The Humbling (2014)

BARRY LEVINSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2014.  Ambi Pictures, Hammerton Productions, Stonelock Pictures.  Screenplay by Buck Henry, Michal Zebede, based on the novel by Philip Roth.  Cinematography by Adam Jandrup.  Produced by Barry Levinson, Al Pacino, Jason Sosnoff.  Music by Marcelo Zarvos.  Production Design by Sam Lisenco.  Costume Design by Kim Wilcox.  Film Editing by Aaron Yanes.  Toronto International Film Festival 2014.   An aging actor…

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Get Smart (2008)

PETER SEGAL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2008.  Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, Mosaic Media Group, Mad Chance, Callahan Filmworks, Atlas Entertainment, WV Films IV.  Screenplay by Tom J. Astle, Matt Ember, based on characters created by Mel Brooks, Buck Henry.  Cinematography by Dean Semler.  Produced by Michael Ewing, Alex Gartner, Andrew Lazar, Charles Roven.  Music by Trevor Rabin.  Production Design…

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Breakfast Of Champions (1999)

ALAN RUDOLPH Bil’s rating (out of 5):    B.5.  USA, 1999.  Flying Heart Films, Hollywood Pictures, Rain City, Rational Packaging Company, Sugar Creek Productions, Summit Entertainment.  Screenplay by Alan Rudolph, based on the book by Kurt Vonnegut Jr..  Cinematography by Elliot Davis.  Produced by David Blocker, David Willis.  Music by Mark Isham.  Production Design by Nina Ruscio.  Costume Design by Rudy Dillon.  Film Editing by Suzy…

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Grumpy Old Men (1993)

DONALD PETRIE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1993.  John Davis, Lancaster Gate, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Mark Steven Johnson.  Cinematography by Johnny E. Jensen.  Produced by Richard C. Berman, John Davis.    Music by Alan Silvestri.   Production Design by David Chapman.  Costume Design by Lisa Jensen.  Film Editing by Bonnie Koehler.   It’s nice to see the odd couple back in action…

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The Last Shot

JEFF NATHANSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 2004.  Morra Brezner Steinberg and Tenenbaum Entertainment, Mandeville Films, Burro Productions, Touchstone Pictures.  Screenplay by Jeff Nathanson, based on the article What’s Wrong With This Picture by Steve Fishman.  Cinematography by John Lindley.  Produced by Larry Brezner, David Hoberman.  Music by Rolfe Kent.  Production Design by William Arnold.  Costume Design by Gloria Gresham.  Film Editing by…

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The Man Who Fell To Earth (1976)

NICOLAS ROEG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1976.  British Lion Film Corporation, Cinema 5.  Screenplay by Paul Mayersberg, based on the novel by Walter Tevis.  Cinematography by Anthony B. Richmond.  Produced by Michael Deeley, Barry Spikings.  Music by John Phillips, Stomu Yamashta.  Production Design by Brian Eatwell.  Costume Design by May Routh.  Film…

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Protocol (1984)

HERBERT ROSS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1984.  Hawn/Sylbert Movie Company, Warner Bros..  Story by Charles Shyer, Nancy Meyers, Harvey Miller, Screenplay by Buck Henry.  Cinematography by William A. Fraker.  Produced by Anthea Sylbert.  Music by Basil Poledouris.  Production Design by Bill Malley.  Costume Design by Wayne A. Finkelman.  Film Editing by Paul Hirsch. Goldie Hawn tries to recreate her success from…

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The Real Blonde

BBBB (out of 5) Adults sabotaging perfectly good relationships with stubborn hangups is the focus of Tom DiCillo’s heartfelt romantic comedy/drama. A struggling actor (Matthew Modine) pounds the New York City pavement between days waiting tables, trying to get a foothold in a career that has dogged him for years. His frustrated girlfriend (Catherine Keener)…

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The Day Of The Dolphin (1973)

MIKE NICHOLS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1973.   AVCO Embassy Pictures.   Screenplay by Buck Henry, based on the novel Un Animal Doue de Raison by Robert Merle.   Cinematography by William A. Fraker.   Produced by Robert E. Relyea.   Music by Georges Delerue.   Production Design by Richard Sylbert.   Costume Design by Anthea Sylbert.   Film Editing by Sam…

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The Graduate (1967)

MIKE NICHOLS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1967.   Lawrence Turman.   Screenplay by Calder Willingham, Buck Henry, based on the novel by Charles Webb.   Cinematography by Robert Surtees.   Produced by Lawrence Turman.   Music by Paul Simon, Dave Grusin.   Production Design by Richard Sylbert.   Costume Design by Patricia Zipprodt.   Film Editing by Sam O’Steen.   Academy Awards 1967.   Golden Globe…

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To Die For (1995)

GUS VAN SANT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 1995.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Laura Ziskin Productions, The Rank Organisation.  Screenplay by Buck Henry, based on the book by Joyce Maynard.  Cinematography by Eric Alan Edwards.  Produced by Laura Ziskin.  Music by Danny Elfman.  Production Design by Missy Stewart.  Costume Design by Beatrix Aruna Pasztor.  Film Editing by Curtiss Clayton.  Boston Film Critics Awards…

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Even Cowgirls Get The Blues (1993)

GUS VAN SANT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 1993.  New Line Cinema, Fourth Vision.  Screenplay by Gus Van Sant, based on the novel by Tom Robbins.  Cinematography by John J. Campbell, Eric Alan Edwards.  Produced by Laurie Parker, Lucy Phillips.  Music by k.d. lang, Ben Mink. Production Design by Missy Stewart.  Costume Design by Beatrix Aruna Pasztor.  Film Editing by Curtiss…

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