BLOCKBUSTER VIDEO opened its first stores in the 1980s, renting movies as both Beta and VHS cassette tapes. Standard procedure then was to remove the cassette from the original cardboard box and insert the tape into a black plastic box. Blockbuster then wrapped their own covers around the box: the company name was on the front, the movie title on the spine, and a brief synopsis of the movie on the back. READ MORE
“WOODY ALLEN IS A PREDATOR.” Or so screams out from the Salon website posted on March 26, 2015. The sub-title is “Why Mariel Hemingway’s new revelation matters,” and it is meant to grab my attention—and it has. It also send chills up my spine and should yours also, whether you’re in the “I knew it!” READ MORE
I WROTE A PIECE on this bit of media and Internet brouhaha on January 18, 2014, and titled it “the character assassination of woody allen in the media continues as ignorance and opinion trump facts.” (And I do not consider the worldwide web a part of the “media.”). The title of my piece should tell you all you need to know on my stance—nothing has changed since then: there are NO new facts, meaning NO facts at all supporting the claims of either Mia or Dylan Farrow. READ MORE
I WROTE a standalone piece on this bit of media/internet brouhaha concerning the neverending accusations-without-evidence against Woody Allen on January 18, 2014. I titled it “the character assassination of woody allen in the media continues as ignorance and opinion trump facts.” And, no, I do not consider the worldwide web a part of the “media,” and that word can be read as synonymous with “mainstream media”: the major television and radio shows and newspapers and magazines. READ MORE
I JUST STUMBLED over an article titled “The Woody Allen Story We Need To Stop Forgetting” by Kelsey Miller for the Refinery29 website. (January 13, 2014). First, if you are going to read this posting of mine, please click on over to Ms. Miller’s article and read it in its entirety first. Then come back here and read. READ MORE
TWO OF MY FAVORITE DIRECTORS are John Ford and Woody Allen. For the former, think Harry Carey and Henry Fonda and John Wayne. Men’s and women’s men. For the latter, think Diane Keaton and Mia Farrow and Diane Wiest and Mira Sorvino and Scarlett Johansson and Penelope Cruz. Men’s and women’s women.
Mr. Ford made his male leads famous while Mr. READ MORE