But I can draw a line between the art and the person.
And I love a lot of Woody Allen movies.
All the comedies with Mia are excellent. The comedies with Diane Keaton are favorites as well.
In fact, let me note my ten favorite Woody films:
1) "Broadway Danny Rose"
2) "Manhattan Murder Mystery"
5) "Love and Death"
6) "Annie Hall"
7) "Crimes and Misdemeanors"
8) 'Oedipus Wrecks" (the Woody film in the trilogy "New York Stories")
9) "Hannah and Her Sisters"
You can toss in "Radio Days" and "The Purple Rose of Cairo" in there as well. Except for my top two, they change all the time, the order.
But I love those movies. I also like "The Curse of the Jade Scorpian" and "Small Time Crooks" (and wish Elaine May was in another movie with him -- they actually had chemistry).
So "Midnight In Paris" got great reviews and Woody was being funny.
And I like Kathy Bates and Owen Wilson. So I just knew I was going to laugh and love to laugh and it was going to be wonderful.
It was a film that thought it was cute.
In "The Purple Rose of Cairo," a man onscreen comes out of the movie to run around with Mia. That was funny and played real. But Owen going back in time to talk to the Fitzgeralds and Hemmingway and Gertrude Stein (Kathy Bates plays Stein)? I never bought it.
It wasn't magical enough.
Owen Wilson comes across stoned. Not shocked, not charmed, not anything.
The other problem?
Owen sounds awful.
The same thing happened to Jason Biggsand John Cusak.
Hugh Jackman ("Scoop") could deliver the lines and be good. But Woody was also in that film so it's not fair to include Jackman. But Biggs and Cusak sounded ridiculous, like they were attempting to be Woody. And "Anything Else"?
That film plays like a Woody Allen spoof.
When Jason Biggs and Christina Ricci are talking about Billie Holiday or Humphrey Bogart, they sound completely false. It might have helped if the film had been set back then. Instead, you've got all these 20-somethings talking about topics they might have in the early 1970s.
Owen Wilson is not a bad actor. But he can't carry the film and it falls apart on his shoulders.
I wish that wasn't the case.
He's great in Wes Anderson films. He's great in nearly everything.
But "Midnight In Paris" is an awful movie.
I really wanted to like it. But I just hated it and felt like Woody was playing to be cute and his smugness and self-love was so weighty there was no oxygen left in the room for the viewer to actually enjoy the film.
My only plus? I almost bought the film. Again, I like the films of Woody Allen. And with this one getting all this praise and with it being a comedy and having people in the cast that I like, I was ready to buy it at Kroger while I was grocery shopping. I forgot by the time I was in line (they were in a cardboard stand by the self-checkout and I had to go through the line where people check you out because I had too many groceries). So I ended up getting it from Netflix. That was the luckiest break. If I had spent over $20 on this film, I would be outraged.
Going out with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"