Best Of Enemies (2015)

MORGAN NEVILLE, ROBERT GORDON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   USA, 2015.  Media Ranch, Motto Pictures, Tremolo Productions.  Screenplay by Robert Gordon, Morgan Neville. Cinematography by David Leonard, Mark Schwartzbard, Graham Willoughby.  Produced by Robert Gordon, Morgan Neville.  Music by Jonathan Kirkscey.  Production Design by Scott Grossman.  Film Editing by Eileen Meyer, Aaron Wickenden.  Independent Spirit Awards 2015.  National Board of Review…

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Myra Breckenridge

BB (out of 5) Based on the popular, scandalous book by Gore Vidal, this film was disowned by the author the moment he saw it. Future film critic Rex Reed  stars as a lonely gay man named Myron Breckenridge who decides to have plastic surgery and turn into Raquel Welch (fat chance!) Now renamed Myra,…

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Bob Roberts (1992)

TIM ROBBINS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA/United Kingdom, 1992.  Miramax, Live Entertainment, Polygram Filmed Entertainment, The Rank Organisation, Working Title Films.  Screenplay by Tim Robbins.  Cinematography by Jean Lepine.  Produced by Forrest Murray.  Music by David Robbins.  Production Design by Richard Hoover.  Costume Design by Bridget Kelly.  Film Editing by Lisa Zeno Churgin.  Golden Globe Awards 1992.  National Board of Review Awards 1992….

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The U.S. Vs. John Lennon (2006)

DAVID LEAF, JOHN SCHEINFELD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 2006.  Lionsgate, VH1 Rock Docs, Authorized Pictures, LSL Productions.  Screenplay by David Leaf, John Scheinfeld.  Cinematography by James Mathers.  Produced by David Leaf, John Scheinfeld.  Music by Tricia Holloway.  Film Editing by Peter S. Lynch II.   It’s hard to believe, but at one point in history the FBI concentrated much of…

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With Honours (1994)

ALEK KESHISHIAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1994.  Spring Creek Productions, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by William Mastrosimone.  Cinematography by Sven Nykvist.  Produced by Amy Robinson, Paula Weinstein.  Music by Patrick Leonard.  Production Design by Barbara Ling.  Costume Design by Renee Ehrlich Kalfus.  Film Editing by Michael R. Miller.  Golden Globe Awards 1994.   College melodrama where students are taught to break the rules by…

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Roma (1972)

FEDERICO FELLINI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Italy/France, 1972.  Ultra Film, Les Productions Artistes Associes.  Story and Screenplay by Federico Fellini, Bernardino Zapponi.  Cinematography by Giuseppe Rotunno.  Produced by Turi Vasile.  Music by Nino Rota.  Production Design by Danilo Donati.  Costume Design by Danilo Donati.  Film Editing by Ruggero Mastroianni.   Fellini’s tribute to his adopted home is a plotless, sometimes metaphysical odyssey through…

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The Celluloid Closet (1995)

JEFFREY FRIEDMAN, ROB EPSTEIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBBB.  France/United Kingdom/Germany/USA, 1995.  Arte, Brillstein-Grey Entertainment, Channel Four Films, Home Box Office, Sony Pictures Classics, Telling Pictures, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen.  Story by Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman, Sharon Wood, narration by Armistead Maupin, based on the book by Vito Russo.  Cinematography by Nancy Schreiber.  Produced by Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman,…

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Why We Fight

EUGENE JARECKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   Filmmaker Eugene Jarecki has created an engrossing, intelligent and fascinating documentary about the history of American warfare in the twentieth century and beyond. Beginning with Eisenhower’s farewell speech warning Americans of the ‘military/industrial complex’, it continues on to show how Eisehower’s fears of an emphasis on military defense…

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Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist And Rebel

BRIGITTE BERMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   The three appellations of the title are just some of the things you learn about the magnificently infamous subject of this highly entertaining documentary. The only man in the world who can wear pyjamas all day long without making a woman angry, Hugh M. Hefner built the beginnings of…

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Gattaca

ANDREW NICCOL Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.    USA, 1997.  Columbia Pictures, Jersey Films.  Screenplay by Andrew Niccol.  Cinematography by Slawomir Idziak.  Produced by Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher.  Music by Michael Nyman.  Production Design by Jan Roelfs.  Costume Design by Colleen Atwood.  Film Editing by Lisa Zeno Churgin.  Academy Awards 1997.  Golden Globe Awards 1997.  Toronto International Film Festival 1997.   Ethan Hawke plays a young…

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Suddenly, Last Summer (1959)

JOSEPH L. MANKIEWICZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1959.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Horizon Pictures, Academy Pictures Corporation, Camp Films.  Screenplay by Gore Vidal, Tennessee Williams, based on the play by Tennessee Williams.  Cinematography by Jack Hildyard.  Produced by Sam Spiegel.  Music by Malcolm Arnold, Buxton Orr.  Production Design by Oliver Messel.  Costume Design by Oliver Messel.  Film Editing by William Hornbeck,…

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