The Big Sleep (1978)

MICHAEL WINNER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 United Kingdom/USA, 1978. Winkast Film Productions, ITC Entertainment. Screenplay by Michael Winner, based on the novel by Raymond Chandler. Cinematography by Robert Paynter. Produced by Jerry Bick, Elliott Kastner, Michael Winner. Music by Jerry Fielding. Production Design by Harry Pottle. Costume Design by Ron Beck. Film Editing…

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The Blob (1988)

CHUCK RUSSELL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1988 .    TriStar Pictures, Palisades California Inc..  Screenplay by Chuck Russell, Frank Darabont, based on the earlier screenplay by Theodore Simonson, Kay Linaker, story by Irvine H. Millgate.  Cinematography by Mark Irwin.   Produced by Jack H. Harris, Elliott Kastner.   Music by Michael Hoenig.   Production Design…

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Dog Tags (2008)

DAMION DIETZ Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.  USA, 2008.  New Media Entertainment LLC.  Screenplay by Damion Dietz.  Cinematography by Terence Pratt.  Produced by Damion Dietz, Stephanie Kirchen.  Music by Jeffery Alan Jones.  Production Design by Kathleen Finch.  Costume Design by Cynthia Salazar.  Film Editing by Denise Howard.   Podcast: Bad Gay Movies. Two strangers are…

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Radioland Murders (1994)

MEL SMITH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB. USA, 1994.  Universal Pictures, Lucasfilm.  Story by George Lucas, Screenplay by Willard Huyck, Gloria Katz, Jeff Reno, Ron Osborn.  Cinematography by David Tattersall.  Produced by Rick McCallum, Fred Roos.  Music by Joel McNeely.  Production Design by Gavin Bocquet.  Costume Design by Peggy Farrell.  Film Editing by Paul Trejo. Painfully boring comedy from the usually more imaginative…

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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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American Graffiti (1973)

GEORGE LUCAS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1973.  Universal Pictures, Lucasfilm, The Coppola Company.  Screenplay by George Lucas, Gloria Katz, Willard Huyck.  Cinematography by Jan D’Alquen, Ron Eveslage.  Produced by Francis Ford Coppola.  Music by Kim Fowley, Karin Green.  Production Design by Dennis Lynton Clark.  Costume Design by Aggie Guerard Rodgers.  Film Editing by Verna Fields, Marcia Lucas.   This nostalgic look back…

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National Lampoon’s Movie Madness (1982)

BOB GIRALDI, HENRY JAGLOM Bil’s rating (out of 5):  0.  USA, 1982.  Matty Simmons.  Screenplay by Tod Carroll, Shary Flenniken, Pat Mephitis, Gerald Sussman, Ellis Weiner.  Cinematography by Charles Correll, Tak Fujimoto.  Produced by Matty Simmons.  Music by Andy Stein.  Production Design by Alexander A. Mayer.  Costume Design by Nedra Rosemond-Watt.  Film Editing by James Coblentz, Bud S. Isaacs.   It’s really hard to imagine how this film could possibly…

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Fat City (1972)

JOHN HUSTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1972.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Rastar Pictures.  Screenplay by Leonard Gardner, based on his novel.  Cinematography by Conrad L. Hall.  Produced by John Huston, Ray Stark.  Music by Marvin Hamlisch.  Production Design by Richard Sylbert.  Costume Design by Dorothy Jeakins.  Film Editing by Walter Thompson.   Atmosphere overrules plot in this unjustifiably forgotten minor classic by John…

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The Informant! (2009)

STEVEN SODERBERGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2009.  Warner Bros., Participant Media, Groundswell Productions, Section Eight, Jaffe / Braunstein Enterprise.  Screenplay by Scott Z. Burns, based on the book by Kurt Eichenwald.  Cinematography by Steven Soderbergh.  Produced by Howard Braunstein, Kurt Eichenwald, Jennifer Fox, Gregory Jacobs, Michael Jaffe.  Music by Marvin Hamlisch.  Production Design by Doug J. Meerdink.  Costume Design by Shoshana Rubin.  Film…

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At Close Range (1986)

JAMES FOLEY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1986.  Cinema ’85, Hemdale.  Story by Elliott Lewit, Nicholas Kazan, Screenplay by Nicholas Kazan.  Cinematography by Juan Ruiz Anchia. Produced by Don Guest, Elliott Lewitt.  Music by Patrick Leonard.  Production Design by Peter Jamison.  Costume Design by Hilary Rosenfeld.  Film Editing by Howard E. Smith.   Powerful drama that tells a dark tale while also addressing…

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Zodiac (2007)

DAVID FINCHER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2007.  Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros., Phoenix Pictures.  Screenplay by James Vanderbilt, based on the book by Robert Graysmith.  Cinematography by Harris Savides.  Produced by Cean Chaffin, Brad Fischer, Mike Medavoy, Arnold Messer.  Music by David Shire.  Production Design by Donald Graham Burt.  Costume Design by Casey Storm.  Film Editing by Angus Wall.  Cannes Film Festival 2007.  New…

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