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48. Cube – Vincenzo Natali (1997)

First Viewing.

Super low budget, it’s Canadian and it’s about, well, a Rubik’s cube with serious issues; it likes to kill people. On the face of it it’s not exactly the type of film I’d be rushing out to watch usually, but I thought I’d give it a go due to a combination of good reviews and peer pressure. And, I’m not going to say I wish I hadn’t seen it, but it didn’t rock my world (I’ve never used that phrase before, and, reading it back, I don’t think I ever will again!) I can live with the dubious special effects, I can live with the weird set-up, I can almost live with the awful dialogue, but when certain characters started acting like they’ve been lobotomised half way through the film I lost interested. I understand that the characters, who are trapped inside this killer box, are under intense pressure to escape, but really, you don’t go from being a good guy to a total dick in the space of 30 seconds. If you’re a huge sci-fan it’s probably worth checking out, or if you find a regular Rubik’s cube just far too easy you might want to take a look too, otherwise I’d watch something else.

Marks out of ten – Five

*Bonus Oscar related content!*

Being a huge Woody Allen fan I’d like to see Midnight in Paris sweep the Oscars up, but that’s never going to happen. Midnight in Paris isn’t actually even close to some of Woody’s best work, so I shan’t be overly gutted if he goes home empty handed. It’s not like he’ll give a fuck either way. I quite liked Moneyball too, but that’s because I’m a closet baseball and stats geeks. I guess I might not feel the same if I had zero interest in the sport. I’d also like to see Gary Oldman win for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, but I’m finding it hard to find any other films I truly love out of the nominated bunch, so that’s a big “meh” from me on what goes on to win tonight…

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28. Manhattan – Woody Allen (1978)

Repeat Viewing.

I’m just going to come out and say it, Manhattan is my all-time favourite Woody Allen movie. I know, I know, I know, Annie Hall is fantastic, but this just edges it for me. It’s beautiful, and tragic, and it’s almost perfect. It even has a Kafka joke. I’ve watched it maybe ten times and each viewing leaves me wanting to instantly watch it again. There are more daring Allen movies that ponder far greater questions than the ones you’ll find here, but that doesn’t diminish Manhattan‘s importance in Allen’s filmography. The blend of humour and human failure are no more finely balanced in any other movie. Gershwin’s score and Willis’ photography only enhance this masterpiece. See this movie.

Marks out of ten – Ten

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14. Whatever Works – Woody Allen (2009)

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Certainly not a classic Allen film, but then I think we’ve all given up expecting another Manhattan or Interiors. It’s amusing enough, it keeps ones attention and Larry David avoids the classic pitfall of playing the lead male in an Allen-less Allen movie; doing a poor Woody Allen impression. It’s better than Scoop, but not quite as good as Vickie Christina Barcelona.

Marks out of ten – Seven

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7. Celebrity – Woody Allen (1998)

First Viewing.

I always enjoy Allen’s films, of course they’re not always great, but give me a mediocre Allen film over a James-Cameron-look-at-the-size-of-my-dick-in-3D shitfest any day of the week. This film is often criticized by people missing the point of what this film really is, it’s satire. Allen Loves Bergman, I love Bergman, You love Bergman, We all love Bergman, but it doesn’t mean we can’t have a laugh at Bergman and Bergman-esque movies. Get with the programme.

Marks out of ten – Seven

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