Kull The Conqueror (1997)

JOHN NICOLELLA Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 1997.   Universal Pictures, Raffaella De Laurentiis Productions, Korsala Productions.  Screenplay by Charles Edward Pogue, based on worlds and characters created by Robert E. Howard.   Cinematography by Rodney Charters.   Produced by Raffaella De Laurentiis.   Music by Joel Goldsmith.   Production Design by Benjamin Fernandez.   Costume Design by Thomas…

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Superstar In A Housedress (2004)

CRAIG HIGHBERGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 2004.  Highberger Media Inc..  Screenplay by Craig Highberger.  Cinematography by Craig Highberger.  Produced by Craig Highberger.  Music by Paul Serrato.  Production Design by Gary LeGault.  Film Editing by Craig Highberger.   This excellent documentary explores the life and world of Jackie Curtis, the multi-talented performance artist who is probably most famous for his association with the…

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Independence Day (1996)

ROLAND EMMERICH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1996.  Twentieth Century Fox, Centropolis Film Productions.  Screenplay by Dean Devlin, Roland Emmerich.  Cinematography by Karl Walter Lindenlaub.  Produced by Dean Devlin. Music by David Arnold.  Production Design by Oliver Scholl, Patrick Tatopoulos.  Costume Design by Joseph A. Porro.  Film Editing by David Brenner.  Academy Awards 1996. Trite and dull science-fiction disaster film….

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Death To Smoochy (2002)

DANNY DEVITO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA/United Kingdom/Germany, 2002.  Warner Bros., FilmFour, Senator Film Produktion, Mad Chance, Jersey Films.  Screenplay by Adam Resnick. Cinematography by Anastas N. Michos.  Produced by Andrew Lazar, Peter Macgregor-Scott.  Music by David Newman.  Production Design by Howard Cummings.  Costume Design by Jane Ruhm.  Film Editing by Jon Poll.   It’s hard to imagine movies sinking lower…

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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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The Times Of Harvey Milk (1984)

ROB EPSTEIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBBB.  USA, 1984.  Black Sand Productions, Pacific Arts, UCLA Film and Television Archive.  Narration by Judith Coburn, Carter Wilson.  Cinematography by Frances Reid.  Produced by Rob Epstein, Richard Schmiechen. Music by Mark Isham.  Production Design by Michael McNeil.  Film Editing by Rob Epstein, Deborah Hoffmann.  Boston Film Critics Awards 1984.  New York Film Critics Awards 1984.  Academy…

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Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)

CHRIS COLUMBUS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1993.  Twentieth Century Fox, Blue Wolf Productions.  Screenplay by Randi Mayem Singer, Leslie Dixon, based on the novel Alias Madame Doubtfire by Anne Fine.  Cinematography by Donald McAlpine.  Produced by Mark Radcliffe, Marsha Garces Williams, Robin Williams.  Music by Howard Shore.  Production Design by Angelo P. Graham.  Costume Design by Marit Allen. Film…

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Torch Song Trilogy

BBBB (out of 5) Harvey Fierstein‘s celebrated play has been adapted into a film whose story is often uneven but whose characters are so likable you’ll never care. The raspy-voiced author himself appears as a constantly hopeful drag performer whose relationships provide for a rather messy life. His boyfriend (Brian Kerwin), a closeted school teacher, seems to be…

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Mulan

BARRY COOK, TONY BANCROFT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  The best Disney animated film since Beauty and the Beast is this animated epic based on a Chinese legend. Mulan (voiced by Ming-Na Wen) is a young girl who dresses up as a man to go off to war in place of her conscripted but ailing…

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Bullets Over Broadway (1994)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   USA, 1994.  Miramax, Sweetland Films, Magnolia Productions.  Screenplay by Woody Allen, Douglas McGrath.  Cinematography by Carlo Di Palma.  Produced by Robert Greenhut.  Production Design by Santo Loquasto.  Costume Design by Jeffrey Kurland.  Film Editing by Susan E. Morse.  Academy Awards 1994. Golden Globe Awards 1994.  Independent Spirit Awards 1994.  National Board of Review Awards 1994.  New York Film…

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