Black And White (1999)

JAMES TOBACK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1999.  Bigel / Mailer Films, Palm Pictures.  Screenplay by James Toback.  Cinematography by David M. Ferrara.  Produced by Daniel Bigel, Michael Mailer, Ron Rotholz.  Music by American Cream Team, Oliver ‘Power’ Grant.  Production Design by Anne Ross.  Costume Design by Jacki Roach.  Film Editing by Myron I. Kerstein.   Exploitative and depressingly awful film by James Toback about…

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Bugsy (1991)

BARRY SONNENFELD Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 1991.  TriStar Pictures, Mulholland Productions, Baltimore Pictures.  Screenplay by James Toback.  Cinematography by Allen Daviau.  Produced by Warren Beatty, Mark Johnson, Barry Levinson.  Music by Ennio Morricone.  Production Design by Dennis Gassner.  Costume Design by Albert Wolsky.  Film Editing by Stu Linder, Christopher Holmes.   Thoroughly overrated gangster movie tells the true story of Benjamin…

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The Beat That My Heart Skipped (2005)

JACQUES AUDIARD Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5. Original title:  De Battre Mon Coeur S’Est Arrete France, 2005.  Why Not Productions, Sédif Productions, France 3 Cinéma, Cofimage 15, Canal+, CinéCinéma, Région Ile-de-France.  Screenplay by Jacques Audiard, Tonino Benacquista, based on Fingers by James Toback.  Cinematography by Stephane Fontaine.  Produced by Pascal Caucheteux.  Music by Alexandre Desplat.  Production Design by Francois Emmanuelli.  Costume Design…

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Alice (1990)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 1990.  Orion Pictures.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  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.   This sweet, comic fable by Woody Allen falls short of The Purple Rose of Cairo but has a magical quality of its…

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