Happy Birthday, Woody Allen!

Some love him, some hate him. I think he’s the greatest comedian to set foot on this earth. And today, he celebrates his seventy-seventh birthday. Holding the most Academy Award nominations as a screenwriter, Woody Allen is a prolific (and psychotic) genius. Let’s run through his extensive filmography as a director. The use of three asterisks (***) denotes a film I still have to see, and I’ll try to link to my reviews whenever possible.

What’s Up, Tiger Lily? (1966)***
Take the Money and Run (1969)***
Bananas (1971)
Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Sex* (*but Were Afraid to Ask) (1972)***
Sleeper (1973)
Love and Death (1975)***
Annie Hall (1977)
Interiors (1978)***
Manhattan (1979)
Stardust Memories (1980)***
A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy (1982)***
Zelig (1983)***
Broadway Danny Rose (1984)
The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)
Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
Radio Days (1987)***
September (1987)***
Another Woman (1988)
New York Stories (1989)***
Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)
Alice (1990)***
Shadows and Fog (1991)***
Husbands and Wives (1992)***
Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993)***
Bullets over Broadway (1994)***
Mighty Aphrodite (1995)***
Everyone Says I Love You (1996)***
Deconstructing Harry (1997)***
Celebrity (1998)***
Sweet and Lowdown (1999)***
Small Time Crooks (2000)***
The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001)***
Hollywood Ending (2002)***
Anything Else (2003)***
Melinda and Melinda (2004)***
Match Point (2005)***
Scoop (2006)
Cassandra’s Dream (2007)***
Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)
Whatever Works (2009)***
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010)***
Midnight in Paris (2011)
To Rome with Love (2012)

Rotten Tomatoes Trivia
Highest Rated – tie between Husbands and Wives (1992), Broadway Danny Rose (1984), Zelig (1983), Love and Death (1975), and Sleeper (1973) at 100%
Lowest Rated – Scoop (2006) at 39%


3 thoughts on “Happy Birthday, Woody Allen!

    • I’ve found A LOT of people who try the dumbest excuses to avoid his work, most of which are along the lines of:

      – “He married his adopted step-daughter.”
      – “He willingly went through over fifteen years of Freudian psychoanalysis.”
      – “Annie Hall and Midnight in Paris aren’t romantic comedies!”
      – “If he’s releasing one film each year, he’s probably just spitting whatever idea comes to mind.”
      – “He’s not funny.”

      All of the above (especially that last one!) truly anger me. I’ll never understand why people detest his comedy so much, but it’s something I’ll have to live with.

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