Creed II

STEVEN CAPLE JR. Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 2018.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, New Line Cinema, Warner Bros., Chartoff-Winkler Productions.  Story by Cheo Hodari Coker, Sascha Penn, Screenplay by Sylvester Stallone, Juel Taylor, based on characters created by Ryan Coogler.  Cinematography by Kramer Morgenthau.  Produced by William Chartoff, Sylvester Stallone, Kevin King Templeton, Charles Winkler, David Winkler, Irwin Winkler.  Music by…

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Before We Vanish (Sanpo suru shinryakusha) (2017)

KIYOSHI KUROSAWA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  Japan, 2017.  Django Film, Nikkatsu.  Screenplay by Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Sachiko Tanaka, based on the play by Tomohiro Maekawa.  Cinematography by Akiko Ashizawa.  Music by Yûsuke Hayashi.  Film Editing by Kôichi Takahashi.  Cannes Film Festival 2017.   Three aliens come to Earth and take over human bodies, sent here on a scouting mission to get to…

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It Started In Naples (1960)

MELVILLE SHAVELSON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1960.  Capri Productions, Paramount Pictures.  Story by Michael Pertwee, Jack Davies, Screenplay by Melville Shavelson, Jack Rose, Suso Cecchi D’Amico.  Cinematography by Robert Surtees.  Produced by Jack Rose.  Music by Alessandro Cicognini, Carlo Savina.  Production Design by Roland Anderson, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Orietta Nasalli-Rocca.  Film Editing by Frank Bracht.  Academy Awards 1960.  Golden Globe Awards…

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The Sea of Grass (1947)

ELIA KAZAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1947.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Marguerite Roberts, Vincent Lawrence, based on the novel by Conrad Richter.  Cinematography by Harry Stradling Sr..    Produced by Pandro S. Berman.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Paul Groesse.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett, Valles.  Film Editing by Robert Kern.   Katharine Hepburn leaves the bustling city of…

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Dating My Mother (2017)

MIKE ROMA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 2017.  DMM Movie.  Screenplay by Mike Roma.  Cinematography by Griffin Yu.  Produced by Ashley Hillis.  Music by Michael O’Konis.  Costume Design by Claire Heddles.  Film Editing by Mike Roma.   Podcast:  Bad Gay Movies. Danny (Patrick Reilly) lives in New Jersey with his widowed mother Joan (Kathryn Erbe), having moved back in with her after…

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Hercules Unchained (Ercole e la regina di Lidia) (1959)

PIETRO FRANCISCI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  Italy/France/Spain, 1959.  Galatea Film, Lux Film, Lux Compagnie Cinématographique de France, Urania Film.  Story by Pietro Francisci, Screenplay by Ennio De Concini, Pietro Francisci, based on the play Oedipus at Colonus by Sophocles and The Seven Against Thebes by Aeschylus.  Cinematography by Mario Bava.  Produced by Bruno Vailati.  Music by Enzo Masetti.  Production Design by…

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Entertaining Mr Sloane (1970)

DOUGLAS HICKOX Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  United Kingdom, 1970.  Canterbury Film Productions.  Screenplay by Clive Exton, based on the play by Joe Orton.  Cinematography by Wolfgang Suschitzky.  Produced by Douglas Kentish.  Music by Georgie Fame.   Production Design by Michael Seymour.  Costume Design by Emma Porteous.  Film Editing by John Trumper. Joe Orton’s best-known play is brought to the big screen three…

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American Pastoral (2016)

EWAN McGREGOR Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  Hong Kong/USA, 2016.  Lakeshore Entertainment, TIK Film.  Screenplay by John Romano, based on the novel by Philip Roth.  Cinematography by Martin Ruhe.  Produced by Andre Lamal, Gary Lucchesi, Tom Rosenberg.  Music by Alexandre Desplat.  Production Design by Daniel B. Clancy.  Costume Design by Lindsay McKay.  Film  Editing by Melissa Kent.  Toronto International Film Festival 2016. Philip Roth’s…

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Topaz (1969)

ALFRED HITCHCOCK Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1969.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Samuel A. Taylor, based on the novel by Leon Uris.  Cinematography by Jack Hildyard.  Produced by Alfred Hitchcock.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by Henry Bumstead.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by William H. Ziegler. Alfred Hitchcock returns to a Cold War theme following his underwhelming Torn Curtain, this…

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Windrider (1986)

VINCENT MONTON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  Australia, 1986.  Barron Entertainment, Bush Christmas Productions Pty. Ltd..  Screenplay by Everett De Roche, Bonnie Harris.  Cinematography by Joseph Pickering.  Produced by Paul D. Barron.  Music by Kevin Peek.  Production Design by Phil Peters.  Costume Design by Noel Howell.  Film Editing by John Scott. Nicole Kidman has her first adult role in this forgettable…

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Venom (2018)

RUBEN FLEISCHER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 2018.  Avi Arad Productions, Columbia Pictures Corporation, Marvel Entertainment, Matt Tolmach Productions, Pascal Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Tencent Pictures.  Screen story by Jeff Pinkner, Scott Rosenberg, Screenplay by Jeff Pinkner, Scott Rosenberg, Kelly Marcel, based on Marvel’s Venom character created by Todd McFarlane, David Michelinie.  Cinematography by Matthew Libatique.  Produced by…

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How To Get Ahead In Advertising (1989)

BRUCE ROBINSON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  United Kingdom, 1989.  HandMade Films.  Screenplay by Bruce Robinson.  Cinematography by Peter Hannan.  Produced by David Wimbury.  Music by David Dundas, Rick Wentworth.  Production Design by Michael Pickwoad.  Costume Design by Andrea Galer.  Film Editing by Alan Strachan.   Richard E. Grant reunites with his Withnail and I director Bruce Robinson for another outrageous comedy, this time taking…

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