Irrational Man is a hopeless triumph of the conscience

Review of Irrational Man, Directed by Woody AllenI am not a philosopher or the son of a philosopher, and so I won’t presume to say with much certainty whether writer and director Woody Allen’s philosophical ramblings in his latest film, Irrational Man, are on point and realistic. A lot of big names get shout-outs, though – Kant, Kierkegaard, Heidegger – and the protagonist’s musings surrounding them are at least interesting, and often funny.The film’s title, Irrational Man, comes from Wil … [Read more...]

Magic in the Moonlight: Is Magic Real?

Review of Magic in the Moonlight, Directed by Woody AllenWoody Allen’s latest film Magic in the Moonlight comes right on the heels of Blue Jasmine, and is of much-lighter fare. The romantic comedy features a world-renowned magician determined to unmask a psychic who is swindling a rich widow of her money and bagging her son in the process. The witty lines, charming characters, and quirky plot make the film a surprising delight, while asking significant questions about the spiritual world.The … [Read more...]

Blanchett Wondrous in Woody’s Humdrum Blue Jasmine

Review of Blue Jasmine, Directed by Woody AllenIf you were asked to describe a typical Woody Allen movie, what would you say? The prolific writer/director is probably best known for comedies like Annie Hall, which won the Best Picture Oscar, but Allen also has a serious side, explored in films such as Manhattan and Crimes and Misdemeanors. He’s had notable successes but also numerous failures across genres, falling short when he fails to craft compelling stories.Such inconsistency might b … [Read more...]