The Wind Rises (2013)

HAYAO MIYAZAKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Kaze Tachinu Japan, 2013.  Studio Ghibli, Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Hakuhodo DY Media Partners, KDDI Corporation, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, Nippon Television Network, Toho Company.  Screenplay by Hayao Miyazaki, based on his comic.  Produced by Toshio Suzuki.  Music by Joe Hisaishi.  Production Design by Yoji Takeshige.  Academy Awards 2013.  Boston Film Critics Awards 2013….

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Bounce (2000)

DON ROOS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2000.  Miramax.  Screenplay by Don Roos.  Cinematography by Robert Elswit.  Produced by Michael Besman, Steve Golin.  Music by Mychael Danna, Dean Landon.  Production Design by David Wasco.  Costume Design by Peter Mitchell.  Film Editing by David Codron.   Idiotic romance that insults its viewers and degrades the images of the actors involved. Ben Affleck gives a surprisingly…

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Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

JOHN HUGHES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1986.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by John Hughes.  Cinematography by Tak Fujimoto.  Produced by John Hughes, Tom Jacobson.  Music by Arthur Baker, Ira Newborn, John Robie.  Production Design by John W. Corso.  Costume Design by Marilyn Vance.  Film Editing by Paul Hirsch.  Golden Globe Awards 1986.   Teenagers have always been huge fans of this John Hughes comedy, and…

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The Cotton Club (1984)

FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1984.  Zoetrope Studios, Producers Sales Organization, Totally Independent, Robert Evans Company.  Story by William Kennedy, Francis Ford Coppola, Mario Puzo, Screenplay by William Kennedy, Francis Ford Coppola, inspired by the pictorial history by Jim Haskins.  Cinematography by Stephen Goldblatt.  Produced by Robert Evans.  Music by John Barry.  Production Design by Richard Sylbert.  Costume…

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Bloodhounds of Broadway (1989)

HOWARD BROOKNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 1989.  American Playhouse Theatrical Films.  Screenplay by Howard Brookner, Colman deKay, based on short stories by Damon Runyon.    Cinematography by Elliot Davis.  Produced by Howard Brookner.  Music by Jonathan Sheffer.  Production Design by Linda Conaway-Parsloe.  Costume Design by Abigail Murray, Beatrix Aruna Pasztor.  Film Editing by Camilla Toniolo.   Four Damon Runyan stories…

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Wind

CARROLL BALLARD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   Matthew Modine plays a boy so obsessed with sailing that his dedication to it costs him his relationship with his longtime aeronautics engineer girlfriend (Jennifer Grey). After crewing on the team that loses the Americas Cup to a longtime Australian champion (the always affable Jack Thompson), Modine gathers up…

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Dirty Dancing

EMILE ARDOLINO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   The little film that could, this independently produced trifle went on to become one of the biggest hits of the year and one of the most beloved films of the decade.  Set in the 1960s, it stars an adorable Jennifer Grey as the youngest daughter of a family who always…

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