Things To Do In Denver When You’re Dead (1995)

GARY FLEDER Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.  USA, 1995.  Miramax, Woods Entertainment.  Screenplay by Scott Rosenberg.  Cinematography by Elliot Davis.  Produced by Jonathan McHugh, Cary Woods.  Music by Michael Convertino.  Production Design by Nelson Coates.  Costume Design by Abigail Murray.  Film Editing by Richard Marks. This one’s plot reads like a failing student in…

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Bye Bye Braverman (1968)

SIDNEY LUMET Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.   USA, 1968.  Warner Brothers/Seven Arts.  Screenplay by Herbert Sargent, based on the novel To An Early Grave by Wallace Markfield.  Cinematography by Boris Kaufman.   Produced by Sidney Lumet.  Music by Peter Matz.  Production Design by Ben Kasazkow.  Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone.  Film Editing by Gerald B. Greenberg.  George Segal is fighting with…

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While You Were Sleeping (1995)

JON TURTELTAUB Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1995.  Hollywood Pictures, Caravan Pictures.  Screenplay by Daniel G. Sullivan, Fredric LeBow.  Cinematography by Phedon Papamichael.  Produced by Roger Birnbaum, Joe Roth.  Music by Randy Edelman.  Production Design by Garreth Stover.  Costume Design by Betsy Cox.  Film Editing by Bruce Green.  Golden Globe Awards 1995. Sandra Bullock plays a (yet again) lonely girl who lives with a cat…

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The Aviator (1985)

GEORGE MILLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1985.  United Artists, Mace Neufeld Productions.  Screenplay by Marc Norman, based on the book by Ernest K. Gann.  Cinematography by David Connell.  Produced by Thomas H. Brodek, Mace Neufeld.  Music by Dominic Frontiere.  Production Design by Brenton Swift.  Costume Design by Patricia Smith.  Film Editing by Duane Hartzell. A 1920s mail carrier (Christopher Reeve) crash lands…

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Toys (1992)

BARRY LEVINSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 1992.  Baltimore Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Valerie Curtin, Barry Levinson.  Cinematography by Adam Greenberg.  Produced by Mark Johnson, Barry Levinson. Music by Trevor Horn, Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Ferdinando Scarfiotti.  Costume Design by Albert Wolsky.  Film Editing by Stu Linder.  Academy Awards 1992. Visual splendour is compromised by a nonsensical screenplay in this…

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The Apprenticeship Of Duddy Kravitz (1974)

TED KOTCHEFF Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Canada, 1974.  Astral Bellevue Pathé, Canadian Film Development Corporation, Duddy Kravitz Syndicate, Famous Players, International Cinemedia Center, United Welco.  Screenplay by Mordecai Richler, adaptation by Lionel Chetwynd, based on the novel by Mordecai Richler.  Cinematography by Brian West.  Produced by John Kemeny.  Production Design by Anne Pritchard.  Costume Design by Louise Jobin, Francois Laplante,…

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Death On The Nile

BBBB (out of 5) Like Murder On The Orient Express before it, this is an energetic and enjoyable adaptation of an Agatha Christie murder mystery. A group of strangers, old aristocrats and young lovers among them, travel on a barge down the famed Egyptian river and are shocked when one of their passengers, a beautiful…

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From Here To Eternity (1953)

FRED ZINNEMANN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1953.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Directed by Fred Zinnemann.  Screenplay by Daniel Taradash, based on the novel by James Jones.  Cinematography by Burnett Guffey.  Produced by Buddy Adler.  Music by George Duning.  Production Design by Cary Odell.  Costume Design by Jean Louis.  Film Editing by William A. Lyon.  Academy Awards 1953.  Cannes Film Festival 1953.  Golden Globe Awards 1953. Romance…

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All The President’s Men (1976)

ALAN J. PAKULA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1976.  Warner Bros., Wildwood Enterprises.  Screenplay by William Goldman, based on the book by Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward.  Cinematography by Gordon Willis.  Produced by Walter Coblenz.  Music by David Shire.  Production Design by George Jenkins.  Costume Design by Bernie Pollack.  Film Editing by Robert L. Wolfe.  Academy Awards 1976.  Golden Globe Awards 1976.  National Board of…

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Donovan’s Reef (1963)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 1963.  Paramount Pictures, John Ford Productions.  Story by Edmund Beloin, Screenplay by Frank S. Nugent, James Edward Grant.  Cinematography by William H. Clothier.  Produced by John Ford.  Music by Cyril J. Mockridge.  Production Design by Eddie Imazu, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Otho Lovering.   Lighthearted romp that shows the great John…

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The Verdict (1982)

SIDNEY LUMET Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1982.   Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by David Mamet, based on the novel by Barry Reed.  Cinematography by Andrzej Bartkowiak.  Produced by David Brown, Richard D. Zanuck.  Music by Johnny Mandel.  Production Design by Edward Pisoni.  Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone.  Film Editing by Peter C. Frank.  Academy Awards 1982.  Golden Globe Awards 1982.  National Board of Review Awards 1982.  …

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12 Angry Men (1957)

SIDNEY LUMET Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1957.  Orion-Nova Productions.  Screenplay by Reginald Rose.  Cinematography by Boris Kaufman.  Produced by Henry Fonda, Reginald Rose.  Music by Kenyon Hopkins.  Film Editing by Carl Lerner.  Academy Awards 1957.  Golden Globe Awards 1957.   Scintillating drama that takes place in one confined room, where twelve jurors are locked up in seclusion to decide the fate of…

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