Friday, 30 July 2010

PUB (literally) QUIZ

WYST is going on holiday for a month so I shall leave you, dear reader, with a PUB QUIZ
Many a film and TV show has had a pub in it, but here’s a list from good stuff. So name that Pub; The winner gets a prize to be determined.
Mother black cap -
Vick and comet-
Lion and unicorn-
Nailgun Arms-
Kebab and calculator -
Duke of new York-
The Pavilion -
Nell of Old Drury –
The Winchester (2004)-
The Winchester (1979 )-
The Hand and Racquet -
The Duke Of Burgundy -
The Wakeley Arms –
The Railway Arms-
The Slaughtered Lamb-
The Queen's Haemorrhoids –
The Four Feathers -
The Salisbury Hotel-
The Crow and Crown-
Answers in a month. Good Luck

WYST is packing it's bags

It's sometimes easy to forget how good some things are, you get used to and accustomed to good things. one such good thing is the work of Charles Schulz; Peanuts.
It ran from October 2, 1950, to February 13, 2000 (the day after Schulz's death) and is one of the most easily identifiable examples of cultural art.
I grew up with Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus and Snoopy. Their world was a child's world but infused with all the anxieties, struggles and philosophical dilemmas of the adult world.

To say these comic strips were a work of decades long genius is an understatement. There is something nostalgic yet current about these simple line drawings. Cool and intelligent deep and funny. Marvellous stuff!

Charles Monroe Schulz (November 26, 1922 – February 12, 2000)

Thursday, 29 July 2010

My Double Bills #21 Ben Stiller x 2

Ben Stiller has become Hollywood's go to guy for certain types of movies. He has been in the good, There's something about Marry, Meet The Parents, The OK, Zoolander, Dodgeball and the poor The Heartbreak kid, Along came Polly. He remains popular and a name above the credits that gets people through Cinema doors. Flirting with Disaster and Keeping the faith are two movies that feature Stiller at his best with excellent co stars. Both have a warmth and lack of smugness that aren't always absent from Stiller's films.

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

When is a bad film a good film

Take any summer Hollywood blockbuster, low on quality high on quantity add a global star who’s all teeth and ego and you have a recipe for an inexorable two hours with the popcorn munchers.

Yeah fine cuisine is tres bien; however, sometimes a burger does the trick.

Case in Point Mi III

Synopsis: Recently retired, Agent Ethan Hunt lives a slower-paced life training new IMF agents. With this change, new opportunities enter his life, including a possible marriage to his girlfriend Julia. However, when a new conflict arises, Ethan is called back to duty to confront the toughest villain he's ever faced -- Owen Davian, an international weapons and information provider with no remorse and no conscience.

So far so bad. Thing is Mission Impossible III is impossibly enjoyable.

In particular the rescue scene; explosions, gunfire, quips, helicopters, missiles, bombs, grenades, wind turbines, remote controlled artillery, sheep, explosive cranial implants it’s got the lot and is filmed and edited in a spectacularly thrilling manner. Then we have another rescue on a bridge with hi tech gadgets, body armor, running, jumping, extreme weapons and juddering thuds. Not to mention intense hero villain standoffs and civilians suddenly becoming adept action heroes. Yes everything I've written would be putting me off, but, and here’s the thing; Cruise and Director JJ Abrams perfectly understand the genre and they manage to tick boxes in a more than perfunctory way.  It's exciting and action packed and of course it isn't 'serious' cinema but what it does it does well. I can't help myself i like it!

If Die Hard was the blueprint for the modern day action movie then Mi III is much more than a tribute act.

To be someone (didn't we have a nice time)

Some songs gain more meaning over the years. In 1978 Paul weller wrote this, it could be about 2010.

To be someone must be a wonderful thing
A famous footballer a rock singer
Or a big film star, yes I think I would like that
To be rich and have lots of fans
Have lots of girls to prove that I’m a man
And be no. 1 - and liked by everyone

Getting drugged up with my trendy friends
They really dig me and I dig them
And the bread I spend - is like my fame - it's quickly diminished

And there's no more swimming in a guitar shaped pool
No more reporters at my beck and call
No more cocaine it's only ground chalk
No more taxis now well have to walk

But didn't we have a nice time -
Didn't we have a nice time
Oh wasn't it such a fine time

I realize I should have stuck to my guns
Instead shit out to be one of the bastard sons
And lose myself - I know it was wrong - but it's cost me a lot

And there's no more drinking after the club shuts down,
Im out on me arse with the rest of the clowns
Its really frightening without a bodyguard
So I stay confined to my lonely room

But didn't we have a nice time -

Didn't we have a nice time
Oh wasn't it such a fine time

To be someone must be a wonderful thing

-P.Weller 1978

Tuesday, 27 July 2010


This post is about something I read and is particularly pertinent after the day I've just had...

