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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Parental Guidance (2012)

ANDY FICKMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  USA, 2012.  Twentieth Century Fox, Walden Media, Chernin Entertainment, Face Productions, Dune Entertainment.  Screenplay by Lisa Addario, Joe Syracuse.  Cinematography by Dean Semler.  Produced by Peter Chernin, Dylan Clark, Billy Crystal.  Music by Marc Shaiman.  Production Design by David J. Bomba.  Costume Design by Genevieve Tyrrell.  Film Editing by Kent Beyda.   Bette Midler and Billy Crystal play a middle-aged couple,…

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City Slickers (1991)

RON UNDERWOOD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1991.  Castle Rock Entertainment, Nelson Entertainment, Face Productions.  Written by Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel.  Cinematography by Dean Semler.  Produced by Irby Smith.  Music by Marc Shaiman.  Production Design by Lawrence G. Paull.  Costume Design by Judy L. Ruskin.  Film Editing by O. Nicholas Brown.   Three stressed out city company men and age-old friends (Billy Crystal, Bruno Kirby,…

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America’s Sweethearts (2001)

JOE ROTH Bil’s rating (out of 5):   B.  USA, 2001.  Revolution Studios, Face Productions, Roth-Arnold Productions.  Screenplay by Billy Crystal, Peter Tolan.  Cinematography by Phedon Papamichael.  Produced by Susan Arnold, Billy Crystal, Donna Roth.  Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design by Garreth Stover.  Costume Design by Ellen Mirojnick.  Film Editing by Stephen A. Rotter.   Flat, boring and completely unsympathetic romantic comedy that wastes…

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Analyze That (2002)

HAROLD RAMIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA/Australia, 2002.  Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, NPV Entertainment, Baltimore Spring Creek Productions, Face Productions, Tribeca Productions.  Screenplay by Peter Steinfeld, Harold Ramis, Peter Tolan, based on characters created by Kenneth Lonergan, Peter Tolan.  Cinematography by Ellen Kuras. Produced by Jane Rosenthal, Paula Weinstein.  Music by David Holmes.  Production Design by Wynn Thomas.  Costume Design by…

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Analyze This (1999)

HAROLD RAMIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.    USA/Australia, 1999.  Village Roadshow Pictures, NPV Entertainment, Baltimore Pictures, Spring Creek Productions, Face Productions, Tribeca Productions.  Story by Kenneth Lonergan, Peter Tolan, Screenplay by Peter Tolan, Harold Ramis, Kenneth Lonergan.  Cinematography by Stuart Dryburgh.  Produced by Jane Rosenthal, Paula Weinstein.  Music by Howard Shore.  Production Design by Wynn Thomas.  Costume Design by Aude Bronson-Howard.  Film Editing by…

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Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)

HAYAO MIYAZAKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Original title:  Hauru No Ugoku Shiro Japan, 2004.  Buena Vista Home Entertainment, DENTSU Music And Entertainment, Mitsubishi, Nippon Television Network, Studio Ghibli, Tohokushinsha Film Corporation, Tokuma Shoten, d-rights.  Screenplay by Hayao Miyazaki, based on the novel by Diana Wynne Jones.  Cinematography by Atsushi Okui.  Produced by Rick Dempsey, Ned Lott, Toshio Suzuki.  Music by…

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Get Bruce (1999)

ANDREW J. KUEHN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1999.  AJK.  Cinematography by Jose Louis Mignone.  Produced by Andrew J. Kuehn.  Music by Michael Feinstein.  Film Editing by William Flicker, Maureen Nolan.   Fun documentary that chronicles the career of one of the most successful comedy writers in show business today, Bruce Vilanch. After an auspicious debut as a writer…

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Monsters, Inc. (2001)

PETE DOCTER, DAVID SILVERMAN, LEE UNKRICH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   USA, 2001.  Pixar Animation Studios, Walt Disney Pictures.  Story by Pete Docter, Jill Culton,  Jeff Pidgeon, Ralph Eggleston, Screenplay by Andrew Stanton, Daniel Gerson, additional screenplay material by Robert L. Baird, Rhett Reese, Jonathan Roberts.  Produced by Darla K. Anderson.  Music by Randy Newman.  Production Design by Harley Jessup, Bob…

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Throw Momma From The Train (1987)

DANNY DEVITO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1987.  Orion Pictures.  Screenplay by Stu Silver. Cinematography by Barry Sonnenfeld.  Produced by Larry Brezner.  Music by David Newman.  Production Design by Ida Random.  Costume Design by Marilyn Vance.  Film Editing by Michael Jablow.   This enjoyable comedy takes Hitchcock’s Strangers On A Train and adds humour. Danny DeVito plays a put-upon mama’s boy who…

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This Is Spinal Tap (1984)

ROB REINER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1984.  Spinal Tap Prod..  Screenplay by Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, Rob Reiner.  Cinematography by Peter Smokler.  Produced by Karen Murphy.  Music by Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Rob Reiner, Harry Shearer.  Production Design by Bryan Jones.  Costume Design by Renee Johnston.  Film Editing by Kent Beyda, Kim Secrist.  Podcast:  My Criterions. The hilarious…

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The Princess Bride (1987)

ROB REINER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1987.  Act III Communications, Buttercup Films Ltd., The Princess Bride Ltd..  Screenplay by William Goldman, based on his book.  Cinematography by Adrian Biddle.  Produced by Rob Reiner, Andrew Scheinman.  Music by Mark Knopfler.  Production Design by Norman Garwood.  Costume Design by Phyllis Dalton.  Film Editing by Robert Leighton.   This magical film is a rare…

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