06 September 2010

Woody Allen: Day Thirty

Vicky Cristina Barcelona is a wonderful film about the intricacies of relationships. The film highlights the beautiful city of Barcelona and the great performance of Penélope Cruz, who deservedly won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress -- the first Woody Allen film to win an Oscar since Mighty Aphrodite. Vicky Cristina Barcelona is a reminder of Woody Allen's emotional dramas of the 80s and like many of those films it succeeds because of a great screenplay, wonderful performances and great directing. It is Woody Allen's best film since 1996's Everyone Says I Love You.

Vicky (Rebecca Hall) and Cristina (Scarlett Johansson) are spending the summer in Barcelona with Judy (Patricia Clarkson) and Mark (Kevin Dunn), family friends of Vicky's. Vicky is very practical and is engaged to Doug (Chris Messina) while Cristina is impulsive. One evening they meet Juan Antonio (Javier Bardem) who invites them to Oviedo for the weekend. Cristina is eager and Vicky is reluctant. In Oviedo Cristina becomes ill and Vicky is forced to spend time with Juan Antonio and there is instant chemistry. Vicky does not pursue her feelings and when they return to Barcelona Christina quickly moves in with Juan Antonio. Their relationship is threatened when Juan Antonio's volatile ex-wife Maria Elena (Penélope Cruz) comes into the picture. Cristina attempts to have a relationship with Juan Antonio and Maria Elena while Vicky struggles with her own identity.

Next up: Whatever Works.

1. Hannah and Her Sisters
2. Everyone Says I Love You
3. Manhattan
4. Bullets over Broadway
5. Annie Hall
6. Crimes and Misdemeanors
7. Radio Days
8. Husbands & Wives
9. Vicky Cristina Barcelona
10. Another Woman

11. The Purple Rose of Cairo
12. Broadway Danny Rose
13. Match Point
14. Love and Death
15. Sweet and Lowdown
16. Mighty Aphrodite
17. Interiors
18. Sleeper
19. Manhattan Murder Mystery
20. Zelig
21. Stardust Memories
22. Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask)
23. Take the Money and Run
24. Deconstructing Harry
25. Oedipus Wrecks from New York Stories
26. Bananas
27. Small Time Crooks
28. What's Up, Tiger Lily?
29. Melinda and Melinda
30. Alice
31. Cassandra's Dream
32. Shadows and Fog
33. Don't Drink the Water
34. September
35. A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy
36. Celebrity
37. Scoop
38. Hollywood Ending
39. Anything Else
40. The Curse of the Jade Scorpion

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