Five Corners (1987)

TONY BILL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 United Kingdom/USA, 1987. Cineplex Odeon Films, HandMade Films. Screenplay by John Patrick Shanley. Cinematography by Fred Murphy. Produced by Tony Bill, Forrest Murray. Music by James Newton Howard. Production Design by Adrianne Lobel. Costume Design by Peggy Farrell. Film Editing by Andy Blumenthal. John Patrick Shanley pays…

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How To Get Ahead In Advertising (1989)

BRUCE ROBINSON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.   United Kingdom, 1989.  HandMade Films.  Screenplay by Bruce Robinson.  Cinematography by Peter Hannan.  Produced by David Wimbury.  Music by David Dundas, Rick Wentworth.  Production Design by Michael Pickwoad.  Costume Design by Andrea Galer.  Film Editing by Alan Strachan.   Richard E. Grant reunites with his Withnail and I director Bruce Robinson for another outrageous comedy, this time…

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Planet 51 (2009)

JORGE BLANCO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Spain/United Kingdom/USA, 2009.  Ilion Animation Studios, HandMade Films, Antena 3 Films.  Story by Javier Abad, Jorge Blanco, Marcos Martinez, Ignacio Perez Dolset, Screenplay by Joe Stillman.  Produced by Guy Collins, Ignacio Perez Dolset.  Music by James Seymour Brett.  Production Design by Julian Munoz Romero.  Film Editing by Alex Rodriguez.  European Film Awards 2010.  …

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Dinner At Fred’s (1999)

SHAWN THOMPSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  Canada/USA, 1999.  HandMade Films, Paragon Entertainment Corporation.  Screenplay by Shawn Thompson.  Cinematography by Robert C. New.  Produced by Jon Slan.  Music by Carlos Lopes.  Production Design by Marian Wihak.  Costume Design by Resa McConaghy.  Film Editing by Michael Pacek.   On a windy winter’s night, fumbling Gil Bellows finds himself in the twilight zone when he loses his wallet at…

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Withnail And I (1987)

BRUCE ROBINSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1987.  Cineplex-Odeon Films, HandMade Films.  Screenplay by Bruce Robinson.  Cinematography by Peter Hannan.  Produced by Paul M. Heller.  Music by David Dundas, Rick Wentworth.  Production Design by Michael Pickwoad.  Costume Design by Andrea Galer.  Film Editing by Alan Strachan.   They want the finest wines available to humanity, they want them here and they…

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Nuns On The Run (1990)

JONATHAN LYNN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  United Kingdom, 1990.  HandMade Films.  Screenplay by Jonathan Lynn.  Cinematography by Michael Garfath.  Produced by Michael White.  Music by Frank Fitzpatrick, Hidden Faces, David Kitay.  Production Design by Simon Holland.  Costume Design by Sue Yelland.  Film Editing by David Martin.   Fans of British comedy will get a great kick out of this hilarious caper, especially those…

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Mona Lisa (1986)

NEIL JORDAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1986.  HandMade Films, Palace Production.  Screenplay by Neil Jordan, David Leland.  Cinematography by Roger Pratt.  Produced by Patrick Cassavetti, Stephen Woolley.   Music by Michael Kamen.  Production Design by Jamie Leonard.  Costume Design by Louise Frogley.  Film Editing by Lesley Walker.   Bob Hoskins is released from prison and goes back to work for his…

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The Life Of Brian (1979)

TERRY JONES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1979.  HandMade Films, Python (Monty) Pictures.  Screenplay by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin.Cinematography by Peter Biziou.  Produced by John Goldstone.  Music by Geoffrey Burgon.  Production Design by Terry Gilliam.  Costume Design by Charles Knode, Hazel Pethig.  Film Editing by Julian Doyle.  Podcast:  My Criterions.   Monty Python’s…

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Shanghai Surprise (1986)

JIM GODDARD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  United Kingdom, 1986.  HandMade Films, The Vista Organisation.  Screenplay by John Kohn, Robert Bentley, based on the novel Faraday’s Flowers by Tony Kenrick.  Cinematography by Ernest Vincze.  Produced by John Kohn.  Music by George Harrison, Michael Kamen.  Production Design by Peter Mullins.  Costume Design by Judy Moorcroft.  Film Editing by Ralph Sheldon. Laughably bad comedy…

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Time Bandits (1981)

TERRY GILLIAM Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  United Kingdom, 1981.  HandMade Films.  Screenplay by Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam.  Cinematography by Peter Biziou.  Produced by Terry Gilliam.  Music by Mike Moran.  Production Design by Milly Burns.  Costume Design by James Acheson.  Film Editing by Julian Doyle.   A little boy lives with his technologically obsessed parents who ignore him in favour of the many gadgets…

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The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (1987)

JACK CLAYTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1987.  HandMade Films, United British Artists.  Screenplay by Peter Nelson, based on the novel by Brian Moore.  Cinematography by Peter Hannan.  Produced by Richard Johnson, Peter Nelson.  Music by Georges Delerue.  Production Design by Michael Pickwoad.  Costume Design by Elizabeth Waller.  Film Editing by Terry Rawlings.   Maggie Smith is terrific as a lonely Irish…

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The Long Good Friday (1980)

JOHN MACKENZIE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBBB.  United Kingdom, 1980.  Black Lion Films, Calendar Productions, HandMade Films.  Screenplay by Barrie Keeffe.  Cinematography by Phil Meheux.  Produced by Barry Hanson.  Music by Francis Monkman.  Production Design by Vic Symonds.  Costume Design by Tudor George.  Film Editing by Mike Taylor.  Podcast:  My Criterions.   A London crime boss (Bob Hoskins in an explosive performance) is on the verge…

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