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Not what you'd expect from Woody Allen

Posted on 08/07/2012 8:16:43 AM PDT by pjd

The latest Woody Allen movie is so much not what you would expect from Woody Allen, I have to post this little commentary. I don't know if he suddenly had an epiphany or something, but I was totally blown away. Heavy spoilers follow...

Ok, early on he starts criticizing his daughter's new Italian boyfriend whom he refers to as a Communist because he is a pro-bono lawyer, union supporter, etc. Woody's movie-wife says that he used to be like that. He says, "Yeah, when I was younger, but I was never a Communist. I don't even like to share a bathroom."

Anyway, as the story progresses, Woody makes more and more comments related to "What's wrong with success?" Meanwhile, the left-leaning boyfriend is progressively shown in a negative light while Woody's pro-Capitalism stance is continually championed.

By the end, the left-leaning boyfriend has to admit that he was wrong and apologizes. It was unbelievable! It was the first time ever, that I've seen a comedy in which the right-leaning character is not a straw-man and mocked throughout the story, but instead, it is the self-righteous liberal character who is portrayed that way.

So, I'm just saying...This is a really, really, really funny Woody Allen movie. OMG. I was laughing so much. It pokes a lot of fun at liberalism and liberal society and supports a more right-leaning perspective. Totally not what you would expect from Woody Allen. so I'm just sayin'...


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Humor; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: hollywood; moviereview; movies; woodyallen

1 posted on 08/07/2012 8:16:48 AM PDT by pjd
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To: pjd

Gosh! I forgot to post the title of the movie. :To Rome with Love”.


2 posted on 08/07/2012 8:18:22 AM PDT by pjd
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To: pjd
Maybe he's had a discussion with his accountant?
3 posted on 08/07/2012 8:23:13 AM PDT by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: pjd

I would have to receive a direct order from G-d to see a woody allen movie...and free transportation and ticket from same.


4 posted on 08/07/2012 8:25:47 AM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: pjd

Woody musta grown up.

He’s in long pants, now.


5 posted on 08/07/2012 8:26:42 AM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: SMARTY

“Maybe he’s had a discussion with his accountant? “

Ding ding ding, we have a winner!


6 posted on 08/07/2012 8:28:07 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (ABO 2012)
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To: pjd

I liked Midnight in Paris, but I was glad to see Allen in this one. His neurosis is usually not duplicated by the lead actor in his movies. And aren’t they all him living vicariously though them.

One non-political one on the plane “I don’t do turbulence.”

I know what Allen comments will come here and deservedly so, but I have been addicted to his movies for a long time.


7 posted on 08/07/2012 8:28:57 AM PDT by morphing libertarian
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To: pjd

Maybe he likes money more than he likes his values?

People can see the light but I wouldn’t bet on it until I saw further proof.


8 posted on 08/07/2012 8:30:33 AM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: pjd

I so loved Allen’s earlier movies. IMHO, they were genius. Then he got weird and serious. And marrying his stepdaughter didn’t help.

Why do so many brilliant people throw everything away?


9 posted on 08/07/2012 8:30:33 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: pjd

Sounds a lot like “One Two Three”.


10 posted on 08/07/2012 8:32:13 AM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: pjd

Everyone jumping into bed with strangers turned me off.


11 posted on 08/07/2012 8:32:59 AM PDT by firebrand
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To: pjd

Utter fiction: No self righteous liberal twit has ever apologized, especially for their misguided political beliefs.


12 posted on 08/07/2012 8:34:02 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (The Democratic Party strongly supports full civil rights for necro-Americans!)
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To: pjd
The last Woody Allen movie I watched was Crimes and Misdemeanors. Basically it was about infidelity and bad choices in marriage and murdering a mistress.

I couldn't separate the movie from the movie-maker and viewed the whole thing as a disgusting rationalization of his own messed up personal life.

The whole time he was making his movie, he was sleeping with Mia Farrow and their daughter! And in the movie, he's pontificating on his themes to Mia Farrow, who's blissfully unaware how close to home his blather and rationalizations really are.

So, if he's looking to come aboard on the right, I'd rather pull up the gang plank.

Maybe he can cast Morgan Freeman in his next movie.

