This has been posted everywhere, but who are we to go against the grain? A YouTubed trailer for the new Woody Allen film, "Cassandra’s Dream," is here. Despite a smashing tendency to showcase extremely attractive leading men, Allen’s Anglophilia phase has yet to strike a chord with us, though this latest installment looks like the most promising of the bunch, offering the additional novelty of leads Ewan McGregor and Colin Farrell speaking in something geographically close to their actual accents.
On the Allen kick, Rod Liddle at the London Times wonders, as many have before him, why the filmmaker is so drawn to seriousness.
Allen so craved high seriousness that somewhere along the way, he forgot to be accidentally entertaining at the same time. Somewhere around 1990, Iâ€™d reckon. Having worried that he would too often succumb to the easy joke, he stripped out the jokes altogether. Itâ€™s a familiar problem for the cleverest of our humorous artists, this throwing out of the baby with the bath water in the hope that they might be taken more seriously, might find true posterity. Mike Leigh and Martin Amis have been similarly afflicted. Hubris, I suppose.
Todd McCarthy at Variety, on vacation in Barcelona, has a run-in with Allen’s latest shoot.