The Boy With Green Hair (1948)

JOSEPH LOSEY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1948.  RKO Radio Pictures.   Screenplay by Ben Barzman, Alfred Lewis Levitt, based on the story by Betsy Beaton.   Cinematography by George Barnes.   Produced by Stephen Ames.   Music by Leigh Harline.   Production Design by Ralph Berger, Albert S. D’Agostino.   Costume Design by Adele Balkan.   Film Editing by…

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Sons And Lovers (1960)

JACK CARDIFF Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1960.  Jerry Wald Productions.  Screenplay by Gavin Lambert, T.E.B. Clarke, based on the novel by D.H. Lawrence.  Cinematography by Freddie Francis.  Produced by Jerry Wald.  Music by Mario Nascimbene.  Production Design by Thomas N. Morahan.  Costume Design by Margaret Furse.  Film Editing by Gordon Pilkington.  Academy Awards 1960.  Cannes Film Festival 1960.  Golden Globe Awards 1960. Adaptation of the…

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C.O.G. (2013)

KYLE PATRICK ALVAREZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2013.  Forty Second Productions, Rhino Films.  Screenplay by Kyle Patrick Alvarez, based on the essay by David Sedaris.  Cinematography by Jas Shelton.  Produced by Kyle Patrick Alvarez, Cookie Carosella, Stephen Nemeth.  Music by Joe Berry, Steve Reich.  Production Design by Gary Barbosa.  Costume Design by Julie Carnahan.  Film Editing by Fernando Collins.   Jonathan Groff plays…

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The Secret Garden (1949)

FRED M. WILCOX Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1949.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Robert Ardrey, based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett.  Cinematography by Ray June.  Produced by Clarence Brown.  Music by Bronislau Kaper.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Urie McCleary.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by Robert Kern. Early version of the classic Frances Hodgson Burnett children’s novel isn’t as delicate as…

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Beverly Hills Cop II

BB.5 (out of 5) Eddie Murphy‘s hit character Axel Foley returns in this less successful sequel. He is once again the wisecracking Los Angeles police detective who is hot on the trail of a woman (Brigitte Nielsen) who apparently shot his good friend and colleague (Ronny Cox). On the trail of the killer he stumbles…

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Chasers

DENNIS HOPPER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1994.  Morgan Creek Entertainment.  Story by Joe Batteer, John Rice, Screenplay by Joe Batteer, John Rice, Dan Gilroy.  Cinematography by Ueli Steiger.  Produced by James G. Robinson.  Music by Pete Anderson, Dwight Yoakam.  Production Design by Robert Pearson.  Costume Design by Michael T. Boyd.  Film Editing by Christian Wagner.   In this loose remake of…

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Air Force One

BBBB (out of 5) Exciting, edge-of-your-seat thriller has President of the United States Harrison Ford  defending himself and his family when terrorist Gary Oldman and his scary bad guys take over the First Airplane and hold its passengers hostage. Instructed by his security officials to take the escape pod (President Clinton said at the time the…

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Gentleman’s Agreement (1947)

ELIA KAZAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1947.  Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.  Screenplay by Moss Hart, based on the novel by Laura Z. Hobson.  Cinematography by Arthur C. Miller.  Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Mark-Lee Kirk, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Kay Nelson.  Film Editing by Harmon Jones.  Academy Awards 1947.  Golden Globe Awards 1947.  …

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Anchors Aweigh (1945)

GEORGE SIDNEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1945.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Loew’s.  Screenplay by Isobel Lennart, suggested by a story by Natalie Marcin.  Cinematography by Charles P. Boyle, Robert H. Planck.  Produced by Joe Pasternak.  Music by Calvin Jackson, George Stoll.  Production Design by Randall Duell, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Irene.  Film Editing by Adrienne Fazan.  Academy Awards 1945.   Lightweight musical that isn’t as…

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Dune (1984)

DAVID LYNCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):   B.  USA, 1984.  Dino De Laurentiis Company.  Screenplay by David Lynch, based on the novel by Frank Herbert.  Cinematography by Freddie Francis.  Produced by Raffaella De Laurentiis.  Music by Totò.  Production Design by Anthony Masters.  Costume Design by Bob Ringwood.  Film Editing by Antony Gibbs.  Academy Awards 1984.   Frank Herbert’s immensely popular science-fiction novel (the first in a series)…

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Blue Velvet (1986)

DAVID LYNCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBBB.  USA, 1986.  De Laurentiis Entertainment Group.  Screenplay by David Lynch.  Cinematography by Frederick Elmes.  Produced by Fred C. Caruso.  Music by Angelo Badalamenti.  Production Design by Patricia Norris.  Costume Design by Gloria Glynn.  Film Editing by Duwayne Dunham.  Academy Awards 1986.  Boston Film Critics Awards 1986.  Golden Globe Awards 1986.  Independent Spirit Awards 1986.  New York Film Critics…

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CQ

BBBB (out of 5) It’s 1969, and an American film editor (Jeremy Davies) living in Paris is working on the troubled set of a Barbarella-like science-fiction film. The director (Gerard Depardieu) has passionate aims for his story, while the maniacal producer (Giancarlo Giannini) wants sex and violence in a marketable format. Strife ensues, much of…

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