Save The Tiger (1973)

JOHN G. AVILDSEN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 1973.  Filmways Pictures, Cirandinha Productions, Jalem Productions.  Screenplay by Steve Shagan.  Cinematography by James Crabe.  Produced by Martin Ransohoff, Steve Shagan.  Music by Marvin Hamlisch.  Production Design by Jack T. Collis.  Costume Design by John A. Anderson.  Film Editing by David Bretherton.  Academy Awards 1973.  Golden Globe Awards 1973. Screenwriter Steve Shagan barely conceals his contempt … More Save The Tiger (1973)

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What’s The Matter With Helen? (1971)

CURTIS HARRINGTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1971.  Filmways Pictures, Raymax Productions.  Screenplay by Henry Farrell.  Cinematography by Lucien Ballard.  Produced by George Edwards.  Music by David Raksin.  Production Design by Eugène Lourié.  Costume Design by Morton Haack.  Film Editing by William Reynolds.  Academy Awards 1971. Delightfully campy indulgence in horror stars Debbie Reynolds and Shelley Winters as two complete opposites united by their sons; it’s … More What’s The Matter With Helen? (1971)

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The Sandpiper

B (out of 5) Bohemian artist Elizabeth Taylor (who despite the trappings is wonderful) has her idyllic life by the sea interrupted when her son, who she is trying to raise as a free-thinking nature boy, gets into serious trouble and is forced to attend a religious boarding school. The pastor who runs the place (Richard Burton, … More The Sandpiper

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Two-Minute Warning

BBB.5 (out of 5) Standard entry in the formula of disaster flicks that became popular after the success of movies like The Poseidon Adventure and The Towering Inferno, with a plot that could be described in ten words: lone gunman opens fire on packed stadium, causes noisy mayhem. While waiting for the five-minute climax that … More Two-Minute Warning

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Summer Lovers

B (out of 5) Peter Gallagher and Daryl Hannah take a vacation to sunny Greece and, while there, soak in the beauty of the islands. When Gallagher meets a gorgeous French woman (Valérie Quennessen) who is working on a nearby archaeological dig, he soaks her in too, which makes Hannah furious when she finds out. However, when … More Summer Lovers

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The Americanization Of Emily

ARTHUR HILLER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1964.  Filmways Pictures.  Screenplay by Paddy Chayefsky, based on the novel by William Bradford Huie.  Cinematography by Philip H. Lathrop.  Produced by Martin Ransohoff.  Music by Johnny Mandel.  Production Design by George W. Davis, Hans Peters, Elliot Scott.  Costume Design by Bill Thomas.  Film Editing by Tom McAdoo.  Academy Awards 1964.   A comedy about D-Day? … More The Americanization Of Emily

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