Rocketman (2019)

DEXTER FLETCHER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  United Kingdom/USA/Canada, 2019.  Marv Films, Marv Studios, New Republic Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Pixoloid Studios, Rocket Pictures.  Screenplay by Lee Hall.  Cinematography by George Richmond.  Produced by Adam Bohling, David Furnish, David Reid, Matthew Vaughn.  Music by Matthew Margeson.  Production Design by Peter Francis, Marcus Rowland.  Costume Design…

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Bugsy Malone (1976)

ALAN PARKER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.   United Kingdom, 1976.  The Rank Organisation, Goodtimes Enterprises, Bugsy Malone Productions, National Film Finance Consortium.  Screenplay by Alan Parker.  Cinematography by Peter Biziou, Michael Seresin.  Produced by Alan Marshall.  Music by Paul Williams.  Production Design by Geoffrey Kirkland.  Costume Design by Monica Howe.  Film Editing by Gerry Hambling.   It’s the kind of thing that only…

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Lionheart (1987)

FRANKLIN J. SCHAFFNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   Hungary/USA, 1987.  Hungaro, Mafilm, TaliaFilm II Productions.  Story by Menno Meyjes, Screenplay by Menno Meyjes, Richard Outten.  Cinematography by Alec Mills.  Produced by Stanley O’Toole, Talia Shire.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.  Production Design by Gil Parrondo.  Costume Design by Nanà Cecchi.  Film Editing by David Bretherton, Richard Haines. One of the least well known of the many medievalish-themed…

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Kick-Ass (2010)

MATTHEW VAUGHN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   United Kingdom/USA, 2010.  Marv Films, Plan B Entertainment.  Screenplay by Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn, based on the comic book by Mark Millar, John Romita Jr..  Cinematography by Ben Davis.  Produced by Adam Bohling, Tarquin Pack, Brad Pitt, David Reid, Kris Thykier, Matthew Vaughn.  Music by Marius De Vries, Ilan Eshkeri, Henry Jackman, John Murphy.  Production Design…

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Stardust (2007)

MATTHEW VAUGHN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   United Kingdom/USA, 2007.  Paramount Pictures, Marv Films, Vaughn Productions, Di Bonaventura Pictures, Ingenious Film Partners, Truenorth Productions.  Screenplay by Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn, based on the novel by Neil Gaiman.  Cinematography by Ben Davis.  Produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Michael Dreyer, Neil Gaiman, Matthew Vaughn.  Music by Ilan Eshkeri.  Production Design by Gavin Bocquet.  Costume Design by…

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Miami Vice (2006)

MICHAEL MANN Bil’s rating (out of 5):    BB.5.  Germany/USA, 2006.  Universal Pictures, Motion Picture ETA Produktionsgesellschaft, Forward Pass, Foqus Arte Digital, Metropolis Films.  Screenplay by Michael Mann, based on the TV series created by Anthony Yerkovich.  Cinematography by Dion Beebe.  Produced by Pieter Jan Brugge, Michael Mann.  Music by John Murphy.  Production Design by Victor Kempster.  Costume Design by Michael Kaplan,…

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Gothic (1986)

KEN RUSSELL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  United Kingdom, 1986.  Virgin Vision.  Screenplay by Stephen Volk, based on a story by Lord Byron, Percy Bysshe Shelley.  Cinematography by Mike Southon.  Produced by Penny Corke.  Music by Thomas Dolby.  Production Design by Christopher Hobbs.  Costume Design by Kay Gallwey, Victoria Russell.  Film Editing by Michael Bradsell.   As in Haunted Summer and Rowing With The…

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The Elephant Man (1980)

DAVID LYNCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  USA, 1980.  Brooksfilms.  Screenplay by David Lynch, Christopher De Vore, Eric Bergren, based on the book The Elephant Man and Other Reminiscences by Frederick Treves, and The Elephant Man: A Study in Human Dignity by Ashley Montagu.  Cinematography by Freddie Francis.  Produced by Jonathan Sanger.  Music by John Morris.  Production Design by Stuart…

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Caravaggio (1986)

DEREK JARMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1986.  British Film Institute, Channel Four Television.  Story by Nicholas Ward Jackson, Screenplay by Derek Jarman. Cinematography by Gabriel Beristain.  Produced by Sarah Radclyffe.  Music by Simon Fisher-Turner.  Production Design by Christopher Hobbs.  Costume Design by Sandy Powell.  Film Editing by George Akers.   One of Derek Jarman’s most enjoyable films is this deeply emotional,…

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The Bounty (1984)

ROGER DONALDSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 1984.  Dino De Laurentiis Company, Bounty Productions Ltd..  Screenplay by Robert Bolt, based on the book Captain Bligh and Mr. Christian by Richard Hough. Cinematography by Arthur Ibbetson.  Produced by Bernard Williams.  Music by Vangelis.  Production Design by John Graysmark.  Costume Design by John Bloomfield.  Film Editing by Tony Lawson.   Third major version of…

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Topsy-Turvy (1999)

MIKE LEIGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  United Kingdom, 1999.  Goldwyn Films, Newmarket Capital Group, The Greenlight Fund, Thin Man Films.  Screenplay by Mike Leigh.  Cinematography by Dick Pope.  Produced by Simon Channing Williams.  Production Design by Eve Stewart.  Costume Design by Lindy Hemming.  Film Editing by Robin Sales.  Academy Awards 1999.  Venice Film Festival 1999.   You will not find a more convincing…

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The Long Good Friday (1980)

JOHN MACKENZIE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBBB.  United Kingdom, 1980.  Black Lion Films, Calendar Productions, HandMade Films.  Screenplay by Barrie Keeffe.  Cinematography by Phil Meheux.  Produced by Barry Hanson.  Music by Francis Monkman.  Production Design by Vic Symonds.  Costume Design by Tudor George.  Film Editing by Mike Taylor.  Podcast:  My Criterions.   A London crime boss (Bob Hoskins in an explosive performance) is on the verge…

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