THE SQUID AND THE WHALE
2005, Samuel Goldwyn Films, 81 min, Dir: Noah Baumbach

When writers Bernard (Jeff Daniels) and Joan (Laura Linney) agree to separate, the decision affects their sons most of all. Feeling the need to take sides, 16-year-old Walt (Jesse Eisenberg) and 12-year-old Frank (Owen Kline) both begin acting out in their own ways. The family’s fragile dynamic is further complicated by Bernard's and Joan’s attempts at finding new romance. Sweet and acerbic at once, this tautly written tale about what brings us together and pushes us apart garnered an Oscar nomination for writer-director Baumbach’s screenplay and Golden Globe nominations for Jeff Daniels and Laura Linney.


THE PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO
1985, Park Circus/MGM, 84 min, USA, Dir: Woody Allen

1930s matinee idol Jeff Daniels walks down off the movie screen into sweet, adoring fan Mia Farrow’s life in this bittersweet comic fantasy. With Dianne Wiest, Danny Aiello, Van Johnson, Milo O’Shea and Edward Herrmann.


RADIO DAYS
1987, Park Circus, 88 min, USA, Dir: Woody Allen

Woody Allen recreates the golden age of radio in this charming piece of witty nostalgia. Stories about the great entertainers of the 1940s alternate with episodes of Queens family life in a tapestry of romance and comedy that stars Allen regulars Mia Farrow, Dianne Wiest, Wallace Shawn, Jeff Daniels and Diane Keaton.


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