High Hopes (1988)

MIKE LEIGH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1988.  British Screen Productions, Channel Four Films, Portman Productions.  Screenplay by Mike Leigh.  Cinematography by Roger Pratt. Produced by Simon Channing Williams, Victor Glynn. Music by Andrew Dickson. Production Design by Diana Charnley. Costume Design by Lindy Hemming. Film Editing by Jon Gregory. The success of…

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The Blob (1988)

CHUCK RUSSELL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1988 .    TriStar Pictures, Palisades California Inc..  Screenplay by Chuck Russell, Frank Darabont, based on the earlier screenplay by Theodore Simonson, Kay Linaker, story by Irvine H. Millgate.  Cinematography by Mark Irwin.   Produced by Jack H. Harris, Elliott Kastner.   Music by Michael Hoenig.   Production Design…

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Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)

DWIGHT H. LITTLE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1988.  Trancas International Films.  Story by Dhani Lipsius, Larry Rattner, Benjamin Ruffner, Alan B. McElroy, Screenplay by Alan B. McElroy.  Cinematography by Peter Lyons Collister.  Produced by Paul Freeman.  Music by Alan Howarth.  Production Design by Roger Crandall.  Costume Design by Rosalie Wallace.  Film Editing…

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Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988)

TERENCE DAVIES Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.   United Kingdom/West Germany, 1988.  British Film Institute, Channel Four Films, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen.  Screenplay by Terence Davies.  Cinematography by William Diver, Patrick Duval.  Produced by Jennifer Howarth.  Production Design by Jocelyn James, Miki Van Zwanenberg.  Costume Design by Monica Howe.  Film Editing by William Diver. Terence Davies follows three celebrated shorts that touched on his memories…

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Black Eagle (1988)

ERIC KARSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.   USA, 1988.  Rotecon B.V., Magus.  Story by Shimon Arama, Screenplay by A.E. Peters, Michael Gonzales.  Cinematography by George Koblasa.  Produced by Shimon Arama.  Music by Terry Plumeri.  Production Design by Mike Higgins.  Costume Design by Rakefet Levy.  Film Editing by Michael Kelly. An American plane carrying a nuclear device crashes into the Mediterranean and two superpowers…

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Damnation (1988)

BELA TARR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   Original title:  Karhozat Hungary, 1988.  Hungarian Film Institute, Hungarian Television, Mokép.  Screenplay by Laszlo Krasznahorkai, Bela Tarr.  Cinematography by Gabor Medvigy.  Produced by Jozsef Marx.  Music by Mihaly Vig.  Production Design by Gyula Pauer.  Costume Design by Gyula Pauer.  Film Editing by Agnes Hranitzky.   Visionary filmmaker Bela Tarr applies his languid, seemingly formless style to a story of…

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Vampire’s Kiss (1988)

ROBERT BIERMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1988.  Magellan Pictures.  Screenplay by Joseph Minion.  Cinematography by Stefan Czapsky.  Produced by John Daly, Derek Gibson, Barry Shils, Barbara Zitwer.  Music by Colin Towns.  Production Design by Christopher Nowak.  Costume Design by Irene Albright, Terry Mainord.  Film Editing by Angus Newton. Nicolas Cage plays a literary agent with a bad attitude towards everyone except…

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Let’s Get Lost (1988)

BRUCE WEBER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1988.  Little Bear Productions, Nan Bush.  Cinematography by Jeff Preiss.  Produced by Bruce Weber.  Production Design by Sam Shahid.  Film Editing by Angelo Corrao.   Bruce Weber spent months following Chet Baker, one of the most successful and venerated trumpet players in the history of jazz music, throughout a number of performances…

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Hanussen (1988)

ISTVAN SZABO Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Hungary/West Germany/Austria, 1988.  Central Cinema Company Film, Hungarofilm, Mafilm, Mokép, Objektív Filmstúdió Vállalat, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen.  Screenplay by Peter Dobai, Istvan Szabo, dialogue by Gabriella Prekop, additional material by Paul Hengge, based on the autobiography by Erik Jan Hanussen.  Cinematography by Lajos Koltai.  Produced by Artur Brauner.  Music by Zdenko Tamassy, Gyorgy Vukan.  Production Design by…

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Ashik Kerib (1988)

SERGEI PARAJANOV Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  Original title:   Ashug-Karibi Soviet Union, 1988.  Qartuli Pilmi.  Screenplay by Gia Badridze, based on the story Ashik Kerib the Lovelorn Minstrel by Mikhail Lermontov.  Cinematography by Albert Yavuryan.  Music by Dzhavanshir Kuliyev.  Production Design by Gogi Aleqsi-Meskhishvili, Shota Goglashvili, Sergei Parajanov, Niko Zandukeli.  Costume Design by Eka Magalashvili.   Beautifully executed fable that marks the end…

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Promises To Keep (1988)

GINNY DURRIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/Canada, 1988.  Durrin Productions Inc..  Produced by Ginny Durrin.   The plight of the homeless in Reagan-era America is given hard examination in this powerful documentary. The residents of a New York City assisted-living facility that provides services for many of the city’s struggling citizens is suffering under the weight of…

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The Naked Gun: From The Files Of Police Squad (1988)

DAVID ZUCKER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1988.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Pat Proft, based on the television series Police Squad by Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker.  Cinematography by Robert M. Stevens.  Produced by Robert K. Weiss.  Music by Ira Newborn.  Production Design by John J. Lloyd.  Costume Design by Mary E. Vogt.  Film Editing by…

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