Avanti! (1972)

BILLY WILDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Italy/USA, 1972.  Jalem Productions, The Mirisch Corporation, Phalanx Productions, Produzioni Europee Associate.  Screenplay by Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond, based on the play by Samuel A. Taylor.  Cinematography by Luigi Kuveiller.  Produced by Billy Wilder.  Production Design by Ferdinando Scarfiotti.  Costume Design by Annalisa Nasalli-Rocca.  Film Editing by Ralph E. Winters.   Jack Lemmon shows up in…

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The Glass Bottom Boat (1966)

FRANK TASHLIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1966.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Arwin Productions, Reame Productions.  Screenplay by Everett Freeman. Cinematography by Leon Shamroy.  Produced by Everett Freeman, Martin Melcher.  Music by Frank De Vol.  Production Design by Edward C. Carfagno, George W. Davis. Costume Design by Ray Aghayan.  Film Editing by John McSweeney Jr..   The Doris Day formula is tired but still has its…

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Advise & Consent (1962)

OTTO PREMINGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1962.  Otto Preminger Films, Alpha Alpina.  Screenplay by Wendell Mayes, based on the novel by Allen Drury.  Cinematography by Sam Leavitt.  Produced by Otto Preminger. Music by Jerry Fielding.  Production Design by Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Bill Blass.  Film Editing by Louis R. Loeffler.   Otto Preminger made waves when he originally…

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Sixteen Candles (1984)

JOHN HUGHES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1984.  Universal Pictures, Channel Productions. Screenplay by John Hughes.  Cinematography by Bobby Byrne.  Produced by Hilton A. Green.  Music by Ira Newborn.  Production Design by John W. Corso.  Costume Design by Mark Peterson, Marla Denise Schlom.  Film Editing by Edward Warschilka.   While The Breakfast Club is the most intelligent and probing of John Hughes’s…

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Tea And Sympathy (1956)

VINCENTE MINNELLI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1956.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Robert Anderson, based on his play.  Cinematography by John Alton.  Produced by Pandro S. Berman.  Music by Adolph Deutsch. Production Design by Edward C. Carfgano, William A. Horning.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by Ferris Webster.  Podcast: Bad Gay Movies. When else but in the fifties could…

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Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)

RICHARD FLEISCHER, KINJI FUKUSAKU, TOSHIO MASUDA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/Japan, 1970.  Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Elmo Williams, Richard Fleischer, Toei Company.  Screenplay by Larry Forester, Hideo Oguni, Ryuzo Kikushima, based on the novel Tora! Tora! Tora! by Gordon W. Prange and the novel The Broken Seal by Ladislas Farago.  Cinematography by Charles F. Wheeler, Masamichi Satoh, Shinsaku…

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The Thrill Of It All (1963)

NORMAN JEWISON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 1963.  Ross Hunter Productions, Arwin Productions.  Story by Larry Gelbart, Carl Reiner, Screenplay by Carl Reiner.  Cinematography by Russell Metty.  Produced by Ross Hunter, Martin Melcher.  Music by Frank De Vol.  Production Design by Robert F. Boyle, Alexander Golitzen.  Costume Design by Jean Louis.  Film Editing by Milton Carruth.   Certainly one of Doris Day‘s most energetic and…

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Send Me No Flowers (1964)

NORMAN JEWISON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.    USA, 1964.  Universal Pictures, Martin Melcher Productions.  Screenplay by Julius J. Epstein, based on the play Send Me No Flowers: A Comedy In Three Acts by Norman Barasch, Carroll Moore.  Cinematography by Daniel L. Fapp.  Produced by Harry Keller.  Music by Frank De Vol.  Production Design by Robert Clatworthy, Alexander Golitzen.  Costume Design by…

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Gremlins (1984)

JOE DANTE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1984.  Warner Bros., Amblin Entertainment.  Screenplay by Chris Columbus.  Cinematography by John Hora.  Produced by Michael Finnell.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.  Production Design by James H. Spencer.  Costume Design by Norman A. Burza, Linda Matthews.  Film Editing by Tina Hirsch. The perfect way to entertain the kids, a horror movie that isn’t too horrific….

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Elmer Gantry (1960)

RICHARD BROOKS Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1960.  Elmer Gantry Productions.  Screenplay by Richard Brooks, based on the novel by Sinclair Lewis.   Cinematography by John Alton.    Produced by Bernard Smith.  Music by Andre Previn.   Production Design by Edward Carrere.  Costume Design by Dorothy Jeakins.  Film Editing by Marjorie Fowler.  In an Oscar-winning role, Burt Lancaster is lively as…

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