Five Corners (1987)

TONY BILL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 United Kingdom/USA, 1987. Cineplex Odeon Films, HandMade Films. Screenplay by John Patrick Shanley. Cinematography by Fred Murphy. Produced by Tony Bill, Forrest Murray. Music by James Newton Howard. Production Design by Adrianne Lobel. Costume Design by Peggy Farrell. Film Editing by Andy Blumenthal. John Patrick Shanley pays…

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King Lear (1987)

JEAN-LUC GODARD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB USA/Bahamas/France/Switzerland, 1987. The Cannon Group, Golan-Globus Productions. Screenplay by Richard Debuisne, Jean-Luc Godard, Norman Mailer, Peter Sellars. Cinematography by Sophie Maintigneux. Produced by Yoram Globus, Menahem Golan. Film Editing by Jean-Luc Godard. If you show up thinking that the likes of Jean-Luc Godard is going to film…

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Baby Boom (1987)

CHARLES SHYER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1987.  United Artists, Meyers/Shyer.  Screenplay by Nancy Meyers, Charles Shyer.  Cinematography by William A. Fraker.  Produced by Nancy Meyers.  Music by Bill Conti.  Production Design by Jeffrey Howard.  Costume Design by Susan Becker.  Film Editing by Lynzee Klingman.   Diane Keaton is a riot in this charming comedy about a businesswoman who suddenly finds herself in the…

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I’ve Heard The Mermaids Singing (1987)

PATRICIA ROZEMA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  Canada, 1987.  National Film Board of Canada, Ontario Arts Council, Ontario Film Development Corporation, The Canada Council, Téléfilm Canada.  Screenplay by Patricia Rozema.  Cinematography by Douglas Koch.  Produced by Alexandra Raffe, Patricia Rozema.  Music by Mark Korven.  Production Design by Valanne Ridgeway.  Costume Design by Beth Pasternak.  Film Editing by Patricia Rozema.   Sheila McCarthy has difficulty making a…

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Gaby: A True Story (1987)

LUIS MANDOKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA/Mexico, 1987.  G. Brimmer Productions, TriStar Pictures.  Developed by Luis Mandoki, Screenplay by Michael Love, Martin Salinas.  Cinematography by Lajos Koltai.  Produced by Pinchas Perry.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by Alejandro Luna.  Costume Design by Lucile Donay, Tolita Figueroa.  Film Editing by Garth Craven.   Soapy but still touching story of a physically challenged young…

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The Glass Menagerie (1987)

PAUL NEWMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1987.  Cineplex-Odeon Films.  Based on the play by Tennessee Williams.  Cinematography by Michael Ballhaus.  Produced by Burtt Harris.  Music by Henry Mancini.  Production Design by Tony Walton.  Costume Design by Tony Walton.  Film Editing by David Ray.   After years of playing the leads in a number of Tennessee Williams adaptations for the screen, who better…

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Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock ‘N’ Roll (1987)

TAYLOR HACKFORD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1987.  Delilah Films.  Cinematography by Oliver Stapleton.  Produced by Stephanie Bennett, Chuck Berry.  Music by Keith Richards.  Production Design by Kim Colefax.  Costume Design by Dewey Perrigo.  Film Editing by Lisa Day. Terrific concert film that gives viewers a personal glimpse of the man behind so much great music, Chuck Berry.  At first featuring…

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The Princess Bride (1987)

ROB REINER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1987.  Act III Communications, Buttercup Films Ltd., The Princess Bride Ltd..  Screenplay by William Goldman, based on his book.  Cinematography by Adrian Biddle.  Produced by Rob Reiner, Andrew Scheinman.  Music by Mark Knopfler.  Production Design by Norman Garwood.  Costume Design by Phyllis Dalton.  Film Editing by Robert Leighton.   This magical film is a rare…

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Barfly (1987)

BARBET SCHROEDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1987.  Golan-Globus Productions, Zoetrope Studios.  Screenplay by Charles Bukowski.  Cinematography by Robby Muller.  Produced by Tom Luddy, Fred Roos, Barbet Schroeder.  Music by Jack Baran.  Production Design by Bob Ziembicki.  Costume Design by Milena Canonero.  Film Editing by Eva Eva Gardos.   Faye Dunaway made a brilliant post-Mommie Dearest comeback with this searing look at two alcoholics…

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Maurice (1987)

JAMES IVORY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom, 1987.   Merchant Ivory Productions, Cinecom Pictures, Film Four International.   Screenplay by Kit Hesketh-Harvey, James Ivory, based on the novel by E.M. Forster.   Cinematography by Pierre Lhomme.   Produced by Ismail Merchant.   Music by Richard Robbins.   Production Design by Brian Ackland-Snow.   Costume Design by Jenny Beavan, John…

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Yeelen (1987)

SOULEYMANE CISSE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  Alternate title:  Brightness Mali/Burkina Faso/France/West Germany/United Kingdom, 1987.  Atriascop Paris, Burkina Faso Ministry of Life and Culture, Centre National de la Cinématographie, French Ministry of Cooperation and Development, French Ministry of Foriegn Affairs, Les Films Cissé, Les Films du Carrosse, Mali Government, Midas, Ministère de la Culture de la…

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Under The Sun of Satan (1987)

MAURICE PIALAT Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB Original title:  Sous Le Soleil De Satan France, 1987.  Erato Films, Films A2, Flach Film, Action Films, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Sofica Investimage, Sofica Créations.  Scenario by Sylvie Pialat, adaptation by Maurice Pialat, based on the novel by Georges Bernanos.  Cinematography by Willy Kurant.  Produced by Daniel Toscan du Plantier.  Music by Henri…

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