The Other Side of the Wind (2018)

ORSON WELLES Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  France/Iran/USA, 2018.  Royal Road Entertainment, Les Films de l’Astrophore, SACI, Americas Film Conservancy.  Screenplay by Oja Kodar, Orson Welles.  Cinematography by Gary Graver.  Produced by Frank Marshall, Filip Jan Rymsza.  Music by Michel Legrand.  Production Design by Polly Platt.  Film Editing by Bob Murawski, Orson Welles.  Orson Welles filmed roughly one hundred hours of footage … More The Other Side of the Wind (2018)

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Flight To Mars

BB (out of 5) A group of scientists and one reporter are bustled into a spaceship and sent to the red planet, eventually landing and discovering a race of beings who look and talk exactly like humans!  Naturally their costumes are a lot more fabulous, but the Martians turn out to be sympathetic and hospitable, … More Flight To Mars

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Love Me Or Leave Me

BBB.5 (out of 5) Fictionalized biography of singer Ruth Etting makes for a very dark musical (for its time) and provides Doris Day with one of her richest roles. She plays Etting from her early days in the roaring twenties when the opportunity to make it big through the connection of a successful hood (James Cagney) … More Love Me Or Leave Me

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Moulin Rouge! (2001)

BBBB (out of 5) Forcefully passionate, Australian director Baz Luhrmann’s third film drops you immediately into a carnivalesque world of magical and musical mayhem, telling the story of a young writer (Ewan McGregor) who decides to live the bohemian life in the Montmartre district of Paris.  Rooming across the street from the famous Moulin Rouge, McGregor … More Moulin Rouge! (2001)

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Carousel (1956)

HENRY KING Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1956.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Phoebe Ephron, Henry Ephron, adapted by Benjamin Glazer, based on the stage book by Oscar Hammerstein II, from the musical play Liliom by Ferenc Molnar.  Cinematography by Charles G. Clarke.  Produced by Henry Ephron.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Jack Martin Smith, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by … More Carousel (1956)

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Hombre

BBBB (out of 5) Paul Newman continues his collection of anti-heroes with this excellent western, adapted from the novel by Elmore Leonard.  He plays a white man raised by Apaches who suffers the racism that is dealt towards all Natives of frontier America. His background becomes an asset, however, when a stagecoach is held up and … More Hombre

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