Five Corners (1987)

TONY BILL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 United Kingdom/USA, 1987. Cineplex Odeon Films, HandMade Films. Screenplay by John Patrick Shanley. Cinematography by Fred Murphy. Produced by Tony Bill, Forrest Murray. Music by James Newton Howard. Production Design by Adrianne Lobel. Costume Design by Peggy Farrell. Film Editing by Andy Blumenthal. John Patrick Shanley pays…

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Withnail And I (1987)

BRUCE ROBINSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1987.  Cineplex-Odeon Films, HandMade Films.  Screenplay by Bruce Robinson.  Cinematography by Peter Hannan.  Produced by Paul M. Heller.  Music by David Dundas, Rick Wentworth.  Production Design by Michael Pickwoad.  Costume Design by Andrea Galer.  Film Editing by Alan Strachan.   They want the finest wines available to humanity, they want them here and they…

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The Glass Menagerie (1987)

PAUL NEWMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1987.  Cineplex-Odeon Films.  Based on the play by Tennessee Williams.  Cinematography by Michael Ballhaus.  Produced by Burtt Harris.  Music by Henry Mancini.  Production Design by Tony Walton.  Costume Design by Tony Walton.  Film Editing by David Ray.   After years of playing the leads in a number of Tennessee Williams adaptations for the screen, who better…

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Madame Sousatzka (1988)

JOHN SCHLESINGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom, 1988.  Cineplex-Odeon Films.  Screenplay by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, John Schlesinger, additional material by Peter Morgan, Mark Wadlow, based on the novel by Bernice Rubens.  Cinematography by Nat Crosby.  Produced by Robin Dalton.  Music by Gerald Gouriet.  Production Design by Luciana Arrighi.  Costume Design by Amy Roberts.  Film Editing by Peter Honess.   An overdone performance…

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Zero Patience (1993)

JOHN GREYSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom/Canada, 1993.  Zero Patience Productions, Telefilm Canada, Ontario Film Development Corporation, Channel 4 Television Corporation, Cineplex Odeon Films.  Screenplay by John Greyson.  Cinematography by Miroslaw Baszak.  Produced by Louise Garfield, Anna Stratton.  Music by Glenn Schellenberg.  Production Design by Sandra Kybartas.  Costume Design by Joyce Schure.  Film Editing by Miume Jan.   To hear someone say that they just…

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The Hanging Garden

THOM FITZGERALD Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.   Lush Canadian film about a young man (Chris Leavins) who returns to his home town in Nova Scotia to attend his sister’s wedding and confront some closeted skeletons that still haunt him. Told in a series of flashbacks intercut with contemporary scenes, Thom Fitzgerald’s directorial debut is…

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The Grifters (1990)

STEPHEN FREARS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   USA, 1990.  Cineplex-Odeon Films.  Screenplay by Donald E. Westlake, based on the novel by Jim Thompson.  Cinematography by Oliver Stapleton.  Produced by Robert A. Harris, Jim Painter, Martin Scorsese.  Music by Elmer Bernstein.  Production Design by Dennis Gassner.  Costume Design by Richard Hornung.  Film Editing by Mick Audsley.   Superb gangster film is probably the best example…

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The Last Temptation Of Christ (1988)

MARTIN SCORSESE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1988.  Universal Pictures, Cineplex Odeon Films.  Screenplay by Paul Schrader, based on the novel by Nikos Kazantzakis.  Cinematography by Michael Ballhaus.  Produced by Barbara De Fina.  Music by Peter Gabriel.  Production Design by John Beard.  Costume Design by Jean-Pierre Delifer.  Film Editing by Thelma Schoonmaker.  Podcast: My Criterions.   Extremely negative (and in some cases dangerous)…

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Mr. & Mrs. Bridge (1990)

JAMES IVORY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 1990.   Cineplex-Odeon Films, Miramax, Merchant Ivory Productions, RHI Entertainment.   Screenplay by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, based on the novels Mr. Bridge and Mrs. Bridge by Evan S. Connell.   Cinematography by Tony Pierce-Roberts.   Produced by Ismail Merchant.   Music by Richard Robbins.   Production Design by David Gropman.   Costume…

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Kangaroo (1987)

TIM BURSTALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  Australia, 1987.  Cineplex-Odeon Films, Naked Country Productions, Western Pacific Films.  Screenplay by Evan Jones, based on the novel by D.H. Lawrence.  Cinematography by Dan Burstall.  Produced by Ross Dimsey.  Music by Nathan Waks.  Production Design by Tracy Watt.  Costume Design by Terry Ryan.  Film Editing by Edward McQueen-Mason.   Following his expulsion from England for writing…

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