Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) A movie following 2 major sub-plots. An accomplished ophthalmologist’s extra-marital affair and a two-bit film-maker trying to start one.
2) Prof. Louis Levy sermons.
3) Woody Allen in his usual self with funny one-liners. Lester’s documentary rough-cut was hilarious.

 
CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Clifford Stern: Listen, I don’t know from suicides. Y’know, where I grew up, in Brooklyn, nobody committed suicide. Y’know, everyone was too unhappy.

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What Women Want (2000)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –
1) A Nancy Meyers rom-com with an element of fantasy
2) Mel Gibson dancing to Frank Sinatra – I Won’t Dance

 

Cons –
1) Run-of-the-mill rom-com with a predictable outcome.

 

Quote –
Darcy McGuire: What kind of knight in shining armor would I be if the man I love needs rescuing and I just let him walk out my door?

Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

 

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Annie Hall / Manhattan spin-off with a mystery.
2) Woody’s character – not forgetting to deliver his one liners even when facing a gun.

 

Cons –

 
N/A

 
Quote –

 
Larry Lipton: Claustrophobia and a dead body – this is a neurotic’s jackpot!