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posted at 10:30 pm on December 9, 2007 by Allahpundit

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That’s probably the best film Woody Allen’s put out since Annie Hall.

Jack M. on December 9, 2007 at 10:35 PM

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OneEyedJack on December 9, 2007 at 10:37 PM

I hope all those worthless NY & LA writers find themselves working at Burger King or driving cabs. For every one of those elitist writer snobs, there are 10 others waiting to take their place. Don’t know about you all, but a wee bit sick & tired of all the “left of center/PC” TV shows these days.

Keep up the good fight Producers and Studio’s. I have no problems watching re-runs or re-makes of “All in the Family,” “Good Times,” and “The A-Team!”

Wuptdo on December 9, 2007 at 10:38 PM

Oddly enough, that was funnier than any of his movies, with the exception of Annie Hall.

I hope the big corporations and the union make a deal soon.

mram on December 9, 2007 at 10:41 PM

Maybe not.

USCitizen on December 9, 2007 at 10:44 PM

I guess I just don’t have a sense of humor, I completely failed to see the humor in that…

doriangrey on December 9, 2007 at 10:47 PM

he’s drinking sun yi’s innocence; and its delicious.

lorien1973 on December 9, 2007 at 10:48 PM

being someone who doesn’t watch woody allen… can someone explain the joke to me… or… is that the joke… that it’s stupid, and nothing is happening except for an obvious laugh track that is laughing at him for taking a sip of tea…..

j_ehman on December 9, 2007 at 10:51 PM

Woody Allen spoke as much in this video as he did in
Casino Royal,12345,hic-cup,6789,hic-cup,10 hic-cup,
only 999,990 to go before Ka-Boom!

canopfor on December 9, 2007 at 10:51 PM

j_ehman on December 9, 2007 at 10:51 PM

I think the message is that America will watch anything, even a pedophile drink coffee and laugh at it. That’s why we need to pay the hollywood writers more money.

Unless I missed the point.

lorien1973 on December 9, 2007 at 10:54 PM

the point is that this is what we can expect with no writers…no dialogue….get it?

tlynch001 on December 9, 2007 at 11:02 PM

Oh now I get it,this was mocking tea drinkers,
blasphemy! hahaha

canopfor on December 9, 2007 at 11:04 PM

Woody Allen, the least talented person in the history of mankind! How did he EVER make any money?

Gatordoug on December 9, 2007 at 11:07 PM

Who needs writers? Just put Colin, Ryan, Wayne, and Drew (the Whose Line Is it Anyway? gang) on 24 hours a day. They don’t need no stinkin’ writers! I’d watch.

aero on December 9, 2007 at 11:08 PM

Woody Allen, the least talented person in the history of mankind! How did he EVER make any money?

Excellent question! I’ve never seen any of his movies and have no desire to do so but he always has movie stars talking about what a great director/writer he is. Why?

terryannonline on December 9, 2007 at 11:10 PM

Hollywood is the culture of narcissism. Thats why they love the democrats.

William Amos on December 9, 2007 at 11:16 PM

Considering the recent dearth of blockbusters, Hollywood studios would do good to hire other writers. How hard can it be?

SouthernGent on December 9, 2007 at 11:20 PM

Hollywierd writers going on strike is right on par with congress “shutting down” the federal government over a budget spat.

They had best be careful … the longer this goes on, the sooner people will realize just how little anyone really needs them.

Kristopher on December 9, 2007 at 11:24 PM

Since I’m not a member of the WGA…

FADE IN-

INT. MANHATTAN APARTMENT. DAY.

An INVISIBLE ALIEN moves the arm and hand of the waxy corpse of WOODY ALLEN, one-time funny man (“Bananas”) and wrecker of his relationship with “Rosemary’s Baby” star Mia Farrow by having an affair with her young adopted daughter Suun Yi.

The alien also activates a vintage laugh track machine, which Allen had planned to sell on ebay that evening, but, after having drunk a tea cup full of hemlock (in a mock-Socratic homage gesture) was now in no position to unload.


