The Loveless (1981)

KATHRYN BIGELOW, MONTY MONTGOMERY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1981.  Pioneer Films.  Screenplay by Kathryn Bigelow, Monty Montgomery.  Cinematography by Doyle Smith.  Produced by A. Kitman Ho, Grafton Nunes. Music by Robert Gordon.  Production Design by Lilly Kilvert.  Film Editing by Nancy Kanter. Toronto International Film Festival 1982.   Kathryn Bigelow makes her feature…

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The Prince Of Tides (1991)

BARBRA STREISAND Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1991.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Barwood Films, Longfellow Pictures.  Screenplay by Pat Conroy, Becky Johnston, based on the novel by Pat Conroy.  Cinematography by Stephen Goldblatt.  Produced by Barbra Streisand.  Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design by Paul Sylbert.  Costume Design by Ruth Morley.  Film Editing by Don Zimmerman.  Academy Awards 1991.  Boston Film Critics Awards 1991….

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Fled

BBB (out of 5) Distracting but unbelievable film about two ex-convicts (Laurence Fishburne, Stephen Baldwin) who break free from a chain gang and spend the rest of the time trying to escape the same men (on both sides of the law) who put them in the clink in the first place. Baldwin plays a computer…

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Norma Rae (1979)

MARTIN RITT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1979.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Irving Ravetch, Harriet Frank Jr..  Cinematography by John A. Alonzo.  Produced by Tamara Asseyev, Alexandra Rose.  Music by David Shire.  Production Design by Walter Scott Herndon.  Costume Design by Agnes Lyon, Michael J. Harte.  Film Editing by Sidney Levin.  Academy Awards 1979.  Cannes Film Festival 1979.  Golden Globe Awards 1979.  National Board of…

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The Neon Bible (1995)

TERENCE DAVIES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   United Kingdom, 1995.  Academy, Channel Four Films, Iberoamerica Films, Mayfair Films, Scala Productions, Screen Partners Ltd., Three Rivers Production.  Screenplay by Terence Davies, based on the novel by John Kennedy Toole.  Cinematography by Michael Coulter.  Produced by Elizabeth Karlsen, Olivia Stewart.  Music by Robert Lockhart.  Production Design by Christopher Hobbs.  Costume Design by Monica Howe.  Film…

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Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

BRUCE BERESFORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1989.  The Zanuck Company.  Screenplay by Alfred Uhry, based on his play.  Cinematography by Peter James.  Produced by Lili Fini Zanuck, Richard D. Zanuck.  Music by Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Bruno Rubeo.  Costume Design by Elizabeth McBride.  Film Editing by Mark Warner.  Academy Awards 1989.  Boston Film Critics Awards 1989.  Golden Globe Awards 1989.  National Board…

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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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Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980)

MICHAEL APTED Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1980.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Thomas Rickman, based on the autobiography by Loretta Lynn, George Vecsey.  Cinematography by Ralf D. Bode.  Produced by Bernard Schwartz.  Production Design by John W. Corso.  Costume Design by Joe I. Tompkins.  Film Editing by Arthur Schmidt.  Academy Awards 1980.  Golden Globe Awards 1980.  National Board of Review Awards 1980.  New York…

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