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Irrational Man
A tormented philosophy professor finds a will to live when he commits an existential act.

Starring Jamie Blackley, Joaquin Phoenix, Parker Posey...  View more >

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Aug 11, 2015
Woody Allen keeps coming out with movies which is both good and bad. Irrational Man" is very good, but not as great as some of Allen's early works. Joaquin Phoenix gave his best work since "Her." He plays a professor who likes to take on odds and in doing so, he hopes the odds wi9ll be in his favor. One day, he wants to kill a judge after he heard someone saying that the judge is unfair to her and her children. From there on the film got quite better. Emma Stone, plays Phoneix's love intrest. She is getting better as she becomes part of the Woody Allen universe. Parker Posey is oin the film, I'm glad to see her on the big screen againThe film is brilliantly written by Allen and brilliantly acted from a strong cast. And I love the music score. It's the best that I ever heard in weeks.
Mar 30, 2016
The title of "Irrational Man" was taken from a philosophy book I was assigned in college in l968 --"Irrational Man" by William Barrett. I am sure Woody Allen knows about this book and probably read it. However, I just discovered that the concept -- murdering a stranger, who has committed evil deeds against someone who is also a stranger -- to give meaning and purpose to life, was also lifted. I was just reading STRANGERS ON A TRAIN by Patricia Highsmith, the talented writer of crime and mystery books. This book was published in l950, but it is timeless. In case the public doesn't recognize her name, Highsmith wrote the book CAROL (a recent film, and a very good one!) and THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY (ALSO an excellent film of the l990s.) Shame on Woody Allen for copying so closely. However, Woody Allen's IRRATIONAL MAN was enjoyable due to the talent of Joaquin Phoenix as the college philosophy prof who found no meaning in life until he decided to murder a stranger who had been mean and unfair to another stranger. If you are reading the paperback version of STRANGERS ON A TRAIN, take a look at pages 68-69 for the thoughts and feelings of the alcoholic, psychopathic, wealthy and directionless character, Charles Bruno.

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