Highlights: Woody Allen Collection

Woody Allen Collection

A new boxset of the prolific director’s work, the Woody Allen Collection is available this week. In addition to Barbara Kopple’s 1997 documentary Wild Man Blues about the musical avocation of Woody Allen, the collection includes the director’s cinematic releases from 1994 to 2000. The films were released after my personal Allen favourite Manhattan Murder Mystery, and do not feature his best-known work. Nevertheless, here is why you should be watching these films…

Bullets Over Broadway

A playwright is forced to cast a mobster’s girlfriend in his latest drama in order to get it produced.

Why You Should Watch It: The film stars John Cusack in the ‘Woody Allen’ role.

Celebrity

The fortunes of a husband and wife differ following their divorce.

Why You Should Watch It: Leonardo DiCaprio plays a teen heartthrob in his post-Titanic role.

Deconstructing Harry

An author suffering with writer’s block starts to remember events from his past, whilst his fictional characters come to life.

Why You Should Watch It: Harry Block is one of Woody Allen’s quintessential roles.

Everyone Says I Love You

With her half-sister getting engaged, a New York girl decides to set her father up with a beautiful woman in a shaky marriage.

Why You Should Watch It: The film is a musical! Drew Barrymore, Ed Norton et al demonstrating their singing abilities.

Mighty Aphrodite

After discovering his adopted son is a genius, a sportswriter seeks out the boy’s borth mother

Why You Should Watch It: Mira Sorvino won an Oscar for her role in the film.

Small Time Crooks

A crook and his wife prosper after a botched bank job’s cover business becomes wildly successful.

Why You Should Watch It: Small Time Crooks was Woody Allen’s biggest grossing film of the 1990s in the US.

Sweet and Lowdown

A jazz guitarist faces gangsters and falls in love in the 1930s.

Why You Should Watch It: The film focuses on one of Allen’s greatest loves; jazz.

The Woody Allen Collection is available on DVD from 7th July 2014.

Trailer Round-Up

New trailers for The Dark Knight Rises and Prometheus were released earlier this week. With the latest trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man being released last night, this has been a bumper week for blockbuster trailers. All we need now is something from new James Bond movie Skyfall

Moonrise Kingdom

Moonrise Kingdom is the eagerly anticipated new film from Wes Anderson. The film boasts a stellar cast that includes Bill Murray, Ed Norton, Bruce Willis and Tilda Swinton. Moonrise Kingdom is about two children who fall in love during the summer of 1965. The film is released on 25th May 2012.

The Amazing Spider-Man

The third trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man was released last night. The trailer reveals more of an emphasis on Peter Parker’s parents than the previous run of Spiderman films. Although the trailer looks good, The Amazing Spider-Man has been sandwiched between two superhero behemoths; Avengers Assemble has already done record-breaking business while The Dark Knight Rises is due for release two weeks after Spider-Man. Notwithstanding, given the popularity of this character, The Amazing Spider-Man is sure to bring in the crowds when it opens on 4th July 2012.

Magic Mike

I am not sure what Magic Mike is supposed to be, other than based on Channing Tatum’s former career as a stripper. Steven Soderbergh’s film could have been a male version of Showgirls, but instead seems to have a strong romantic string to the story. Channing Tatum showed off his comedy chops in 21 Jump Street, so hopefully these will shine through in Magic Mike. Also starring Alex Pettyfer and Matthew McConughey, Magic Mike is out in cinemas on 13th July 2012.

Joyful Noise

The only thing you need to know about this film is that Dolly Parton in it. But if you want to know more, the film is about church choir group who enter a competition with new director Vi Rose (Queen Latifah) at the helm. The arrival of Randy (Jeremy Jordan), the grandson of G.G. Sparrow (Dolly Parton) shakes things up. Joyful Noise is released on 29th June 2012.