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Thursday, July 21, 2016

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Thanks for your recommendations. I can't say any of these were on my list of must-sees, but it's always interesting to see what you thought. On this end, I am very much looking forward to the new Woody Allen movie "Cafe Society," with Kristen Stewart. Unfortunately, since I live in Nowheresville, it won't be playing anywhere near me. But that Bollywood movie you mentioned? Oh yeah, it's been in my local theater for weeks. And some new weird doc on Hillary, a paranoia lie fest, no doubt. We get 'em all here. On a positive note, we went to see "The Shallows" this week, and I super enjoyed it. I wouldn't want to see it with a shark specialist, but it was really entertaining. 8/10.

Ruth,

We saw Cafe Society. I want to see it again before I attempt to really write about it. AO Scott didn't think much of it, but I thought it was a great film, both intimate and ambitious at the same time. As is typical for Allen, the themes are autobiographic -- fate, life, love, lies, death and choices. AO Scott was miffed by another film that makes use of Allen's preoccupations (e.g. love triangles), but it's what Woody Allen does exceedingly well. Would Scott criticize Van Gogh for repetitively reworking his tiresome post-impressionist view?

I think you'll like it.

update: I've looked at some other reviews, and a lot of reviewers were displeased with it. I don't think they get it, and maybe it's difficult to separate feelings about the man from feelings about his work.

Thanks for your comments, I'm glad you enjoyed it (see? not at all bitter that you live in a real city with real movies and I don't!). Not all his films are winners, but I've certainly been more consistently entertained by his body of work throughout my life than otherwise. I've never heard of AO Scott before. I'm sure he's as good a critic as any of them.

"Maybe it's difficult to separate feelings about the man from feelings about his work."

It is a farce and a tragedy, in my view, that the man is being condemned for something he 99% probably never did. Had the allegations come at a time other than during one of the worst break-ups in history, I'd give them a lot more credence. After all, hell hath no fury. That every mention of his name has to include a re-hash of the allegation is lazy and dishonest. But it sells papers, as Fatty Arbuckle could tell you.

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