The Big Sleep (1978)

MICHAEL WINNER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 United Kingdom/USA, 1978. Winkast Film Productions, ITC Entertainment. Screenplay by Michael Winner, based on the novel by Raymond Chandler. Cinematography by Robert Paynter. Produced by Jerry Bick, Elliott Kastner, Michael Winner. Music by Jerry Fielding. Production Design by Harry Pottle. Costume Design by Ron Beck. Film Editing…

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The Opposite Sex (1956)

DAVID MILLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1956.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Fay Kanin, Michael Kanin, based on the play The Women by Clare Boothe Luce.  Cinematography by Robert J. Bronner.  Produced by Joe Pasternak.  Music by George Stoll, Robert Van Eps.  Production Design by Daniel B. Cathcart, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by John McSweeney Jr..   Watered down remake…

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Weekend Of A Champion (1972)

FRANK SIMON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1972.  Anglo-EMI.  Screenplay by Frank Simon.  Cinematography by William Brayne.  Produced by Roman Polanski.  Film Editing by Derek York.  Roman Polanski‘s love of the racing world led to a friendship with late 60s superstar Jackie Stewart, upon whom this breezy and enjoyable documentary is focused.  It covers three days of races…

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Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016)

MANDIE FLETCHER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 2016.  Fox Searchlight Pictures, British Film Company.  Screenplay by Jennifer Saunders.  Cinematography by Chris Goodger.  Produced by Damian Jones, Jon Plowman.  Music by Jake Monaco.  Production Design by Harry Banks.  Costume Design by Rebecca Hale.  Film Editing by Anthony Boys, Gavin Buckley, Billy Sneddon.  Dorian Awards 2016.  They smoke too much, they drink too…

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The Virgin Queen (1955)

HENRY KOSTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1955.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Harry Brown, Mindred Lord, based on the story Sir Walter Raleigh by Harry Brown.  Cinematography by Charles G. Clarke.  Produced by Charles Brackett.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Leland Fuller, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Mary Wills.  Film Editing by Robert L. Simpson.   Bette Davis played Queen…

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Land Of The Pharaohs (1955)

HOWARD HAWKS Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 1955.  Continental Company.  Screenplay by William Faulkner, Harry Kurnitz, Harold Jack Bloom.  Cinematography by Lee Garmes, Russell Harlan.  Produced by Howard Hawks.  Music by Dimitri Tiomkin.  Production Design by Alexandre Trauner.  Costume Design by Mayo.  Film Editing by Vladimir Sagovsky.   The ruler of Egypt (Jack Hawkins) longs to build a monument to his…

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A Midwinter’s Tale (1995)

KENNETH BRANAGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   Alternate title:  In The Bleak Midwinter Castle Rock Entertainment, Midwinter Films.  United Kingdom, 1995.  Screenplay by Kenneth Branagh.  Cinematography by Roger Lanser.  Produced by David Barron.  Music by Jimmy Yuill.  Production Design by Tim Harvey.  Costume Design by Caroline Harris.  Film Editing by Neil Farrell.   Hilarious comedy from Kenneth Branagh about a group of renegade, out of…

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Esther And The King (1960)

RAOUL WALSH, MARIO BAVA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 1960.  Galatea Film, Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Raoul Walsh, Michael Elkins.  Cinematography by Mario Bava.  Produced by Raoul Walsh.  Music by Angelo Francesco Lavagnino, Roberto Nicolosi.  Production Design by Giorgio Giovannini.  Costume Design by Anna Maria Feo.  Film Editing by Jerry Webb. Highly enjoyable Biblical epic that does a dramatically impressive job of…

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The Line King: The Al Hirschfeld Story (1996)

SUSAN WARMS DRYFOOS Bil’s rating (out of 5):    BBBB.  USA, 1996.  Castle Hill Productions, New York Times Productions, Times History.  Screenplay by Susan Warms Dryfoos.  Cinematography by Dick Blofson, Jeffrey Grunther.  Produced by Susan Warms Dryfoos.  Film Editing by Angelo Corrao.   One of the most impressive artists of the twentieth century is neither a filmmaker, writer nor avant-garde painter: it’s…

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