The Edge (1997)

LEE TAMAHORI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1997.  Art Linson Productions. Screenplay by David Mamet.  Cinematography by Donald McAlpine.  Produced by Art Linson.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.  Production Design by Wolf Kroeger.  Costume Design by Julie Weiss.  Film Editing by Neil Travis.  Toronto International Film Festival 1997.  Anthony Hopkins plays a shy billionaire…

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The Comedian (2016)

TAYLOR HACKFORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2016.  Cinelou Films, Linson Entertainment, Anvil Films, Mad Riot Entertainment.  Story by Art Linson, Screenplay by Art Linson, Jeffrey Ross, Richard LaGravenese, Lewis Friedman.  Cinematography by Oliver Stapleton.  Produced by Mark Canton, Taylor Hackford, Art Linson, John Linson, Courtney Solomon.  Music by Terence Blanchard.  Production Design by Kristi Zea.  Costume Design by Aude Bronson-Howard,…

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Car Wash

BBB.5 (out of 5) Thoroughly enjoyable ensemble comedy that covers a day at work with the employees of an L.A. car wash in a loosely plotted, Altmanesque fashion. Celebrity cameos, including Richard Pryor, The Pointer Sisters, and George Carlin, are pluses, but what really draws you in is the catchy soundtrack (especially the memorable title…

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Into The Wild

SEAN PENN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2007.  Paramount Vantage, Art Linson Productions, Into the Wild, River Road Entertainment.  Screenplay by Sean Penn, based on the book by Jon Krakauer.  Cinematography by Eric Gautier.  Produced by Art Linson, Sean Penn, Bill Pohlad.  Music by Michael Brook, Kaki King, Eddie Vedder.  Production Design by Derek R. Hill.  Costume Design by Mary Claire…

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American Hot Wax (1978)

FLOYD MUTRUX Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  USA, 1978.  Paramount Pictures.  Story by John Kaye, Art Linson, Screenplay by John Kaye.  Cinematography by William A. Fraker.  Produced by Art Linson.  Music by Kenny Vance.  Production Design by Elayne Barbara Ceder.  Costume Design by Robert De Mora.  Film Editing by Ronald J. Fagan, Melvin Shapiro.   Along with American Graffiti and The Hollywood Knights,…

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Heat (1995)

MICHAEL MANN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1995.  Warner Bros., Regency Enterprises, Forward Pass, Art Linson Productions, Monarchy Enterprises B.V..  Screenplay by Michael Mann.  Cinematography by Dante Spinotti.  Produced by Art Linson, Michael Mann.  Music by Elliot Goldenthal.  Production Design by Neil Spisak.  Costume Design by Deborah Lynn Scott.  Film Editing by Pasquale Buba, William Goldenberg, Dov Hoenig, Tom Rolf. Michael Mann’s…

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Spartan (2004)

DAVID MAMET Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB. USA/Germany, 2004. Franchise Pictures, ApolloMedia Distribution, ApolloProMedia GmbH & Co. 1. Filmproduktion KG, QI Quality International GmbH & Co. KG, Signature Pictures.  Screenplay by David Mamet.  Cinematography by Juan Ruiz Anchia.  Produced by David Bergstein, Moshe Diamant, Art Linson, Elie Samaha.  Music by Mark Isham.  Production Design by Gemma Jackson.  Costume Design by Shay Cunliffe.  Film…

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Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982)

AMY HECKERLING Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1982.  Universal Pictures, Refugee Films.  Screenplay by Cameron Crowe, based on his book.  Cinematography by Matthew F. Leonetti.  Produced by Irving Azoff, Art Linson.  Music by Bob Destocki.  Production Design by Daniel A. Lomino.  Costume Design by Marilyn Vance.  Film Editing by Eric Jenkins.   Cameron Crowe went back to high school incognito and wrote a…

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Scrooged (1988)

RICHARD DONNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1988.  Paramount Pictures, Mirage Productions.  Screenplay by Mitch Glazer, Michael O’Donoghue, based on the novel A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.  Cinematography by Michael Chapman.  Produced by Richard Donner, Art Linson.  Music by Danny Elfman.  Production Design by J. Michael Riva.  Costume Design by Wayne A. Finkelman.  Film Editing by Fredric Steinkamp, William Steinkemp.  Academy Awards 1988….

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Casualties Of War (1989)

BRIAN DE PALMA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1989.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by David Rabe, based on the book by Daniel Lang.  Cinematography by Stephen H. Burum.  Produced by Art Linson.  Music by Ennio Morricone.  Production Design by Wolf Kroeger.  Costume Design by Richard Bruno.  Film Editing by Bill Pankow.  Golden Globe Awards 1989.  New York Film Critics Awards 1989.   Based…

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The Untouchables (1987)

BRIAN DE PALMA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1987.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by David Mamet, suggested by the book by Oscar Fraley, Eliot Ness.  Cinematography by Stephen H. Burum.  Produced by Art Linson.  Music by Ennio Morricone.  Production Design by William A. Elliott.  Costume Design by Marilyn Vance.  Film Editing by Gerald B. Greenberg, Bill Pankow.  Academy Awards 1987.  Golden Globe…

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The Black Dahlia (2006)

BRIAN DE PALMA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Germany/USA, 2006.  Universal Pictures, Millennium Films, Signature Pictures, Equity Pictures Medienfonds GmbH & Co. KG III, Nu Image Entertainment GmbH, Art Linson Productions, Davis Films, Linson Entertainment.  Screenplay by Josh Friedman, based on the novel by James Ellroy.  Cinematography by Vilmos Zsigmond.  Produced by Rudy Cohen, Moshe Diamant, Avi Lerner,…

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