Short Eyes (1977)

ROBERT M. YOUNG Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1977.  Screenplay by Miguel Pinero, based on his play. Cinematography by Peter Sova. Produced by Lewis Harris, Robert M. Young. Music by Curtis Mayfield.  Production Design by Joe Babas. Costume Design by Paul Martino. Film Editing by Edward Beyer. Miguel Pineyro’s Tony-nominated play, based on his own experiences behind bars, is adapted to…

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Arthur (1981)

BBBB (out of 5) Dudley Moore is terrific as the spoiled heir to a vast fortune who is told that unless he marries beautiful Jill Eikenberry, the money he is expecting to inherit will not be given to him. Regardless of whether or not he loves her, Moore is required to bring respect to the family…

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Taxi Driver

BBBBB (out of 5) An absolutely perfect film, mostly remembered now (unfortunately) for Robert De Niro‘s oft-imitated, never duplicated mirror monologue (who can say “You talkin’ to me?” without making someone shudder?). He plays a New York City cab driver and Vietnam veteran whose loneliness and frustration with the world around him, a world he…

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Midnight Run

BBBB (out of 5) This is a film that successfully merges action, comedy, and even a few moments of genuine drama and poignancy. The fact that it comes from the director who would later bring us Scent Of A Woman, Meet Joe Black and Gigli is definitely a sign of auteur power gone awry, because…

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Annie Hall

BBBBB (out of 5) La dee da, la la. Woody Allen takes a sharp turn away from slapstick and gives birth to comedy genius. Natural, observant dialogue and moments of romantic poignancy chart the relationship between an insecure television producer (Allen) and his flighty, free-spirited girlfriend (Diane Keaton).  He begins by telling us that they broke…

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Stardust Memories (1980)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1980.  Jack Rollins & Charles H. Joffe Productions, Rollins-Joffe Productions.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Gordon Willis.  Produced by Robert Greenhut.  Production Design by Mel Bourne.  Costume Design by Santo Loquasto.  Film Editing by Susan E. Morse.   One of Woody Allen‘s less inspired works, this bitter film is the director’s response to the criticism he…

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