10 for 30: Broadway Danny Rose

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Broadway Danny Rose

Many moons ago I decided to do a blog series for this year, watching and reviewing films that are also turning 30 years old today.

Here’s a few words on the second film in this blog series – Broadway Danny Rose.

Broadway Danny Rose is the story of Danny Rose, small time agent in New York who’d represent pretty much anyone. Danny Rose is played by Woody Allen, himself. The comedy ensues when Danny has to deliver Lou, one of his clients – a lounge singer, his mistress to one of his biggest shows.

100 movies: Midnight in Paris

100 movies of 2012

[yellow_box]Every year I set myself a target, usually of about 100, of films to watch. These are new films. Not new, new films. But films that are new to me. Any time I’ve seen a new one, I post a bit of a brain dump of my thoughts on the film here. Enjoy![/yellow_box]

Midnight in ParisMidnight in Paris (22/12/12)

While on a trip to Paris with his fiancé’s family, a nostalgic screenwriter finds himself mysteriously going back to the 1920s every day at midnight.

Woody Allen films aren’t a group of films I have seen many of. In fact, I think the only other Woody Allen film I’ve seen is You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger. And that wasn’t a great one at all. Last year I attempted to watch Vicky Cristina Barcelona and had to stop about 20 minutes in. Boredom and frustration were the main reasons. Also, the tone of voice. It didn’t speak to me. If that makes sense.

Midnight in Paris felt different. Sure, I was struggling with it a bit in the beginning. But something felt like it was worth sticking through. Well, that and the fact that pretty much the entire blogosphere raved about this film.

Glad I stuck with it. For one thing, Midnight in Paris went in a direction I was not expecting whatsoever. The fantasy aspect of the film blind sided me a little bit. In the good way. It helped with the storytelling and re-emphasised the notion that we all believe in that golden era. That the time we’re living in is nowhere near as great as things used to be. Heck, I’m guilty of thinking that every now and then!

Midnight in Paris did an excellent job of showing off Paris. It’s been years since I last visited. But I never thought I needed to visit it again. It definitely wasn’t among my top 5 European cities I feel like I need to visit. But now, I think it’s creeping back up there. I want to see if I can see that whimsy and magic! (Perhaps it’s the seasonal time of year talking there!)
Rating: 4/5

Read on to see all the films watched this year…

100 movies: You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger

100 movies of 2012

Every year I set myself a target, usually of about 100, of films to watch. These are new films. Not new, new films. But films that are new to me. Any time I’ve seen a new one, I post a bit of a brain dump of my thoughts on the film here. Enjoy!

You Will Meet a Tall Dark StrangerYou Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (17/03/12)

Follows a pair of married couples, Alfie and Helena, and their daughter Sally and husband Roy.

I’m not all that well versed in Woody Allen. I remember trying to watch Vicky Cristina Barcelona last year and turned off after about half an hour because I was bored. Oh yes. Thankfully, I managed to make it all the way through this film. Not sure if it was for the better.

Here’s a film that looks at the different stages in relationships and marriages and through it all I just didn’t care for any of the characters. Well, I did have a small connection to Sally, but I honestly couldn’t care less for what anyone else was up to in the film.

I just found them all a little frustrating. What they were doing in their lives and relationships. I wanted to grab them all and give them a massive shake! These days, I’m finding it really hard to get into films when I can’t sympathise with at least one of the characters. I just switch off.

While I’ve not seen many Woody Allen films, so I can’t really compare. But this felt like a bit of a weak film.
Rating: 2/5

Read on to see all the films watched this year…