Masquerade (1988)

BOB SWAIM Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5 USA, 1988. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Michael Levy Enterprises. Screenplay by Dick Wolf. Cinematography by David Watkin. Produced by Michael I. Levy. Music by John Barry. Production Design by John Kasarda. Costume Design by John Boxer. Film Editing by Scott Conrad. Cashing in on the popularity of steamy erotic thrillers…

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Wide Awake (1998)

M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1998.  Miramax, Woods Entertainment.  Screenplay by M. Night Shyamalan.  Cinematography by Adam Holender.  Produced by Cathy Konrad, Cary Woods.  Music by Edmund Choi, Shok.  Production Design by P. Michael Johnston. Costume Design by Bridget Kelly.  Film Editing by Andrew Mondshein.   M. Night Shyamalan preceded his mega-successful thriller The Sixth Sense with this tender little tale…

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Light Sleeper (1992)

PAUL SCHRADER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1992.  Carolco Pictures, Grain of Sand Productions, Seven Arts.  Screenplay by Paul Schrader.  Cinematography by Edward Lachman.  Produced by Linda Reisman.  Music by Michael Been.  Production Design by Richard Hornung.  Costume Design by Richard Hornung.  Film Editing by Kristina Boden.  One of Schrader’s best explorations of the dark underbelly of the concrete jungle, starring Willem…

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Housesitter (1992)

FRANK OZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  USA, 1992.  Imagine Entertainment, Imagine Films Entertainment, Universal Pictures.  Story by Mark Stein, Brian Grazer, Screenplay by Mark Stein.  Cinematography by John A. Alonzo.  Produced by Brian Grazer.  Music by Miles Goodman.  Production Design by Ida Random.  Costume Design by Betsy Cox.  Film Editing by John Jympson.   This film doesn’t deserve to be as funny…

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Exit To Eden (1994)

GARRY MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):   B.5.  USA, 1994.  Savoy Pictures.  Screenplay by Deborah Amelon, Bob Brunner, based on the novel by Anne Rice.  Cinematography by Theo van de Sande.  Produced by Garry Marshall, Alexandra Rose.  Music by Patrick Doyle.  Production Design by Peter Jamison.  Costume Design by Ellen Mirojnick.  Film Editing by David Finfer.   Some funny moments involving Rosie O’Donnell are the only…

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Moon Over Parador (1988)

PAUL MAZURSKY Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 1988.  Universal Pictures.  Story by Charles G. Booth, Screenplay by Paul Mazursky, Leon Capetanos.  Cinematography by Donald McAlpine.  Produced by Paul Mazursky.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by Pato Guzman.  Costume Design by Albert Wolsky.  Film Editing by Stuart H. Pappé.   This movie isn’t in any way difficult to watch, and the performances…

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Tombstone (1993)

GEORGE P. COSMATOS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1993.  Hollywood Pictures, Cinergi Pictures Entertainment.  Screenplay by Kevin Jarre.  Cinematography by William A. Fraker.  Produced by Sean Daniel, James Jacks, Bob Misiorowski.  Music by Bruce Broughton.  Production Design by Catherine Hardwicke.  Costume Design by Joseph A. Porro.  Film Editing by Harvey Rosenstock, Roberto Silvi, Frank J. Urioste.   The disappointment of Lawrence Kasdan’s bloated, self-important…

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Louise Brooks: Looking For Lulu (1998)

HUGH MUNRO NEELY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1998.  Timeline Films.  Screenplay by Barry Paris.   Cinematography by John Luker.   Produced by Hugh Munro Neely.  Music by Nigel Holton.  Production Design by Vincent Ostertag.  Film Editing by Hugh Munro Neely.   More updated version of Richard Leacock’s documentary about silent film star Louise Brooks, this time taking in a much more comprehensive look…

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Fly Away Home (1996)

CARROLL BALLARD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1996.  Columbia Pictures, Sandollar Productions.  Screenplay by Robert Rodat, Vince McKewin, based on the autobiography by Bill Lishman.  Cinematography by Caleb Deschanel.  Produced by Carol Baum, John Veitch.  Music by Mark Isham.  Production Design by Seamus Flannery.  Costume Design by Marie-Sylvie Deveau.  Film Editing by Nicholas C. Smith.   All young people should see this beautiful tale…

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Live Nude Girls (1995)

JULIANNA LAVIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):    BBB.  USA, 1995.  IRS Media, Republic Pictures, Spelling Entertainment, Steve White Properties.  Screenplay by Julianna Lavin.  Cinematography by Christopher Taylor.  Produced by Barry Bernardi, Cara Tapper, Steve White.  Music by Anton Sanko.  Production Design by Jerry Fleming.  Costume Design by Israel Segal.  Film Editing by Kathryn Himoff.   Very funny ensemble comedy benefits from an excellent cast….

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