not once but twice that she doesn’t know how to email? Really? Still watching; hoping things will improve.)
If I’m counting right, “To Rome with Love” — opening in the Seattle area today — is Woody Allen’s 42nd feature-length film (to be clear; the 42nd that he directed; there’s a few more that he wrote and co-starred in); an impressive record for any filmmaker. It’s not his best, but it’s very enjoyable; due to a funny cast (especially Alec Baldwin) and a lovely performance by Rome. Looking at the list of Allen’s films is fascinating, both for the machine-like timing (he’s pretty consistently turned out a movie a year since the early ’70s) and for the memories of “oh, right, that one.” Some pretty forgettable movies populate the list (“Anything Else,” anyone?), and some pretty great ones. I’ve seen all but a couple of them; these are my ten favorites, in alphabetical order:
Annie Hall
Crimes and Misdemeanors
Everyone Says I Love You
Hannah and Her Sisters
Manhattan
Manhattan Murder Mystery
Match Point
Midnight in Paris
The Purple Rose of Cairo
Zelig
And if I had to pick a top three? “Everyone Says I Love You,” “Annie Hall,” “Midnight in Paris.” Not necessarily in that order. And what are yours?

Quite possibly my favorite scene in a Woody Allen movie, ever. But I also quite like this one (sorry, couldn’t find a version online without subtitles):

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