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November 14, 2007 1:05 PM   Subscribe

Woody Allen watches Shane
posted by vronsky (33 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite

 
7 year old NY Times article and the ending of a movie from 1953? That's even worse than the usual meh YouTube link.
posted by eyeballkid at 1:10 PM on November 14, 2007


it's better than The Wire, though
posted by matteo at 1:25 PM on November 14, 2007


Excellent article. Thanks for the link. Here's a Roger Ebert essay/review that hints at the strange levels of peculiarity found in Shane.
posted by billysumday at 1:27 PM on November 14, 2007


I love Without Feathers by Allen enough to think he's great through thick and thin, but sometimes I wonder if he's just playing a parody of himself at this point.

If I have to watch a western, I'll take THE SEARCHERS over SHANE, though.
posted by Gucky at 1:30 PM on November 14, 2007


"The Gossage-Vardebedian Papers" - one of Allen's "earlier, funnier" ones.
posted by Atom Eyes at 1:34 PM on November 14, 2007 [1 favorite]


So eyeballkid is a retard.. who knew?

And the thing is matteo, I know that you know that I am right about The Wire, but can't bring yourself to admit it, and it is eating you up inside.
posted by vronsky at 1:37 PM on November 14, 2007


it's better than The Wire, though

Nothing is better than The Wire. Shane is stranger. Perhaps more intriguing. But not better.
posted by billysumday at 1:39 PM on November 14, 2007 [1 favorite]


does he
posted by boo_radley at 1:41 PM on November 14, 2007


This was part of a wonderful series the Times did back then. My favourite was Wes Anderson watching Truffaut's Small Change.
posted by jmcnally at 1:45 PM on November 14, 2007


How can anything filmed in Baltimore be good?
posted by kalessin at 1:49 PM on November 14, 2007


So eyeballkid is a retard.. who knew?

Wow. Your a little defensive about your shitty post, huh?
posted by eyeballkid at 1:59 PM on November 14, 2007


eyeballkid = retarded, with an attitude.

Great post Vronsky.
posted by Blingo at 2:09 PM on November 14, 2007


How can anything filmed in Baltimore be good?

Them are fightin' words to John Waters and Barry Levinson!
posted by ericb at 2:10 PM on November 14, 2007 [1 favorite]


"Woody Allen Watches "Pretty Baby"" would have been more interesting but this is OK.
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 2:14 PM on November 14, 2007


Man, I could go for 400 blows instead of Shane - if you know what I mean.
(Y’know, sexually. Because I totally dig recieving oral sex. See, it’s a play on words with the title of the film that invites you into a facet of my whole Smedleyman "thing" of, uh, getting blown. Nah, I’m just jerking my streaming punctilious manifesto.)

Interesting read. It’s a real pleasure because the incongruities of the subject (Allen) and the film seem to compliment each other and throw each other into an almost tactile relief. Clearly you get a sense of the film through Allen’s eyes, you also get a sense of the film through a master director, but you also get a sense of Allen. And really, his idiosynchracies are well captured as are his rhythms, the why of his thinking. I enjoyed more the lead up, getting the measure of Allen state of being. It’s like getting into someone elses skin or tasting something, a favorite meal, something you’ve enjoyed before, with someone else’s tongue. Pretty nifty.
posted by Smedleyman at 2:19 PM on November 14, 2007


Thanks, Vronsky!

The rest of the articles:
Barry Levinson ("On the Waterfront")
Barry Sonnenfeld ("Dr. Strangelove")
Nicole Kidman ("The Shining")
Sissy Spacek ("To Kill a Mockingbird")
Wes Anderson (''L'Argent de Poche")
Brian Grazer ("Blazing Saddles")
John Travolta ("Yankee Doodle Dandy")
Denzel Washington ("Ordinary People")
Kevin Smith ("A Man For All Seasons"(!))
Julianne Moore ("Rosemary's Baby")
Michael Bay ("West Side Story")
Harvey Weinstein ("Exodus")
Wolfgang Petersen ("High Noon")
Ang Lee (''Qi Cai Hu Bu Gui'')
Steven Soderbergh ("All the President's Men")
posted by Iridic at 2:23 PM on November 14, 2007 [12 favorites]


