The Gotta Love Your Woody (Allen) Rave

Believe it or not, Woody Allen turns 70 today. So Happy Birthday Woody and thanks for all the classics. Whatever you may think of his personal life, we're talkin' about one of the greatest filmmakers of all time here, a living legend, a genius, a master. We're talkin' about the creator of not just the all-time classics "Annie Hall", "Manhattan", "Hannah and Her Sisters" and "Crimes and Misdemeanors", but also the man who wrote "What's New Pussycat?" and "Play It Again Sam" and both wrote and directed all of these fantastic (or at the very least, great) films:

- Take The Money and Run
- Bananas
- Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex (But Were Afraid To Ask)
- Sleeper
- Zelig
- Broadway Danny Rose
- The Purple Rose Of Cairo
- September
- Another Woman
- Husbands and Wives
- Mighty Aphrodite
- Everyone Says I Love You
- Deconstructing Harry
and - Sweet and Lowdown

And he's made lots of other good, if not great, films over the years as well.

Any way you look at it, this is an amazing body of work. Aside from Martin Scorsese, I'd say no other American director, living or dead, comes close. I'm a huge fan of David Lynch, the Coen Brothers, Stanley Kubrick, Spike Lee, Robert Altman, Quentin Tarantino, Orsen Welles, John Sayles, Elia Kazan (his work - not the man!), John Cassavetes, Jim Jarmusch and The Two Terrys (Terry Gilliam and Terrence Malick), but I don't think any of them can measure up to Woody (and Marty) when it comes to looking at their full body of work. Ok, with most of those named above it is pretty close, but again, aside from Marty, I've just got to say no other American director can match Woody's overall greatness. And we're not just talking about Americans here, he's clearly one of the greatest filmmakers of all time, worldwide.

And so I say it for all to hear, we've really gotta love and appreciate our Woody.

Happy 70th Woody!!!

Mike Cowie (Oredakedo)
Thursday, December 1st, 2005