Sunday, August 16, 2009

August 15, 2009

"Play It Again, Sam" (1972)
After you get over the fantastic 70s hairstyles, this is sort of an amusing movie. It's still Woody Allen, so it's irritatingly neurotic, but his character's absolute adoration of movies endears him to me a little. He's haunted throughout the story by the ghost of Humphrey Bogart and the imaginary form of his ex-wife, serving as the angel and devil on his shoulder as he struggles to make a meaningful relationship with someone. The final scene on the tarmac, a great homage to Casablanca, is actually touching and appropriate. I can totally relate to what he means about waiting your whole life to quote a movie. Also includes a very young Diane Keaton, who was (according to Wikipedia) Allen's lover before Mia Farrow and her daughter.
My Netflix rating: 3 stars

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