Tag Archive: Gordon Willis

The Paper Chase

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Timothy Bottoms arrives for his first year of Harvard Law and is immediately made a target by a legendary professor (theatrical and film producer John Houseman in his first major film… Continue reading

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Up The Sandbox

BBBB (out of 5) Barbra Streisand is great as a New York housewife who is constantly indulging in odd daydreams, some pleasant and some paranoid, about all aspects of her life. Is her… Continue reading

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Pennies From Heaven

BBBB (out of 5) The dark days of the Depression are set against the bright lights of Hollywood musicals in this terrific film by Herbert Ross.   Steve Martin plays an unhappy travelling salesman… Continue reading

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The Devil’s Own

BB (out of 5) Much publicity was given to this Irish-American drama upon its release because of production delays escalating the costs to unreasonable proportions ($90-odd million dollars, ridiculous at the time for… Continue reading

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Presumed Innocent

BBB.5 (out of 5) Harrison Ford plays a well-respected prosecutor (with a geeky buzz cut) whose girlfriend (Greta Scacchi) is viciously murdered shortly after he has seen her. The fact that he already has… Continue reading

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The Parallax View

BBBB (out of 5) Terrific paranoid thriller in which Warren Beatty plays a reporter whose work is often looked down upon by his colleagues. After the assassination of a prominent American politician, he… Continue reading

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Klute

BBBBB (out of 5) The other fantastic thriller made in 1971 is the perfect feminine companion to The French Connection (and Roy Scheider is in both of them).  Jane Fonda gives the performance of… Continue reading

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All The President’s Men

BBBBB (out of 5) This stunning political thriller is one of the best movies of the seventies and the highlight of the late Alan J. Pakula’s terrific career.   Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman are… Continue reading

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Visions Of Light

BBBB (out of 5) Movies about movies are always entertaining, and this beautiful film about the art of cinematography is no exception. The filmmakers have interviewed a whole group of popular cinematographers from… Continue reading

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The Godfather Part II

BBBBB (out of 5) Francis Ford Coppola and Mario Puzo followed the enormous success of The Godfather with this superb sequel, one that instead of cashing in on the success of its predecessor… Continue reading

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The Godfather

BBBBB (out of 5) The masterpiece that started it all. At a level of popularity only on par with such other classics like Gone With The Wind and The Sound Of Music, this… Continue reading

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The Godfather Part III

BBBB (out of 5) Sixteen years after we last heard about the Corleone family, they’re back with more mafia drama. Al Pacino continues his role as Michael Corleone, now an aging businessman who… Continue reading

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Malice

BB.5 (out of 5) Nicole Kidman and Bill Pullman play a happy couple whose lives are destroyed when a surgeon (Alec Baldwin) performs an operation on her under the influence of alcohol and destroys her… Continue reading

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Annie Hall

BBBBB (out of 5) La dee da, la la. Woody Allen takes a sharp turn away from slapstick and gives birth to comedy genius. Natural, observant dialogue and moments of romantic poignancy chart the… Continue reading

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Interiors

BBBB.5 (out of 5) This Ingmar Bergman-inspired drama is a complete reversal of style for Woody Allen, effectively capturing the downward spiral of an upper class New York family that is falling apart… Continue reading

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Manhattan

BBBBB (out of 5) Woody Allen creates a tribute to the Big Apple, to romance, to movies and to the love of love itself with this dreamy film. He plays a writer working on… Continue reading

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Stardust Memories

BB.5 (out of 5) One of Woody Allen’s less inspired works, this bitter film is the director’s response to the criticism he received for the post-Annie Hall change in his style. He plays… Continue reading

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A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy

BB.5 (out of 5) Inspired by Bergman’s Smiles Of A Summer Night, Woody Allen‘s comedy takes place at a beautiful country cottage at the turn of the century. Inventor Allen and wife Mary Steenburgen invite… Continue reading

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Zelig

BBBBB (out of 5) One of Woody Allen’s most fascinating achievements as an artist, and he has never made anything like it before or since. Filmed as a documentary (though entirely fictional in… Continue reading

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Broadway Danny Rose

BBBBB (out of 5) This wonderful comedy by Woody Allen finds the great director smack dab in the middle of his greatest successes of the eighties. He plays a small-time talent agent who… Continue reading

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The Purple Rose Of Cairo

BBBB.5 (out of 5) In 1984, Woody Allen gave La Strada a twist with his Broadway Danny Rose, and now The Purple Rose of Cairo brings back shades of Fellini’s Nights of Cabiria.… Continue reading

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