What Men Want

ADAM SHANKMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 2019.  BET Films, Paramount Players, Will Packer Productions.  Story by Jas Waters, Tina Gordon, Screenplay by Tina Gordon, Peter Huyck, Alex Gregory, based on the earlier film What Women Want, story by Josh Goldsmith, Cathy Yuspa, Diane Drake, screenplay by Josh Goldsmith, Cathy Yuspa.  Cinematography by…

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The Hospital (1971)

ARTHUR HILLER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.  USA, 1971.  Simcha Productions.   Screenplay by Paddy Chayefsky.  Cinematography by Victor J. Kemper.  Produced by Howard Gottfried.  Music by Morris Surdin.  Production Design by Gene Rudolf.  Costume Design by Frank L. Thompson.  Film Editing by Eric Albertson.  Academy Awards 1971.  Golden Globe Awards 1971. George C. Scott dominates this fascinating black comedy that seeks to tear a strip…

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Lucky Lady (1975)

STANLEY DONEN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1975.  Gruskoff/Venture Films.  Screenplay by Willard Huyck, Gloria Katz.  Cinematography by Geoffrey Unsworth.  Produced by Michael Gruskoff.  Music by Ralph Burns.  Production Design by John Barry. Costume Design by Lilly Fenichel.  Film Editing by Peter Boita, George Hively.  Golden Globe Awards 1975. Liza Minnelli and Burt Reynolds fail in their attempt to make big money running…

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Saudade (2003)

JURGEN BRUNING Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.  Germany, 2003.  Jürgen Brüning Filmproduktion.  Screenplay by Jürgen Brüning.  Cinematography by Kristian Petersen, Ralf Schreckenberg.  Produced by Jürgen Brüning, Dieter Tempel.  Film Editing by Christoph Doering.  Podcast:  Bad Gay Movies. Cesar lives in a house in Paraty, Brazil that his father owns, and is sharing it with two of his friends from…

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A Hatful Of Rain

FRED ZINNEMANN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1957.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Michael V. Gazzo, Alfred Hayes, Carl Foreman, based on the play by Michael V. Gazzo.  Cinematography by Joseph MacDonald.  Produced by Buddy Adler.  Music by Bernard Herrmann.  Production Design by Leland Fuller, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Mary Wills.   Film Editing by Dorothy Spencer.  Academy Awards 1957.  Golden…

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Permanent Vacation (1980)

JIM JARMUSCH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 1980.  Cinesthesia Productions.  Screenplay by Jim Jarmusch.  Cinematography by Tom DiCillo, James A. Lebovitz.  Produced by Jim Jarmusch.  Music by Jim Jarmusch, John Lurie.  Film Editing by Jim Jarmusch.  Jim Jarmusch debuts with an esoteric indie made soon after his dropping out of film school.  Chris Parker stars as an aimless young…

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Brass Target (1978)

JOHN HOUGH Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.  USA/West Germany/Switzerland, 1978.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Alvin Boretz, based on the novel by Frederick Nolan.  Cinematography by Tony Imi.  Produced by Arthur Lewis.  Music by Laurence Rosenthal.  Production Design by Rolf Zehetbauer.  Costume Design by Monika Bauert.  Film Editing by David Lane. George S. Patton is given the JFK treatment in a conspiracy thriller that is…

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They Shall Not Grow Old (2018)

PETER JACKSON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.   United Kingdom/New Zealand, 2018.  House Productions, Trustees of the Imperial War Museum London, WingNut Films.  Produced by Peter Jackson, Clare Olssen.  Film Editing by Jabez Olssen. To commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the November 11 armistice, the Imperial War Museum asked director Peter Jackson to create a film that would…

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Benji (2018)

BRANDON CAMP Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.  United Arab Emirates/USA, 2018.  Blumhouse Productions, Imagenation Abu Dhabi FZ, Meridian Entertainment, Symbolic Exchange, Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Brandon Camp, based on the 1974 motion picture by Joe Camp.  Cinematography by Thomas Scott Stanton.  Produced by Jason Blum, Brandon Camp.  Music by Kostas Christides.  Production Design by Kevin C. Lang.  Costume Design by Dana Embree.  Film…

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Everybody Knows (Todos lo Saben) (2018)

ASGHAR FARHADI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Spain/France/Italy, 2018.  Memento Films Production, Morena Films, Lucky Red.  Screenplay by Asghar Farhadi.  Cinematography by Jose Luis Alcaine.  Produced by Álvaro Longoria, Alexandre Mallet-Guy.  Music by Javier Limón.  Production Design by Maria Clara Notari.  Costume Design by Sonia Grande.  Film Editing by Hayedeh Safiyari.  Cannes Film Festival 2018.  Toronto International Film Festival 2018. The magnificence of Asghar Farhadi…

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Destination Wedding (2018)

VICTOR LEVIN Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.  USA, 2018.  thefyzz, CISS, Chapman-Leonard, Company 3, GreenSlate, Lee & Thompson, Paso Catering, Ramo Law, Service Fish, Snap Sound, Steve Martin’s Working Wildlife, Tunnel Post.  Screenplay by Victor Levin.  Cinematography by Giorgio Scali.  Produced by Elizabeth Dell, Robert Jones, Gail Lyon.  Music by William Ross.  Production Design by Callie Andreadis.  Costume Design by Justine Seymour.  Film Editing by…

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Blindspotting (2018)

CARLOS LOPEZ ESTRADA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.  USA, 2018.  Foley Walkers Studio, Snoot Entertainment.  Screenplay by Rafael Casal, Daveed Diggs.  Cinematography by Robby Baumgartner. Produced by Jessica Calder, Keith Calder, Rafael Casal, Daveed Diggs.  Music by Michael Yezerski.  Production Design by Tom Hammock.  Costume Design by Emily Batson.  Film Editing by Gabriel Fleming.  Daveed Diggs is on probation and is waiting his…

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