After all, it's just a ride….

Blue Jasmine (2013) Trailer

You can almost smell the stench of recycled copy from here – yes it appears that after Match Point, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Midnight In Paris, To Rome With Love and just about every film released over the past decade that once again that oft quoted phrase ‘a return to form’ is being  heaped on Woody Allen’s latest effort;

Well I disliked all of those films so I’m simply not going to fall for it this time – sometimes a man has taken too much, and frankly the Jasmine of the title looks like another in a long parade of horrible narcissists whom one doesn’t want to spend two hours of their life with. What’s odd about this is I was actually a Woody Allen fan in my youth, and I’m not just talking about the ‘earlier, funnier ones’ – no, I’m talking about Deconstructing Harry, Mighty Aphrodite, Radio DaysCrimes & Misdemeanors, Husbands & Wives, Hannah & Her Sisters, and others, I just can’t stomach the self-involved style, the upper middle class cultural references to Borges, or Satre or Hemingway or Strindberg, it just has to stop. I will take a look on Blu, but that’s enough – here’s an idea of earlier, better times;

Anyway in other news I finally finished the terrific The Big Screen  which contains a scattering of diamond class insight into the movies, even if Thompson does have this rather tedious habit of making irrelevant asides to the personal lives of movie figures past and present;

Now I’m not saying that a directors, actors, screenwriters, composers etc. socio-economic background, their education, the country in which they were raised, their racial pedigree, religious upbringing or sexual orientation, their family dynamics and history, all these things and dozens more illuminate and enhance our understanding of the work and careers of say Ernst Lubitsch or Meryl Streep, but do we really need to remark that Clint Eastwood has ‘seven children by five women’ and this is pertinent because? Anyway, it’s a small gripe (I’m being particularly critical today) and I only mentioned it as it’s quite jarring within the flow and purpose of the rest of his writing, as overall this was an A grade oversight of the movies from he first undercranked wheeze of a projector to the 21st century, with insights of such quality as CE3K is ‘a film about the movies themselves and the wonder that light casts on a watching face’ and (let me paraphrase) that Scorsese’s Casino  ‘has a central riddle, that Vegas promises an adventure in hell for a few days for tourists, yet the characters in the film have a helpless sense of heaven there’ – great stuff….

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