Fade Out

___________________________________________________________

This is all considered high tragedy in the Andromeda galaxy.

A suicidal child molester being used as a grotesque hand puppet by a transparent being could actually win a “Fglxxybie” (the extraterrestrial equivalent of the Oscar).

Rhymed dialog was transmitted subconsciously through semiotic memes implanted in the gray scale patterns.

In essence it boiled down to:

Never screw with a lady
What has had Satan’s baby
.”

profitsbeard on December 9, 2007 at 11:35 PM

Sorry, not funny.

Kini on December 10, 2007 at 12:07 AM

Excellent question! I’ve never seen any of his movies and have no desire to do so but he always has movie stars talking about what a great director/writer he is. Why?

terryannonline on December 9, 2007 at 11:10 PM

I haven’t seen a Woody Allen movie in years, even before the Sun Yi stuff. So I can’t comment now, but his early movies up to Manhattan we’re very good and very funny. When he started to get “serious,” that’s when he went downhill. Maybe you had to live through the 70s to appreciate his movies from then.

One other thing I’ll give him credit for: One year when he was up for a bunch of Oscars he stayed in New York because his band had a gig that night, and he decided he’d rather do that then fly to Hollywood to hang with the phonies/lib crowd.

Mallard T. Drake on December 10, 2007 at 12:24 AM

His video is one installment of short films supporting the writer’s strike. Some of them are okay, but some are just stupid. It’s like, okay morons, we get the point. You support the writers.

mram on December 10, 2007 at 12:27 AM

I think that Mike Gravel has just found a new commercial idea.

Mojave Mark on December 10, 2007 at 12:32 AM

whole series of film shorts with the same “speechless” motif. no writers, no dialog.

it’s ironic, really – they’re striking for a piece of the online pie, but they’re giving away content on YouTube.

whatever. long as there’s lolcats, who needs cable?

sulla on December 10, 2007 at 1:32 AM

This was asinine but one of his early movies Sleeper is hilarious.

Speakup on December 10, 2007 at 1:53 AM

I’m so doing a voiceover for this one. If I ad lib into a mic, does that count as writing?

saint kansas on December 10, 2007 at 3:59 AM

P.S. I’d also happily, happily contribute as a charitable donation a scripted ending to the one with Tim Robbins holding a time bomb in his hand.

No script needed really, just sound effects.

I think you’ll really like it.

saint kansas on December 10, 2007 at 4:05 AM

Excellent question! I’ve never seen any of his movies and have no desire to do so but he always has movie stars talking about what a great director/writer he is. Why?

He’s a really good director, some of his shots are the equal of the best directors in Hollywood (this is generally unappreciated outside the industry because he makes comedies). He does brilliant parodies of Berman’s cinematic techniques. His writing is funny and original. He mastered the telling of jokes from years as a stand-up comedian.

If you’re ever curious I’d recommend the following films: Sleeper, Love and Death, Annie Hall, Manhattan, Hannah and Her Sisters and

Crimes and Misdemeanours

. The Purpose Rose of Cairo is supposed to be quite
good too but I haven’t seen it yet.

aengus on December 10, 2007 at 4:39 AM

Given my juvenile sense of humor, I thought All You Wanted To Know About Sex (But Were Afraid To Ask) was great. Sleeper was good, too…how can a movie with a device called the “Orgasmatron” not be funny?

But Annie Hall? Pfffft. How many times does one have to hear the line “Well, la-de-da” in one movie?

flipflop on December 10, 2007 at 6:02 AM

Jesus that was irritating. (Srry God.)

thareb on December 10, 2007 at 6:07 AM

Not at all funny. No amount of laughtrack will convince otherwise. Manipulation. WE need them?

For god’s sake, this country is crawling with so-called “writers.” Hundreds of thousands of them. What it lacks is good readers. Nowadays, it’s a rarer skill, and a harder task.

