Fading Gigolo (2013)

JOHN TURTURRO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  USA, 2013.  Antidote Films, Covert Media.  Screenplay by John Turturro.  Cinematography by Marco Pontecorvo.  Produced by Bill Block, Paul Hanson, Jeffrey Kusama-Hinte.  Production Design by Lester Cohen.  Costume Design by Donna Zakowska.  Film Editing by Simona Paggi.  Toronto International Film Festival 2013. Packing up the last inventory while closing his book store, impending retiree Woody Allen tells friend…

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Illuminata (1998)

JOHN TURTURRO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  Spain/USA/Japan, 1998.  CDI, GreeneStreet Films, JVC Entertainment Networks, Overseas FilmGroup, Sogepaq.  Screenplay by Brandon Cole, John Turturro, based on the play by Brandon Cole.  Cinematography by Harris Savides.  Produced by John Penotti, John Turturro.  Music by Arnold Black, William Bolcom.  Production Design by Robin Standefer.  Costume Design by Roman Paska, Donna Zakowska.  Film Editing by Michael Berenbaum.  Cannes Film…

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Joe Gould’s Secret (2000)

STANLEY TUCCI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2000.  Bohemian Productions, First Cold Press Productions, October Films, Weinstock Productions.  Screenplay by Howard A. Rodman, based on the books Professor Seagull and Joe Gould’s Secret by Joseph Mitchell.  Cinematography by Maryse Alberti.  Produced by Elizabeth W. Alexander, Stanley Tucci, Charles Weinstock.  Music by Evan Lurie.  Production Design by Andrew Jackness.  Costume Design by Juliet Polcsa.  Film…

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Junior (1994)

IVAN REITMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1994.  Universal Pictures, Northern Lights Entertainment.  Screenplay by Kevin Wade, Chris Conrad.  Cinematography by Adam Greenberg.  Produced by Ivan Reitman.  Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design by Stephen J. Lineweaver.  Costume Design by Albert Wolsky.  Film Editing by Wendy Greene Bricmont, Sheldon Kahn.  Academy Awards 1994.  Golden Globe Awards 1994. When genetic scientists Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito can’t get their…

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What About Bob? (1991)

FRANK OZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.    USA, 1991.  Touchstone Pictures, Touchwood Pacific Partners 1.  Story by Alvin Sargent, Laura Ziskin, Screenplay by Tom Schulman. Cinematography by Michael Ballhaus.  Produced by Laura Ziskin.  Music by Miles Goodman.  Production Design by Leslie Dilley.  Costume Design by Bernie Pollack.  Film Editing by Anne V. Coates.   A psychiatrist will be criticized by…

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Mickey Blue Eyes (1999)

KELLY MAKIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 1999.  Castle Rock Entertainment, Polygram Filmed Entertainment, Simian Films.  Screenplay by Adam Scheinman, Robert Kuhn.  Cinematography by Donald E. Thorin.  Produced by Elizabeth Hurley, Charles Mulvehill.  Music by Basil Poledouris.  Production Design by Gregory P. Keen.  Costume Design by Ellen Mirojnick.  Film Editing by David Freeman.   Hugh Grant‘s charm and some extremely hilarious moments…

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Sleepers (1996)

BARRY SONNENFELD Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1996.  Astoria Films, Baltimore Pictures, PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, Propaganda Films, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Barry Levinson, based on the book by Lorenzo Carcaterra.  Cinematography by Michael Ballhaus. Produced by Steve Golin, Barry Levinson.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by Kristi Zea.  Costume Design by Gloria Gresham.  Film Editing by Stu Linder.  Academy Awards…

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Deep Blue Sea (1999)

RENNY HARLIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA/Australia, 1999.  Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, Groucho III Film Partnership, Riche-Ludwig Productions.  Screenplay by Duncan Kennedy, Donna Powers, Wayne Powers.  Cinematography by Stephen F. Windon.  Produced by Akiva Goldsman, Tony Ludwig, Don MacBain, Alan Riche.  Music by Trevor Rabin.  Production Design by Joseph Bennett, William Sandell.  Costume Design by Mark Bridges.  Film Editing by Derek Brechin,…

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Stonewall

BBB (out of 5) Shoddy little comedy that creates a fictional story surrounding the true event of the Stonewall riots:  on a June night in 1969, gay men of Greenwich Village decided they’d had the last of being raided by the police, and by retaliating ended a period of openly violent police abuse and bias….

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Angie (1994)

MARTHA COOLIDGE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5. USA, 1994.  Caravan Pictures, Hollywood Pictures, Morra, Brezner, Steinberg and Tenenbaum Entertainment.  Screenplay by Todd Graff, based on the novel by Avra Wing.  Cinematography by Johnny E. Jensen.  Produced by Roger Birnbaum, Patrick McCormick.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.  Production Design by Mel Bourne.  Costume Design by Jane Robinson.  Film Editing by Steven Cohen.   Based on Avra Wing’s…

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Bringing Out The Dead (1999)

MARTIN SCORSESE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1999.  De Fina-Cappa, Paramount Pictures, Touchstone Pictures.  Screenplay by Paul Schrader, based on the novel by Joe Connelly. Cinematography by Robert Richardson.  Produced by Barbara De Fina, Scott Rudin.  Music by Elmer Bernstein.  Production Design by Dante Ferretti.  Costume Design by Rita Ryack.  Film Editing by Thelma Schoonmaker.   Martin Scorsese returns to the harrowing themes of…

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Celebrity (1998)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 1998.  Sweetland Films, Magnolia Productions.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Sven Nykvist.  Produced by Jean Doumanian.  Production Design by Santo Loquasto.  Costume Design by Suzy Benzinger.  Film Editing by Susan E. Morse. Woody Allen has made a shallow film about shallow people, but hopefully the parade of famous faces who traverse the screen…

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