Roger Corman’s Frankenstein Unbound (1990)

ROGER CORMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 1990.  The Mount Company.  Screenplay by Roger Corman, F.X. Feeney, based on the novel by Brian Aldiss.  Cinematography by Armando Nannuzzi, Michael Scott.  Produced by Roger Corman, Kobi Jaeger, Thom Mount.  Music by Carl Davis.  Production Design by Enrico Tovaglieri.  Costume Design by Franca Zucchelli.  Film Editing by Mary Bauer, Jay Cassidy.   Roger Corman returns…

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The Wind (1928)

VICTOR SJOSTROM Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1928.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Scenario by Frances Marion, based on the novel by Dorothy Scarborough.  Cinematography by John Arnold.  Produced by Kevin Brownlow, David Gill.  Music by Carl Davis.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Edward Withers.  Costume Design by Andre-ani.  Film Editing by Conrad A. Nervig.   Lillian Gish heads west from her native Virginia to live with a…

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Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)

STEPHEN FREARS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom, 2016.  Qwerty Films, Pathe Pictures International, BBC Films.  Screenplay by Nicholas Martin.  Cinematography by Danny Cohen.  Produced by Michael Kuhn, Tracey Seaward.  Music by Alexandre Desplat.  Production Design by Alan MacDonald.  Costume Design by Consolata Boyle.  Film Editing by Valerio Bonelli.  Academy Awards 2016.  Golden Globe Awards 2016.   Florence Foster Jenkins (Meryl Streep) was a New York socialite…

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Speedy

BBBB (out of 5) Charming comedy from the sophisticated treasure trove of classics that Harold Lloyd made in his heyday. He plays an obsessed baseball fan who can’t hold on to a job for very long, but is very good at keeping the heart of a beautiful girl with whom he is madly in love. Her…

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The French Lieutenant’s Woman

BBBB (out of 5) Two stories are woven into one in this intelligent adaptation of John Fowles’s novel, one about contemporary actors and the other the film that they are making. In the film-within-the-film, Jeremy Irons plays a well-to-do gentleman who becomes obsessed with a strange woman (Meryl Streep at her most ghostly) whom he…

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Widows’ Peak

BBBB (out of 5) In the sleepy town of Kilshannon in Ireland, Mrs. Doyle Counihan (Joan Plowright) and Miss O’Hara (Mia Farrow) live on the town’s high hill called Widows’ Peak. An old ancestor had it in her will that only widows live on the little mount, and so it has stayed for a century….

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The Crowd

BBBB.5 (out of 5) James Murray is terrific as John Sims, an American born on the fourth of July to parents who expect great things of his life. The result is actually quite disappointing when he gets married to a lovely young woman (Eleanor Boardman) and never makes it far enough in his career to…

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The Big Parade

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Wonderful epic silent film plays like an emotionally enriched Wings. Directed by King Vidor, the film stars John Gilbert as the rich son of an American industrialist who enlists in the army when the USA enters World War I. He befriends two soldiers and falls in love with a beautiful Frenchwoman named…

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Killer Of Sheep

BBB.5 (out of 5) Milestone in independent filmmaking that has recently been restored and rediscovered, this early feature by Charles Burnett was the beginning of a very successful career.  Its loose plot is about a family in Los Angeles whose father is a worker at a sheep slaughterhouse. His life is a forward-marching drill of…

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The Profession of Arms

BBB (out of 5) This impressive documentary is one in a series by Gwynne Dyer about the history of war. It examine battles and battle techniques, but focuses on wondering just how much do we know about the men and women whose lives we calmly accept putting on the line in the name of national…

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The General

BBBBB (out of 5) The magnificent art of Buster Keaton is well on display in this fabulous Civil War adventure, about a meek train engine conductor who is rejected from enlistment in the Confederate army and is spurned by his lady love because of it. When the dirty Yankees come along and steal his beloved…

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Flesh And The Devil (1926)

CLARENCE BROWN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1926.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Benjamin Glazer, titles by Marian Ainslee, based on the novel The Undying Past by Hermann Sudermann.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.  Produced by Irving Thalberg.  Music by Carl Davis.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Fredric Hope.  Costume Design by Andre-ani.  Film Editing by Lloyd Nosier.   The great Garbo is luminous in this…

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