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Match Point was the longest Woody Allen film to date and the only one since Hannah and Her Sisters to make a profit in the US. Remi Adefarasin did perhaps the best job ever in filming a Woody Allen script. Scar-Jo does an excellent job of acting like a terrible actress. It was a very natural performance.

You have to watch Woody Allen’s new films twice just to overcome the disappointment that it isn’t as good as his old stuff. That said, Scoop is in the upper five of his last ten films. Also,Woody rarely out-acts someone, but Scarlett Jo is clearly out of her comfort zone.

Highlights from two years ago:

  • Three People Better as the Voice of Aslan than Liam Neeson

1.  Mike Clarke Duncan

2.  Sam Elliott

3. Scarlett Johansson

Shortlisted: Jim Earl Jones, John Malkovich, Hugo Weaving

  • Three People Worse as the Voice of Aslan than Liam Neeson

1. Kevin Spacey

2. Sam L. Jackson

3. Jackie Chan

Shortlist: Ewan McGregor, Jack Black, Chris Tucker

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[The following questions were culled from various movie surveys that I’ve come across. I’ve been filling it out for the last month]

  • Earliest Movie Watching Memory: My first movie was Empire Strikes Back. My Dad and older brother went. I remember the Hoth sequence. There were some boys in the front row goofing that dad barked at to keep ’em quiet.
  • Last DVD purchased: I’m not sure. I don’t buy too many DVDs. Possibly Gus Van Sant’s Elephant ($2)
  • If you were a guest programmer for TCM what three movies would you choose to best represent your tastes: Were talking classics, like, from the 80s right? Since I watched Ferris Bueller’s Day Off on TCM a couple of months ago I’m counting anything from the 80s and before. Casablanca (because it still holds up today as a compelling drama), Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark (not just for nostalgic reasons), and The Jerk (for some nostalgic reasons, but also because it’s hilarious).

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