This is a short follow-up to yesterday’s post.

“4 films by Bogdanovich is easy,” says the email, “Try someone harder.” Ok, here goes your Director-Digest #2: Woody Allen

  • 1 Recognized Masterpiece: “Manhattan” (1979)
  • 1 Very Early Film: “Sleeper” (1973)
  • 1 Late and Popular Film: “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” (2008)
  • 1 Film X: “Interiors” (1978)

This list wasn’t very hard to come up with, and is, in my mind, an excellent crash course in things Woody.

But, for anyone who wants to know how I came up with it, explanation after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »

Don Delillo is one of the best writers of the second half of the 20th century. So it’s a little disconcerting that the jacket for his new book looks like a still from those American Express smiley-face/frowny-face commercials:

I’m really hoping that this is an Underworld allusion that’s escaping me at the moment.