Chicks Dig Gay Guys (2014)

NATHAN APFFEL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  0.   USA, 2014.  Hargitay & Hargitay Pictures in Motion, Nathans Company.  Story by Nathan Anderson, Screenplay by Nathan Anderson, Nathan Apffel.  Cinematography by Gustavo Penna.  Produced by Nathan Anderson, Stevie Hargitay, Danny Stepper.  Music by Carl Johnson.  Production Design by Scott Enge.  Costume Design by Layne McGovern.  Film Editing by Nathan Apffel, Keith Croket.  Podcast:  Bad Gay…

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The North Star (1943)

LEWIS MILESTONE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1943.  The Samuel Goldwyn Company.  Screenplay by Lillian Hellman, additional dialogue in new edition by Burt Beck.  Cinematography by James Wong Howe.  Produced by Samuel Goldwyn.  Music by Aaron Copland.  Production Design by Perry Ferguson.  Film Editing by Daniel Mandell.  Academy Awards 1943.  Lillian Hellman pens a tribute to the spirit of Russia suffering…

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Watch On the Rhine (1943)

HERMAN SHUMLIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1943.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Dashiell Hammett, additional scenes and dialogue by Lillian Hellman, based on her play.  Cinematography by Merritt B. Gerstad, Hal Mohr.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Carl Jules Weyl.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Rudi Fehr.  Academy Awards 1943.  Golden Globe Awards 1943.   Lillian…

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The Expendables (2010)

SYLVESTER STALLONE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5 USA, 2010.  Millennium Films, Nimar Studios, Rogue Marble.  Story by Dave Callaham, Screenplay by Dave Callaham, Sylvester Stallone.  Cinematography by Jeffrey L. Kimball. Produced by Avi Lerner, Kevin King Templeton, John Thompson.  Music by Brian Tyler.  Production Design by Franco-Giacomo Carbone.  Costume Design by Lizz Wolf.  Film Editing by Ken Blackwell, Paul Harb. Action heroes of…

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Inherent Vice (2014)

PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 2014.  Ghoulardi Film Company, Warner Bros., IAC Films, RatPac-Dune Entertainment.  Screenplay by Paul Thomas Anderson, based on the novel by Thomas Pynchon.  inematography by Robert Elswit.  Produced by Paul Thomas Anderson, Daniel Lupi, JoAnne Sellar.  Music by Jonny Greenwood.  Production Design by David Crank.  Costume Design by Mark Bridges.  Film Editing by Leslie Jones.  Academy Awards 2014. …

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Cecil B. Demented (2000)

JOHN WATERS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  France/USA, 2000.  Artic Productions LLC, Canal+, Ice Cap Production, Polar Entertainment Corporation.  Written by by John Waters. Cinematography by Robert M. Stevens.  Produced by Joseph M. Caracciolo Jr., John Fiedler, Mark Tarlov.  Music by Basil Poledouris, Zoe Poledouris.  Production Design by Vincent Peranio.  Costume Design by Van Smith.  Film Editing by Jeffrey Wolf.   Pompous and tiring…

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The Pope Of Greenwich Village (1984)

STUART ROSENBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1984.  United Artists.  Screenplay by Vincent Patrick, based on his novel.  Cinematography by John Bailey.  Produced by Gene Kirkwood, Hawk Koch.  Music by Dave Grusin.  Production Design by Paul Sylbert.  Costume Design by Joseph G. Aulisi.  Film Editing by Robert Brown.  Academy Awards 1984.   Great character study whose shoddy plotting and weak direction is overcome by…

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The Dark Knight (2008)

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   USA/United Kingdom, 2008.  Warner Bros., Legendary Entertainment, Syncopy, DC Comics.  Story by Christopher Nolan, David S. Goyer, Screenplay by Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan, based on characters created by Bob Kane.  Cinematography by Wally Pfister.  Produced by Christopher Nolan, Lorne Orleans, Charles Roven, Emma Thomas.  Music by James Newton Howard, Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Nathan Crowley.  Costume…

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The Specialist (1994)

LUIS LLOSA Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  Peru/USA, 1994.  Warner Bros., Jerry Weintraub Productions, Iguana Producciones.  Screenplay by Alexandra Seros, suggested by the Specialist novels by John Shirley.  Cinematography by Jeffrey L. Kimball.  Produced by Jerry Weintraub.  Music by John Barry.  Production Design by Walter P. Martishius.  Costume Design by Judianna Makovsky.  Film Editing by Jack Hofstra.   If you miss the good…

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Runaway Train

ANDREY KONCHALOVSKIY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1985.  Golan-Globus Productions, Northbrook Films.  Screenplay by Djordje Milicevic, Paul Zindel, Edward Bunker, based on a screenplay by Akira Kurosawa.  Cinematography by Alan Hume.  Produced by Yoram Globus, Menahem Golan.  Music by Trevor Jones.  Production Design by Stephen Marsh.  Costume Design by Katherine Dover.  Film Editing by Henry Richardson.  Academy Awards 1985.  Cannes Film Festival 1985.  Golden…

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It’s My Party (1996)

RANDAL KLEISER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  USA, 1996.  Opala Productions.  Screenplay by Randal Kleiser.  Cinematography by Bernd Heinl.  Produced by Randal Kleiser, Joel Thurm.  Music by Basil Poledouris.  Production Design by Clark Hunter.  Costume Design by Danielle King.  Film Editing by Ila von Hasperg.   In the brief prologue of this touching drama, Eric Roberts learns that he is HIV-positive, which is…

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Final Analysis (1992)

PHIL JOANOU Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1992.  Warner Bros., Witt/Thomas Productions, Roven-Cavallo Entertainment.  Story by Robert Berger, Wesley Strick, Screenplay by Wesley Strick.  Cinematography by Jordan Cronenweth.  Produced by Paul Junger Witt, Charles Roven, Tony Thomas.  Music by George Fenton.  Production Design by Dean Tavoularis.  Costume Design by Aude Bronson-Howard.  Film Editing by Thom Noble.   Tepid thriller that goes far…

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