Farewell, My Lovely (1975)

DICK RICHARDS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 1975. EK, ITC Films. Screenplay by David Zelag Goodman, based on the novel by Raymond Chandler. Cinematography by John A. Alonzo. Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, George Pappas. Music by David Shire. Production Design by Dean Tavoularis. Costume Design by Sandy Berke Jordan, G. Tony Scarano. Film…

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Multiple Maniacs (1970)

JOHN WATERS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 USA, 1970. Dreamland. Screenplay by John Waters. Cinematography by John Waters. Produced by John Waters. Music by George S. Clinton. Production Design by Vincent Peranio. Film Editing by John Waters. John Waters writes, shoots, directs and edits the gleeful anarchy of his second feature, which features all…

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Xanadu (1980)

ROBERT GREENWALD Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.5.  USA, 1980.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Richard Christian Danus, Marc Reid Rubel.  Cinematography by Victor J. Kemper.  Produced by Lawrence Gordon.  Music by Barry De Vorzon.   Production Design by John W. Corso.  Costume Design by Bobbie Mannix.  Film Editing by Dennis Virkler. One of the most famous…

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Staying Alive (1983)

SYLVESTER STALLONE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1983.  Paramount Pictures, Cinema Group Ventures. Screenplay by Sylvester Stallone, Norman Wexler, based on characters created by Nik Cohn.  Cinematography by Nick McLean.  Produced by Sylvester Stallone, Robert Stigwood.  Music by The Bee Gees, Johnny Mandel.  Production Design by Robert F. Boyle.  Costume Design by Tom…

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Clean Slate (1981)

BERTRAND TAVERNIER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   Original title:  Coup De Torchon France, 1981.  Les Films de la Tour, Films A2, Little Bear.  Directed by Bertrand Tavernier.  Screenplay by Bertrand Tavernier, Jean Aurenche, based on the novel Pop. 1280 by Jim Thompson.  Cinematography by Pierre-William Glenn.  Produced by Henri Lassa, Adolphe Viezzi. Music by Philippe Sarde.  Production Design by Alexandre Trauner.  Costume Design by Jacqueline…

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Paths Of Glory (1957)

STANLEY KUBRICK Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBBB.  USA, 1957.  Bryna Productions.  Screenplay by Stanley Kubrick, Calder Willingham, Jim Thompson, based on the novel by Humphrey Cobb.  Cinematography by Georg Krause.  Produced by James B. Harris.  Music by Gerald Fried.  Production Design by Ludwig Reiber.  Costume Design by Ilse Dubois.  Film Editing by Eva Kroll. Exceptional war film by Stanley Kubrick that…

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The Killing (1956)

STANLEY KUBRICK Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1956.  Harris-Kubrick Productions.  Screenplay by Stanley Kubrick, dialogue by Jim Thompson, based on the novel Clean Break by Lionel White.  Cinematography by Lucien Ballard.  Produced by James B. Harris.  Music by Gerald Fried.  Production Design by Ruth Sobotka.  Costume Design by Beaumell, Rudy Harrington.  Film Editing by Betty Steinberg. Stanley Kubrick’s reputation was…

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The Getaway (1994)

ROGER DONALDSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/Japan, 1994.  Universal Pictures, Largo Entertainment, JVC Entertainment Networks, Turman-Foster Company.  Screenplay by Amy Holden Jones, based on the screenplay by Walter Hill, from the novel by Jim Thompson.  Cinematography by Peter Menzies Jr..  Produced by David Foster, Lawrence Turman, John Alan Simon.  Music by Mark Isham.  Production Design by Joseph C. Nemec III.  Costume Design by…

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The Grifters (1990)

STEPHEN FREARS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   USA, 1990.  Cineplex-Odeon Films.  Screenplay by Donald E. Westlake, based on the novel by Jim Thompson.  Cinematography by Oliver Stapleton.  Produced by Robert A. Harris, Jim Painter, Martin Scorsese.  Music by Elmer Bernstein.  Production Design by Dennis Gassner.  Costume Design by Richard Hornung.  Film Editing by Mick Audsley.   Superb gangster film is probably the best example…

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War

B (out of 5) Another mundane Jet Li movie with a tired premise and even more tired execution.  Jason Statham plays a (what else?) grizzled cop whose partner is killed, execution style, along with his wife and child by an evil hit man known only as Rogue (Li). Three years after the murders, Statham picks up Rogue’s…

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