How do you 'handle' a power hungry boss?

My boss is on a serious 'power trip', and treats us minions like little children; talking down to us, blatantly lying to us and generally making us feel like we are his little slaves.

He is currently putting me under a lot of pressure, and I'm getting more and more wound up and angry about the situation. Being a relatively placid, non-confrontational person I find it really difficult to challenge him and tell him some home truths about the way he treats me and my colleagues, and basically say that he's asking too much of me. Some of my colleagues have challenged him for the exact same reasons, but seem to get nowhere. He has a way of getting what he wants and giving nothing back, and you only realise when you've walked away that you've 'been had' again! He really isn't a very nice person, (in the office, at least!).

Can anyone suggest how I could, either pluck up the courage to confront him or, subtly make him realise I can't cope with the pressure anymore. Long question, sorry!


Robert Mueller, the author of Bullying Bosses: A Survivor’s Guide, is an experienced lawyer who apparently survived frequent bullying behavior under a variety of trying circumstances. Today, he counsels clients who have been targeted for abusive treatment by predator bosses lurking unchecked in our workplaces. The book breaks down many of the “faces” of bullying (e.g., demeaning, ranting, lying, hypercritical, controlling, self-righteous, gloating, sexist, homophobic, moralistic, self-serving) and attributes ascribed to bullying bosses (e.g., narcissistic, cold, uncaring, anti-social, sadistic, power hungry, status-conscious).

The book repeats a cautionary theme that bullying bosses calculate, select, and plan attacks on vulnerable employee targets. When outrageous attacks occur, targeted employees are so shocked, confused, humiliated, and threatened, they process the attacks internally. They respond as if they had really done something wrong outside the bullying supervisor’s expectations and trumped up concerns about lost time, work goals, company productivity, and comprised bottom-lines. Bullying bosses have vulnerabilities which a prospective “victim” needs to understand and, over time, be able to shape their work behavior more confidently and judiciously.

According to Mueller, bullies attack with preconceived, deliberate intent and planning, The bully’s goal is to demonstrate power and control over the employee, usually with little or no factual basis for “dumping on” the target. A targeted employee’s immediate response is to take it, recoil, and flee this perceived “Ring of Fire.” Later, a victimized employee may seek solace and support from coworkers, friends, and family by retelling painful abusive experiences. Mueller claims victimized employee’s storytelling often appears to others confused, dramatic, and too extreme to be believed. Coworkers minimize and discount it in different ways. They may deny the core premise and withdraw contact, possibly for fear of association with a target and fear of a similar fate. Others may brush it off as an isolated event or allege a personality conflict between the supervisor and employee. Many will implicitly blame the victim for the incident and become critical of the employee’s naivete about the job and workplace realities.




Would you buy a Wii or Adios pills?


My double bills#22 Murder by Death & Dead men don't wear plaid

Murder by Death was written by Neil Simon and directed by Robert Moore.

The plot is a comedic take on the ‘cluedo’ style country-house whodunit, familiar to mystery fiction fans from classics by the likes of Agatha Christie. The cast is an ensemble of well known actors; Eileen Brennan, Truman Capote, James Coco,Peter Falk, Alec Guinness, Elsa Lanchester, David Niven, Peter Sellers, Maggie Smith, Nancy Walker and Estelle Winwood.

The characters of Jessica Marbles, Sidney Wang, Dick and Dora Charleston, Milo Perrier and Sam Diamond are all ciphers of well known detectives Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, Charlie Chan, Nick and Nora Charles, and Sam Spade.

It’s murder and mystery with mayhem site gags set pieces snappy dialogue and just the right amount of tongue in cheek from the formidable cast.Pun and purility mix with silly accents and obvious innuendo. It's fun at the old house

In Carl Reiner's Dead men don’t wear plaid Steve Martin plays a private detective who encounters a bizarre assortment of suspects while trying to find out the truth about a scientist's death. It uses classic noir scenes from old Warner Bros inter spliced into scenes with Martin. films. Martins co stars are the likes of Humphrey Bogart, Bette Davis, Alan Ladd, Burt Lancaster, Ava Gardner, Barbara Stanwyck, Ray Milland, among others.

