The Deep (1977)

PETER YATES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/United Kingdom, 1977.  Casablanca Filmworks, EMI Films.  Screenplay by Peter Benchley, Tracy Keenan Wynn, based on the novel by Peter Benchley.  Cinematography by Christopher Challis.  Produced by Peter Guber.  Music by John Barry.  Production Design by Anthony Masters.  Costume Design by Ron Talsky.  Film Editing by David Berlatsky.  Academy Awards 1977.  Golden Globe Awards 1977.  The success of Jaws meant…

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How The West Was Won (1962)

JOHN FORD, HENRY HATHAWAY, GEORGE MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 1962.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Cinerama Productions Corp..  Screenplay by James R. Webb, suggested by his Life Magazine series “How The West Was Won”.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels, Milton R. Krasner, Charles Lang, Joseph LaShelle.  Produced by Bernard Smith.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by George W. Davis, William Ferrari,…

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Girlfriends (1978)

CLAUDIA WEILL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1978.  Cyclops.  Story by Claudia Weill, Vicki Polon, Screenplay by Vicki Polon.  Cinematography by Fred Murphy.  Produced by Claudia Weill.  Music by Michael Small.  Production Design by Patrizia von Brandenstein.  Costume Design by Susan Becker, Jody Cyd-Cooper, Bonnie Daziel.  Film Editing by Suzanne Pettit.  National Board of Review Awards 1978.  Toronto International Film Festival…

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Winter Kills (1979)

WILLIAM RICHERT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1979.  Winter Gold Productions.  Screenplay by William Richert, based on the book by Richard Condon.  Cinematography by Vilmos Zsigmond.  Produced by Fred C. Caruso, Daniel H. Blatt.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by Robert F. Boyle.  Costume Design by Robert De Mora.  Film Editing by David Bretherton.   Fictionalized expose of the JFK assassination would…

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The Magnificent Seven (1960)

JOHN STURGES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1960.  The Mirisch Company, Alpha Productions, Alpha.  Screenplay by William Roberts, based on the screenplay Shichinin No Samurai by Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto, Hideo Oguni.  Cinematography by Charles Lang.  Produced by John Sturges.  Music by Elmer Bernstein.  Production Design by Edward Fitzgerald.  Film Editing by Ferris Webster.  Academy Awards 1960. Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai is remade for…

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Two Much (1996)

FERNANDO TRUEBA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Spain/USA, 1996.  Fernando Trueba Producciones Cinematográficas, Interscope Communications, Lolafilms, PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, Sociedad General de Televisión, Touchstone Pictures.  Screenplay by Fernando Trueba, David Trueba, based on the novel by Donald E. Westlake.  Cinematography by Jose Luis Alcaine.  Produced by Andrés Vicente Gómez, Cristina Huerte.  Music by Michel Camilo.  Production Design by Juan Botella.  Costume Design by…

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The Associate (1996)

DONALD PETRIE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1996.  Hollywood Pictures, Interscope Communications, Polygram Filmed Entertainment, Frederic Golchan Productions.  Screenplay by Nick Thiel, based on the screenplay L’Associe by Jean-Claude Carriere, Rene Gainville, from the novel El Socio by Jenaro Prieto.  Cinematography by Alex Nepomniaschy.  Produced by Frederic Golchan, Adam Leipzig, Patrick Markey.  Music by Christopher Tyng.  Production Design by Andrew…

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Keeping The Faith (2000)

EDWARD NORTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2000.  Spyglass Entertainment, Touchstone Pictures, Triple Threat Talent.  Screenplay by Stuart Blumberg.  Cinematography by Anastas N. Michos.  Produced by Stuart Blumberg, Hawk Koch, Edward Norton.  Music by Elmer Bernstein. Production Design by Wynn Thomas.  Costume Design by Michael Kaplan.  Film Editing by Malcolm Campbell.   Colourful romantic comedy about the stylish woman (Jenna…

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The Holiday (2006)

NANCY MEYERS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2006.  Columbia Pictures, Universal Pictures, Relativity Media, Waverly Films.  Screenplay by Nancy Meyers.  Cinematography by Dean Cundey.  Produced by Bruce A. Block, Nancy Meyers.  Music by Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Jon Hutman.  Costume Design by Marlene Stewart.  Film Editing by Joe Hutshing. Kate Winslet is heartbroken when she discovers that the man who dumped her…

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The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

BBBB (out of 5) Original story:  Il Buono, Il Brutto, Il Cattivo Clint Eastwood returns for his third film as the Man With No Name (who, oddly, has a name this time) in a film that isn’t a continuation of For A Few Dollars More but is definitely related in style and theme. He (the Good),…

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Nuts (1987)

MARTIN RITT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1987.  Warner Bros., Barwood Films.  Screenplay by Tom Topor, Darryl Ponicsan, Alvin Sargent, based on the play by Tom Topor.  Cinematography by Andrzej Bartkowiak.  Produced by Barbra Streisand.  Music by Barbra Streisand.  Production Design by Joel Schiller.  Costume Design by Joe I. Tompkins.  Film Editing by Sidney Levin.  Golden Globe Awards 1987.   Barbra Streisand has no end of…

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Baby Doll (1956)

ELIA KAZAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1956.  Newtown Productions.  Screenplay by Tennessee Williams.   Cinematography by Boris Kaufman.  Produced by Elia Kazan.  Music by Kenyon Hopkins.  Production Design by Richard Sylbert.  Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone.  Film Editing by Gene Milford.  Academy Awards 1956.  Golden Globe Awards 1956. Carroll Baker‘s performance is the best reason to see this film by Elia…

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