Happy Birthday to one of our best filmmakers.
Happy Birthday to one of our best filmmakers.
Happy Birthday to Woody Allen, one of the best filmmakers in the world and my personal favorite. At 79 he is still going strong and making quality films. Here’s the trailer from his “Midnight In Paris” from about three years ago.
It was time for our annual trip to Seattle for the Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival. We go every year, since 2001, making this our 14th year in a row. And we love it more than ever.
I’ll post some pictures soon, but first, here’s what we did on our trip.
Tuesday August 26
We usually fly out on Wednesday but we added an extra day this year so we could get to Seattle on Petra’s birthday. We left in the early morning to give us more time there. We caught the Super Shuttle (Blue Van) to the airport, where Mama O (Linda) and Aunt Sam met us and off we went. It was a quick Southwest flight. In Seattle, we took the convenient light rail and soon arrived at our hotel, The Camlin. It was too early to check in so they held our luggage for us while we went out in search of some fun. First stop was lunch at Cyber-Dogs, an all vegetarian hot dog place, very funky and very cool. After that we caught the monorail over to the Seattle Center. We sat a while at one of Petra’s happy places, the International Fountain.
Happy Birthday to one of the best filmmakers ever. From zany comedies to emotional dramas to witty relationship tales, and everything in between, Woody has done it and done it well. For my money, very few if any can come close to his mastery of film, both writing and directing. Of course, that might be subjective. Maybe this video will help.
Have a great birthday, Woody, looking forward to your next film!
Are you a fan of Woody Allen? Leave me a comment…
For the thirteenth year in a row, we traveled up north to Seattle for the annual Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival. I’ll get some pictures on here soon. We had a few extra days too, to see the city, but of course the festival is the big draw. As in most years, some friends travel along, this time it was Cal and Laura, along with Sam and Mama O. What did we do? Well….
Wednesday August 28
All six of us had the same Southwest flight in the morning. Once in Seattle, we separated at various points. Petra and I took the light rail to our hotel, The Camlin. The room wasn’t quite ready so we had them hold our luggage while we went to lunch at one of our favorites, Cyber-Dogs, a wonderful vegetarian hot dog place. These dogs are more like meals and really delicious. After that we walked over to Whole Foods and got some supplies for the week. Then it was back to the hotel. Now the room was ready and we went up and unpacked. In a bit, we took the monorail over to the Seattle Center and met up with the rest of the party for a while. Then Petra and I had a nice vegan chinese food meal at Bamboo Garden, where everything is animal-free! And then the monorail back to the hotel. It was a good start for the trip.
Our local Blockbuster Video store is closing, as are hundreds of them across the country. I am sad to see them go, but they are having a huge sale. I got these titles for $16.37, including tax. That’s a pretty good deal, I would say.
Before you say it, two of these are obviously for the kids to watch. But the other four are for us. Some brief notes:
Sleepwalk WIth Me – comedian Mike Birbiglia’s film is quirky and funny. I saw it once but want to see it again.
Ruby Sparks – Clever modern romcom with some definite twists. Original and endearing. I saw it once but want to see it again.
One Day – Never seen it but it looked interesting.
Defending Your Life – I really like Albert Brooks films, but somehow missed this one. Always wanted to see it and now I own it.
Air Bud (Spikes Back) – for the kids
Wimpy Kid – ditto
Have you seen any of these? What did you think?
Woody is perhaps America’s greatest living filmmaker. Certainly in the top five. I have loved his movies for as long as I can remember and I look forward to each new one. So I want to wish him a very happy birthday!
Let’s celebrate! Here are a few clips from his films.
I saw the new Woody Allen movie today. Friends know that I am a huge fan of his, and as such I may not be completely objective. So what. He’s one of the best filmmakers ever and a huge talent to boot. Sure, he’s made a few lesser films but overall nearly all of his films are good, very good, great, and/or amazing.
Really, you need to see each of his films a few times to truly appreciate the witty and incisive writing, the expert direction, the always-high talent level of the actors. And this one has all that. Set in Rome, it tells multiple stories but weaves them all into a enjoyable, funny, and clever film. Is it a drama with comedy or a comedy with drama? Dunno. Who cares. The characters are interesting and draw you in, and he gives them good lines and the leeway to create.
Here’s the trailer:
Woody is perhaps America’s best living filmmaker. Certainly in the top five. I have loved his movies for as long as I can remember and look forward to each new one. So I want to wish him a very happy birthday!
Here’s a clip from a very early movie, still funny over 40 years later…
What’s your favorite Woody Allen movie or scene?
Hello again, family, friends, and everyone else too. The pictures from our Seattle 2011 trip are now online! We had a great time as usual. There are Seattle pix, Bumbershoot Festival pix, and just some other weird pix we took on the trip.
Note: These photos came from my cell phone camera. There may be other pictures posted later.
Any questions, just ask. Besides Petra and me, you might even notice a couple pictures of our friends Mama O and Liz. Take a look! Leave a comment if you want, I’ll be waiting….