From Claire Rychlewski
The first time I heard the title Black Mirror, I thought, “Oh, I get it! The black screens of our phones and computers and televisions really serve as a reflection of humanity’s current state. Cool.” It’s not often that I connect with a work’s title so instantly, but Black Mirror is a show that is precise. A modern-day Twilight Zone, Black Mirror explores what our relationship with our technology might look like in a not-so-distant future .
From Jackson Lewis
Manhattan is essentially Woody Allen’s sacrificial offering to the great god that is New York City. He really takes a piece of himself and gives it up to the city. Shooting the film in black and white gives and adding George Gershwin and other classical music into the mix gives the film a feel somewhere between a romantic comedy and a noir.
Isaac Davis, played by Allen, is a silly yet hostile middle-aged man somehow dating a seventeen-year-old girl played by Mariel Hemingway. Isaac falls for his married friend’s mistress and it all goes downhill from there.
The premise is definitely out there, and I would be lying if I said I didn’t spend the first part of the movie trying to wrap my head around Woody Allen dating a seventeen-year-old. It bothered me and took me out of it quite a bit. I also felt like there wasn’t a lot at stake for these characters.
It helps that the acting is spot on. Hemingway was nominated for an Academy Award and the cinematography is a knockout. The scene with the shot of the park bench by the Queensboro Bridge will stay with you for days.