Wonder Wheel is Woody Allen's most autobiographical film in years, unfortunately

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In an op-ed for The Los Angeles Times, Woody Allen's adopted daughter Dylan Farrow calls out Hollywood for ignoring allegations of sexual assault she's made against him for years. A sluggish, uninspired, period-piece retread of so many earlier and much better Allen films, filled with overly familiar characters and situations and of course a soundtrack seemingly selected from Woody's personal record collection.

Dylan wrote: 'Why is it that Harvey Weinstein and other accused celebrities have been cast out by Hollywood, while Allen recently secured a multi-million-dollar distribution deal with Amazon, greenlit by former Amazon Studios executive Roy Price before he was suspended over sexual misconduct allegations?'

Kate Winslet, who stars in Woody Allen's new film Wonder Wheel, said in an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald last week, which remained largely uncommented upon until Thursday, "I think on some level Woody [Allen] is a woman".

The 82-year-old director always denied the allegations against him. I'm convinced, though, that Allen is oblivious to his script containing such revealing parallels to his own life. Discussions will ensue over Allen's overtly misogynistic treatment and language towards his female characters. "His female characters are always so rich and large and honest in terms of how they're feeling and he just knows how to write dialogue for them to communicate all that", she added on a serious note. Everyone from Jim Belushi to Kate Winslet appears to be delivering flashy performances created to garner awards consideration in a not-so-subtle way, as almost every scene from these two, in particular, are filled with over-the-top speech tones and flailing hand gestures.

Discussing Weinstein, "Wonder Wheel" star Kate Winslet said, "The fact that these women are starting to speak out about the gross misconduct of one of our most important and well-regarded film producers, is incredibly fearless and has been deeply shocking to hear". Allen's savvy affiliates know that it's unseemly to direct attacks at me, an alleged victim, and so the invective is directed at my mother again and again. But the film romanticizes the concept of "affair" by making it seem as though fate has total control, as if to say that we are all actors in our own lives and no one should be held accountable. I don't know his family. Fitting for the melodramatic strategy, she slowly unravels, much to Humpty's confusion, whereupon Winslet comes perilously close to overacting.

If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, you can seek help by calling the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800-656-HOPE (4673). That's all I can say.

In 1992, Woody Allen was accused of sexually assaulting his daughter, a then 7-year-old Dylan Farrow.

TV host in bitter exchange with actor Hoffman over 'harassment'
Oliver responded, "I believe what she wrote, yes". "Yes", Oliver replied . "Because there's no point in [an accuser] lying". The 6 minute, 14-second video has been edited down from what Zeitchik says was an approximately half-hour long discussion.

Soon-Yi married in 1997 and are still together to this day.

The deliberately stagy "Wonder Wheel" jams these characters into that cramped apartment with the insane colors blasting in from outside, piling them all onto one another's last nerves for long, blowsy theatrical arguments while Mickey makes self-conscious references to Eugene O'Neill.

The director Wednesday Soon-Yi Previn in 1997, a union that also garnered controversy, as Previn is the adopted daughter of Allen's ex-wife Mia Farrow.

An investigation was launched but later dropped with no charges made against Allen.

Dylan accused Allen of molesting her in a letter published in The New York Times in 2014, the year Allen was awarded the Cecil B. DeMille Award lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes.

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.

Her brother Rowan Farrow was instrumental in bringing the allegations against Weinstein to light, releasing the details in an expose for The New Yorker in October (17).

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