I was a big fan of the “Broken Windows Theory” explanation (popularized by Malcolm Gladwell) of why crime was greatly reduced in the 90’s; applauding Mayor Giuliani as the ideal implementer of the theory. But then I read “Freakonomics” and … Continue reading →
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Read the rest via The Complete Libertarian Forum (1969-1984) Vol. 5.7, July 1973
This is Woody Allen’s best film to date. I went to this movie on my guard because of my fellow critics’ “assurances” that Annie Hall, at long last, transcended “mere humor” to acute social significance. But don’t you believe it; Annie Hall is a constant stream of hilarious, scintillating wit. The movie is totally ethnic; it sparkles with “in” ethnic references and local references to New York. As a matter of fact, the best way to approach Annie Hall is to be a Jewish intellectual from the West Side of Manhattan. But Outlanders seem to enjoy the film, too, although one sometimes wonders how. New Yorkers will particularly enjoy Woody’s blistering rending of Los Angeles life and culture…
Read the rest via The Complete Libertarian Forum (1969-1984) Vol. 10.8, August 1977
In recent years, Woody has been a highly erratic filmmaker. After reaching a glorious peak with the hilarious and perceptive Annie Hall and especially Manhattan, Woody trended downward. Sunrise Memories I like more than most critics, but it was still far below Annie Hall and Manhattan. The last Allen opus, A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy, an hommage to Ingmar Bergman’s only worthwhile movie, the charming and early Smiles of a Summer Night, was simply atrocious. Not only was it not funny, it had no redeeming features, and was a torture to sit through. Its brief span seemed like many hours, if not weeks.
Zelig has been hailed by almost all critics as his masterpiece, and they have waxed rhapsodic over its technical brilliance in integrating Allen into a host of old documentary film clips of the 1920s. Well, the hell with technical. From the point of view of the movie consumer…
Read the rest via The Complete Libertarian Forum (1969-1984) Vol. 17.7–8, July–August 1983
Given the freeze-out of APM, the victory for Rocky was something to be cheered, not only for the film’s own substantial merits…
Read the rest via The Complete Libertarian Forum (1969-1984) Vol. 10.3, March 1977