People have been ranking Woody Allen movies ever since he made his second one, 'Take the Money and Run,' in 1969. (No. 2 on that list was 'What's Up, Tiger Lily?')
But with his 40th film due out in September, the 74-year-old Allen has now offered a list of his own. In no specific order, he told the London Times last week that his six favorites are 'The Purple Rose of Cairo,' 'Match Point,' 'Bullets Over Broadway,' 'Zelig,' 'Husbands and Wives' and 'Vicky Cristina Barcelona.'
Judging his overall career, Allen proves to be his harshest critic, saying there is "a surprising paucity of worthwhile celluloid." Indeed, it would be a paucity of worthwhile celluloid if his six faves were, in fact, his six best. But only two of them -- 'Purple Rose' and 'Bullets Over Broadway' -- might rank as high as sixth on a less personal assessment of his work.
I have seen all 39 of Allen's past movies and reviewed almost 30 of them at the time of their release. I have strong opinions about the best and worst of them, and will get to those lists at the bottom of this story.