Against All Odds (1984)

TAYLOR HACKFORD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5 USA, 1984. Columbia Pictures, New Visions, Columbia-Delphi Productions. Screenplay by Eric Hughes, based on the screenplay Out Of The Past by Daniel Mainwaring, adapted from his novel. Cinematography by Donald E. Thorin. Produced by William S. Gilmore, Taylor Hackford. Music by Larry Carlton, Michel Colombier. Production Design…

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Thief (1981)

MICHAEL MANN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1981.  Mann/Caan Productions.  Screen Story and Screenplay by Michael Mann, based on the novel by Frank Hohimer.  Cinematography by Donald E. Thorin.  Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, Ronnie Caan.  Music by Tangerine Dream.  Production Design by Mel Bourne.  Costume Design by Jodie Lynn Tillen.  Film Editing by…

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Dudley-Do-Right (1999)

HUGH WILSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1999.  Universal Pictures, Davis Entertainment, Joseph Singer Entertainment.  Screenplay by Hugh Wilson, based on characters created by Jay Ward.  Cinematography by Donald E. Thorin.  Produced by John Davis, J. Todd Harris, Joseph Singer.  Music by Steve Dorff.  Production Design by Bob Ziembicki.  Costume Design by Lisa Jensen.  Film Editing by Don Brochu.   Boring, uneventful adaptation of the…

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The First Wives Club (1996)

HUGH WILSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1996.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Robert Harling, based on the novel by Olivia Goldsmith.  Cinematography by Donald E. Thorin.  Produced by Scott Rudin.  Music by Marc Shaiman.  Production Design by Peter S. Larkin.  Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge.  Film Editing by John Bloom.   Serious alterations have been made to Olivia Goldsmith’s original novel, but it’s…

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Shaft (2000)

JOHN SINGLETON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Germany/USA, 2000.  Paramount Pictures, Scott Rudin Productions, New Deal Productions, Munich Film Partners & Company, Shaft Productions.  Story by John Singleton, Shane Salerno, Screenplay by Richard Price, John Singleton, Shane Salerno, based on the novel by Ernest Tidyman.  Cinematography by Donald E. Thorin.  Produced by Mark Roybal, Scott Rudin, John Singleton.  Music by David Arnold.  Production…

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Bad Boys (1983)

RICK ROSENTHAL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   USA, 1983.  EMI Films, Solofilm.  Screenplay by Richard Di Lello.  Cinematography by Bruce Surtees, Donald E. Thorin.  Produced by Robert H. Solo.  Music by Bill Conti.  Production Design by J. Michael Riva.  Costume Design by Mickey Antonetti, Jay Hurley.  Film Editing by Antony Gibbs.   What at first seems like just another early eighties excuse for hyperglamourized juvenile…

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Head Of State (2003)

CHRIS ROCK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 2003.  DreamWorks, 3 Arts Entertainment.  Screenplay by Chris Rock, Ali LeRoi.  Cinematography by Donald E. Thorin.  Produced by Ali LeRoi, Chris Rock, Michael Rotenberg.  Music by DJ Quik, Marcus Miller.  Production Design by Steven J. Jordan.  Costume Design by Amanda Sanders.  Film Editing by Stephen A. Rotter.   After a presidential candidate dies in a plane…

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Wildcats (1986)

MICHAEL RITCHIE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1986.  Hawn / Sylbert Movie Company, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Ezra Sacks.  Cinematography by Donald E. Thorin. Produced by Anthea Sylbert.  Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design by Boris Leven.  Costume Design by Eddie Marks.  Film Editing by Richard A. Harris. Goldie Hawn‘s bubbly personality is perfectly suited to this tolerable comedy, though the…

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The Marrying Man (1991)

JERRY REES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  USA, 1991.  Hollywood Pictures, Permut Presentations, Silver Screen Partners IV.  Screenplay by Neil Simon.  Cinematography by Donald E. Thorin. Produced by David Permut.  Music by David Newman.  Production Design by William F. Matthews.  Costume Design by Ruth Myers.  Film Editing by Michael Jablow, Michael R. Miller, Michael Tronick.  A 1940s playboy (Alec Baldwin) is all set to…

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Purple Rain (1984)

ALBERT MAGNOLI Bil’s rating (out of 5):     BB.5.  USA, 1984.  Warner Bros., Purple Films.  Screenplay by William Blinn, Albert Magnoli.  Cinematography by Donald E. Thorin.  Produced by Robert Cavallo, Steven Fargnoli, Joseph Ruffalo.  Music by Michel Colombier, Prince.  Production Design by Ward Preston.  Costume Design by Marie France.  Film Editing by Albert Magnoli, Ken Robinson.   Prince makes his big screen debut in this…

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Mickey Blue Eyes (1999)

KELLY MAKIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 1999.  Castle Rock Entertainment, Polygram Filmed Entertainment, Simian Films.  Screenplay by Adam Scheinman, Robert Kuhn.  Cinematography by Donald E. Thorin.  Produced by Elizabeth Hurley, Charles Mulvehill.  Music by Basil Poledouris.  Production Design by Gregory P. Keen.  Costume Design by Ellen Mirojnick.  Film Editing by David Freeman.   Hugh Grant‘s charm and some extremely hilarious moments…

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Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995)

STEVE OEDEKERK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1995.  Morgan Creek Entertainment, O Entertainment.  Screenplay by Steve Oedekerk, based on characters created by Jack Bernstein.  Cinematography by Donald E. Thorin.  Produced by James G. Robinson.  Music by Robert Folk.  Production Design by Stephen J. Lineweaver.  Costume Design by Elsa Zamparelli.  Film Editing by Malcolm Campbell.   Idiotic sequel to Jim Carrey‘s first blockbuster hit…

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