Smooth Talk (1985)

JOYCE CHOPRA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB United Kingdom/USA, 1985. American Playhouse, Goldcrest Films International, Nepenthe Productions, Palmyra Films. Screenplay by Tom Cole, based on the story Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been by Joyce Carol Oates. Cinematography by James Glennon. Produced by Martin Rosen. Music by Russ Kunkel, George Massenburg, Bill…

Rate this:

Carol (2015)

TODD HAYNES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   United Kingdom/USA, 2015.  The Weinstein Company, Film4, Number 9 Films, StudioCanal, HanWay Films, Killer Films, Goldcrest Films International, Dirty Films, Infilm, Larkhard Films.  Screenplay by Phyllis Nagy, based on the novel The Price Of Salt by Patricia Highsmith.  Cinematography by Edward Lachman.  Produced by Elizabeth Karlsen, Tessa Ross, Christine Vachon, Stephen Woolley.  Music…

Rate this:

Clockwatchers (1997)

JILL SPRECHER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 1997.  Goldcrest Films International, John Flock Productions.  Screenplay by Jill Sprecher, Karen Sprecher.  Cinematography by Jim Denault.  Produced by Gina Resnick.  Music by Mader.  Production Design by Pamela Marcotte.  Costume Design by Edi Giguere.  Film Editing by Stephen Mirrone.  Toronto International Film Festival 1997.   Parker Posey, Lisa Kudrow, Alanna Ubach and Toni Collette all give strong performances as…

Rate this:

Absolute Beginners (1986)

JULIEN TEMPLE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1986.  Goldcrest Films International, Palace Pictures, Virgin.  Screenplay by Richard Burridge, Don MacPherson, Christopher Wicking, developed by Michael Hamlyn, additional dialogue by Terry Johnson, based on the novel by Colin MacInnes. Cinematography by Oliver Stapleton.  Produced by Chris Brown, Stephen Woolley.  Music by Gil Evans.  Production Design by John Beard.  Costume Design…

Rate this:

Another Country (1984)

MAREK KANIEVSKA Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1984.  Goldcrest Films International, National Film Finance Corporation.  Screenplay by Julian Mitchell, based on his play.  Cinematography by Peter Biziou.  Produced by Alan Marshall.  Music by Michael Storey.  Production Design by Brian Morris.  Costume Design by Penny Rose.  Film Editing by Gerry Hambling.   Absorbing drama that looks into a fictionalized account of the…

Rate this:

The Dresser (1983)

PETER YATES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  United Kingdom, 1983.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Goldcrest Films International, World Film Services.  Screenplay by Ronald Harwood.  Cinematography by Kelvin Pike. Produced by Peter Yates.  Music by James Horner.  Production Design by Stephen B. Grimes.  Costume Design by Rosemary Burrows.  Film Editing by Ray Lovejoy.   Ronald Harwood adapts his hit Broadway play with mesmerizing results, despite…

Rate this:

The Mission (1986)

ROLAND JOFFE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1986.  Warner Bros., Goldcrest Films International, Kingsmere Productions Ltd., Enigma Productions, AMLF.  Story and screenplay by Robert Bolt.  Cinematography by Chris Menges.  Produced by Fernando Ghia, David Puttnam.  Music by Ennio Morricone.  Production Design by Stuart Craig.  Costume Design by Enrico Sabbatini.  Film Editing by Jim Clark.   Roland Joffe followed The Killing Fields with this…

Rate this:

The Killing Fields (1984)

ROLAND JOFFE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  United Kingdom, 1984.  Goldcrest Films International, International Film Investors, Enigma Productions.  Screenplay by Bruce Robinson.  Cinematography by Chris Menges.  Produced by David Puttnam.  Music by Mike Oldfield.  Production Design by Roy Walker.  Costume Design by Judy Moorcraft.  Film Editing by Jim Clark.   Right up there with Missing among the handful of brilliant political thrillers made in…

Rate this:

Local Hero (1983)

BILL FORSYTH Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1983.  Enigma Productions, Goldcrest Films International.  Screenplay by Bill Forsyth.  Cinematography by Chris Menges.  Produced by David Puttnam.  Music by Mark Knopfler.  Production Design by Roger Murray-Leach.  Costume Design by Pip Newbery, Penny Rose.  Film Editing by Michael Bradsell.  American oil company employee Peter Riegert travels to Scotland to see about the purchase…

Rate this:

Matewan (1987)

JOHN SAYLES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1987.  Cinecom Entertainment Group, Film Gallery, Goldcrest Films International, Red Dog Films.  Screenplay by John Sayles. Cinematography by Haskell Wexler.  Produced by Peggy Rajski, Maggie Renzi.  Music by Mason Daring.  Production Design by Nora Chavooshian.  Costume Design by Cynthia Flynt.  Film Editing by Sonya Polonsky.   One of John Sayles’s most impressive achievements as a…

Rate this:

A Room With A View (1985)

JAMES IVORY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  United Kingdom, 1985.  Goldcrest Films International, National Film Finance Corporation, Curzon Film Distributors, Film Four International, Merchant Ivory Productions.  Screenplay by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, based on the novel by E.M. Forster.  Cinematography by Tony Pierce-Roberts.  Produced by Ismail Merchant. Music by Richard Robbins.  Production Design by Brian Ackland-Snow, Gianni Quaranta.  Costume Design by…

Rate this:

Dance With A Stranger (1985)

MIKE NEWELL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  United Kingdom, 1985.   Goldcrest Films International, National Film Finance Corporation, Film Four International, First Film Company, National Film Development Fund, Shooting Lodge.   Screenplay by Shelagh Delaney.   Cinematography by Peter Hannan.   Produced by Roger Randall-Cutler.   Music by Richard Hartley.   Production Design by Andrew Mollo.   Costume Design by Pip Newbery. …

Rate this: