King Lear (1987)

JEAN-LUC GODARD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB USA/Bahamas/France/Switzerland, 1987. The Cannon Group, Golan-Globus Productions. Screenplay by Richard Debuisne, Jean-Luc Godard, Norman Mailer, Peter Sellars. Cinematography by Sophie Maintigneux. Produced by Yoram Globus, Menahem Golan. Film Editing by Jean-Luc Godard. Toronto International Film Festival 1987. If you show up thinking that the likes of Jean-Luc…

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Beware! The Blob (1972)

LARRY HAGMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB USA, 1972. Jack H. Harris Enterprises. Screenplay by Jack Woods, Anthony Harris, based on the story A Chip Off the Old Blob by Richard Clair, Jack H. Harris. Cinematography by Al Hamm. Produced by Anthony Harris. Music by Mort Garson. Production Design by Raymond McGrath, Larry Wallin….

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The Hindenburg (1975)

ROBERT WISE Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.  USA, 1975.  The Filmakers Group, Universal Pictures.  Screen story by Richard Levinson, William Link, Screenplay by Nelson Gidding, based on the book by Michael M. Mooney.  Cinematography by Robert Surtees.  Produced by Robert Wise.  Music by David Shire.  Production Design by Edward C. Carfagno.  Costume Design by…

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Tunisian Victory (1944)

JOHN HUSTON, HUGH STEWART, FRANK CAPRA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA/United Kingdom, 1944.  British Service Units, U.S. Army Signal Corps. Screenplay by Anthony Veiller.  Cinematography by D. Gallai-Hatchard, Harry Rignold.  Music by William Alwyn.  Film Editing by Frank Clarke.   This film on the North African campaign to stem the spread of Nazi power came out a year after Desert Victory covered…

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When Time Ran Out… (1980)

JAMES GOLDSTONE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   Canada/USA, 1980.  International Cinema, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Carl Foreman, Stirling Silliphant, based on the novel The Day The World Ended by Gordon Thomas, Max Morgan Witts.  Cinematography by Fred J. Koenekamp.  Produced by Irwin Allen.  Music by  Lalo Schifrin.  Production Design by Philip M. Jefferies.  Costume Design by Paul Zastupnevich.  Film Editing by Edward A….

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Of Mice And Men (1939)

LEWIS MILESTONE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1939.  Hal Roach Studios.  Screenplay by Eugene Solow, based on the novel by John Steinbeck.  Cinematography by Norbert Brodine.  Produced by Lewis Milestone.  Music by Aaron Copland.  Production Design by Nicolai Remisoff.  Costume Design by Harry Black.  Film Editing by Bert Jordan.  Academy Awards 1939. John Steinbeck’s timelessly popular novel is adapted to the big…

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The Day Of The Locust (1975)

JOHN SCHLESINGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1975.  Paramount Pictures, Long Road Productions.  Screenplay by Waldo Salt, based on the novel by Nathanael West.  Cinematography by Conrad L. Hall.  Produced by Jerome Hellman.  Music by John Barry.  Production Design by Richard Macdonald.  Costume Design by Ann Roth.  Film Editing by Jim Clark.  Academy Awards 1975.  Golden Globe Awards 1975.  National Board of Review Awards…

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Hurry Sundown (1967)

OTTO PREMINGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1967.  Otto Preminger Films.  Screenplay by Horton Foote, Thomas C. Ryan, based on the novel by Bert Gilden, Katya Gilden.  Cinematography by Loyal Griggs, Milton R. Krasner.  Produced by Otto Preminger.  Music by Hugo Montenegro.  Production Design by Gene Callahan.  Costume Design by Estevez.  Film Editing by Tony de Zarraga, Louis R. Loeffler, James D. Wells.  Golden Globe…

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Second Chorus (1940)

H.C. POTTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1940.  Boris Morros Productions.  Original story by Frank Cavett, Screenplay by Elaine Ryan, Ian McLellan Hunter, contributor Johnny Mercer.  Cinematography by Theodor Sparkuhl.  Produced by Boris Morros.  Music by Artie Shaw.  Production Design by Boris Leven.  Costume Design by Helen Taylor.  Film Editing by Jack Dennis.  Academy Awards 1940. Fred Astaire and Burgess Meredith are the very definition of frenemies,…

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Madame X (1966)

DAVID LOWELL RICH Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 1966.  Universal Pictures, Ross Hunter Productions, Eltee.  Screenplay by Jean Holloway, based on the play by Alexandre Bisson. Cinematography by Russell Metty.  Produced by Ross Hunter.  Music by Frank Skinner.  Production Design by Alexander Golitzen, George C. Webb.  Costume Design by Jean Louis.  Film Editing by Milton Carruth.   The classic tearjerker that has…

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Advise & Consent (1962)

OTTO PREMINGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1962.  Otto Preminger Films, Alpha Alpina.  Screenplay by Wendell Mayes, based on the novel by Allen Drury.  Cinematography by Sam Leavitt.  Produced by Otto Preminger. Music by Jerry Fielding.  Production Design by Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Bill Blass.  Film Editing by Louis R. Loeffler.  Cannes Film Festival 1962. Otto Preminger made waves…

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The Cardinal (1963)

OTTO PREMINGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1963.  Otto Preminger Films.  Screenplay by Robert Dozier, based on the novel by Henry Morton Robinson.   Cinematography by Leon Shamroy.   Produced by Otto Preminger.   Music by Jerome Moross.   Production Design by Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Donald Brooks.    Film Editing by Louis R. Loeffler.  Academy Awards 1963.  Golden Globe Awards 1963. Otto…

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