It pays homage to film noir while parodying it. Martin under plays his wild and crazy guy routine to great effect and at times the interspersed scenes are pretty convincing. It is a funny and clever film. A reminder of the sort of risk taking movies Steve Martin used to make.

Sunday, 25 July 2010

Be Cool as Ice

Apple’s iPhone has been voted the coolest thing on the planet. That's by the arbiters of taste who imbibe at Costa Coffee.
cool as ice intro
A poll of 3,000 British coffeeists saw the iPhone just ahead of its manufacturer Apple,in second place.The Internet was the third coolest thing according to the  study. At fourth place was the iPod, while Aston Martin’s DB9 rounded up the top 5. Cadbury’s chocolate and auction site eBay also made it to the top 10.
cool as ice

Actor- Johnny Depp was the coolest ‘celebrity’ at 21 while ‘not sure what’- Cheryl Tweedy 48 and Ant and Dec 52 were above John Lennon, James Dean, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Michael Caine, Jack Nicholson,Frank Sinatra, Sean Connery, Johnny Cash, Clint Eastwood, Muhammad Ali, Barrack Obama and The Fonz (heeeeeeeeey!) 

“It was interesting seeing what the nation deems to be cool,” said Costa’s Kevin Hydes.

Yeah, very interesting! Not to mention utterly baffling!

Top 10 of the 100 coolest things on the planet are:

• iPhone-fair enough, it is good

• Apple-yeah their design ethic is excellent

• the Internet-sort of

• iPod-see number 1

• Aston Martin DB9-yeah, even if you don’t like cars this is pretty cool

• Cadbury’s chocolate-awful, it’s nowhere near being decent chocolate

• Sky+-Don’t leave home without it

• eBay-good for a bargain

• Mobile Phones-bit cool, bit annoying

• Facebook –AWFUL! just go out there and make some proper friends

Now everyone is entitled to an opinion about what quantifies coolness. It’s not actually a scientifically provable thing but most know what the general elements of being cool are. Therefore I was flabbergasted by a great deal of this list. In particular these utterly uncool selections;
cool as ice rewind
• GHD hair straighteners at 14-they straighten hair. You can do that with an iron.

• Sex & The City at 43-excruciating pap

• Primark at 50-cheap tat

• Ant & Dec at 52-Dull and Duller

• Avatar at 55-Dull smurfs

• The A-Team at 60-crap TV. crap movie. crap.

• Eastenders at 62-I prefer something a bit lighter; like The World at War

• The X Factor at 74-Can’t sing, won’t work

• The Twilight saga at 82-oh, just grow up!

• Jeremy Clarkson at 89-Cool? Bollocks,the dirty great lumbering oaf

• Big Brother at 90-Dragging it’s tired carcass in it’s final year, should have been put out of it’s misery eight years ago…with a sledgehammer

• Simon Cowell at 94 ( a place above Stevie Wonder! )-words fail me


Tribute to Ray Gardner
"You're an exchange student aren't you Sebastian? All hair gel and fancy loafers"

Saturday, 24 July 2010

ain’t it funky

Clyde Stubblefield

Released in 1969 James Brown's "Funky Drummer" is the world's most sampled record, in particular its drum break. The man responsible for the eight-bar "solo" is Clyde Stubblefield.
With the birth of Hip Hop we saw the use of vinyl go from backing music for rappers to being used as an instrument and in particular electronic music. However the use of James Brown recordings and in particular the Funky Drummer gave Hip Hop some real roots a cultural touchstone and a funkier sound. The Funky Drummer break is simple yet hypnotic and has been used on so many recordings that it’s impossible to count.

Whatever ones views on the idea of sampling music, in execution it was and is integral to the birth and growth of a genre. Hip Hop has as much quality and dross as any other musical form and it's overwhelming popularity is significant.

