Brass Target (1978)

JOHN HOUGH Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.   USA/West Germany/Switzerland, 1978.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Alvin Boretz, based on the novel by Frederick Nolan.  Cinematography by Tony Imi.  Produced by Arthur Lewis.  Music by Laurence Rosenthal.  Production Design by Rolf Zehetbauer.  Costume Design by Monika Bauert.  Film Editing by David Lane. George S. Patton is given the JFK treatment in a conspiracy thriller that…

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The Paper Chase (1973)

JAMES BRIDGES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1973.  Thompson-Paul Productions, Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by James Bridges, based on the novel by John Jay Osborn Jr..  Cinematography by Gordon Willis. Produced by Rodrick Paul, Robert C. Thompson.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by George Jenkins.  Film Editing by Walter Thompson.   Timothy Bottoms arrives for his first year of Harvard Law…

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The Lost Boys (1987)

JOEL SCHUMACHER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  USA, 1987.  Warner Bros..  Story by Janice Fischer, James Jeremias, Screenplay by Janice Fischer, James Jeremias, Jeffrey Boam.  Cinematography by Michael Chapman.  Produced by Harvey Bernhard.  Music by Thomas Newman.  Production Design by Bo Welch.  Costume Design by Susan Becker.  Film Editing by Robert Brown. Hilariously bad horror movie, though not without some camp appeal for the…

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The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)

MARTIN SCORSESE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2013.  Red Granite Pictures, Appian Way, Sikelia Productions, EMJAG Productions.  Screenplay by Terence Winter, based on the book by Jordan Belfort.  Cinematography by Rodrigo Prieto.  Produced by Riza Aziz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Joey McFarland, Martin Scorsese, Emma Tillinger Koskoff.  Production Design by Bob Shaw.  Costume Design by Sandy Powell.  Film Editing by Thelma Schoonmaker.  Academy Awards 2013. …

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Overboard (1987)

GARRY MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):   B.  USA, 1987.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Star Partners, Hawn / Sylbert Movie Company.  Screenplay by Leslie Dixon.  Cinematography by John A. Alonzo.  Produced by Alexandra Rose, Anthea Sylbert.  Music by Alan Silvestri.  Production Design by Jim Dultz, James Shanahan.  Costume Design by Wayne A. Finkelman.  Film Editing by Sonny Baskin, Dov Hoenig.   One of Goldie Hawn‘s worst comedies…

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Born Yesterday (1993)

LUIS MANDOKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1993.  Hollywood Pictures, Touchwood Pacific Partners 1.  Screenplay by Douglas McGrath, based on the play by Garson Kanin.  Cinematography by Lajos Koltai.  Produced by D. Constantine Conte.  Music by George Fenton.  Production Design by Lawrence G. Paull.  Costume Design by Colleen Atwood.  Film Editing by Lesley Walker.   Excellent remake of the 1950 George Cukor classic…

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The Emperor’s Club (2002)

MICHAEL HOFFMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2002.  Beacon Communications, Fine Line Features, Horsepower Films, LivePlanet, Longfellow Pictures, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment.  Screenplay by Neil Tolkin, based on the short story The Palace Thief by Ethan Canin.  Cinematography by Lajos Koltai.  Produced by Marc Abraham.  Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design by Patrizia von Brandenstein.  Costume Design by Cynthia Flynt.  Film Editing…

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Factory Girl (2006)

GEORGE HICKENLOOPER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2006.  The Weinstein Company, L.I.F.T. Productions, Holly Wiersma Productions.  Story by Simon Monjack, Aaron Richard Golub, Captain Mauzner, Screenplay by Captain Mauzner.  Cinematography by Michael Grady.  Produced by Morris Bart, Kimberly Calhoun Boling, Aaron Richard Golub, Malcolm Petal, Holly Wiersma.  Music by Ed Shearmur.  Production Design by Jeremy Reed.  Costume Design by John…

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Compromising Positions (1985)

FRANK PERRY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1985.  Blackhawk Productions, C.P. Productions, Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Susan Isaacs, based on her novel.  Cinematography by Barry Sonnenfeld.  Produced by Frank Perry.  Music by Brad Fiedel.  Production Design by Peter S. Larkin.  Costume Design by Joseph G. Aulisi.  Film Editing by Peter C. Frank.   An adaptation of a Susan Isaacs novel that would suit…

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Double Take (2001)

GEORGE GALLO Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 2001.  Kumbaya Productions Inc., Permut Presentations, Rat Entertainment, Touchstone Pictures.  Screenplay by George Gallo, based on the screenplay Across the Bridge by Guy Elmes, Denis Freeman, from the story by Graham Greene.  Cinematography by Theo van de Sande.  Produced by David Permut, Brett Ratner.  Music by Graeme Revell.  Production Design by Stephen…

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Nixon (1995)

OLIVER STONE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 1995.  Cinergi Pictures Entertainment, Hollywood Pictures, Illusion Entertainment.  Screenplay by Oliver Stone, Stephen J. Rivele, Christopher Wilkinson.  Cinematography by Robert Richardson.  Produced by Oliver Stone, Clayton Townsend, Andrew G. Vajna.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by Victor Kempster.  Costume Design by Richard Hornung.  Film Editing by Brian Berdan, Hank Corwin.  Academy Awards 1995.  Boston Film Critics…

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Annie (1982)

JOHN HUSTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1982.  Columbia Pictures, Rastar Pictures.  Screenplay by Carol Sobieski, based on the stage play by Thomas Meehan, from the comic strip Little Orphan Annie by Harold Gray.  Cinematography by Richard Moore.  Produced by Ray Stark.  Music by Charles Strouse.  Production Design by Dale Hennesy.  Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge.  Film Editing by Michael…

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