California Split (1974)

ROBERT ALTMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1974.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Spelling Goldberg, Won World.  Screenplay by Joseph Walsh.  Cinematography by Paul Lohmann.  Produced by Robert Altman, Joseph Walsh.  Production Design by Leon Ericksen.  Costume Design by Hugh McFarland.  Film Editing by O. Nicholas Brown, Lou Lombardo.  Compulsive gambler George Segal plays poker at a gaming venue where he meets motormouthed…

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Venom (2018)

RUBEN FLEISCHER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 2018.  Avi Arad Productions, Columbia Pictures Corporation, Marvel Entertainment, Matt Tolmach Productions, Pascal Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Tencent Pictures.  Screen story by Jeff Pinkner, Scott Rosenberg, Screenplay by Jeff Pinkner, Scott Rosenberg, Kelly Marcel, based on Marvel’s Venom character created by Todd McFarlane, David Michelinie.  Cinematography by Matthew Libatique.  Produced by…

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Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015)

GENNDY TARTAKOVSKY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 2015.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, LStar Capital, Sony Pictures Animation, Media Rights Capital, Sony Pictures Digital, Sony Pictures Imageworks.  Screenplay by Robert Smigel, Adam Sandler, based on characters created by Todd Durham.  Produced by Michelle Murdocca.  Music by Mark Mothersbaugh.  Production Design by Michael Kurinsky.  Film Editing by Catherine Apple.   In this hilarious sequel to…

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The Equalizer 2 (2018)

ANTOINE FUQUA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2018.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Escape Artists, Fuqua Films, Lonetree Entertainment, Mace Neufeld Productions, Sony Pictures Entertainment, ZHIV Productions.  Screenplay by Richard Wenk, based on the television series created by Michael Sloan, Richard Lindheim.  Cinematography by Oliver Wood.  Produced by Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Tony Eldridge, Antoine Fuqua, Mace Neufeld, Alex Siskin, Michael Sloan,…

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Marooned (1969)

JOHN STURGES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 1969.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Frankovich Productions.  Screenplay by Mayo Simon, based on the novel by Martin Caidin.  Cinematography by Daniel L. Fapp.  Produced by M.J. Frankovich.  Production Design by Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Seth Banks.  Film Editing by Walter Thompson.  Academy Awards 1969.   Some movies are so terrible it’s a wonder to behold.  Three astronauts…

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The More The Merrier (1943)

GEORGE STEVENS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1943.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Story by Robert Russell, Frank Ross, Screenplay by Robert Russell, Frank Ross, Richard Flournoy, Lewis R. Foster.  Cinematography by Ted Tetzlaff.  Produced by George Stevens.  Music by Leigh Harline.  Production Design by Lionel Banks, Rudolph Sternad.  Film Editing by Otto Meyer.  Academy Awards 1943.   Hollywood writers working after the Hayes code came into effect…

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One Night Of Love (1934)

VICTOR SCHERTZINGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1934.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by S.K. Lauren,James Gow, Edmund H. North, based on the story Don’t Fall In Love by Dorothy Speare,  Charles Beahan.  Cinematography by Joseph Walker.  Produced by Harry Cohn.  Music by Gus Kahn, Victor Schertzinger.  Production Design by Stephen Goosson.  Costume Design by Robert Kalloch.  Film Editing by Gene Milford.  Academy Awards 1934.   The…

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Stephen King’s Sleepwalkers (1992)

MICK GARRIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1992.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Victor & Grais Productions, Ion Pictures.  Screenplay by Stephen King.  Cinematography by Rodney Charters.   Produced by Michael Grais, Mark Victor, Nabeel Zahid.  Music by Nicholas Pike.  Production Design by John DeCuir Jr..  Costume Design by Michael W. Hoffman.  Film Editing by O. Nicholas Brown.   An incestuous mother and son turn out to…

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Obsession

BBB (out of 5) Cliff Robertson loses wife Genevieve Bujold and their small daughter after they die with their kidnappers in a fiery blaze during a police chase.  Years later and obsessed with grief, Robertson goes to Italy and meets a dead ringer for his spouse (also played by Bujold) with whom he becomes obsessed and brings back…

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X Y & Zee (Zee And Co.)

BBB (out of 5) Trash should always be this fun. Elizabeth Taylor and Michael Caine have no end of fun camping it up in this melodrama, in which they play a married couple who have their brittle relationship tested when Caine meets Susannah York at a party and begins an affair with her.  She’s a soft-spoken widow with whom…

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The Guns Of Navarone

BBBB (out of 5) The British fighting the Nazis during World War II need to get across the Mediterranean and secure loyalty from Turkey, which has yet to pick a side. To get there they need to pass the (fictional) Greek island of Navarone, currently occupied by the Germans who have giant weapons pointed out…

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Cat Ballou

BBB (out of 5) The tone is perfect in this spoof-flavoured western, starring a delicious Jane Fonda as the title character and featuring an Oscar-winning double performance from Lee Marvin as two gunslingers. Fonda returns to the frontier after finishing her education, determined to be a schoolteacher and live on the farm run by her cantankerous and…

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