In a close second place in the sampled hall of fame is Think (About It) a song recorded by Lyn Collins and released as a single on James Brown's People Records in 1972. This also features Stubblefield. The break is shorter but sampled frequently.
While recording and performing with James Brown, Clyde joined John "Jab'o" Starks and they became known as the funkiest men alive He and Jab'o are the most sampled musicians in the world

As James Brown declaims; “give the drummer some."
Funky Drummer –bonus beats
Think-at 1:25 & 2.25

Friday, 23 July 2010

well they said that-Blake (Glengarry Glen Ross)

Put. That coffee. Down. Coffee's for closers only.

You're talking about what.You're talking about... Bitching about that sale you shot, some sonofabitch who don't wanna buy land, some broad you're trying to screw, so forth. Let's talk about something important. They all here?

Williamson: All but one.

I'm going anyway. Let's talk about something important. Put. That coffee. Down. Coffee's for closers only. You think I'm fucking with you? I am not fucking with you. I'm here from downtown. I'm here from Mitch and Murray. And I'm here on a mission of mercy. Your name's Levine? You call yourself a salesman you son of a bitch?

Moss: I don't gotta sit here and listen to this shit.

You certainly don't pal, 'cause the good news is - you're fired. The bad news is - you've got, all of you've got just one week to regain your jobs starting with tonight. Starting with tonight's sit. Oh? Have I got your attention now? Good. "Cause we're adding a little something to this month's sales contest. As you all know first prize is a Cadillac El Dorado. Anyone wanna see second prize? Second prize is a set of steak knives. Third prize is you're fired. Get the picture? You laughing now? You got leads. Mitch and Murray paid good money, get their names to sell them. you can't close the leads youre given you can't close shit. You ARE shit. Hit the bricks pal, and beat it 'cause you are going OUT.

Levene: The leads are weak.

The leads are weak? Fucking leads are weak. You're weak. I've been in this business 15 years...

Moss: What's your name?

Fuck you. That's my name. You know why, mister? You drove a Hyundai to get here. I drove an eighty-thousand dollar BMW. THAT'S my name. And your name is you're wanting. You can't play in the man's game, you can't close them - go home and tell your wife your troubles. Because only one thing counts in this life: Get them to sign on the line which is dotted. You hear me you fucking faggots? A-B-C. A-Always, B-Be, C-Closing. Always be closing. ALWAYS BE CLOSING. A-I-D-A. Attention, Interest, Decision, Action. Attention - Do I have you attention? Interest - Are you interested? I know you are, because it's fuck or walk. You close or you hit the bricks. Decision - Have you made your decision, for Christ? And Action. A-I-D-A. Get out there - you got the prospects coming in. You think they came in to get out of the rain? A guy don't walk on the lot lest he wants to buy. They're sitting out there waiting to give you their money. Are you gonna take it? Are you man enough to take it? What's the problem, pal?

Moss: You, You're such a hero, you're so rich, how come you're coming down here wasting your time with such a bunch of bums?

You see this watch? You see this watch?

Moss: Yeah.

That watch costs more than you car. I made $970,000 last year. How much'd you make? You see pal, that's who I am, and you're nothing. Nice guy? I don't give a shit. Good father? Fuck you! Go home and play with your kids. You wanna work here - close! You think this is abuse? You think this is abuse, you cocksucker? You can't take this, how can you take the abuse you get on a sit? You don't like it, leave. _I_ can go out there tonight with the materials you've got and make myself $15,000. Tonight! In two hours! Can you? Can YOU? Go and do likewise. A-I-D-A. Get mad you son of a bitches. get mad. You want to know what it takes to sell real estate? It takes BRASS BALLS to sell real estate. Go and do likewise gents. Money's out there. You pick it up, it's yours. You don't, I got no sympathy for you. You wanna go out on those sits tonight and close, CLOSE. It's yours. If not you're gonna be shining my shoes. And you know what you'll be saying - a bunch of losers sittin' around in a bar. 'Oh yeah. I used to be a salesman. It's a tough racket.' These are the new leads. These are the Glengarry leads. And to you they're gold, and you don't get them. Why? Because to give them to you is just throwing them away. They're for closers. I'd wish you good luck but you wouldn't know what to do with it if you got it. And to answer you question, pal, why am I here? I came here because Mitch and Murray asked me to. They asked me for a favor. I said the real favor, follow my advice and fire your fucking ass because a loser is a loser

Thursday, 22 July 2010

Raging Avians

I’ve never been one for Coke Crack or any of the narcotics that seem to be commonplace, but I can get quite addicted. Examples; the Wire, Mini Chocó Leibnitz, London Pride and Monte Cristos. The latest thing that’s on my ‘to do (often) list’ is Angry Birds. Those of you reader(s) that have an iPhone may have had a little go on one of the many free games that are available. Most are far to complex and require too much concentration and need small nimble digits to be more than a 2 minute wonder, however Angry Birds requires a minimal of the following; Skill, concentration, seriousness or fingers as fast as a hummingbirds wings.

