Watched some things recently. Annie Hall 1977, enjoyed it greatly. I think this might be Woody Allen's most popular film? It's the one I've known about for the longest time but just never watched until now. I get a strong feeling it's a transitional film for him, the comedy is lower brow than later on at times, but the subject matter is also serious. The balance just isn't quite there like it is on his better films like Manhattan and Broadway Danny Rose. One thing that stood out to me is how often Woody breaks the fourth wall in this one. Spoiler Dark Habits (Entre tinieblas) 1983, my second Almodóvar movie and I'm really loving this guy. Though I felt like this one slightly fell apart in the final act, it didn't detract much from the whole film. Especially liked the premise of an order of nuns who adopt humiliating nicknames for themselves (eg Sister Rat, Sister Manure etc) and take in female prostitutes, drug addicts and murderers for redemption. The Mother Superior of the order is a lesbian cokehead with a pop star mural in her office. Every little detail and touch works so well to create this very believable little world wherein all these imperfect nuns exist, it's so great. It was also nice to see some familiar faces from ¿Qué he hecho yo para merecer esto? the first film by Almodóvar that I watched. Spoiler The Cotton Club 1984, I was honestly surprised this was as good as it is because I'd always heard about how it was a total clusterfuck behind-the-scenes. What I tend to like about huge ensemble casts is that no single character totally hogs the focus and therefore it helps to paint a full picture of a place and time, and that's definitely the case with this one - especially the absurdity of 1930's Harlem where majority of the performance stars of the time seemed to be black, yet no blacks were allowed in majority of the clubs those stars played in. Little factoid Laurence Fishburne played Ellsworth "Bumpy" Johnson in this, and then 13 years later played the same character in Hoodlum. Still need to see Coppola's The Conversation and One From the Heart and then I think I've seen all his essential films...? Spoiler Also James Remar as Dutch was crazy good. He was such a lunatic in his younger days, and that scene where he Spoiler murders the fuck out of John P. Ryan was hilarious and pretty brutal.