The Exorcist III (1990)

WILLIAM PETER BLATTY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 1990.  Morgan Creek Entertainment.  Screenplay by William Peter Blatty, based on his novel Legion.  Cinematography by Gerry Fisher.  Produced by Carter deHaven.  Music by Barry De Vorzon.  Production Design by Leslie Dilley.  Costume Design by Dana Lyman.  Film Editing by Peter Lee-Thompson, Todd C. Ramsay.  William Peter Blatty takes the franchise over as both…

Rate this:

Body Parts (1991)

ERIC RED Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1991.  Vista Street Entertainment.  Screen story by Patricia Herskovic, Joyce Taylor, Screenplay by Eric Red, Norman Snider, based on the novel Et mon tout est un homme by Pierre Boileau, Thomas Narcejac.  Cinematography by Theo van de Sande.  Produced by Frank Mancuso Jr..  Music by Loek Dikker.  Production Design by Bill Brodie.  Costume Design by…

Rate this:

Hidden Agenda (1990)

KEN LOACH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1990.  Hemdale, Initial.  Screenplay by Jim Allen.  Cinematography by Clive Tickner.  Produced by Eric Fellner.  Music by Stewart Copeland.  Production Design by Martin Johnson.  Costume Design by Daphne Dare.  Film Editing by Jonathan Morris.  Cannes Film Festival 1990.  Toronto International Film Festival 1990.   A lawyer (Brad Dourif) and a former documentary filmmaker (Frances McDormand) are investigating allegations of…

Rate this:

Wise Blood (1979)

JOHN HUSTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1979.  Anthea Film, Ithaca.  Screenplay by Benedict Fitzgerald, Michael Fitzgerald, based on the novel by Flannery O’Connor.  Cinematography by Gerry Fisher.  Produced by Kathy Fitzgerald, Michael Fitzgerald.  Music by Alex North.  Production Design by Sally Fitzgerald.  Costume Design by Sally Fitzgerald.  Film Editing by Roberto Silvi.   Brad Dourif is marvelous as an ambitious but not exactly sophisticated young man…

Rate this:

Alien Resurrection

BBBB (out of 5) Excellent entry in the Alien series is nowhere near the brilliance of the first two (Alien, Aliens) but is a considerable improvement upon the lackluster Alien 3. Sigourney Weaver‘s Ellen Ripley has been cloned from genetic samples found of her at the site of her death, brought back to life so…

Rate this:

Mississippi Burning

BBBB (out of 5) Alan Parker’s drama gets few points for truth, as most of his fact-based films generally do, but he gets high marks for telling an emotionally involving story. Gene Hackman and Willem Dafoe play FBI agents on the trail of missing civil rights activists in the Klan-riddled Mississippi of the sixties. While Dafoe…

Rate this:

The Bad Lieutenant: Port Of Call – New Orleans

BB (out of 5) This free form remake of a recent film, which director Werner Herzog casually admits that he has never seen, should have been a hell of a lot crazier, particularly as Nicolas Cage gives one of his most unabashedly campy performances.  He plays a tough New Orleans cop who becomes a drug addict following an…

Rate this:

Color Of Night

B (out of 5) Laughably bad sex thriller stars Bruce Willis as a psychiatrist left blind to the colour red after one of his more unstable patients commits suicide in front of him and he is traumatized by the sight of her blood. He takes a leave of absence from work and goes and visits a…

Rate this:

Brown’s Requiem

B.5 (out of 5) Awkward adaptation of James Ellroy’s first novel, about a disgruntled private investigator (Michael Rooker) who has no idea what he’s in for when he takes a job from a golf cabbie who asks him to keep an eye on his sister (Selma Blair). Rooker hasn’t the charisma to be a leading…

Rate this:

Ragtime

BBBB (out of 5) This Milos Forman film adaptation of the E.L. Doctorow novel will be of particular interest to those who enjoyed the recent Broadway musical version (this one’s not a musical). It stars an ensemble cast whose interactions take place in turn-of-the-century America when the country was going through a major cultural upheaval…

Rate this:

One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest

BBBB (out of 5) After being sentenced to jail for contributing to the delinquency of a minor, Jack Nicholson convinces the authorities that he is crazy enough to serve his sentence in a mental institution instead of prison. When he gets there, he is put under the care of a nurse (Louise Fletcher) who is…

Rate this:

Dune

B (out of 5) Frank Herbert’s immensely popular science-fiction novel (the first in a series) has been turned into an unfortunate clunker of a film, helmed quite badly by David Lynch (he still refuses to talk about it). A rare sand-like substance is mined for use as a form of interplanetary travel but can only…

Rate this: