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Vicky Cristina Barcelona

February 10th, 2009

I think Woody Allen is back. I liked Match Point a lot, but I liked Vicky Cristina Barcelona even more. Like Revolutionary Road, this movie critically examines whether modern success has meaning or if it is just a hollow notion. But unlike Revolutionary Road, though, it explores the fundamental tradeoffs–some positive and some negative–that alternative ideas of success (i.e. leading an “interesting life”) may have. In addition, it further complicates the question by comparing two women who value things in life differently.

And it doesn’t hurt that the movie has nice comedic moments too. The acting is very good, and the plot moves at a nice pace. Penelope Cruz is fantastic as the crazy ex-wife. Not quite awards material with so much stiff competition this year, but very much worth watching!

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  1. Matthew Markus
    February 10th, 2009 at 15:13 | #1

    I just watched this movie this weekend along with Cassandra's Dream (a.k.a. Match Point lite), I really enjoyed it. Furthermore, it made me think of the director Whit Stillman since he directed a film called Barcelona in the early 1990s. I think that you might enjoy that film and that you might really enjoy Stillman's Metropolitan which I saw long ago. Links below for your convenience:

    http://www.amazon.com/Barcelona-Taylor-Nichols/
    http://www.amazon.com/Metropolitan-Criterion-Co

    P.S. For my money, the best Woody Allen film is still Small Time Crooks.

  2. February 10th, 2009 at 18:15 | #2

    Hey! Great to hear from you, Matt. Shoot me an email and we should catch up. These movie recommendations sound terrific, and I am going to look into them all.

    Cheers!

  3. Matthew Markus
    February 10th, 2009 at 22:13 | #3

    I just watched this movie this weekend along with Cassandra's Dream (a.k.a. Match Point lite), I really enjoyed it. Furthermore, it made me think of the director Whit Stillman since he directed a film called Barcelona in the early 1990s. I think that you might enjoy that film and that you might really enjoy Stillman's Metropolitan which I saw long ago. Links below for your convenience:

    http://www.amazon.com/Barcelon
    http://www.amazon.com/Metropol

    P.S. For my money, the best Woody Allen film is still Small Time Crooks.

  4. February 11th, 2009 at 01:15 | #4

    Hey! Great to hear from you, Matt. Shoot me an email and we should catch up. These movie recommendations sound terrific, and I am going to look into them all.

    Cheers!

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