Farewell, My Lovely (1975)

DICK RICHARDS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 1975. EK, ITC Films. Screenplay by David Zelag Goodman, based on the novel by Raymond Chandler. Cinematography by John A. Alonzo. Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, George Pappas. Music by David Shire. Production Design by Dean Tavoularis. Costume Design by Sandy Berke Jordan, G. Tony Scarano. Film…

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The Hindenburg (1975)

ROBERT WISE Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.  USA, 1975.  The Filmakers Group, Universal Pictures.  Screen story by Richard Levinson, William Link, Screenplay by Nelson Gidding, based on the book by Michael M. Mooney.  Cinematography by Robert Surtees.  Produced by Robert Wise.  Music by David Shire.  Production Design by Edward C. Carfagno.  Costume Design by…

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Only When I Laugh (1981)

GLENN JORDAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB. USA, 1981.  Rastar Films.  Screenplay by Neil Simon, based on his play The Gingerbread Lady.  Cinematography by David M. Walsh.  Produced by Roger M. Rothstein, Neil Simon.  Music by David Shire.  Production Design by Albert Brenner.  Costume Design by Ann Roth.  Film Editing by John Wright.  Academy Awards 1981.  Golden Globe Awards 1981.  Toronto International Film Festival 1981….

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Return To Oz (1985)

WALTER MURCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 1985.  BMI (No. 9) Ltd., Oz Productions Ltd., Silver Screen Partners II, Walt Disney Pictures, Walt Disney Productions.  Screenplay by Gill Dennis, Walter Murch, based on the novels Ozma of Oz and The Land of Oz by L. Frank Baum.  Cinematography by David Watkin.  Produced by Paul Maslansky.  Music by…

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2010 (1984)

PETER HYAMS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1984.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Peter Hyams, based on the novel by Arthur C. Clarke.  Cinematography by Peter Hyams.  Produced by Peter Hyams.  Music by David Shire.  Production Design by Albert Brenner.  Costume Design by Patricia Norris.  Film Editing by Mia Goldman, James Mitchell.   Superb sequel to Stanley Kubrick’s milestone classic, but if you’re expecting more…

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The World According To Garp (1982)

GEORGE ROY HILL Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  USA, 1982.  Pan Arts, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Steve Tesich, based on the novel by John Irving.  Cinematography by Miroslav Ondricek.  Produced by George Roy Hill, Robert Crawford Jr..  Music by David Shire.  Production Design by Henry Bumstead.  Costume Design by Ann Roth.  Film Editing by Stephen A. Rotter.   Another good example of how John Irving’s novels…

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All The President’s Men (1976)

ALAN J. PAKULA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1976.  Warner Bros., Wildwood Enterprises.  Screenplay by William Goldman, based on the book by Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward.  Cinematography by Gordon Willis.  Produced by Walter Coblenz.  Music by David Shire.  Production Design by George Jenkins.  Costume Design by Bernie Pollack.  Film Editing by Robert L. Wolfe.   Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman are perfectly cast as…

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Norma Rae (1979)

MARTIN RITT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1979.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Irving Ravetch, Harriet Frank Jr..  Cinematography by John A. Alonzo.  Produced by Tamara Asseyev, Alexandra Rose.  Music by David Shire.  Production Design by Walter Scott Herndon.  Costume Design by Agnes Lyon, Michael J. Harte.  Film Editing by Sidney Levin.   Stultifying drama that is still just as powerful today as it…

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Vice-Versa (1988)

BRIAN GILBERT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1988.  Columbia Pictures Corporation. Screenplay by Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais, based on the novel by F. Anstey.  Cinematography by King Baggot.  Produced by Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais.  Music by David Shire.  Production Design by James L. Schoppe.  Costume Design by Jay Hurley.  Film Editing by David Garfield.   At some point in the…

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The Conversation (1974)

FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1974.  The Directors Company, The Coppola Company, American Zoetrope, Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Francis Ford Coppola. Cinematography by Bill Butler.  Produced by Francis Ford Coppola.  Music by David Shire.  Production Design by Dean Tavoularis.  Costume Design by Aggie Guerard Rodgers.  Film Editing by Richard Chew.   This excellent mystery is one of the first…

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Zodiac (2007)

DAVID FINCHER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2007.  Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros., Phoenix Pictures.  Screenplay by James Vanderbilt, based on the book by Robert Graysmith.  Cinematography by Harris Savides.  Produced by Cean Chaffin, Brad Fischer, Mike Medavoy, Arnold Messer.  Music by David Shire.  Production Design by Donald Graham Burt.  Costume Design by Casey Storm.  Film Editing by Angus Wall.  Cannes Film Festival 2007.  New…

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