One basically fires the aforementioned angry birds from a catapult at green pigs. Yes it really is that simple. Most games on iPhone should never be played with the sound on, it’s discourteous and irritating. Angry Birds has sounds that are ludicrously amusing hare brained and dim witted; which is great when playing.

I got the free version, or Angry Birds lite, and started playing, the next thing I knew it was 2.00am and I had splashed out and paid the 55p that the full version cost.

Games in themselves are like Marmite for most people but, like someone who’s never tasted mussels and tries them, if you like them you want more mussels. Yes I am saying that a game about birds and pigs is like Marmite and mussels. In fact I don’t know what I’m saying I’m just trying to wrap things up and go and play Angry Birds!

It’s just utterly addictive and utterly ridiculous. Choose Angry Birds.

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

well they said that-Stewart Lee

'When Martin Luther King saw racism in 1960s America, he called it out in the strongest, most visionary, eloquent terms possible. Martin Luther King said;

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character.”

And when Russell Brand saw racism in his place of work, Big Brother, Russell Brand said;

“Oooh! There’s been some bad racism and stuff going down today, and no mistake, my liege. It’s made Mr. Winky go right small it has. Oh yes it has, oh yeah. And my ballbag, my old ballbag, has only gone up my bum. Here’s H from Steps.”
-Stewart Lee

Monday, 19 July 2010

just rewards

 A gratuitous moment;
This father and ex Soldier deals with a CLC appropriately. In a language he can understand.

couldn't Care less class©

When the fried chicken box is tossed onto the pavement is it because the thrower thinks ‘someone will deal with it’ or do they just not care about living in a litter strewn environment? When the dog drops his tummy on the pavement does the owner think 'someone will deal with it' or do they not give a shit about dog shit?

The kitchen needs fixing so get onto the social worker to sort it out. The children need school uniform the school will sort it. We are fortunate to live in a country in which member of society who genuinely need help have systems in place to offer that help. However needs and entitlements are not in the thoughts of some. It’s about wants and gets. The social contract has not been signed. The social contract is no longer worth the paper it has been signed on.

Thinking along the lines that someone else does everything may be the case. Someone else does provide money for those who choose not to work, someone else pays the rent, and someone else ensures that, mostly, their children are taken care of. Someone else picks up the rubbish and the bill. Someone else makes arbitrary decisions on allowing members of the population to survive with full assistance.

There’s always someone else; the state. The state has become the parent, a parent unable to provide a moral compass, unable to teach responsibilities, manners and community ethics.

The absent father became a standard following the social kaleidoscope of the sixties, and that attitude of absenting from responsibility seems rife in this century. The main group that have been affected is the working class. The working class as a distinction from the other group. What to identify the other group as; the non-working class? The underclass? (Chavs is too lazy and misguided a statement so I will not be entertaining that one). I think the term Care less class© is apropos.
The working class; morals, work ethic, manners. All those things do not apply to the Care less class© and because of this the blanket of social conformity to enable standards to apply does not exist for a great number of people.I can offer no solution, no insight or profound resolution when I think about the general hopelessness of a Care less class© culture that is culture less, and therefore without a soul.

Sunday, 18 July 2010

Astringency in the UK

“It is a simple but sometimes forgotten truth that the greatest enemy to present joy and high hopes is the cultivation of retrospective bitterness.” -Robert G. Menzies

A man with more reason to be bitter than most, Richard McCann, son of Wilma McCann, victim of the Yorkshire ripper told the BBC his family was pleased with this weeks High Court decision to keep Peter Sutcliffe in jail.

There were no histrionics and no bitterness about what this awful person had done to his victims just a calm statement. ''We're no longer going to have to live with that cloud of uncertainty about whether or not he would be released”

How different from the over reaction, hysteria and hero worship of ‘roid rage James Cagney wannabe Raol Moat. This shows a misplaced bitterness towards the police for doing their job which is frankly unbelievable. Moat was bitter that his ex partner had met someone else and bitter with the world for dealing him a poor hand (in his head).

