Saturday 1 October 2011

Extremely Excited - THE BOP DECAMERON

'The Bop Decameron'. I'm excited about this. 

Jesse Eisenberg is the star of two of my favorite films, 'Adventureland' and 'The Social Network' - and I've been dying to see Ellen Page do something as wonderful as 'Juno' ever since she made it ('Whip It' was cool, 'Inception' wasn't really about her.)

Page and Eisenberg together would be exciting enough. But it's also written and directed by a guy called Woody Allen

Woody Allen working with these two is music to my ears! I cannot think of better casting. And there's also Penélope Cruz, Alec Baldwin, Judy Davis (finally working with Woody again!), Greta Gerwig - and Woody is acting in it himself (first time since 'Scoop' in 2006)

Unlike most, I have still stuck by Woody over the years. 'Scoop' and 'Cassandra's Dreams' were truly awful, but most of his other recent efforts I've liked. Even the much derided 'Anything Else' and 'Hollywood Ending' -- I enjoy them both and have watched them many times. 

But here Woody may have struck gold. Coming off the back of 'Vicky Cristina Barcelona' and 'Midnight In Paris' (along with 'You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger', which I loved but the critics didn't) I can think of nothing better for Woody than working with two of the finest young actors in Hollywood. Eisenberg was destined to be in a Woody film; it's impossible to deny that the director has had an influence on Eisenberg; the mannerisms and acting styles are too similar. 

This is perfect perfect perfect. Of course, when I get this excited, it never works out. But this time, it just might...

Care to share?


  1. Oh, I didn't know about that! Sounds like a perfect matching.
    As apart from you I actually liked Cassandra's dream quite a bit. And I don't mind Scoop either. Not one of his best, but it's still an Allen... I'm really a fan. There isn't much of his work I don't like. That would be his very first movies like Bananas and All you wanted to know... I'm not that much into slapstick humor. Anyway: looking forward to this!

  2. You're right. This sounds very promising. I have watched (and enjoyed) most of Woody's movies in recent years. Most French people love Woody Allen. I don't know what it is about this guy. He certainly is prolific. Midnight in Paris was magical and very entertaining. I am actually mentioning it in next Monday's story. Funny what you say about Eisenberg's mannerisms. At the end of Midnight in Paris, Owen Wilson sounded exactly like Woody! It was eerie, really. ;-) Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

  3. What a crazy title! I'll see it for the name, alone. Ellen Page is wonderful. I really enjoyed Whip It. I was avoiding it for some reason, but when I finally caught it on cable, I was pleasantly surprised and have watched it a few times since.

    Thanks for the scoop!