Woody Allen has disappointingly -- if unsurprisingly -- pedestrian tastes about what makes something great.
posted by Astro Zombie at 2:44 PM on November 14, 2007


Iridic, thanks for that list. And thanks for vronsky for starting this up. I'd never heard of this series before but I'm loving it. These articles tickle my inner filmgeek is so many ways.
posted by slimepuppy at 2:51 PM on November 14, 2007


So eyeballkid is a retard.. who knew?

if I may, since Blingo seems to have climbed aboard this train, I'd like to request that the thread stop focusing on whether or not eyeballkid is retarded. I have several reasons for making this request:

1. The article posted is, in fact, seven years old.
2. The movie in question is, in fact, from 1953.

Now, we can all have differing opinions on whether or not these particular pieces of data make the post a good one or a bad one, but I hardly think that correctly mentioning these two facts makes eyeballkid retarded, and that's even IF correlating those facts with the declaration of a bad post were an error on his part. To further illustrate my point, I'd like to point out that if eyeballkid were retarded, he would likely not have said "7 year old NY Times article and the ending of a movie from 1953? That's even worse than the usual meh YouTube link." Without resorting to facile jokes at the expense of the unfortunate, I shall leave what a retarded eyeballkid would have said up to your imaginations - I shall operate under the assumption that we can all picture a quite different response from eyeballkid than the one he provided.

Now, if nobody minds, I think we should go back to discussing whether or not this is, indeed, worse than the usual meh youtube link. Also whether Shane is better or worse than the Wire.
posted by shmegegge at 2:51 PM on November 14, 2007


also, if it's okay, I'd like to call attention to the fact that Michael Bay is one of the directors involved in the nytimes series, and that that cocksucker doesn't deserve to be allowed within another movie theater, much less critiquing anything showed therein.
posted by shmegegge at 2:53 PM on November 14, 2007 [2 favorites]


Ironically, my biggest complaint about Michael Bay is his casual homophobia.
posted by Astro Zombie at 3:04 PM on November 14, 2007 [2 favorites]


The Wire is a great show but it ain't the end all and be all of television dramas. Hell, it ain't even the best police show set in Baltimore ever on TV.
posted by Justinian at 3:21 PM on November 14, 2007


What? You think Alice was better than The Wire?
posted by Flashman at 3:32 PM on November 14, 2007


Hell, it ain't even the best police show set in Baltimore ever on TV.

May I assume you're referring to the 1991 Lisa Darr vehicle Flesh 'n Blood?
posted by Iridic at 3:34 PM on November 14, 2007


I saw Shane after hearing praise from various sources, and was underwhelmed. I'll have to revisit it one of these days, once I've seen everything else.
posted by zardoz at 3:59 PM on November 14, 2007


--I'll have to revisit it one of these days, once I've seen everything else.--
posted by zardoz


Well apparently you've gotten one of the worst out of the way already.
posted by joseph_elmhurst at 4:06 PM on November 14, 2007 [1 favorite]


I enjoyed the read, the Wild Bunch is my Shane
posted by nola at 4:26 PM on November 14, 2007


Bill Hicks on Shane
posted by any major dude at 4:32 PM on November 14, 2007


Well apparently you've gotten one of the worst out of the way already.

LMAO.
posted by neuron at 8:37 PM on November 14, 2007


Can we talk about the writing of these pieces? Why do both Nicole Kidman and Julianne Moore "pop" things into their mouths? That's one of the weirdest things about celebrity writing to me. Stunt eating. Yes yes, we hear you loud and clear, skinny actresses eat.

Apparently as well Kidman is tall and slender. DID YOU KNOW?
posted by birdie birdington at 8:40 PM on November 14, 2007


nola: Mine too
posted by dhartung at 9:59 PM on November 14, 2007


Hell, it ain't even the best police show set in Baltimore ever on TV.

Clearly(?) referring to Homicide: Life on the Street – and I agree with you.
posted by spock at 10:59 PM on November 14, 2007


Thanks vronski, and Iridic; this is just what I needed!
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