Even spokesmouths like Jordan are banging on about stuff that they should remove from themselves like they would a cancerous growth. quite funny really as she has had more fortune than most and still makes a career out of being devoid of talent.

Being bitter is a negative feeling which, eventually, eats you up from the inside out. We humans can be an emotional and illogical lot. Blaming our shortcomings on others, placing blame at doors that were shut many years ago, and living with hate in the heart.

Why does this happen? Who knows? Unfortunately these stories remind us of conflicts throughout the world based on old, resentments, the roots of which have long since died. But wars and struggles continue. To what end? More strife more bloodshed (metaphorical or otherwise) and more bile.

Yes sometimes the news makes you wonder about how emotionally together us humans are. Richard McCann shows that he's not bitter.

Saturday, 17 July 2010

Well they said that-Chris Rock

There's a lot of racism going on. Who's more racist, black people or white people? It's black people! You know why? Because we hate black people too! Everything white people don't like about black people, black people really don't like about black people ,and there's two sides, there's black people and theres niggas. The niggas have got to go.You can't have shit when you around niggas, you can't have shit. You can't have no big screen TV! You can have it, but you better move it in at 3 in the morning. Paint it white, hope niggas think it's a bassinet. Can't have shit in your house! Why?! Because niggas will break into your house. Niggas that live next door to you break into your house, come over the next day and go, "I heard you got robbed." Nigga, you know you robbed me. You didn't see shit 'cause you was doing shit! You can't go see a movie, you know why? 'Cause niggas is shooting at the screen, "This movie's so good I gotta bust a cap in here!" You know the worst thing about niggas? Niggas always want credit for some shit they supposed to do. A nigga will brag about some shit a normal man just does. A nigga will say some shit like, "I take care of my kids." You're supposed to, you dumb motherfucker! What kind of ignorant shit is that? "I ain't never been to jail!" What do you want, a cookie?! You're not supposed to go to jail, you low-expectation-having motherfucker!

-Chris Rock

Friday, 16 July 2010


R.I.P. Guru (1966-2010).

I found out today that legendary rapper Guru had died after a battle with cancer at the age of 43.
Plenty Guru-Erykah Badu

Born in Boston's Roxbury neighbourhood, Guru (real name Keith Elam) was a member of the duo Gang Starr, and is considered one of the pioneers of hip hop-jazz crossover. The group released the classic single Words I Manifest followed by their critically acclaimed debut album No More Mr. Nice Guy (1989) and the classic album Step in the Arena (1991).
Guru -State of Clarity

Guru was the first artist to truly blend Hip-Hop with Live Jazz beginning in 1993, an
d the influence of his Jazzmatazz albums and performances on the industry has been great. Guru’s musical collaborations have helped Hip Hop to expand and gain much needed credibility. Guru has worked with such artists as Herbie Hancock, Isaac Hayes, Donald Byrd, Ramsey Lewis, Roy Ayers, Chaka Kahn, Branford Marsalis, David Sanborn, Bob James, Erykah Badu, The Roots, Common, Angie Stone, Jamiroquai, Macy Gray and Damien Marley, to name a few. Despite the fact that Guru wasn’t born in New York, he is noted as a pioneer of the New York sound and true lyrical Hip-Hop. Guru later on joined forces with hit producer Solar and formed his label 7 Grand Records with the goal to keep “real” Hip-Hop alive.

Jazz Thing- Gang Starr

A distinctive voice and a man with a real appreciation of music.
The Jazzmatazz collections will appeal to any lover of good music. You will find something in them to lift you.

Keep your worries-Guru & Angie stone

Check the technique-Gang Starr

Woody Allen is quite smart

That Woody Allen is quite smart you know. Not only has he made numerous movie (many of which are excellent) but forging a career where he is writer and director has allowed him to cast his films with a degree of personal choice. Pretty clever really; examples...

Keaton, Hemingway, Theron, Roberts,Sorvino,Rampling,Johansson,Cruz,Weist,Barrymore, Hunt,Berkley,Ricci,Hall,Hershey, Fischer, Streep,Huston,Cotillard, McAdams etc

Yes Mr Allen, pretty shrewd, surrounding yourself with beautiful women every time you  make a movie. I think i might like to be a Writer/Director!