13 posted on 08/07/2012 8:34:58 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: SMARTY
Maybe he's had a discussion with his accountant?
yhea..he got mugged...
you mean "the Once" is screwin' me by that much!

14 posted on 08/07/2012 8:35:16 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (WA DC E$tabli$hment; DNC/RNC/Unionists...Brazilian saying: "$@me Old $hit; different flie$". :^)
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To: pjd

Loved it. Also the Kardashian skit/theme where people are deemed by media (and “everybody”) as being famous because they are famous. Like Rush pillories President Kardashian (no substance, all hat-no cattle).

The movie also features a ton of very beautiful women and great scenery.


15 posted on 08/07/2012 8:35:31 AM PDT by shalom aleichem
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To: EQAndyBuzz
It's hard to believe that a person smart enough to earn so much money has to be dragged so late in life, kicking and screaming to the realization of just how ruinous the Liberal plan for America is (and has always been)!

I wonder how genuine Woody's sentiment is and I wonder if other wealthy individuals with long-standing (albeit, blind) allegiance to Liberalism will themselves see and FEEL the frightening depth and dimension of this ‘institutionalized theft’ that “O” is putting into place.

16 posted on 08/07/2012 8:35:43 AM PDT by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: pjd
Re the comments so far I'm guessing you guys were preoccupied reliving last Friday's "Kiss In."


17 posted on 08/07/2012 8:36:07 AM PDT by I see my hands (It's time to.. KICK OUT THE JAMS, MOTHER FREEPERS!)
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To: listenhillary
Maybe he likes money more than he likes his values?

More than likely he knows he has the liberal followers and is now trolling for the conservative dollars.

18 posted on 08/07/2012 8:37:09 AM PDT by oldbrowser (As long as Obama's records are sealed, any discussion of Romney's past is off limits.)
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To: pjd
Typical Woody Allen. His character is wise and correct and desired by super hot women 20 years (at least) his junior, even if the character is poor.

All dialog and plot devices point inexorably to the wisdom and correctness and desirability of his character.

No Woody Allen script has ever deviated the slightest from the above. There is no self reflection and no character growth - other than the ‘growth’ of the other characters into recognition of the wisdom correctness and desirability of Woody's character.

I wouldn't have time for a Woody Allen movie even if he didn't molest his stepdaughter and the sister of his children.

19 posted on 08/07/2012 8:43:38 AM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism)
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To: pjd
I stopped jumping to attention every time a life-long liberal moonbat celebrity or newsie says something positive about America, conservative ideals and causes, or freedom, the Constitution, and liberty a long time ago.

As liberals they spent their entire lives lying to themselves and others . . . now suddenly I'm supposed to believe it when they have a conservative epiphany? I don't think so.

I quit looking to liberals for approbation and justification--or even fairness.

I'm a huge Woody Allen fan, I like pretty much every film and appearance he's done. To say he's a comic genius it to under-praise his work.

In his personal life, like all Hollywood/Entertainment types, he's a slimeball. Never understood all the hullabaloo over his relationship with his step-daughter--OF COURSE it was disgusting, he's an entertainer. Virtually all of them live hedonistic, sybaritic lives with little regard for mores and what decent folk say.
20 posted on 08/07/2012 8:50:23 AM PDT by Sudetenland (Member of the BBB Club - Bye-Bye-Barry!!! President Barack "Down Low" Obama)
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To: pjd

He must be sleeping with an 18 year old Republican.


21 posted on 08/07/2012 8:51:28 AM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: MestaMachine
I would have to receive a direct order from G-d to see a woody allen movie...and free transportation and ticket from same.

Great line! I think I will steal borrow it.

22 posted on 08/07/2012 8:54:10 AM PDT by expat1000
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To: pjd

His movies in the 1960s and 70s were goofy fun but marrying his step-daughter kind of ruined the Woodman for me. But thanks for the review, I would never have guessed.


23 posted on 08/07/2012 9:00:19 AM PDT by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" (Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: pjd

Maybe it is true, then—the Ancient saying-—Wisdom only comes with Age.

As Communists always note——so everyone stays ignorant and hates their parents and has no respect for them-—Never listen to anyone over 30.

Conditioning to think old people are fools, is the opposite of what both Socrates and Confucius stated. Experience will produce Wisdom-—if one is willing to open their mind up to Knowledge and study. Growing in knowledge is a daily thing.

