Welcome back. This week I would like to review the comedy “Date Night”. Normally, this is the type of movie I would wait to see on DVD – but with two huge comedy stars like Steve Carell and Tina Fey, I decided to make an exception. Separately, they have been in some of the funniest films/tv shows of this decade. Together, they had great chemistry and I would not be surprised to see them team up again on another project. I liked the concept of the storyline provided by Josh Klauser of “Shrek” fame. I am also a fan of both Mark Wahlberg and Mark Ruffalo, who did not disappoint. The only mistake you can make going to see this film is to be surprised that it goes a little over-the-top. That being said, my date night with “Date Night” was all I hoped it would be.
I’ll stick with the silly comedy theme and move onto something older. Woody Allen’s “Bullets over Broadway” had 7 nominations at the 1995 Oscars with one winner. It was an absolute romp with an outstanding cast including Dianne Weist (winner), Chaz Palminteri, John Cusack, Jennifer Tilly, Mary-Louise Parker, Jack Warden, Tracey Ullman and many more. For Palminteri, it was his follow-up to “A Bronx Tale” and really put him on the map. Although Douglas McGrath has a co-writing credit, you can see Allen’s fingerprints all over it and I think it’s one of his many gems. I saw it when it came out and it’s part of my library. If you haven’t seen it, you should…. and if you have seen it, it’s worth revisiting.
Well, I’ll thank you again for letting me share. Until next blog, I remain, John.