The Panic In Needle Park (1971)

JERRY SCHATZBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 1971. Gadd Productions Corp., Didion-Dunne. Screenplay by Joan Didion, John Gregory Dunne, based on the book by James Mills. Cinematography by Adam Holender. Produced by Dominick Dunne. Production Design by Murray P. Stern. Costume Design by Jo Ynocencio. Film Editing by Evan A. Lottman. A film…

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Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (2014)

MARK HARTLEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   United Kingdom/Israel/Australia/USA, 2014.  Fury Productions, RatPac Documentary Films, XYZ Films.  Screenplay by Mark Hartley.  Cinematography by Garry Richards.  Produced by Veronica Fury, James Packer, Brett Ratner.  Music by Jamie Blanks.  Film Editing by Jamie Blanks, Sara Edwards, Mark Hartley.  Toronto International Film Festival 2014. They’re described as the Weinstein Brothers except without any taste, which should…

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The Seduction Of Joe Tynan (1979)

JERRY SCHATZBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1979.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Alan Alda.  Cinematography by Adam Holender.  Produced by Martin Bregman.  Music by Bill Conti.  Production Design by David Chapman.  Costume Design by Jo Ynocencio.  Film Editing by Evan A. Lottman. Alan Alda‘s Joe Tynan is thrown into a crisis of conscience when he is asked by an old friend (Melvyn Douglas)…

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Scarecrow (1973)

JERRY SCHATZBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1973.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Garry Michael White.  Cinematography by Vilmos Zsigmond.  Produced by Robert M. Sherman.  Music by Fred Myrow.  Production Design by Albert Brenner.  Costume Design by Jo Ynocencio.  Film Editing by Evan A. Lottman.   Two top-notch performances are the biggest draw to this odd but satisfying drama. Gene Hackman has just been released from…

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A Decade Under The Influence (2003)

TED DEMME, RICHARD LaGRAVENESE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2003.  Constant Communication, Written in Stone.  Cinematography by Tony C. Jannelli, Clyde W. Smith.  Produced by Ted Demme, Jerry Kupfer, Richard LaGravenese, Gini Reticker.  Music by John Kimbrough.  Film Editing by Meg Reticker. National Board of Review Awards 2003.  The clips alone are reason enough to watch this invigorating…

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