An American Tragedy (1931)

JOSEF VON STERNBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB USA, 1931. Paramount Pictures. Screenplay by Samuel Hoffenstein, based on the novel by Theodore Dreiser. Cinematography by Lee Garmes. Produced by Josef von Sternberg. Music by John Leipold, Ralph Rainger. Production Design by Hans Dreier. Costume Design by Travis Banton. Adapted from the same novel by…

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Brain Damage (1988)

FRANK HENENLOTTER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB USA, 1988. Palisades Partners. Screenplay by Frank Henenlotter. Cinematography by Bruce Torbet. Produced by Edgar Ievins. Music by Clutch Reiser, Gus Russo. Production Design by Ivy Rosovsky. Costume Design by Ivy Rosovsky. Film Editing by Frank Henenlotter, James Y. Kwei. Basket Case director Frank Henenlotter is back…

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The Virtuous Sin (1930)

GEORGE CUKOR, LOUIS J. GASNIER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 1930. Paramount Pictures. Screenplay by Martin Brown, scenario by Louise Long, based on the play by Lajos Zilahy. Cinematography by David Abel. Costume Design by Travis Banton. Film Editing by Otho Lovering. The plot of this melodramatic soap opera is not one that…

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After Yang (2021)

KOGONADA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 2021. A24, Cinereach, Per Capita Productions. Screenplay by Kogonada, based on the short story Saying Goodbye To Yang by Alexander Weinstein. Cinematography by Benjamin Loeb. Produced by Andrew Goldman, Caroline Kaplan, Paul Mezey, Theresa Park. Music by ASKA. Production Design by Alexander Schaller. Costume Design by Arjun…

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Blue Bayou (2021)

JUSTIN CHON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB USA/Canada, 2021. Entertainment One, MACRO. Screenplay by Justin Chon. Cinematography by Ante Cheng, Matthew Chuang. Produced by Justin Chon, Poppy Hanks, Charles D. King, Kim Roth. Music by Roger Suen. Production Design by Bo-Kyung Sin. Costume Design by Eunice Jera Lee. Film Editing by Reynolds Barney. Justin…

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Kiss And Make-Up (1934)

HARLAN THOMPSON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5 USA, 1934. Paramount Pictures. Screenplay by Harlan Thompson, George Marion Jr., adaptation by Jane Hinton, from a story by István Békeffy. Cinematography by Leon Shamroy. Produced by B.P. Schulberg. Music by Ralph Rainger. Production Design by Hans Dreier, Ernst Fegte. Costume Design by Travis Banton. Once a…

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Murder At the Vanities (1934)

MITCHELL LEISEN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 USA, 1934. Paramount Pictures. Screenplay by Carey Wilson, Joseph Gollomb, dialogue by Sam Hellman, based on the play by Earl Carroll, Rufus King. Cinematography by Leo Tover. Produced by E. Lloyd Sheldon. Music by Howard Jackson, William E. Lynch, Milan Roder. Production Design by Hans Dreier, Ernst…

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Too Many Husbands (1940)

WESLEY RUGGLES Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 USA, 1940. Columbia Pictures. Screenplay by Claude Binyon, based on the play by W. Somerset Maugham. Cinematography by Joseph Walker. Produced by Wesley Ruggles. Music by Friedrich Hollaender. Production Design by Lionel Banks. Costume Design by Irene. Film Editing by William A. Lyon, Otto Meyer. In a…

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The Unbearable Weight Of Massive Talent (2022)

TOM GORMICAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 USA, 2022. Lionsgate, Saturn Films. Screenplay by Tom Gormican, Kevin Etten. Cinematography by Nigel Bluck. Produced by Kristin Burr, Nicolas Cage, Michael Nilon, Kevin Turen. Music by Mark Isham. Production Design by Kevin Kavanaugh. Costume Design by Paco Delgado. Film Editing by Melissa Bretherton. It’s been forty…

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The Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)

JOE DANTE, JOHN LANDIS, GEORGE MILLER, STEVEN SPIELBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 USA, 1983. Warner Bros.. Story by George Clayton Johnson, Screenplay by John Landis, George Clayton Johnson, Richard Matheson, Melissa Mathison, Based on stories by Jerome Bixby, Richard Matheson, Inspired by the series created by Rod Serling. Cinematography by Allen Daviau, John…

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My Brother’s Shoes (2015)

ADAM REEVES Bil’s rating (out of 5): 0 USA, 2015. R & R Stage and Screen. Screenplay by Adam Reeves. Cinematography by Nico Van Den Berg. Produced by Leonard Pirkle, Ron L. Robinson, Derek Zemrak. Music by Jordain Wallace. Production Design by Carrie Ybay. Costume Design by Olivia Octaviani. Film Editing by Chad Caines.  Podcast:…

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All About Mankiewicz (1983)

LUC BERAUD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB France, 1983. Filmédis, Janus Film. Cinematography by Tom Hurwitz, Michael Teutsch. Produced by Klaus Hellwig. Film Editing by Juliette Welfling. In 1983, director Luc Beraud and interviewer Michel Ciment convinced 74 year-old writer-director Joseph L. Mankiewicz to sit for their cameras and give a generous, nearly two…

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