We're less than a week away (Sunday, February 26) from the Academy Awards, so I thought I'd lead up to that evening with two recent films: Annie Hall and John Wick Chapter 2. Wick will not be nominated for the Oscar next year, but Annie Hall was the last comedy production to win Best Picture, forty years ago in 1977. La La Land is a musical, but the last movie of this ilk to be the best was Chicago in 2002.
Woody Allen, of course wrote, directed and starred, with Diane Keaton. Also in the cast were Paul Simon, Carol Kane, Colleen Dewhurst, Christopher Walken, Marshall McLuhan, Dick Caveat, Sigourney Weaver and Jeff Goldblum, mostly only a few seconds, as many were not yet known.
Hair, but refused to go nude. This is the Annie Hall look to the left.
Manhattan (RT: 98/92) with Mariel Hemingway.
John fired 302 shots with 80% accuracy, killing 128. In the original, only 77 died. One comparative note is that Annie Hall dissed no one, while John Wick disposed of more than 200, all violently, as his first eleven in Chapter 2 went by way of his hands or Ford, plus two more later by pencil. The Glock was his favorite weapon.
thoughts about what to expect:
- Reeves will be Wick and Chad Stahelski will again direct.
- We'll learn more about the meaning behind those gold coins.
- He'll probably get a commendable female adversary, or love, or both, at the same time.
- There appeared Laurence Fishburne from his Matrix connection, so perhaps Carrie-Anne Moss will be recycled as this counterpoint.
- Wick's '69 Ford Mustang Mach 1 will make a revival.