Across 110th Street (1973)

BARRY SHEAR Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 USA, 1973. Film Guarantors. Screenplay by Luther Davis, based on the novel Across 110th by Wally Ferris. Cinematography by Jack Priestley. Produced by Fouad Said, Ralph B. Sharpe. Music by J.J. Johnson. Production Design by Perry Watkins. Costume Design by Joseph Fretwell III. Film Editing by Byron…

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Transamerica (2005)

DUNCAN TUCKER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB. USA, 2005.  Belladonna Productions.  Screenplay by Duncan Tucker.  Cinematography by Stephen Kazmierski.  Produced by Rene Bastian, Sebastian Dungan, Linda Moran.  Music by David Mansfield.  Production Design by Mark White.  Costume Design by Danny Glicker.  Film Editing by Pam Wise.  Academy Awards 2005.  Golden Globe Awards 2005. Screen Actors Guild Awards 2005.   Toronto International Film Festival 2005.   Felicity Huffman plays a…

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Rocky Balboa (2006)

SYLVESTER STALLONE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5 USA, 2006.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Columbia Pictures, Revolution Studios, Chartoff-Winkler Productions. Screenplay by Sylvester Stallone, based on his characters.  Cinematography by Clark Mathis.  Produced by William Chartoff, Kevin King Templeton, Charles Winkler, David Winkler.  Music by Bill Conti.  Production Design by Franco-Giacomo Carbone.  Costume Design by Gretchen Patch.  Film Editing by Sean Albertson. There are some heroes that…

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Rocky IV (1985)

SYLVESTER STALLONE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1985.  United Artists, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Sylvester Stallone, based on his characters.  Cinematography by Bill Butler.  Produced by Robert Chartoff, Irwin Winkler.  Music by Vince DiCola.  Production Design by Bill Kenney.  Costume Design by Tom Bronson.  Film Editing by John W. Wheeler, Don Zimmerman.   Commonly known as the one where he fights the Russian. How many…

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The Pope Of Greenwich Village (1984)

STUART ROSENBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1984.  United Artists.  Screenplay by Vincent Patrick, based on his novel.  Cinematography by John Bailey.  Produced by Gene Kirkwood, Hawk Koch.  Music by Dave Grusin.  Production Design by Paul Sylbert.  Costume Design by Joseph G. Aulisi.  Film Editing by Robert Brown.   Great character study whose shoddy plotting and weak direction is overcome by two sterling…

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Win Win (2011)

TOM McCARTHY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 2011.  Fox Searchlight Pictures, Everest Entertainment, Groundswell Productions, Next Wednesday Productions, Dune Entertainment.  Story by Tom McCarthy, Joe Tiboni, Screenplay by Thomas McCarthy.  Cinematography by Oliver Bokelberg.  Produced by Lisa Maria Falcone, Michael London, Tom McCarthy, Mary Jane Skalski.  Music by Lyle Workman.  Production Design by John Paino.  Costume Design by Melissa Toth.  Film Editing by…

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Mickey Blue Eyes (1999)

KELLY MAKIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 1999.  Castle Rock Entertainment, Polygram Filmed Entertainment, Simian Films.  Screenplay by Adam Scheinman, Robert Kuhn.  Cinematography by Donald E. Thorin.  Produced by Elizabeth Hurley, Charles Mulvehill.  Music by Basil Poledouris.  Production Design by Gregory P. Keen.  Costume Design by Ellen Mirojnick.  Film Editing by David Freeman.   Hugh Grant‘s charm and some extremely hilarious moments…

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Chinatown (1974)

ROMAN POLANSKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1974.  Paramount Pictures, Penthouse, Long Road Productions, Robert Evans Company.  Screenplay by Robert Towne.  Cinematography by John A. Alonzo.  Produced by Robert Evans.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.  Production Design by Richard Sylbert.  Costume Design by Anthea Sylbert.  Film Editing by Sam O’Steen.    Robert Towne’s impeccable screenplay is the heart and soul of this excellent mystery…

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Rocky (1976)

JOHN G. AVILDSEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1976.  Chartoff-Winkler Productions.  Screenplay by Sylvester Stallone.  Cinematography by James Crabe.  Produced by Robert Chartoff, Irwin Winkler.  Music by Bill Conti.  Production Design by William J. Cassidy.  Costume Design by Joanne Hutchinson.  Film Editing by Scott Conrad, Richard Halsey.   Sylvester Stallone wrote and stars in this subtle drama that took audiences by storm in the…

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Betsy’s Wedding (1990)

ALAN ALDA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1990.  Touchstone Pictures, Silver Screen Partners IV, Martin Bregman Productions, Betsy’s Wedding.  Screenplay by Alan Alda.  Cinematography by Kelvin Pike.  Produced by Martin Bregman, Louis A. Stroller.  Music by Bruce Broughton.  Production Design by John Jay Moore.  Costume Design by Mary Malin.  Film Editing by Michael E. Polakow.   In this unofficial remake of Father…

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