Cotton Comes to Harlem (1970)

OSSIE DAVIS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 1970. Formosa Productions. Screenplay by Arnold Perl, Ossie Davis, based on the novel by Chester Himes. Cinematography by Gerald Hirschfeld. Produced by Samuel Goldwyn Jr.. Music by Galt MacDermot. Production Design by Emanuel Gerard. Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone. Film Editing by Robert Q. Lovett….

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The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell Of Fear (1991)

DAVID ZUCKER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1991.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by 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 Taryn De Chellis.  Film Editing by Christopher Greenbury, James R. Symons.  …

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Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot! (1992)

ROGER SPOTTISWOODE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 1992.  Northern Lights Entertainment, Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Blake Snyder, William Davies, William Osborne. Cinematography by Frank Tidy.  Produced by Michael C. Gross, Joe Medjuck, Ivan Reitman.  Music by Alan Silvestri.  Production Design by Charles Rosen.  Costume Design by Marie France.  Film Editing by Mark Conte, Lois Freeman-Fox. Sylvester Stallone badly wants to break into a comedy…

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Frankie And Johnny (1991)

GARRY MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1991.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Terrence McNally, based on his play Frankie and Johnny in the Claire De Lune.  Cinematography by Dante Spinotti.  Produced by Garry Marshall.  Music by Marvin Hamlisch.  Production Design by Albert Brenner.  Costume Design by Rosanna Norton.  Film Editing by Jacqueline Cambas, Battle Davis.   This enjoyable drama is based on…

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Thank God It’s Friday (1978)

ROBERT KLANE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1978.  Casablanca Filmworks, Major Studio Partners, Motown Productions.  Screenplay by Armyan Bernstein.  Cinematography by James Crabe.  Produced by Rob Cohen.  Music by Harry Betts.  Production Design by Tom H. John.  Costume Design by Betsy Jones.  Film Editing by Richard Halsey. Podcast:  Bad Gay Movies.   The fifteen minutes of disco craze in the late seventies are…

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The Fisher King (1991)

TERRY GILLIAM Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1991.  TriStar Pictures, Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Richard LaGravenese.  Cinematography by Roger Pratt.  Produced by Debra Hill, Lynda Obst.  Music by George Fenton.  Production Design by Mel Bourne.  Costume Design by Beatrix Aruna Pasztor.  Film Editing by Lesley Walker.   Jeff Bridges plays a talk radio host who is devastated when a listener misinterprets his advice…

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The French Connection (1971)

WILLIAM FRIEDKIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1971.  Philip D’Antoni Productions, Schine-Moore Productions, D’Antoni Productions.  Screenplay by Ernest Tidyman, based on the novel by Robin Moore.  Cinematography by Owen Roizman.  Produced by Philip D’Antoni.  Music by Don Ellis.  Production Design by Ben Kasazkow.  Costume Design by Joseph Fretwell III.  Film Editing by Gerald B. Greenberg.   Superb example of a top-notch police thriller,…

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The Ladykillers (2004)

ETHAN COEN, JOEL COEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  USA, 2004.  Touchstone Pictures, The Jacobson Company, Mike Zoss Productions.  Screenplay by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, based on the movie by William Rose.  Cinematography by Roger Deakins.  Produced by Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Tom Jacobson, Barry Josephson, Barry Sonnenfeld.  Music by Carter Burwell. Production Design by Dennis Gassner.  Costume Design by Mary Zophres.  Film…

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