Capricorn One (1977)

PETER HYAMS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB. USA/United Kingdom, 1977.  Associated General Films, ITC Films.  Screenplay by Peter Hyams.  Cinematography by Bill Butler.  Produced by Paul N. Lazarus III.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.  Production Design by Albert Brenner.  Costume Design by Patricia Norris.  Film Editing by James Mitchell.   A rocket ship launches in full view of an excited audience, its mission after sixteen…

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Dreams of a Life (2011)

CAROL MORLEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.   United Kingdom/Ireland, 2011.  Cannon and Morley Productions, Film4, Soho Moon Pictures, UK Film Council.  Screenplay by Carol Morley.  Cinematography by Mary Farbrother, Lynda Hall.  Produced by Cairo Cannon, James Mitchell.  Music by Barry Adamson.  Production Design by Chris Richmond.  Costume Design by Leonie Prendergast.  Film Editing by Chris Wyatt.   Authorities pounding on the door of Joyce Vincent’s flat…

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The Toast Of New Orleans (1950)

NORMAN TAUROG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA, 1950.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Sy Gomberg, George Wells.  Cinematography by William E. Snyder.  Produced by Joe Pasternak.  Music by Albert Sendrey, George Stoll.  Production Design by Daniel B. Cathcart, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett, Helen Rose.  Film Editing by Gene Ruggiero.   Those who aren’t fans of opera will prefer to kill themselves than sit through…

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Love Is The Devil: Study For A Portrait Of Francis Bacon (1998)

JOHN MAYBURY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom/France/Japan, 1998.  BBC Films, British Film Institute, Arts Council of England, Première Heure, Uplink, Partners In Crime, State.  Screenplay by John Maybury.  Cinematography by John Mathieson.  Produced by Chiara Menage.  Music by Ryûichi Sakamoto.  Production Design by Alan MacDonald.  Costume Design by Annie Symons.  Film Editing by Daniel Goddard.   Absorbing and sometimes shocking look at the…

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2010 (1984)

PETER HYAMS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1984.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Peter Hyams, based on the novel by Arthur C. Clarke.  Cinematography by Peter Hyams.  Produced by Peter Hyams.  Music by David Shire.  Production Design by Albert Brenner.  Costume Design by Patricia Norris.  Film Editing by Mia Goldman, James Mitchell.   Superb sequel to Stanley Kubrick’s milestone classic, but if you’re expecting more…

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Narrow Margin (1990)

PETER HYAMS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 1990.  Carolco Pictures.  Screenplay by Peter Hyams, based on the earlier film story by Martin Goldsmith, Jack Leonard, screenplay by Earl Felton.  Cinematography by Peter Hyams.  Produced by Jonathan A. Zimbert.  Music by Bruce Broughton.  Production Design by Joel Schiller.  Costume Design by Ellen Mirojnick.  Film Editing by James Mitchell. Remake of the 1952 Richard Fleischer…

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The Turning Point (1977)

HERBERT ROSS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1977.  Hera Productions, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.  Screenplay by Arthur Laurents.  Cinematography by Robert Surtees.  Produced by Arthur Laurents, Herbert Ross.  Music by Carl Czerny, John Lanchbery.  Production Design by Albert Brenner.  Costume Design by Albert Wolsky.  Film Editing by William Reynolds.   The world of ballet gets world class treatment from Hollywood and director Herbert Ross, but…

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Invincible (2001)

WERNER HERZOG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.   USA/United Kingdom/Germany/Ireland, 2001.  Werner Herzog Filmproduktion, Tatfilm, Little Bird, Jan Bart Productions, Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Bayerischer Rundfunk, ARTE, Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Filmforderungsanstalt, Beaftragter der Bundesregierung fur Angelegenheinten der Kultur und der Medien, FilmFour, Fine Line Features.  Screenplay by Werner Herzog.  Cinematography by Peter Zeitlinger.  Produced by Gary Bart, Werner Herzog.  Music by Klaus Badelt, Hans…

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Oklahoma! (1955)

FRED ZINNEMANN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1955.  Magna Theatre Corporation, Rodgers & Hammerstein Productions.  Screenplay by Sonya Levien, William Ludwig, based on the musical play by Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, from the play Green Grow The Rushes by Lynn Riggs.  Cinematography by Robert Surtees.  Produced by Arthur Hornblow Jr..  Music by Richard Rodgers.  Production Design by Oliver Smith.  Costume…

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The Monster Squad (1987)

FRED DEKKER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA, 1987.  Home Box Office, Keith Barish Productions, TAFT Entertainment Pictures.  Screenplay by Shane Black, Fred Dekker.  Cinematography by Bradford May.  Produced by Jonathan A. Zimbert.  Music by Bruce Broughton.  Production Design by Albert Brenner.  Costume Design by Michael W. Hoffman, Aggie Lyon.  Film Editing by James Mitchell.  A cheerful little romp that is only…

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The Band Wagon (1953)

VINCENTE MINNELLI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1953.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story and Screenplay by Betty Comden, Adolph Green.  Cinematography by Harry Jackson.  Produced by Arthur Freed.  Music by Alexander Courage, Adolph Deutsch, Conrad Salinger.  Production Design by E. Preston Ames, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Mary Ann Nyberg.  Film Editing by Albert Akst, George White.   Vincente Minnelli outdid his own An American In Paris with this…

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