Monday, July 20, 2009

Ranking Woody

Tonight at 11 pm eastern standard time on Blog Talk Radio The Three Amoviegoers will be sharing their lists of their ten favorite Woody Allen films and also be discussing his latest film Whatever Works which is the 40th film he's made. Entertainment Weekly's Owen Gleiberman did his own ranking of all 40, and I figured I'd offer my own take having been a huge fan and follower of his work.

1. Annie Hall
2. Hannah and Her Sisters
3. Crimes and Misdemeanors
4. Bullets Over Broadway
5. Match Point
6. The Purple Rose of Cairo
7. Love and Death
8. Manhattan
9. Bananas
10. Another Woman
11. Manhattan Murder Mystery
12. Vicky Cristina Barcelona
13. Stardust Memories
14. Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex But Were Afraid To Ask
15. Sleeper
16. Tale the Money and Run
17. Broadway Danny Rose
18. Zelig
19. Interiors
20. Small Time Crooks
21. Sweet and Lowdown
22. Deconstructing Harry
23. Shadows and Fog
24. Radio Days
25. Cassandra's Dream
26. Husbands and Wives
27. Oedipus Wrecks (New York Stories)
28. Whatever Works
29. Mighty Aphrodite
30. Celebrity
31. Everyone Says I Love You
32. What's Up Tiger Lily?
33. Hollywood Ending
34. Alice
35. Anything Else
36. Melinda and Melinda
37. A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy
38. September
39. Scoop
40. The Curse of the Jade Scorpion


words...words...words... said...

I'm a fan, but I haven't seen even half of these. So I'll just do categories.

LOVED it: Annie Hall, Everyone Says I Love You, Sleeper, Mighty Aphrodite.

Good: Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex But Were Afraid To Ask, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Deconstructing Harry, Crimes And Misdemeanors, Small Time Crooks, Bullets Over Broadway.

Meh: Manhattan, Match Point, Manhattan Murder Mystery, Celebrity.

BeckEye said...

I haven't seen most of those. Woody Allen always got on my nerves. But I recently saw "Scoop" (waaay down there on your list) and thought it was pretty funny, and that he was very funny in it. So, maybe I'll try some more.

I have to say though that "Melinda and Melinda" was one of the dumbest movies I've ever seen.

red said...

Whoa! I just watched CotJS and liked it! Really? It's his worst? I mean, Helen Hunt is terrible, but otherwise it's a fun little movie! Better than Celebrity for sure.

I totally agree with #1, though. One of the greatest movies ever.

Liz said...

I'm in the category of people who just don't "get" Woody Allen. He's OK, but I don't get what the big deal is. Even "Annie Hall."

Hope that's not a deal breaker

Garney said...

If I were going to separate the lists into categories it would be:

Love: 1-13 and the Gene Wilder segment in 14
Good: the rest of 14-31
Meh: 32-40

We all agreed on the broadcast that Jade Scorpion is his worst. Helen Hunt is part of it, but I think I only laughed once the entire time.

Melinda and Melinda was a better idea for a movie than it ended up actually being.

And if you're looking for just a good funny movie where you don't have to necessarily "get" Woody I recommend Small Time Crooks.