The tortured tale of Woody Allen and Soon Yi Previn is decades long, and it reached its peak when his daughter from a previous relationship with Mia Farrow accused Woody of sexually molesting her (Woody adamantly denies this). He no longer speaks to the family he left behind when he married Soon Yi and needless to say, their relationship is flooded with vitriol. In a recent interview, Allen fanned the flames, explaining that he gave Soon Yi a better life. He still sounds a tad parental, but that might also just be Woody’s general nature.
One of the great experiences of my life has been my wife. She had a very, very difficult upbringing in Korea: She was an orphan on the streets, living out of trash cans and starving as a 6-year-old. And she was picked up and put in an orphanage. And so I’ve been able to really make her life better. I provided her with enormous opportunities, and she has sparked to them. She’s educated herself and has tons of friends and children and got a college degree and went to graduate school, and she has traveled all over with me now. She’s very sophisticated and has been to all the great capitals of Europe. She has just become a different person.
Everyone knows that teachers are simply lesser-paid rock stars. They stand on a stage for others to watch in awe, they seemingly have more knowledge of a craft than anyone else, and they’re charming. In fact, it might be the only profession with a shockingly disproportionate relationship between money and pussy. So why not make a movie about those artistic, comedic nuances? Well Woody Allen did it, and it’s called “Irrational Man,” starring Emma Stone, Joaquin Phoenix, and Parker Posey. Watch the trailer below.
For a guy with over twenty Oscar nominations, you’d think Woody Allen would make a point to show up to the ceremony more than once in his life. So what gives? Where in the world is Woody Allen, and why can’t he throw on a tux for the night? For years, rumors circulated that Allen skipped the Oscars because he plays clarinet with his New York jazz band every Monday, and he refuses to miss a gig. But after doing further research, it appears that Allen is just anti-awards shows, saying, “The whole concept of awards is silly. I cannot abide by the judgment of other people, because if you accept it when they say you deserve an award, then you have to accept it when they say you don’t.” So there’s the answer — like it or not. Watch below to see the only time Woody Allen showed up — and it was to celebrate New York — not himself.
Some film critics say that “Woody Allen is back” with this film. Personally, I’m not sure he ever left. His personal life has always tainted public opinion of his films, so the man has to remind the world of his continued brilliance. And this film is certainly brilliant. It’s one of the best movies I’ve seen in a long time — and the most unique. The movie follows Gil Pender (Owen Wilson) and Inez (Rachel McAdams), as they travel with Inez’s family to Paris for business. Gil is a successful screenwriter who wants to change careers and write a novel, and Inez is an unsupportive fiance that I wished to kill for most of the film. No one can write a couple quite like Woody Allen. Their bickering is incredibly realistic, and I even found myself with some slight post traumatic stress from my previous relationship. Gil is a romantic, and he wishes he lived in Paris in the 20’s. As he’s walking home from a painful dinner with Inez’s family, he gets in a car with some strangers and finds himself transported to the 20’s. While there, he meets some famous literary and artistic icons, whose names I will keep a secret so that you can partake in the same very enjoyable guessing game. Let’s just say Adrian Brody was my favorite. Gil’s experience with these characters not only helps his novel, but it also helps him appreciate the present. Only Woody Allen can write a romantic film that doesn’t involve a man running for an airplane before the love of his life leaves him forever. Some stories are simple — and beautiful. OVERALL RATING: DISHTASTIC
Woody Allen reportedly signed Carla Bruni for his next film alongside Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams. Apparently, she is not so official after all. In a recent interview, Allen alluded to having second thoughts. He said, “she could be taken away at any moment by other duties, like a political crisis or an important event. I have to take account of the risks that there could be, and hiring her is far from certain.” Poor Bruni. I thought this would be her big break (aside from being married to the President of France of course).