Woody Allen has always been into mystical absurdity. When he it does it well, it makes for some of his best movies (The Purple Rose of Cairo); when he does it poorly, it makes for some of his worst (The Curse of the Jade Scorpion). So we'll admit we were a little nervous when we first heard about the concept for his latest film: Owen Wilson literally wandering through the literary history of the French capital. But we needn't have worried. Midnight in Paris is his best film in more than a decade. And easily one of the best made by anyone in 2011.
It's a love letter to the city of love, in much the same way that most of his earlier films were tributes to New York. The opening sequence even echoes those first few iconic minutes of Manhattan. And while Woody Allen knows how to show a city as its finest, he's helped out by what seems like half of Hollywood dropping by to make delightful cameo appearances that we wish we could tell you more about without spoiling them. Adrien Brody. Kathy Bates. Marion Cotillard. Magic.
Midnight In Paris was chosen by Adam Bunch, the Editor-in-Chief of the Little Red Umbrella and the creator of the Toronto Dreams Project. You can read his posts here, follow him on Twitter here, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.