Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Bullets Over Broadway (1994)

John Cusack Film Fest Movie #10

Synopsis: Bullets Over Broadway a prime example of my favourite type of Woody Allen films – ones in which he doesn’t appear.

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “Big-city mobsters and the Broadway stage collide hilariously in this side-splitting, all-star comedy that has audiences and critics rolling in the aisles!”

What Did I Learn?: Guys, if the attractive older lady you’re dating repeatedly silences you with the words: “don’t speak!”, you may wish to re-think the relationship.

Really?: 1) Considering his gift for story-telling, I had a bit of trouble believing Cheech would bump off Olive using his own gun, and in a place that’s well-known for being one of his favourite spots for murders, considering he wanted to make it look as though a rival gang was responsible. 2) VHS jacket aside, I’m pretty sure Cheech never carries a tommy-gun.

Rating: Bullets Over Broadway is clever, funny, and it boasts a number of great performances, especially from Diane Wiest as a Norma Desmondish-aging actress, and Chazz Palminteri as Cheech, the hitman with a strange knack for ghostwriting. Highly recommended. 9/10 stars.

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