I have been following Woody Allen ever since "Take the Money and Run" in the 1960's. There he is, an escaped convict on the run with a wife and family to support, so he applies for a job with a company. He lies about everything on his application form (unfortunately not posted on imdb.com):
Interviewer: I see here that you have experience operating a high-speed digital computer.
Virgil (Woody Allen's part): Yes, that is correct.
Interviewer: May I ask where you had gained this experience?
Virgil: Yes. My aunt owned one.
Absolutely hilarious joke, since at the time computers were so expensive that the very idea that one's aunt could own one was absolutely ludicrous. Reminds me of Robin Williams' joke at the Roxy circa 1980 on HBO (paraphrased): "This is the standard joke about aliens back then. Of course, it wasn't so funny anymore after they had actually landed." Of course now everybody owns a computer.
Recently on NPR, a satirical segment, "Sandwich Mondays", featured the "Woody Allen" sandwich.
"It's got pastrami, corned beef, and a whole lot of baggage."
So many great sandwiches have been named after great directors: the reuben, named for the great Ingmar Reuben, and the cheese sandwich, named for James Cameron. The Carnegie Deli in New York created the "Woody Allen," and our own Eleven City Diner here in Chicago copied it "oh so close." It's a double-decker corned beef and pastrami on rye.
Ian: Boy, the pastrami at this place is really good. And in such large portions!
Mike: I'm glad we're out of the period when Woody Allen sandwiches were intentionally not delicious. I hated "Hannah And Her Sandwiches."
Miles: If you ordered this sandwich between 1978 and 1987, it was just an empty wrapper, representing the trivial nature of man's pursuits.
Miles: Sure, a 30-pound sandwich seems unhealthy, but you have to think about all of the calories you're losing lifting it from the table to your mouth.
Peter: A classic Jewish deli sandwich, like this, has lots of meat and not much else. Its like we're not eating the meat, we're hoarding it in case of trouble.
Ian: I wish I could bring out Marshall McLuhan to give me the Heimlich maneuver.
Mike: While you're at it, why don't you just bring out Henry Heimlich?
Peter: I used to eat these kinds of sandwiches a lot when I lived in New York. That's why I died six years ago.
Ian: I bet there was a lot of misplaced excitement on the farm when someone described a double-decker sandwich as "basically like bunk beds for animals!"
Miles: I, personally, like any sandwich that comes preinstalled with a retaining wall.
Peter: I didn't like that it came with fruit salad. It's weird to see such a classic old sandwich co-starring with something so young and fresh.
Peter: Love is too weak a word for this sandwich. I luuuurve this sandwich. Oh, wait, that was just a burp.
Steven: Don't knock mastication; it's lunch with someone I love.
[The verdict: It takes a confident sandwich to know it's good enough that you'll eat it even if you have to dislocate your jaw to do so, and this is that sandwich. Truly, a sandwich called the Woody Allen should have a few really amazing pieces of meat, and then a bunch of less amazing meat you keep eating in the hopes it'll be as amazing as the meat at the top, only to be repeatedly disappointed. But this is good all the way through.]
I did not like "Deconstructing Harry" for its foul language (go figure), but it still had its good moments. Like when that character (?Robin Williams?) had lost his focus, so the solution was for his entire family to get glasses that caused them to lose their own focus to the same degree, thus keeping them in sync with the father. Then Woody Allen's character suffered the same loss of focus.
I'm waiting to see when Blue Jasmine will arrive on video so I can see it.
I saw it. That was the worst “Anna Karenina” movie that I have seen.
Vronsky was presented as a village boy 10 years younger (sort of a famous poet with La Russ style) than Anna, not the aristocratic character defined by Tolstoy. The whole movie is set as grotesque, with 2 Russian peasant songs between the scenes.
Only Karenin ( Anna’s husband) was true to character- the rest was a joke, farce, unacceptable interpretation of a famous tragedy.
Been awhile, but I'm on the movies kick from the other thread. Watched "One Last Dance" finally with the Swayzes. Okay, dance movies have a lot of fundamental flaws in dialogue, plot, etc.- and I just kind of take it in stride now, but this movie was just... really awfully sad AND sweet at the same time, if you checked your brain out of the experience.
Also saw War Horse and WAAAAAAH. I can't watch "loyal animal suffers a lot and is ultimately rewarded by reunion and happy" movies, because I cry buckets.
I saw Coffee Town, and it was actually pretty stupid/hilarious. Reminded me a little of Office Space.
Liked Behind the Candelabra, too, because of the costumes, sets, etc.
Hansel/Gretel was okay, but I didn't *ahem* get to see nearly enough Jeremy Renner.
Saw "Gravity" in 3-D today. Being the space geek that I am, I really enjoyed it. Lots of inaccuracies and the laws of physics were pretty much ignored but cool movie none the less. Movie did point out one true-ism that I worry about in real life; our geosynchronous orbit is really just one or two orbital conjunctions away from a chain-reaction of collisions.