The Favourite (2018)

YORGOS LANTHIMOS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Ireland/United Kingdom/USA, 2018.  Element Pictures, Scarlet Films, Film4, Waypoint Entertainment.  Screenplay by Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara.  Cinematography by Robbie Ryan.   Produced by Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Yorgos Lanthimos, Lee Magiday.   Music by William Lyons, Johnnie Burn.  Production Design by Fiona Crombie.  Costume Design by Sandy Powell.  Film Editing by Yorgos Mavropsaridis.  Golden Globe Awards 2018….

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The Birth Of A Nation (1915)

D.W. GRIFFITH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1915.  David W. Griffith Corp., Epoch Producing Corporation.  Screenplay by D.W. Griffith, Frank E. Woods, based on the play and novel The Clansman: An Historical Romance of the Ku Klux Klan by Thomas Dixon Jr..  Cinematography by G.W. Bitzer.  Produced by D.W. Griffith.  Music by Joseph Carl Bell, D.W. Griffith.  Production Design by…

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The Eagle and the Hawk (1933)

STUART WALKER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1933.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Seton I. Miller, Bogart Rogers, based on a story by John Monk Saunders.  Cinematography by Harry Fischbeck.  Produced by Bayard Veiller.  Music by John Leipold.  Production Design by Robert Odell.  Costume Design by Travis Banton.  Film Editing by James Smith.   Tragic drama made in the shadow of popular hits like Wings and Hell’s Angels….

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The Battle of The Sexes (1928)

BBB.5 (out of 5) Watching the oldest story in the book play out with such dramatic intensity is the result of having someone as talented as D.W. Griffith behind the camera.  The man responsible for revolutionizing the use of the close-up in American films contributes a great deal of style and personality to this otherwise…

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Captain Kidd

BB.5 (out of 5) Charles Laughton‘s personality makes worthwhile viewing of this otherwise forgettable adventure film set on the high seas. He plays a pirate who feigns reform in an effort to convince the king of England to allow him to escort a shipment of treasure from India back to the motherland. Naturally his intentions…

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The Iron Lady

BBB (out of 5) A slightly disoriented eighty year-old woman buys milk at a local supermarket and comes home to tell her husband, over breakfast, that the price has gone up and isn’t it appalling? When her housekeeper comes in to check on her, she finds a woman alone, talking to herself, a woman who…

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Broken Blossoms or The Yellow Man And The Girl

BBB (out of 5) D.W. Griffith’s story about an unfortunate young woman (Lillian Gish) isn’t worth the ninety minutes it takes to get through it, nor is it a buried treasure of any kind.  It does has its charms, mostly just for the opportunity to watch the great Miss Gish in action, one of the…

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In The Loop

BBBB.5 (out of 5) If you’ve wanted to see a version of the original British The Office set in the world of politics, this is the perfect film for you. It’s a scathingly written, bitingly funny comedy about a British minister (Tom Hollander) who stirs up a hornet’s nest between his government and the USA…

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The People Vs. Larry Flynt

BBBB (out of 5) Excellent biopic about Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt and his struggles with censorship, its enjoyment not at all marred by the film’s cloying overemphasis on turning Flynt into a cuddly hero. Woody Harrelson gives his finest performance to date as the famed publishing magnate, a self-made man who believed strongly in…

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