Movie Of The Day: Melinda And Melinda (2004)

A writer, director and sometimes actor who’s enjoyed considerably more success abroad than in his own country but is nevertheless regarded as one of the greatest filmmakers of all time and able to attract big names to his projects, Woody Allen (Vicky Cristina Barcelona) is an incredibly prolific and rythmic worker, churning out one film a year like clockwork. Melinda And Melinda marks his 2004 offering, though it was released in 2005 in numerous countries.

Actually two stories in one (thus the title), the film has two playwrights arguing about whether life at its core is tragic or comic. One of their friends thus suggests a challenge by setting the premise of a troubled woman crashing a dinner party and asking whether the subsequent events would evolve into a tragedy or a comedy. Naturally, we see both options unfold at the same time.

As is common for Woody Allen films, Melinda And Melinda stars a substantial amount of notable people including Radha Mitchell (The Children Of Huang Shi), Chiwetel Ejiofor (Redbelt), Will Ferrell (Step Brothers), Jonny Lee Miller (Aeon Flux), Amanda Peet (The X-Files: I Want To Believe), Chloë Sevigny (Zodiac), Wallace Shawn (Kit Kittredge: An American Girl), Josh Brolin (American Gangster) and Steve Carrell (Get Smart) among others. Trailer and review after the jump. Continue reading

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Will Ferrell is done with sports

Widely criticized for making the same movie over and over again, simply changing his character’s sport of choice, funnyman Will Ferrell (Step Brothers) has declared he won’t do that anymore, no doubt bringing joy to many a moviegoer.

I will no longer attempt to do any sports movie, anymore. Any sports.

As a reminder, Will has tackled soccer (Kicking & Screaming), NASCAR racing (Talladega Nights: The Ballad Of Ricky Bobby), figure skating (Blades Of Glory) and basketball (Semi-Pro) all in the last four years. I personally would have loved to see Will tackle the dangerous world of curling.

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