Desperately Seeking Susan

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Rosanna Arquette plays a bored New Jersey housewife who gets a little excitement in her life when she gets amnesia and accidentally falls into the personality and life of small-time freewheeling con artist Susan (Madonna in her feature film debut), and can’t seem to find her way out of it.  Aidan Quinn is…

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The Pope Of Greenwich Village

BBB.5 (out of 5) Great character study whose shoddy plotting and weak direction is overcome by two sterling performances. Mickey Rourke and Eric Roberts are terrific as New York City tough guys who desperately want to be worthy of a Martin Scorsese gangster epic but can only manage to barely make an impression on their…

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The Crow

BB (out of 5) Adaptation of the popular comic book has its place in film history for being the last film to star Brandon Lee (son of Bruce), who died tragically in a shooting accident during filming.  Several of his scenes were computer graphically recreated to complete production, likely the main reason why a majority of its…

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Water Drops On Burning Rocks (Gouttes D’Eau Sur Pierres Brulantes) (2000)

FRANCOIS OZON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  France, 2000.  Fidélité Productions, Les Films Alain Sarde, Euro Space, Studio Images 6.  Screenplay by Francois Ozon, based on the play Tropfen Auf Heisse Steine by Rainer Werner Fassbinder.  Cinematography by Jeanne Lapoirie.  Produced by Olivier Delbosc, Christine Gozlan, Christine Gozlan, Marc Missonnier, Alain Sarde.  Production Design by Arnaud de Moleron.  Costume Design by Pascaline Chavanne.  Film…

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Fatal Attraction (1987)

ADRIAN LYNE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1987.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by James Dearden, based on his short film.  Cinematography by Howard Atherton.  Produced by Sherry Lansing, Stanley R. Jaffe.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by Mel Bourne.  Costume Design by Ellen Mirojnick.  Film Editing by Peter E. Berger, Michael Kahn.  Academy Awards 1987.  Golden Globe Awards 1987.   Michael Douglas plays a hapless married man who is left…

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True Romance

BB (out of 5) Quentin Tarantino wrote the screenplay for this excessively violent road picture directed by Tony Scott. Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette are excellent as lovers on the lam who are trying to outrun the police and the mob, while also hoping to maintain the delicious intensity of their relationship. There are some fun moments,…

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I Shot Andy Warhol

BB (out of 5) Lili Taylor‘s performance as Valerie Solanas starts out riveting and soon grows tiresome, as does this film.  It chronicles Solanas’ unstable life up until her date with destiny, when she shot pop culture icon Andy Warhol (the wound was eventually responsible for taking his life many years later). Director Mary Harron…

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Wall Street

BBB.5 (out of 5) If for nothing else, this film acts as an excellent time capsule of Reagan-era corporate greed, significantly different from nineties corporate greed because later tycoons wouldn’t decorate their apartments in such tacky, trendy styles.  Charlie Sheen gives a painfully weak performance as a desperate, low-level stock broker who longs to swim in…

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At Close Range

BBB (out of 5) Powerful drama that tells a dark tale while also addressing the lack of opportunities for America’s poor to escape their surroundings. Sean Penn grows up in the rural south with his brother (real-life brother Chris Penn) and mother (real-life mother Eileen Ryan), who has long since divorced their crime boss father…

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Something Wild

BBBB.5 (out of 5) One of Jonathan Demme’s best films is this delightfully mad caper starring Melanie Griffith in a brilliant, endearing performance. Jeff Daniels plays a straight-laced businessman who mistakenly accepts a ride from a sexy wild child (Griffith) that turns out to be an endless adventure. Instead of taking him home, Griffith takes…

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Drunks

BB.5 (out of 5) More of an acting exercise than a movie, this film is adapted from the Broadway play Blackout. Richard Lewis plays an alcoholic who struggles with his addiction in between rounds at Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. Every time he attends a meeting, an individual offers their testimony about their life with drinking and…

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Unforgiven

BBBB (out of 5) A brothel in a tiny Wyoming frontier town becomes a den of revenge after a client viciously attacks a woman by cutting up her face.  The sheriff of Big Whiskey (Gene Hackman) makes the men involved atone by giving up a few horses to the house’s owner, which gives no satisfaction…

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