You tell me that he hasn’t made a good film in 15 years!
Curse of the Jade Scorpion, The (2001) - charming & pleasant, not earthshattering though in either it’s vision or execution (not that it was meant to be)
Small Time Crooks (2000) - see Curse of the Jade Scorpion
Sweet and Lowdown (1999) - a critical and commercial success (for Allen). Penn and Samantha Morton deliver terrific performances and the plot has a very subtle quality to it.
Celebrity (1998) - a flop
Deconstructing Harry (1997) - again, at least a critical success. Woody gives us his most abrasive script ever, you actually hate Woody.
Everyone Says I Love You (1996) - Charming picture that most critics and fans adore.
Mighty Aphrodite (1995) - An average picture, but Mira Sorvino won an Oscar for her role, so I assume it has to be rated as a success.
Don’t Drink the Water (1994) (TV) - No Comment
Bullets Over Broadway (1994) - His best picture of the 90’? Cusack plays the traditional Woody Allen role, and Palmentieri is terriffic. The cast, direction, set design, humor, everything, is a success.
Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993) - Sort of a cast-off, meant to re-marry the Allen-Keaton on screen relationship. Not much ballast here though.
Husbands and Wives (1992) - Much better than his last two flicks, the female performances in particular are great. Woody gets alot out of Judy Davis, Juliette Lewis and Mia.
Shadows and Fog (1992) - Not one of his better pictures. Doesn’t rank well, especially when compared to his better acheivements.
Alice (1990) - Another sort of aimless movie that doesn’t look very good against his best films.
Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989) - What can I say, his best movie ever?? Made nearly every top 10 of the 1980’s list that I can remember! And the script, the plot, nearly flawless. Subject matter that no one else in America handles. An homage to Bergman, in typical Allen fashion
New York Stories (1989) (segment 3) - Funny!
Another Woman (1988) - Not very well known, but a great, heavy movie that features Gena Rowlands in an excellant performance. Sort of nice, in as much as it is a great movie focused on one character, not the usual large ensemble of regulars.
September (1987) - Not great, sort of boring, typical Allen fare here, but not especially significant.
Radio Days (1987) - A terrific, loose, reminiscent comedy about life in Brooklyn during the 40’s. A nostalgic, unapologetically cheery flick. Woody’s narration gives it that extra lift. Sort of like a better version of Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs