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What's your biggest cinematic disappointment? Lisa Schwarzbaum answers this and other reader questions

Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, ... | 'HALL' MONITOR They're upset with you, Andrew
Image credit: Annie Hall: Everett Collection
'HALL' MONITOR They're upset with you, Andrew

What's your biggest cinematic disappointment?

I recently rented Annie Hall to see what all the fuss was about and absolutely hated it. What's your biggest cinematic disappointment? --Andrew Plinska
I'm drawn to your question partly in horror -- he who hates Annie Hall, Andrew, hates life! -- but mostly because of the interesting and insidious notion of cinematic disappointment. I know it's difficult to approach a movie without ''fuss'': New titles are launched with PR battle plans, big box-office receipts are misread as signs of quality, and lauded older films generate archives of praise. But approaching Movie X with a prove-it-to-me attitude (or, worse, with the notion that it can't possibly be as good or as bad as you've heard) obscures the ability to take in what Movie X actually is. So how about this: I'm disappointed that Woody Allen's last picture, Anything Else, was such a wan, befuddled iteration of...Annie Hall.

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Originally posted Oct 08, 2004 Published in issue #787 Oct 08, 2004 Order article reprints
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