Saturday 19 Apr

Holy Ghost People

Holy Ghost People examines two sisters whose bond is torn — but by what? After her sibling has been missing for more than a year, Charlotte (Emma Greenwell, TV's Shameless) intends to find out.
04/15/2014 | Comments 0

No Holds Barred

RLJ Entertainment's new Blu-ray for No Holds Barred begins with what seems like dozens of trailers for movies starring pro wrestlers from the WWE talent pool. Each flick went direct to home video, but once upon a time — aka 1989 — one had to go to the multiplex to catch such a spectacle.
04/15/2014 | Comments 0

Knights of Badassdom

In 2008, the third act of the guy comedy Role Models used LARPing — live-action role-playing, that is — as a backdrop for our protagonists' lessons learned. Today, Knights of Badassdom extends that half-hour into a full feature, to the point where viewers are left not smiling, but exhausted. 
04/02/2014 | Comments 0

Switched on

Not everything on television has to appeal to mass audiences. In fact, with the further fractioning of viewership thanks to alternatives like Netflix and VOD, more series can afford to become more niche. Here are five examples of shows both past and present — and new to DVD and/or Blu-ray — that encompass some of the more outrageous ideas ever to go beyond boardroom discussion.
04/02/2014 | Comments 0

Confession of Murder

Seventeen years after slaying 10 women and getting away with it, the charismatic serial killer Du-sok (Park Si-hoo) comes clean with a Confession of Murder, in this 2012 South Korean crime thriller. He does so by publishing a book that dishes all the grisly details.
04/02/2014 | Comments 0
Home · Articles · Movies · Comedy · Whatever Works

Whatever Works

None July 9th, 2009


I miss Woody Allen. Yes, he still makes movies, but the nebbishy genius responsible for some of the greatest films of the 1970s and '80s left us some years ago. He has long since cocooned himself in an illusory universe of preening, self-satisfied New York intellectuals who speak and behave with less believability than a Disney World animatron.

There are occasional glimmers of his old self, of course "” 2005's "Match Point" and last year's "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," to name two "” but "Whatever Works" is Allen at his most insufferable.

The script, which he reportedly wrote in the '70s, scrapes together elements of far-superior Allen efforts for a movie so smug and contrived, you wish it had a face just so you could smash it.

Boris Yelnikoff (Larry David of TV's "Curb Your Enthusiasm") is a misanthropic physicist-turned-chess teacher who winds up meeting Melodie (Evan Rachel Wood, "The Wrestler"), a naive teen runaway from Mississippi. The ensuing May-December romance is as unlikely as it is inevitable.

Boris is a mean-spirited boor, but the nubile rube "” in Allen's worldview, anyone from west of the East River is a hick "” inexplicably takes a shine to the guy.

Nestled in the tired compendium of Allen shtick is a plea for acceptance of love in all its many manifestations, whether it be between a geezer and a teenager, a m

  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5