BTW, the genius of our Founding Fathers was extraordinary because of their young age——I read that somewhere. Their thinking was profound considering their young ages—Madison particularly. He was requesting the latest books of importance from Jefferson who was in Europe at the time-—anything new on political thought or philosophy. But back then, people didn’t have TV and Bread and Circuses like they do now (agitprop) to take them away from acquiring knowledge.

Note: The very LATE date of entering a “school”. Independent thinkers do NOT go to an indoctrination center before the Age of Reason-—that was Dewey’s influence (Fabian Socialist) who wanted to shape the “plastic minds” of the masses and get them before their Christian Foundation was laid and away from the influence of loving parents-—so they are emotional cripples and self-conscious about everything.

Look at Abe Lincoln-—how easily he was swayed by “group think”-—HA! No school than a few weeks when he was around 8.

“Group think” is the result of the Prussian system of education the Socialists designed for Germany which was dragged to American Schools (and Russian)-—along with Marxist curricula (moral relativism) by Dewey.

If it was an epiphany that Woody had-—it is a true belief in God. That is all which will make him Wise.


24 posted on 08/07/2012 9:00:49 AM PDT by savagesusie (Right Reason According to Nature = Just Law)
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To: MestaMachine

I detest Woody Allen movies. Last one I watched some of was Midnight in Paris not knowing who the director was. Once I saw one of the long drawn out scenes with cheesy music off it went.


25 posted on 08/07/2012 9:02:05 AM PDT by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
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To: MestaMachine

I detest Woody Allen movies. Last one I watched some of was Midnight in Paris not knowing who the director was. Once I saw one of the long drawn out scenes with cheesy music off it went.


26 posted on 08/07/2012 9:02:30 AM PDT by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
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To: pjd

I just visited Rotten Tomatoes. Not one review, and I read about ten, mentioned this aspect of the movie. The flick seems to have generated more negative than positive comments.


27 posted on 08/07/2012 9:04:13 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: pjd

I LOVED Woody Allen’s early movies. I HATED his later movies. I am disgusted by his relationship with his stepchild/wife.

Having said that and being dragged to see his last movie, I split a gut laughing.Absolutely hilarious! This is the Woody Allen of old.


28 posted on 08/07/2012 9:04:51 AM PDT by Cyman
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To: MestaMachine

“I would have to receive a direct order from G-d to see a woody allen movie...”

Point taken. But if you are ever in the mood for a really funny and entertaining movie and not have to worry about having your political sensibilities insulted, keep this in mind.


29 posted on 08/07/2012 9:08:51 AM PDT by pjd
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To: Cyman

Most artists are failures as human beings, unfortunately.

Glad to hear about the new Woody Allen movie ... the last few have not been that good.


30 posted on 08/07/2012 9:11:54 AM PDT by I Shall Endure
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To: skinkinthegrass

The Once?

I’m stealing that.


31 posted on 08/07/2012 9:14:59 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1295 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Heroes aren't made Frank, they're cornered...)
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To: savagesusie
“BTW, the genius of our Founding Fathers was extraordinary because of their young age——I read that somewhere. Their thinking was profound considering their young ages—Madison particularly.”

I remember Eric Hoffer saying that given the very high mortality rate, poor nutrition, poor medical care, etc. ... people in ancient times (right up to the 19th century, when medicine improved) had a very short life expectancy. Forty years old was extreme old age. He said ‘history was made by juvenile delinquents’.

32 posted on 08/07/2012 9:15:19 AM PDT by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: Cyman; All

The gratuitous Tea Party smears in ‘Midnight in Paris’ were a huge turn-off for me. I’m wondering if some adult didn’t get to him over that and turn his head around, or if he thinks conservatives have short memories...


33 posted on 08/07/2012 9:19:37 AM PDT by bt_dooftlook (Democrats - the party of Amnesty, Abortion, and Adolescence)
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To: null and void
The Once? I’m stealing that.

GO FOR IT..

34 posted on 08/07/2012 9:19:50 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (WA DC E$tabli$hment; DNC/RNC/Unionists...Brazilian saying: "$@me Old $hit; different flie$". :^)
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To: pjd

Someone must have told him - you can gross more than $10-$15 million in sales if you write for an audience outside of Manhattan dwellers.


