Flashdance (1983)

ADRIAN LYNE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 1983.  Paramount Pictures, Polygram Filmed Entertainment, Don Simpson/Jerry Bruckheimer Films.  Story by Thomas Hedley Jr., Screenplay by Thomas Hedley Jr., Joe Eszterhas.  Cinematography by Donald Peterman.  Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, Don Simpson.  Music by Giorgio Moroder.  Production Design by Charles Rosen.  Costume Design by Michael Kaplan.  Film Editing by Walt Mulconery, Bud S. Smith.  Academy Awards 1983.  Golden…

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Sliver (1993)

PHILLIP NOYCE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 1993.  Paramount Pictures, Robert Evans Company.  Screenplay by Joe Eszterhas, based on the novel by Ira Levin.  Cinematography by Vilmos Zsigmond.  Produced by Robert Evans.  Music by Howard Shore.  Production Design by Paul Sylbert.  Costume Design by Deborah Lynn Scott.  Film Editing by Richard Francis-Bruce, William Hoy. Laughable adaptation of Ira Levin’s novel retains the title and…

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Jagged Edge (1985)

RICHARD MARQUAND Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  USA, 1985.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Delphi IV Productions.  Screenplay by Joe Eszterhas.  Cinematography by Matthew F. Leonetti.  Produced by Martin Ransohoff.  Music by John Barry.  Production Design by Gene Callahan.  Costume Design by Ann Roth.  Film Editing by Sean Barton, Conrad Buff IV.  Academy Awards 1985.   While this film doesn’t offer a murder mystery much different…

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Jade (1995)

WILLIAM FRIEDKIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   B.  USA, 1995.  Paramount Pictures, Robert Evans Company.  Screenplay by Joe Eszterhas.  Cinematography by Andrzej Bartkowiak.  Produced by Gary Adelson, Craig Baumgarten, Robert Evans.  Music by James Horner.  Production Design by Alex Tavoularis.  Costume Design by Marilyn Vance.  Film Editing by Augie Hess. Terrible thriller written by Joe Eszterhas. David Caruso is the assistant district attorney looking…

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Telling Lies In America

BBB (out of 5) True-life drama written by Joe Eszterhas, inspired by his early years as an immigrant teen in America. Brad Renfro is great as the young Eszterhas, who finds himself growing up fast when he befriends bad influence Kevin Bacon and ends up getting into serious trouble because of him. Solid direction and genuine period…

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Showgirls (1995)

PAUL VERHOEVEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  0.  France/USA, 1995.  Carolco Pictures, Chargeurs, United Artists, Vegas Productions.  Screenplay by Joe Eszterhas.  Cinematography by Jost Vacano.  Produced by Charles Evans, Alan Marshall.  Music by David A. Stewart.  Production Design by Allan Cameron.  Costume Design by Ellen Mirojnick.  Film Editing by Mark Goldblatt, Mark Helfrich. Elizabeth Berkley is absolutely hideous (and strangely hilarious) as a…

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Basic Instinct (1992)

PAUL VERHOEVEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/France, 1992.  Carolco Pictures, Canal+.  Screenplay by Joe Eszterhas.  Cinematography by Jan de Bont.  Produced by Alan Marshall.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.  Production Design by Terence Marsh.  Costume Design by Ellen Mirojnick.  Film Editing by Frank J. Urioste.  Academy Awards 1992.  Cannes Film Festival 1992.  Golden Globe Awards 1992. Sharon Stone is so fantastic she makes a trashy film…

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Music Box (1989)

COSTA-GAVRAS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB USA, 1989.  Carolco Pictures.  Screenplay by Joe Eszterhas.  Cinematography by Patrick Blossier.  Produced by Irwin Winkler. Music by Philippe Sarde.  Production Design by Jeannine Oppewall.  Costume Design by Rita Salazar.  Film Editing by Joele Van Effenterre.  Academy Awards 1989.  Golden Globe Awards 1989. Jessica Lange is riveting as a lawyer whose Czech-born father (Armin Mueller-Stahl) emigrated to America before she…

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Basic Instinct 2 (2006)

MICHAEL CATON-JONES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  Germany/United Kingdom/USA/Spain, 2006.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, C-2 Pictures, Intermedia Films, IMF Internationale Medien und Film GmbH & Co. 2. Produktions KG, Kanzaman, Grosvenor Park Media.  Screenplay by Leora Barish, Henry Bean, based on characters created by Joe Eszterhas.  Cinematography by Gyula Pados.  Produced by Joel B. Michaels, Andrew G. Vajna.  Music by John Murphy.  Production…

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