Annie Hall – Movie Review

Annie Hall

I don’t think she ever wears this outfit in the film.

I finally got around to seeing Annie Hall (1977) and I was not disappointed.

The film follows Alvy Singer (Woody Allen) through several romantic relationships, from what seems to be his mid-twenties to his forties, focusing on his relationship with the titular character, Annie Hall (Diane Keaton).

It reminded me a bit of Seinfeld; not just because the male leads are Jewish comedians in NYC, but because much of the humor draws on the protagonist’s mild dislike of other people and certain occurrences in everyday life. The dialogue and rants in Annie Hall are entertaining to watch, nicely bolstered by the neurotic mannerisms of the lead characters.

Having seen numerous references to this movie growing up, I was unable to detach myself from said references while watching the film. My mind kept going back to How I Met Your Mother (there’s an episode in which Ted determines how cool his dates are based on whether they like Annie Hall; the HIMYM writers, inadvertently or not, also draw a parallel between Ted and Alvy who both spend years upon years figuring out and finding love) and That 70’s Show (which sort of “parodies” a particular scene). Continue reading

[UPDATED] Ted Mosby Reacts to LeBron’s Return to Cleveland

LeBron James

King James back in 2007. Photograph by Dave Hogg, distributed under CC BY 2.0.

UPDATE: Entertainment Weekly’s Popwatch got a video from Josh Radnor showing Ted Mosby’s reaction: here! He cries for a bit as I suggested; not for 5-seconds, but still.

[Originally titled, “Would’ve been fun to see Ted Mosby react to LeBron’s return to Cleveland “]

On How I Met Your Mother, there was a running gag where Ohio native Ted Mosby is continuously bitter about LeBron James leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2010 to play for the Miami Heat (and supposedly up his chances of getting a ring by playing with other superstars).

With King James going back to Cleveland, I just find it a shame that HIMYM didn’t run a little bit longer so we could see Ted’s response.  A 5-second joke involving Theodore Evelyn Mosby crying might’ve worked.

Josh Radnor

Josh Radnor. Photograph by Jonathan Mauer, distributed under CC BY-SA 3.0.