Some Of My Best Friends Are… (1971)

MERVYN NELSON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1971.  Bluebird Productions, Cutler Griffin Associates.  Cinematography by Tony Mitchell.  Produced by John Lauricella, Martin Richards.  Music by Gordon Rose.  Production Design by Ray Menard.  Costume Design by Andy Greenhut.  Film Editing by Richard Cadenas, Angelo Ross.  Podcast:  Bad Gay Movies..   Christmas Eve at a New York City gay bar, it’s 1971 and the…

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Grease

BBBB (out of 5) This tune-filled, eye-candy musical still thrills audiences of all ages more than two decades after its original release. Based on the hit Broadway play, it’s a tribute to the music and pop culture of the fifties, and its excellent songs (most of them from the play with a few new ones…

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Five Easy Pieces (1970)

BOB RAFELSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBBB.  USA, 1970.  BBS Productions, Columbia Pictures Corporation, Five Easy Pieces Productions, Raybert Productions.  Story by Bob Rafelson, Carole Eastman, Screenplay by Carole Eastman.  Cinematography by Laszlo Kovacs.  Produced by Bob Rafelson, Richard Wechsler.  Music by Pearl Kaufman.  Production Design by Toby Carr Rafelson.  Costume Design by Bucky Rous.  Film Editing by Christopher Holmes, Gerald Shepard.  Academy Awards…

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Crazy In Alabama

ANTONIO BANDERAS Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.   Melanie Griffith is absolutely wonderful in this offbeat comedy directed by first-timer Antonio Banderas. She plays a free-spirited woman who rids herself from her abusive husband by chopping off his head and putting it in a hatbox which she carries with her all the way to Hollywood, where…

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Fried Green Tomatoes

BBBB.5 (out of 5) This marvelous journey had its inception in Fannie Flagg’s deliciously Southern novel Fried Green Tomatoes At The Whistle Stop Cafe. From there it made the transition to the big screen with its deeply sympathetic characters and enjoyably sentimental situations intact. Films like Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and How To…

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