Once Upon a Time In…Hollywood (2019)

QUENTIN TARANTINO Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.  USA/United Kingdom/China, 2019.  Bona Film Group, Heyday Films, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Visiona Romantica.  Screenplay by Quentin Tarantino.  Cinematography by Robert Richardson.  Produced by David Heyman, Shannon McIntosh, Quentin Tarantino.  Music by Mary Ramos.  Production Design by Barbara Ling.  Costume Design by Arianne Phillips.  Film Editing by Fred…

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Batman Forever (1995)

JOEL SCHUMACHER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA/United Kingdom, 1995.  Warner Bros., PolyGram Filmed Entertainment.  Story by Lee Batchler, Janet Scott Batchler, Screenplay by Lee Batchler, Janet Scott Batchler, Akiva Goldsman, based on characters created by Bob Kane.  Cinematography by Stephen Goldblatt.  Produced by Tim Burton, Peter Macgregor-Scott.  Music by Elliot Goldenthal.  Production Design by Barbara Ling.  Costume Design by Ingrid Ferrin,…

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Falling Down (1993)

JOEL SCHUMACHER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  France/USA/United Kingdom, 1993.  Alcor Films, Canal+, Regency Enterprises, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Ebbe Roe Smith. Cinematography by Andrzej Bartkowiak.  Produced by Timothy Harris, Arnold Kopelson, Herschel Weingrod.  Music by James Newton Howard. Production Design by Barbara Ling.  Costume Design by Marlene Stewart.  Film Editing by Paul Hirsch.  Cannes Film Festival 1993. Michael Douglas is stuck in traffic…

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With Honours (1994)

ALEK KESHISHIAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1994.  Spring Creek Productions, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by William Mastrosimone.  Cinematography by Sven Nykvist.  Produced by Amy Robinson, Paula Weinstein.  Music by Patrick Leonard.  Production Design by Barbara Ling.  Costume Design by Renee Ehrlich Kalfus.  Film Editing by Michael R. Miller.  Golden Globe Awards 1994.   College melodrama where students are taught to break the rules by…

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Less Than Zero

B (out of 5) Bret Easton Ellis’ novel about rich kids living in the fast lane is given an atrocious screen treatment.  Andrew McCarthy comes back to his hometown of Los Angeles after his first year of college, discovering that ex-girlfriend Jami Gertz is now dating his best friend Robert Downey Jr.. She enlists McCarthy’s help as…

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Hearts In Atlantis

BB (out of 5) Pointless adaptation of Stephen King’s novel has Anthony Hopkins as a crotchety old man boarding in the upstairs floor of a house inhabited by an intelligent little boy (Anton Yelchin) and his self-indulgent mother (Hope Davis). The boy finds himself drawn to the gentleman, first because Hopkins pays him to read…

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Random Hearts

BB.5 (out of 5) Valiant but unfortunately disastrous effort to bring out the more serious side of Harrison Ford, with director Sydney Pollack also trying to recapture the mellow romanticism of his stunning Out of Africa with minimal results. Ford’s wife dies in a tragic plane accident, the aftermath revealing that the man she was…

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The Doors

BBB (out of 5) Oliver Stone turns from his Vietnam war epics to film the tale of The Doors’ lead musician Jim Morrison, an enigmatic rock icon who died young of a drug overdose. Val Kilmer‘s fearless portrayal of Morrison (not to mention his remarkable resemblance) is the film’s main attraction, while the rest is…

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Batman And Robin (1997)

JOEL SCHUMACHER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  USA/United Kingdom, 1997.  Warner Bros., Polygram Filmed Entertainment.  Screenplay by Akiva Goldsman, based on characters created by Bob Kane.  Cinematography by Stephen Goldblatt.  Produced by Peter Macgregor-Scott.  Music by Elliot Goldenthal.  Production Design by Barbara Ling.  Costume Design by Ingrid Ferrin, Robert Turturice.  Film Editing by Mark Stevens, Dennis Virkler. Watching the first four Batman movies in…

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Fried Green Tomatoes

BBBB.5 (out of 5) This marvelous journey had its inception in Fannie Flagg’s deliciously Southern novel Fried Green Tomatoes At The Whistle Stop Cafe. From there it made the transition to the big screen with its deeply sympathetic characters and enjoyably sentimental situations intact. Films like Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and How To…

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