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Oscar Vault Monday – Midnight in Paris, 2011 (dir. Woody Allen)

I’ve written a lot about Woody Allen over the last few years and I’m sure I’ll be writing about him for many more years to come. He doesn’t always hit the mark, but when he does, he hits it better than just about anyone. Case in point: 2011’s smash hit Midnight In Paris. It may well be in my top five favorite of Woody Allen’s many films. Part of this has to do with my love of Paris in twenties (and the fact that pretty much everything mentioned in the film was something I studied in college) and partly because of the experience I had when I first saw it. I had just moved back to San Francisco (like, literally THAT DAY) and I went to see it with my roommate and one of my good friends (who was visiting from Florida!) and it had been raining and the showtime we wanted to go to was sold out so we had to wait an hour in the lobby and it was the most perfect experience I could have asked for. There’s a lot of things to write about with this film, but I’ve decided just to focus on a few facets of it that I really love. The film was nominated for four Academy Awards, winning one: Best Art Direction, Best Original Screenplay (won), Best Director and Best Picture. The other films nominated for Best Picture in 2011 were: The DescendantsExtremely Loud and Incredibly Close, The HelpHugoMoneyballThe Tree of LifeWar Horse and winner The Artist.


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Movie Quote of the Day – Midnight In Paris, 2011 (dir. Woody Allen)

Man Ray: A man in love with a woman from a different era. I see a photograph!
Luis Buñuel: I see a film!
Gil: I see an insurmountable problem!
Salvador Dalí: I see a rhinoceros!

Movie Quote of the Day – Zoolander, 2001 (dir. Ben Stiller)

Billy Zane: Don’t do this, Derek.
Hansel: Listen to your friend Billy Zane. He’s a cool dude.

Movie Quote of the Day – Bottle Rocket, 1996 (dir. Wes Anderson)

Dignan: Isn’t it funny how you used to be in the nut house and now I’m in jail?

Movie Quote of the Day – The Royal Tenenbaums, 2001 (dir. Wes Anderson)

Announcer: That’s 72 unforced errors for Richie Tenenbaum. He’s playing the worst tennis of his life. What’s he feeling, Tex Hayward?
Tex Hayward: I don’t know, Jim, there’s obviously something wrong with him. He’s taken off his shoes and one of his socks and. . .actually, I think he’s crying.

New Poster For Woody Allen’s ‘Midnight In Paris’

Love, love, love this poster. I have such high hopes for this movie (despite my lukewarm feelings for most of Allen’s recent filmography). Midnight in Paris is set to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on May 11, 2011  before opening in the United States on May 20, 2011.

Movie Quote of the Day – Rushmore, 1998 (dir. Wes Anderson)

Max Fischer: I like your nurse’s uniform, guy.
Dr. Peter Flynn: These are O.R. scrubs.
Max Fischer: O, R they?