Halloween Kills (2021)

DAVID GORDON GREEN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB USA/United Kingdom, 2021. Universal Pictures, Miramax, Blumhouse Productions, Trancas International Films, Home Again Productions, Rough House Pictures. Screenplay by Scott Teems, Danny McBride, David Gordon Green, based on characters created by John Carpenter, Debra Hill. Cinematography by Michael Simmonds. Produced by Malek Akkad, Bill Block, Jason…

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Knives Out (2019)

RIAN JOHNSON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 2019.  Lionsgate, Media Rights Capital, T-Street.  Screenplay by Rian Johnson.  Cinematography by Steve Yedlin.  Produced by Ram Bergman, Rian Johnson.  Music by Nathan Johnson.  Production Design by David Crank.  Costume Design by Jenny Eagan.  Film Editing by Bob Ducsay.   A famous mystery author (Christopher Plummer) who…

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Halloween 2 (1981)

RICK ROSENTHAL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.   USA, 1981.  Dino De Laurentiis Company, Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by John Carpenter, Debra Hill, based on characters created by John Carpenter and Debra Hill.  Cinematography by Dean Cundey.  Produced by John Carpenter, Debra Hill.  Music by John Carpenter, Alan Howarth.  Production Design by J. Michael Riva.  Costume Design by Jane Ruhm.  Film Editing by Mark…

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Halloween (2018)

DAVID GORDON GREEN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.   USA, 2018.  Blumhouse Productions, Miramax, Rough House Pictures, Trancas International Films, Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by David Gordon Green, Danny McBride, Jeff Fradley, based on characters created by John Carpenter, Debra Hill.  Cinematography by Michael Simmonds.  Produced by Malek Akkad, Bill Block, Jason Blum.  Music by Cody Carpenter, John Carpenter, Daniel A. Davies.  Production…

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Freaky Friday (2003)

MARK WATERS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2003.  Casual Friday Productions, Gunn Films, Walt Disney Pictures.  Screenplay by Heather Hach, Leslie Dixon, based on the novel by Mary Rodgers.  Cinematography by Oliver Wood.  Produced by Andrew Gunn.  Music by Rolfe Kent.  Production Design by Cary White.  Costume Design by Genevieve Tyrrell.  Film Editing by Bruce Green.   Surprisingly terrific adaptation of the comedy that originally…

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Mother’s Boys (1994)

YVES SIMONEAU Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1994.  Miramax, CBS Productions.  Screenplay by Barry Schneider, Richard Hawley, based on the novel by Bernard Taylor.  Cinematography by Elliot Davis.  Produced by Jack E. Freedman, Patricia Herskovic, Wayne S. Williams.  Music by George S. Clinton.  Production Design by David J. Bomba.  Costume Design by Deena Appel, Simon Tuke.  Film Editing by Michael D. Ornstein.   Ridiculous, gynophobic…

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Marlene Dietrich: Her Own Song (2001)

DAVID RIVA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  Germany/USA, 2001.  APG, ApolloMedia Distribution, Associated Producers Group Inc., D&K Productions Inc., Filmboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Gemini Film, MEDIA Programme of the European Union, Ostdeutscher Rundfunk Brandenburg, Talent Network Media GmbH, Turner Classic Movies, United Artists. Screenplay by Karin Kearns.  Cinematography by Adolfo Bartoli, Christine Burrill, Uli Kudicke.  Produced by Karin Kearns, H.W….

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Forever Young (1992)

STEVE MINER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.   USA, 1992.  Warner Bros., Icon Entertainment International, Icon Productions.  Screenplay by J.J. Abrams.  Cinematography by Russell Boyd.  Produced by Bruce Davey.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.  Production Design by Gregg Fonseca.  Costume Design by Aggie Guerard Rodgers.  Film Editing by Jon Poll. Boring, romantic hodgepodge about an eager scientist (Mel Gibson) in the 1940s who can’t face…

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Trading Places (1983)

JOHN LANDIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1983.  Cinema Group Ventures, Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Timothy Harris, Herschel Weingrod.  Cinematography by Robert Paynter.  Produced by Aaron Russo.  Music by Elmer Bernstein.  Production Design by Gene Rudolf.   Costume Design by Deborah Nadoolman.  Film Editing by Malcolm Campbell.   This is one of the films that led to Eddie Murphy becoming the biggest comedy stars of the…

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Drowning Mona (2000)

NICK GOMEZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 2000.  Code Entertainment, Jersey Shore, Marigold Productions Inc., Neverland Films.  Screenplay by Peter Steinfeld.  Cinematography by Bruce Douglas Johnson.  Produced by Al Corley, Eugene Musso, Bart Rosenblatt.  Music by Michael Tavera.  Production Design by Richard Toyon.  Costume Design by Terry Dresbach.  Film Editing by Richard Pearson.   Very unfunny comedy about the murder of a woman whom…

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My Girl (1991)

HOWARD ZIEFF Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1991.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Imagine Entertainment.  Screenplay by Laurice Elehwany.  Cinematography by Paul Elliott.  Produced by Brian Grazer.  Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design by Joseph T. Garrity.  Costume Design by Karen Patch.  Film Editing by Wendy Greene Bricmont.   Youngsters never fail to get a total kick of out of this Love Story for…

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You Again (2010)

ANDY FICKMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2010.  Touchstone Pictures, Frontier Pictures.  Screenplay by Moe Jelline.  Cinematography by David Hennings.  Produced by Andy Fickman, John J. Strauss, Eric Tannenbaum.  Music by Nathan Wing.  Production Design by Craig Stearns.  Costume Design by Genevieve Tyrrell.  Film Editing by Keith Brachmann, David Rennie.   As a teenager, Kristen Bell was awkward and geeky, plagued by acne and hidden behind giant…

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