Both as movie and as Woody Allen diatribe, 'Wonder Wheel' spins out

Justin Timberlake is unbearable and Kate Winslet is over-the-top

"It works for Woody Allen still", Farrow wrote in her piece. Winslet got a shout-out specifically, as Farrow compared comments she made about Allen with those made about Harvey Weinstein.

After Weinstein's demise came that of Mark Halperin.

And people say the Louis C.K. movie is baldly revealing of its creator! Meanwhile, her much younger son, a creature of aimless rage, lights fire after fire around the Coney Island boardwalk, the place where Allen's most beloved character - Annie Hall's Alvy Singer - grew up. And Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) announced the same day he would step down after acknowledging in a statement that he discussed surrogacy with two female subordinates.

These days, a critic approaches a new film by Woody Allen with trepidation - even dread.

In her Op-Ed, Dylan calls attention to what she feels is a hypocrisy.

Although Farrow is clearly frustrated with the inconsistencies in how contemporary Allen stars address the controversy associated with the director, she assigns some of the blame to the his powerful PR machine, which she says tends to deny access to journalists who intend to ask Allen hard questions.

"I have long maintained that when I was 7 years old, Woody Allen led me into an attic, away from the babysitters who had been instructed never to leave me alone with him". She accused him of putting his thumb in her mouth and climbing into bed with her in his underwear, and said the behavior was witnessed by friends and family members. Allen was never prosecuted for the alleged assault and has vigorously denied the claim. "Allen refused to take a polygraph administered by the CT state police". The allegations were investigated by sex-abuse experts at Yale-New Haven Hospital and no charges were ever filed.

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"It is a testament to Allen's public relations team and his lawyers that few know these simple facts", she wrote.

Ultimately, Dylan wants everyone to be aware that while the "system" worked for Harvey Weinstein and other men for decades but eventually crashed, it's still working for Allen today - he's even now shooting a new film with no disruptions, and has said in the past that he's "moved so far past" the allegations made against him.

When the accusations first made headlines in the early 1990s, some predicted Allen's career would collapse. "But the revolution has been selective". Married to Humpty (Jim Belushi) and carrying on an affair with lifeguard Mickey (Justin Timberlake), Ginny expresses her malaise by complaining about constant headaches, and Allen has her gulping down aspirins in every scene as if this lends the character depth.

Allen, now 82, has continued to work in Hollywood, releasing a six-part television series with Amazon last year and directing this year's film Wonder Wheel, which stars Kate Winslet, Jim Belushi and Justin Timberlake. I'll even toss in a spoiler warning before we do, just in case you're of the belief that forewarning of the details of Wonder Wheel's plot might rob you of its minor pleasures. It doesn't help that Winslet's performance is terrible (Timberlake's is even worse), and while no one's given much to work with, the whole cast just goes along with whatever Allen's doing here. But this expressionist trick is handled sloppily and obviously, and the characters more often appear in unnatural shades of Oompa-Loompa. "I had an extraordinary working experience with both of those men and that's the truth".

"It is also our collective choice to see simple situations as complicated and obvious conclusions as a matter of "who can say"?" she wrote.

Allen stands accused - just like Harvey Weinstein, Brett Ratner, James Toback, and more.

From his start in stand-up through his many on-screen appearances as a comic alter ego, Allen has always flirted with autobiography in his work, teasing an audience with the notion that at least some of this might be true.

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