Netflix originals got bleak fastAll My Friends Are Dead
This was the lead film on Netflix the other day. Occasionally you get the odd decent film on there to watch but it's mostly stuff around this quality. A house party that eventually unravels but it's not funny and not much else going for it either.
Crimes and Misdemeanors is the best I've seen of his, although I saw it a long time ago. I liked Midnight in Paris.We have been working our way through the late Woody Allen films inspired by one being on telly quite recently and us both enjoying it. Allen is a director I've never really loved, I feel his masterpieces are overrated.... but having got into his later stuff I feel a lot of that is underrated. In short my thesis is that far from being a guy who had a period of genius followed by a much weaker second half to his career, I'd argue that he really made films that were pretty much of the same standard all the way through his career (as a rule, I mean there are obvious minor ups and downs but the overall trend is not so clear) and the reviews were better when he was more in favour.
Either way we watched his latest film yesterday A Rainy Day in New York - and it was fucking rubbish. This one really was guilty of all the stuff his last thirty years of films have been accused of, a disjointed rehashing of his old ideas with no guiding arc and some terrible lines (when arguing about whether someone is an escort or a hooker his mum says "let's not split pubic hairs") and sentimental music and shots of NY trying desperately to make up for deficiencies in plot and dialogue and cheat the viewer into feeling some emotion. Don't bother.