Mortal Thoughts

BBBB (out of 5) Riveting thriller is a rare example of genre work from director Alan Rudolph, one of his best and most interesting films. Placing the emphasis on character development, the film unfolds slowly as main character Demi Moore tells the police her version of the events leading up to the vicious murder of her … More Mortal Thoughts

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Splendor In The Grass

ELIA KAZAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1961.  Warner Bros., Newtown Productions, NBI Productions.  Screenplay by William Inge.  Cinematography by Boris Kaufman.  Produced by Elia Kazan.  Music by David Amram.  Production Design by Richard Sylbert.  Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone.  Film Editing by Gene Milford.  Academy Awards 1961.  Golden Globe Awards 1961.   Though this film doesn’t always succeed on its dramatic … More Splendor In The Grass

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Little Children

BB.5 (out of 5) It’s hard not to feel sorry for Todd Field’s sophomore effort, following his Oscar-nominated In The Bedroom: it wants so badly to be a great film that its failure to achieve this is that much harder to accept. Another in the long line of films exploring the seedy underbelly of suburban … More Little Children

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Small Time Crooks (2000)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2000.  DreamWorks, Sweetland Films.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Fei Zhao.  Produced by Jean Doumanian.  Production Design by Santo Loquasto.  Costume Design by Suzanne McCabe.  Film Editing by Alisa Lepselter.  Golden Globe Awards 2000.   Tracey Ullman is magnificent as Woody Allen‘s exasperated wife, who starts a cookie business as a front for her husband’s plans for … More Small Time Crooks (2000)

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The Purple Rose Of Cairo (1985)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1985.  Jack Rollins & Charles H. Joffe Productions, Orion Pictures.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Gordon Willis.  Produced by Robert Greenhut.  Music by Dick Hyman.  Production Design by Stuart Wurtzel.  Costume Design by Jeffrey Kurland.  Film Editing by Susan E. Morse.  Academy Awards 1985.  Golden Globe Awards 1985.   In 1984, Woody Allen gave La Strada a twist with … More The Purple Rose Of Cairo (1985)

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Radio Days (1987)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1987.  Jack Rollins & Charles H. Joffe Productions, Orion Pictures.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Carlo Di Palma.  Produced by Robert Greenhut.  Production Design by Santo Loquasto.  Costume Design by Jeffrey Kurland.  Film Editing by Susan E. Morse.  Academy Awards 1987.   Woody Allen’s beautiful bit of semi-autobiographical nostalgia follows the life of a Jewish family … More Radio Days (1987)

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Big Business

BB.5 (out of 5) Despite terrific performances and some clever camera tricks, this film is never really more than a collection of hammy situations around a one-joke premise. Two sets of twin sisters are mixed up at birth when a rich New York couple travelling through the south go into labour during their road trip … More Big Business

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