Rational Man: In Praise Of Late-Period Woody Allen

Assessing a filmmaker’s legacy can be difficult, especially when his career hasn’t ended yet. It can be even tougher when that director’s personal life has in some ways outdistanced his movies, warping our impression of them just as it’s changed our feelings about the person who made them. » 7/16/15 3:32pm 7/16/15 3:32pm

Nothing Up Woody Allen's Sleeve: Magic In The Moonlight, Reviewed

Magic in the Moonlight is the sort of Woody Allen movie that longtime fans have trouble defending, not because it's terrible or lazy—it's neither—but because it's so painfully familiar. Likeable and completely disposable, his new comedy has its chuckles, but as he gets closer to the 50-feature mark, this joins his… » 7/23/14 11:30am 7/23/14 11:30am

Alec Baldwin and Woody Allen Have More in Common Than You Might Think

On Sunday, Vulture published a truly epic flounce by middle aged badger-man Alec Baldwin entitled "I Give Up." As singularly whiny as the I'm Not Gay; F**s Love Me piece seemed, it reminded us a lot of something another man recently said in the face of even uglier accusations. In fact, when read as companion pieces,… » 2/25/14 2:29pm 2/25/14 2:29pm

​Who Wants to Remember Bill Cosby's Multiple Sex-Assault Accusations?

The thing about Dylan Farrow's open letter accusing her father, Woody Allen, of sexual abuse is: There was not much really new about it. It was new that Dylan Farrow herself was signing her name to the accusations, but Vanity Fair had covered the case, in grim detail, more than two decades ago. » 2/04/14 5:40pm 2/04/14 5:40pm

Lying and Charm: Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine, Reviewed.

Write and direct about 45 movies in the span of five decades, and there's a pretty good chance that certain themes will keep repeating themselves. Woody Allen's huge body of work is impressive both because of the number of gems he's produced—by dint of his work ethic, he has more great films to his name than just… » 7/23/13 6:45pm 7/23/13 6:45pm

-8½. Woody Allen's To Rome With Love, Reviewed.

1. One of my favorite Roger Ebert quotes goes like this: "The Muse visits during the act of creation, not before. Don't wait for her. Start alone." That's to say: To create great work, you must first work. Not everything you create will be perfect; in fact, most of it won't be. But you can't wait for inspiration to… » 6/21/12 5:20pm 6/21/12 5:20pm

You Whores: A Complete Guide To Woody Allen's Many Hooker Characters

When you've made over 45 films, it's pretty hard not to repeat yourself. Woody Allen's latest, To Rome With Love, which opens next Friday, has lots of now-familiar features: It's set in a touristy European city, it has a large cast (Alec Baldwin, Jesse Eisenberg, Ellen Page), and it deals with matters of the heart.… » 6/15/12 5:44pm 6/15/12 5:44pm

Oscar Week: Why Midnight In Paris Should Win Best Picture

Tim Grierson and Will Leitch will be writing regularly on Gawker and Deadspin about movies, starting this week. Yesterday and today, to wrap up the week, we're showering love on our favorite films that are up for Best Picture. Yesterday, Tim Grierson took up the case of The Descendants. Today: Will Leitch argues why… » 2/24/12 11:34am 2/24/12 11:34am

It's A Sad Day For Obscure Movies You Don't Care About

I know I've been writing a lot this week, and I swear, my actual job really does keep me plenty busy, but Daulerio informed me of an impending change at Deadspin that I had to weigh in on. In about 15 minutes, Gawker Media is introducing automated, ad-produced sponsors posts. That means: No more movie quotes, ever… » 10/03/08 12:43pm 10/03/08 12:43pm

Leitch Would Love Punt Returner Chris Carr

Chris Carr played three years with the Raiders before heading to Tennessee for a chance to makethe Titans' club as a special-teamer. He even had two punt returns in an exhibition game against his former team last night. But that's not why we care. No, we care because among Carr's other varied interests, he owns about… » 8/16/08 6:34pm 8/16/08 6:34pm

Woody Allen Explains How Baseball Gloves Are Made

If you enjoy hearing kids repeat the word "leather" over and over (vaguely creepy), seeing Jonathan Winters in a Reds' uniform (like Frank TV, only funny), or listen to Woody Allen explain how to play second base, then you'll enjoy this old episode of Hot Dog; a Saturday morning kids' show from the misty reaches of… » 3/21/08 4:15pm 3/21/08 4:15pm