This is a list of all the Woody Allen films I’ve seen, ranked. As big a fan as I am, I’m very disappointed with his recent output. You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, continued his cold streak of either underdeveloped stories (and characters) to themes and scenarios that have been badly recycled from many of his earlier films; Vicky Cristina Barcelona was the lone Allen film from the past decade that I can say I truly enjoyed. Recently though, I got to see his 2011 effort, Midnight in Paris. Let me say that although it’s not necessarily a “return to form,” he’s given us an entertaining film that leaves you feeling like your hour and half at the cinema was well spent. I enjoyed the film and hope to see Woody give us a few more enjoyable outings.
The problem remains that Woody’s scripts, nowadays, come off as half-baked; first draft offerings that are only sporadically funny and aside from already having a grasp of the concepts behind the work itself, we need a bit more. Something that means something. A film that feels like it deserves to be made not because it’s written, but because there’s something to be said.
As far as ranking, Annie Hall, Hannah and her sisters, and Husbands and wives are my favorites and in my opinion, the strongest of all Woody’s films. Manhattan, at number four, is also very important in the Allen canon. Some pleasant surprises (and remember, I’m extremely critical so surprises ARE surprises!) include the underrated Celebrity and the 1997 Wild Strawberries-ish venture Deconstructing Harry, both of which i enjoyed very much.
I’m still getting to Hollywood Ending (the trailer looked funny), Small Time Crooks, Sweet and Lowdown, and my recent purchase Shadows and Fog. September, Another Woman and A midsummer night’s sex comedy should follow.Read less