And the same comment goes for the hundreds of thousands of “artists” — the sheer number of which so often prevents the good ones from being winnowed from the chaff of all the others, and properly discovered and encouraged, and appreciated, and collected, in time to make a difference. How many connoisseurs and intelligent collectors or encourages of painting and drawing do you know? And how many people have you heard of, real-estate tycoons, hedge-fund operators, the lot, have you heard of spending vast sums of money on celebrated crap that they have been told by some cunning art dealer playing to their ignorance and sharing, perhaps, the same execrable taste or no-taste-at-all, that this or that “artist” — preferably “cutting-edge” and preferably doing something involving video or photographs or performances or anything at all or perhaps they merely read it in Time, or ArtForum — produces work is “really significant” and besides, “it’s a great investment.”

heroyalwhyness on December 10, 2007 at 7:17 AM

This was asinine but one of his early movies Sleeper is hilarious.

Speakup on December 10, 2007 at 1:53 AM

Agreed. “Love and Death” was a good movie too.

Talon on December 10, 2007 at 7:29 AM

But Annie Hall? Pfffft. How many times does one have to hear the line “Well, la-de-da” in one movie?

flipflop on December 10, 2007 at 6:02 AM

Actually I thought that was the only good line in that movie. If you saw the movie you can still hear it with that silly grin: “La dee da, la dee da, la la.”

Well, that line and, “We never have sex – just three times a week” from him, and “He wants it ALL the time, he’s an animal – like, three times a week!” from her.

inviolet on December 10, 2007 at 7:34 AM

We need a Reaganesque leader in Hollywood to fire all of the strikers (& hire writers that are a little less leftist).

jgapinoy on December 10, 2007 at 8:09 AM

Am I the only one that can see a resemblance to dingy Harry?
Gees, I wish dingy Harry writers would go on strike.
Was that kool-aid in that cup?

leanright on December 10, 2007 at 8:27 AM

Please help get the writers back on the job so we can have more episodes of CSI: Tulsa and Law and Order: Traffic Cop Unit!

mbredmond on December 10, 2007 at 9:35 AM

Ohhh…. I get it…

It was BRITISH audience, and they were laughing because he was not sticking out his pinky finger…

“Bad show, Ole chap”….

Romeo13 on December 10, 2007 at 9:42 AM

I’m content watching re-runs or nothing myself, but for different reasons. The writers aren’t getting paid for a lot of things they’re writing. Those tv episodes you can watch on your computer? Special episodes of shows written specifically for affiliate websites? They don’t get paid for those. Back when their contracts were made, this form of media entertainment wasn’t available.
That’s just one example.
If you weren’t getting paid for your work, you might feel like striking too.

serpentineshel on December 10, 2007 at 10:21 AM

p.s. I’m normally SO not in favor of the union thing, and frankly I think that the writers should just go to each entity seperately to make deals and skip working out something with the Hollywood Moguls.

serpentineshel on December 10, 2007 at 10:24 AM

The laugh track actually startled me because there was nothing to laugh at. That, and my volume was too loud. I wondered “what did I miss?” Of course, I’d missed nothing – except that minute and a half I’ll never get back.

Redhead Infidel on December 10, 2007 at 10:52 AM

Woody Allen is immensely talented. I’ve enjoyed almost all of his films, and he really knows how to work a camera and a script. I loved Crimes & Misdemeanors, especially where he compares Alan Alda to Mussolini.

He’s also a genuinely nice man. He’ll take time out of his day to talk to a fan.

Nethicus on December 10, 2007 at 1:02 PM

profitsbeard on December 9, 2007 at 11:35 PM

And the Oscar goes to…

baldilocks on December 10, 2007 at 1:29 PM

Note how the TV networks fill the void with even more game shows, talent competitions, and other “Reality” shows, for which no one gets a script-writing credit.

Will we see Hollyweird start cranking out unscripted documentary films as well?

The Monster on December 10, 2007 at 3:05 PM