35 posted on 08/07/2012 9:33:27 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: fatnotlazy

Why do so many brilliant people throw everything away?

That is the question I have been asking my whole life. It is what makes me cry when I watch “A River Runs Through It.”


36 posted on 08/07/2012 10:02:04 AM PDT by Anima Mundi (ENVY IS JUST PASSIVE, LAZY GREED)
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To: dead

I rather enjoyed Crimes and Misdemeanors mostly because of Martin landau.


37 posted on 08/07/2012 10:16:49 AM PDT by Jean2
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To: dfwgator

One, Two, Three was a hilarious movie, with Jimmy Cagney doing a fine turn in a comic role set in Cold War Berlin.


38 posted on 08/07/2012 10:59:49 AM PDT by Rockingham
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To: oldbrowser

More likely he’s sick of his current aging liberal wife and has the hots for some conservative-leaning, younger beauty. New Yorkers like Woody Allen take sides when it suits their personal needs (sex, money, status, etc.), but not out of any principled stance. In the Manhattan-Hamptons fish bowl being a liberal usually gets you more “toys”.


39 posted on 08/07/2012 11:00:05 AM PDT by BlueStateRightist
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To: pjd
Totally off topic, but I share a birth date with Woody Allan.
Something you will never hear him say?
“I share a birth date with Verbosus”.
40 posted on 08/07/2012 11:42:07 AM PDT by Verbosus (/* No Comment */)
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To: skinkinthegrass

The Once...great!


41 posted on 08/07/2012 4:27:00 PM PDT by CitizenM (Obama - The architect of the decline of the U.S.)
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To: skinkinthegrass

“The Once”...great!


42 posted on 08/07/2012 4:27:25 PM PDT by CitizenM (Obama - The architect of the decline of the U.S.)
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To: SMARTY

Not really. Some ages of the greatest minds in Western Civ. lived very long lives. (Western Civ. had an incredible advantage—in the beginning —because Greek language was perfect for expressing abstract ideas, also. )

There was a short life expectancy, yes-—but those who lived short lives hardly affected knowledge and ideas. You had to live long enough to be Wise and to write—or like Socrates—have others write your thinking down. (Jesus is an exception). Our Founding Fathers besides Franklin—were amazingly young—like Madison who was born in 1751. It was highly unusual. People like Nietzsche and Einstein showed incredible genius early-—but again, it was pretty astonishing and exceptional.

Pythagorus 75
Ptolemy 78
Sophocles 90
Socrates 70
Plato 80
Aristotle 62
Cicero 69

Marxists want you to THINK the young are “wise”. They started making “OLD” people look stupid over 50 years ago (Conditioning/Brainwashing) (Archie Bunker) and making it so teenagers don’t listen to “ignorant” parents—because they don’t “know” anything.

That is what the Socialists did to the families in Germany—with the Hitler Youth. It was to keep children stupid and not learn from people who KNEW what was REALLY going on.

I didn’t figure out what was going on until after 40. I was STUPID —not about pop culture—or child development-—BUT about ideology—why people think how they think? No Clue about Marxism, Liberalism, Progressivism, Theology=-—all the really important ideas that shape WHY you do everything. (Philosophy). No one teaches Aristotle anymore—The Father of Logic. Schools got rid of Classical education-—makes people rational—logical—they can debate ideas well.

The young are ignorant. (They are good for armies, but you need Patton’s for genius). Confucius and Socrates thought you needed to be 30 before you really could “start” being wise-—you never had enough experience to know “reality” prior to that. Think of it. How wise were you at 20. I was SO incredibly naive. 30 was much, much better and I only got wiser the more I studied and interacted with more people. Time is crucial to Wisdom.

John Locke—Father of Classical Liberalism—72
Thomas Hobbes—91
Karl Marx 65
Machiavelli 56
William Wilberforce 73
Thomas Reid 85
Ben Franklin Independence he was 70 his death 84
Thomas Jefferson 83
John Adams 91
Samuel Adams81
Thomas Paine 72

Age is crucial to Wisdom. All history proves it. I left off many brilliant people but I am out of time. :)


43 posted on 08/07/2012 8:42:05 PM PDT by savagesusie (Right Reason According to Nature = Just Law)
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