Film Friday #222

Manhattan (1979)

[WARNING: SPOILERS THROUGHOUT] Middle-aged, divorced New Yorker, Isaac (Woody Allen) is shagging a seventeen year old girl (Mariel Hemmingway) who adores him and basically has no baggage. Then he decides that actually she is too uncomplicated and he would rather shag his best mate’s (Michael Murphy) mistress (Diane Keaton), who is very complicated. Meanwhile his lesbian ex-wife (Meryl Streep) is writing a book about their love life… which isn’t ideal. In the end the mistress goes back to his best mate… and Isaac decides that he actually loves his teenage ex… enough to attempt to convince the poor kid not to follow her dream of studying in London because he is a selfish cockwomble. Look Manhattan has loads of lovely black and white shots of well… Manhattan and some fun kooky, typical Woody Allen dialogue but the fact that none of Isaac’s friends seem vaguely surprised or bothered that he is dating a teenage girl is very weird (and very gross), especially when you consider the fact that Allen ended up marrying his own teenage adopted daughter. Was there a fad for getting it on with underage girls in the 70’s? Actually in light of Operation Yewtree, let’s rather not explore that question any further. In conclusion… I didn’t like it much. 2/5


You’re right… it does look rather like one of Winnie Mandela’s hats

That Awkward Moment (2014)

When MIkey’s (Michael B. Jordan) wife leaves him for her lawyer he turns to his two best friends, Jason (Zac Efron) and Daniel (Miles Teller) who spend their whole lives chasing girls, sleeping with them and being very careful never to get pinned down… especially into a conversation about where a relationship is going. The three friends make a pack to stay single together and live a wild laddish life but then Jason meets Ellie (Imogen Poots) and Daniel starts sleeping with his friend, Chelsea (Mackenzie Davis) and things get complicated. And Mikey hasn’t actually told anyone that he’ still hooking up with his wife. Will these three ever grow up and get over their fear of commitment long enough to find real love? Don’t get me wrong, this movie is pretty dumb… I mean who ends up at a dress fancy part in in fancy dress without ever having had any kind of “what are you going to wear?” conversation especially with a dildo attached to them and then proceeds not to remove said dildo for the duration of the party despite its inappropriateness? But I quite liked the performances in this film and I could identify with bits of it from my earlier life. Jason and Daniel in particular are douche bags a lot of the time but mostly this makes their lives as shit as those of the women they are disrespecting. There’s nothing new in this millennial romcom but it was a fun brainless watch and Zac Efron is always a visual delight… even if you put him on mute! 2.5/5

Adventure peeing... a game for the whole family

Adventure peeing… a game for the whole family

Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)

Hannah (Mia Farrow) is married to Elliot (Michael Caine) but Elliot is in love with Hannah’s sister, Lee (Barbara Hershey). Lee is married to reclusive artist, Frederick (Max von Sydow), which leaves her starved for attention and somewhat vulnerable to Elliot’s advances. Hannah’s sister, Holly (Dianne Wiest) once dated Mickey (Woody Allen), a hypochondriac TV producer who has a crisis of faith after finding out he doesn’t have a brain tumour, who ultimately married and then divorced Hannah.  Between two Thanksgivings the lives of these characters intertwine in various ways across the city of New York with romantic and amusing consequences. There were some great performances in this one. Wiest was excellent played a jittery, confused failed actress and Caine is suitably pathetic, charming and slimy as he flip flops between his feelings. With Allen not the focus of his own film for a change, he’s actually really funny and it helps that the film doesn’t fall into the kind of self-indulgence that he is prone too. Much better than Manhattan3.5/5

I'm sorry but I just can't see what's weird about me preferring our daughter to you!

I’m sorry but I just can’t see what’s weird about me preferring our daughter to you!

Interstate 60: Episodes of the Road (2002)

You know sometimes when you’re flipping through Amazon Prime looking for something to watch and then you find a movie you’ve never heard of and it has a pretty good cast like Chris Cooper and Christopher Lloyd and Gary Oldman… and Kurt Russell and James Marsden who are also okay sometimes and it’s written by a guy who worked on the Back to the Future scripts and you think it might be kind of good? But then actually it’s completely bizarre because it’s about this guy who wants to be an artist not a lawyer like his dad wants and doesn’t want the red convertible that his dad bought him, aww bless. And then he gets hit on the head and gets a magic eight ball that gives him answers and sends him on a road trip down an imaginary highway on the hunt for Amy Smart. And instead of being good it’s a big old homophobic, slut-shaming, badly written pile of old wank and you wish you had saved it for the next Shitfest. And then you check on IMDB and it’s got a 7.7. rating and you worry about society going to the dogs? Well that’s what happened. 1/5

Eight ball, will shiny brown leather jackets still be in fashion in 2015?

Eight ball, will shiny brown leather jackets still be in fashion in 2015?


  1. looks like u only got to see crap this week 😦 and a bit of Hannah and her sisters 🙂

    1. Abbi

      It really wasn’t a great week. I had such high hopes for Manhattan and I was very disappointed.

      1. Yea. Its not nearly one of his best 😦

  2. Oh my god, adventure peeing is so a thing I am doing when I get back from the pub later.

    1. Abbi

      If anyone you lives with complains about this I am not taking any responsibility.

  3. theipc

    This is one of the best posts I’ve read in forever!!! I fucking loved it!!!!

    I worship you even more now!

    1. Abbi

      I live to please you!

      1. theipc

        How dirty can I be here?

        1. Abbi

          Hahahahaha! I’ll remind you that I’m a married woman.

          1. theipc

            HAHAHAHA!!! That’s why I timidly asked!!

  4. Ugh, I can’t stand Woody Allen. I tried a few of his films, and they’re so… bloody… boring!! And you sat through two of them this week?? My condolences..

    1. Abbi

      I find him to be very uneven. When he is good he is great and when he is crap he is really, really crap!

  5. Jay

    I have too much guilt about Woody Allen these days.

    1. Abbi

      With some actors/directors, etc it can be hard to separate them from their behaviour and Allen is certainly one of these… along with Roman Polanski.

  6. I saw both Woody films after Annie Hall and was disappointed in both. That last film does sound pretty daft haha.

    1. Abbi

      Annie Hall is great and I think seeing it first just sets you up for disappointment.

      Interstate 60 was utterly weird. I’m not sure why anyone who agreed to be in it thought it was a good idea. The weirdest thing is that it’s got a 7+ rating on IMDB??

  7. Great reviews! (especially Interstate 60, LOL). Wasn’t the biggest fan of Manhattan either, but I do love the cinematography and music. Prefer Hannah and her Sisters as well.

    1. Abbi

      Manhattan looks beautiful but the story just didn’t work for me.

  8. Hmmm, none of these movies appeal to me. As for Manhattan, it’s such a celebrated film but I always find that I like Woody Allen movies more when he’s NOT in the cast, ahah.

    1. Abbi

      I agree. Starring in most of your own films is terribly self-indulgent.

  9. Great post, you had me laughing when you said Efron is a delight even on mute.

  10. […] Abbi compiled some mini reviews for Film Friday, including Woody Allen’s Manhattan, meanwhile Stu let us know what he thinks about Dirty Dancing which he just saw for the first time! […]

  11. Oh my goodness look at Zac.

    1. Abbi

      Isn’t he something?!

  12. Ah, indulgent to the last, even though you can’t hear him 😉

    Interstate 60: Episodes of the Road (2002) sounds fucking stupid, and yet it has a fancy score? Hmmmm… I don’t know if I can do it, especially not after your write up!

    1. Abbi

      Don’t do it. It’s awful.

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