Sunday, September 14, 2014
SEPTEMBER is not a happy film. Anybody looking to see a funny Woody Allen movie will be disappointed in that respect, but they will be treated to a wonderfully written story filled with very flawed and very human characters. And with only six principal characters and one-hundred percent of the events happening within the confines of the house SEPTEMBER is structured like a play. It's not often that you see a film made this way and I thought it was wonderful. The most impressive thing about SEPTEMBER though is Mia Farrow's performance. Absolutely heartbreaking.
Overall, it's not as impressive as INTERIORS, but I think INTERIORS was going more for the Bergman vibe while SEPTEMBER was going for the Chekhov vibe. Either way it's triumph of filmmaking. Highly recommended.
Saturday, September 13, 2014
From beginning to end RADIO DAYS is a delight. The stories come and go in a leisurely manner and none of them overstay their welcome. In fact, a lot of them could have been longer. My favorites were: everything with Mia Forrow (of course), the one where his uncle goes to confront their Communist neighbor (Larry David) and ends up renouncing God, the baseball player that keeps getting injured and the one where the narrator sees his teacher naked. We also get to hear Diane Keaton sing, which is always a joy.
How much you like RADIO DAYS will depend on how much you enjoy nostalgic stories, but for me I thought it was great. Would make an interesting double-feature with Fellini's AMARCORD. Oh yeah, I nearly forgot, the 30's/40's soundtrack is magnificent!