The simplicity of The Trip works to its advantage. The humor drawn almost entirely from Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan stumbling over impressions (the attempts at Michael Caine and Woody Allen are highlights) keeps it focused. Besides this, the film also contains a backdrop of Coogan experiencing a mid-life crisis, which is convincing and pulls out his best performances.
Stardust Memories follows filmmaker and comedian Sandy Bates (Who Else?) as he struggles with his own mortality and public imagine. One of Allen’s most divisive pictures, it is definitely not without its merits. Here we see him dealing deeply with his neurotic, agoraphobic, and paranoid tendencies. We also see interesting homages to foreign films, particularly Fredrico Fellini’s 8 1/2. A worthy watch for any interested fan of Allen.
Midnight in Paris
Sometimes this film seems like it is more or less propaganda espousing the beauty of Paris. Fortunately it has Allen’s intriguing plot, picturesque cinematography, and witty dialogue to keep it enjoyable. If you like historical characters (or, unfortunately, caricatures at some points), nighttimes strolls, and endless shots of the City of Lights, this ones for you.
Manhattan Murder Mystery
Although somewhat middle of the line fair for Woody Allen, this one does do a great job of balancing a whodunit thriller with a romantic comedy. The storyline is engaging and the jokes pop, but there is a lot of space in between them. Plus, the duo of Allen and Diane Keaton is always a big plus.
Woody Allen’s Manhattan is romantic to an extent match by few of his other film. Using spacious shots of New York scenery, black and white, and emotional storyline; he makes sure you fall head over heels for this one.
Crimes and Misdemeanors
While definitely not one of Woody Allen’s strongest outings, Crimes and Misdemeanors contains some interesting musings on the upper class and relationships, of course. It is also one of Allen’s more heartfelt films, with Cliff Stern (Allen) playing the role of dedicated family man.
— Woody Allen
In trying to capture this film in a still, you have to include this iconic outfit from Diane Keaton as the titular character as well as the man himself, Woody Allen. Unfortunately I couldn’t include the delightful fourth-wall breaks or non-sequitor story line. Probably a bit more important than outfits, but you can’t always win.