Midnight in Paris was the most enjoyable movie I saw in the summer of 2011. A disaffected writer visiting Paris experiences something surreal during a midnight stroll that changes his outlook on life. The movie is funny, smart and full of subtle insights about life, the universe and everything. I can’t say any more without giving away the best parts. The trailer is careful not reveal any of the
Woody Allen’s Sweet and Lowdown stars Sean Penn as a Django Reinhardt styled guitarist during the Depression. It’s not as boring as I thought it was the first time I saw it 10 years ago, and it’s not all that bad, but you might have to appreciate Woody’s Allen sensibilities to get into it. It plays more like a straight bio than a comedy, so it’s kind of funny
Some movies I watched over the past two weeks. Sketches of Frank Gehry — A documentary directed by Sydney Pollack about Frank Gehry, an architect famous for designing buildings that look like things you’d see in an art gallery and wonder, “What the hell is this supposed to be?” It’s a straightforward telling of how and why he became an architect. A portrait of an artist / architect. Interesting to
Woody Allen did an interview on CBC Radio 1 yesterday. I just listened to the audio magazine of the interview. I don’t have to time to write up anything, but it was informative and funny. He’s a smart guy and, despite his lack of critical success in recent years, one of the most talented film directors living today.