Farewell, My Lovely (1975)

DICK RICHARDS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 1975. EK, ITC Films. Screenplay by David Zelag Goodman, based on the novel by Raymond Chandler. Cinematography by John A. Alonzo. Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, George Pappas. Music by David Shire. Production Design by Dean Tavoularis. Costume Design by Sandy Berke Jordan, G. Tony Scarano. Film…

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Death Watch (1980)

BERTRAND TAVERNIER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5 Original Title: La Mort En Direct France/West Germany, 1980. Films A2, Gaumont International, Little Bear, Sara Films, Selta Films, Societe Francaise de Production, TV13 Filmproduktion. Screenplay by David Rayfiel, Bertrand Tavernier, Géza von Radványi, based on the novel by David Compton. Cinematography by Pierre-William Glenn. Produced by…

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This Must Be The Place (2011)

PAOLO SORRENTINO Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  Italy/France/Ireland, 2011.  Indigo Film, Lucky Red, Medusa Film, ARP Sélection, France 2 Cinéma, Element Pictures, Bord Scannan na hEireann / Irish Film Board, MEDIA Programme of the European Union, Eurimages Council of Europe, Section 481, Sky, Canal+, CinéCinéma, France Télévision, Intesa San Paolo, Pathé.  Screenplay by Paolo Sorrentino, Umberto Contarello.  Cinematography by Luca…

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Wise Blood (1979)

JOHN HUSTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 1979.  Anthea Film, Ithaca.  Screenplay by Benedict Fitzgerald, Michael Fitzgerald, based on the novel by Flannery O’Connor.  Cinematography by Gerry Fisher.  Produced by Kathy Fitzgerald, Michael Fitzgerald.  Music by Alex North.  Production Design by Sally Fitzgerald.  Costume Design by Sally Fitzgerald.  Film Editing by Roberto Silvi.   Brad Dourif is marvelous as an ambitious but not exactly sophisticated young…

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Rango (2011)

GORE VERBINSKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2011.  Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon Movies, Blind Wink Productions, GK Films.  Story by John Logan, Gore Verbinski, James Ward Byrkit, Screenplay by John Logan.  Produced by John B. Carls, Graham King, Gore Verbinski. Music by Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Mark ‘Crash’ McCreery.  Film Editing by Craig Wood.  Academy Awards 2011.  Boston…

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The Avengers (2012)

JOSS WHEDON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2012.  Marvel Studios, Paramount Pictures.  Story by Zak Penn, Joss Whedon, Screenplay by Joss Whedon.  Cinematography by Seamus McGarvey.  Produced by Kevin Feige. Music by Alan Silvestri.  Production Design by James Chinlund.  Costume Design by Alexandra Byrne.  Film Editing by Jeffrey Ford, Lisa Lassek.  Academy Awards 2012.  Phoenix Film Critics Awards 2012.   Imagine the cinematic version of a…

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The Rose (1979)

MARK RYDELL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1979.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Story by Bill Kerby, Screenplay by Bo Goldman, Bill Kerby.  Cinematography by Vilmos Zsigmond.  Produced by Aaron Russo, Marvin Worth.  Production Design by Richard Macdonald.  Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge.  Film Editing by Carroll Timothy O’Meara, Robert L. Wolfe.  Thinly veiled biography of Janis Joplin is also the screen debut…

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The Pledge (2001)

SEAN PENN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2001.  Morgan Creek Entertainment, Franchise Pictures, Clyde Is Hungry Films, Pledge Productions, Epsilon Motion Pictures.  Screenplay by Jerzy Kromolowski, Mary Olson-Kromolowski, based on the book by Freidrich Durrenmatt. Cinematography by Chris Menges.  Produced by Michael Fitzgerald, Sean Penn, Elie Samaha.  Music by Klaus Badelt, Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Bill Groom.  Costume Design by…

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Cool Hand Luke (1967)

STUART ROSENBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1967.  Jalem Productions.  Screenplay by Donn Pearce, Frank Pierson, based on the novel by Donn Pearce.  Cinematography by Conrad L. Hall.  Produced by Gordon Carroll.  Music by Lalo Schifrin.  Production Design by Cary Odell.  Costume Design by Howard Shoup.  Film Editing by Sam O’Steen.   Paul Newman plays the title character, a man so named because…

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Mr. North (1988)

DANNY HUSTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1988.  Heritage Entertainment Inc., The Samuel Goldwyn Company, Showcase Productions International.  Screenplay by Janet Roach, John Huston, James Costigan, based on the novel Theophilus North by Thornton Wilder.  Cinematography by Robin Vidgeon.  Produced by Steven Haft, Skip Steloff.    Music by David McHugh.   Production Design by Eugene Lee.   Costume Design by…

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Never Talk To Strangers (1995)

PETER HALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  USA/Canada/Germany, 1995.  TriStar Pictures, Abaton Filmhauswertung GmbH, Alliance Communications Corporation, Elite Filmproduktion, Never Talk To Strangers Productions, Peter Hoffman.  Screenplay by Lewis A. Green, Jordan Rush.  Cinematography by Elemer Ragalyi.  Produced by Andras Hamori, Jeffrey R. Neuman, Martin Wiley.  Music by Pino Donaggio.  Production Design by Linda Del Rosario, Richard Paris.  Costume Design by…

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Private Benjamin (1980)

HOWARD ZIEFF Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1980.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Nancy Meyers, Charles Shyer, Harvey Miller.  Cinematography by David M. Walsh.  Produced by Nancy Meyers, Harvey Miller, Charles Shyer.  Music by Bill Conti.  Production Design by Robert F. Boyle, Jeffrey Howard.  Costume Design by Betsy Cox.  Film Editing by Sheldon Kahn.  My favourite Goldie Hawn movie. All her life, Judy Benjamin (Hawn) has…

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