Ewan Gleadow

Movie Review: Mighty Aphrodite 25th Anniversary

Movie Review: Mighty Aphrodite 25th Anniversary

Regardless of director, genre or style, you will always have a handful of films within a filmography that almost nobody speaks of. Whether that’s because the director had previously crafted a great piece or went on to make better movies, or simply because it wasn’t watched by many. Mighty Aphrodite is a film that I […]

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Review: A Rainy Day in New York

Review: A Rainy Day in New York

Even though his modern outputs are the equivalent nostalgia fuelled mediocrity you’d expect from a director that has made more than fifty films over the course of the past half century, I still found myself extremely excited for Woody Allen’s latest project. A Rainy Day in New York is the long-awaited return to the streets of Manhattan […]

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Review: Take the Money and Run 50th Anniversary

Review: Take the Money and Run 50th Anniversary

Woody Allen’s work with screwball comedy has been somewhat of an underwhelming experience. Sleeper and its insistence on becoming a homage to that of slapstick silent films got in the way of some otherwise great dialogue. If we exclude the editing in and variations that he provides in What’s Up, Tiger Lily? then this is […]

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Review: Don’t Drink the Water 25th Anniversary

Review: Don’t Drink the Water 25th Anniversary

Nearing the end of my trip through Woody Allen’s filmography, it gets harder and harder to seek out his more elusive productions. Don’t Drink the Water is one of the few films of his that simply has no reputation, entirely forgotten by fans and cynics alike. What surprises me most then is that it’s a thoroughly enjoyable […]

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Review: Manhattan 40th Anniversary

Review: Manhattan 40th Anniversary

Woody Allen plunges us once more into the heart of New York, experimenting with black and white cinematography and neurotic middle classism. It’s a systematic exploration of love and discovery, as many Allen films are. Once you begin to notice the near replicant style of his work, Allen’s charm fades somewhat, and films like Manhattan […]

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Review: Broadway Danny Rose 35th Anniversary

Review: Broadway Danny Rose 35th Anniversary

I’ve said it before and, for the benefit of the word count, I’ll say it again. Woody Allen films are best when he both directs and stars. That is a hill I am willing to die on, and, sure, he has his outliers like September and Radio Days, but nothing will beat his wry commentary […]

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Review: Crimes and Misdemeanors 30th anniversary

Review: Crimes and Misdemeanors 30th anniversary

The work of Woody Allen often settles well with me, especially the work he produced and directed throughout the 1970s and 1980s. They were very much the golden years of his career, and the beginning and end of the 80s provides two of his greatest works. Stardust Memories kickstarted the 80s off in style for […]

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Review: Whatever Works – tenth anniversary

Review: Whatever Works – tenth anniversary

The strengths of Woody Allen’s direction often coincide with his prolific leading man material. So to see him stay hidden away behind the camera always yields interesting and in this case, mediocre results. Modern Allen is often criticised as being nowhere near the standard of his 80s and 90s outputs, and rightly so. On the off chance that he […]