Steal Big, Steal Little (1995)

ANDREW DAVIS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 1995.  Chicago Pacific Entertainment, Savoy Pictures.  Story by Andrew Davis, Teresa Tucker-Davies, Frank Ray Perilli, Screenplay by Andrew Davis, Lee Blessing, Jeanne Blake, Terry Kahn.   Cinematography by Frank Tidy.   Produced by Fred C. Caruso, Andrew Davis.  Music by William Olvis.  Production Design by Michael D. Haller. …

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Bad Boys For Life (2020)

ADIL EL ARBI, BILALL FALLAH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.   USA/Mexico, 2020.  Columbia Pictures, 2.0 Entertainment, Columbia Pictures Mexico, Don Simpson/Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Overbrook Entertainment.  Story by Peter Craig, Joe Carnahan, Screenplay by Chris Bremner, Peter Craig, Joe Carnahan, based on characters created by George Gallo.  Cinematography by Robrecht Heyvaert.  Produced by Doug Belgrad,…

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The Matrix (1999)

LILLY WACHOWSKI, LANA WACHOWSKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1999.  Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, Groucho Film Partnership, Silver Pictures.  Screenplay by Lilly Wachowski, Lana Wachowski.  Cinematography by Bill Pope.  Produced by Joel Silver.  Music by Don Davis.  Production Design by Owen Paterson.  Costume Design by Kym Barrett.  Film Editing by Zach Staenberg.   Nothing is what it seems in this cyberkinetic action thriller that…

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Bound (1996)

LILLY WACHOWSKI, LANA WACHOWSKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1996.  Dino De Laurentiis Company, Spelling Films.  Screenplay by Lilly Wachowski, Lana Wachowski.  Cinematography by Bill Pope.  Produced by Stuart Boros, Andrew Lazar.  Music by Don Davis.  Production Design by Eve Cauley.  Costume Design by Lizzy Gardiner.  Film Editing by Zach Staenberg.  Stylishly filmed sexpot thriller about an ex-con (Gina Gershon) who falls in love…

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Black And White (1999)

JAMES TOBACK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1999.  Bigel / Mailer Films, Palm Pictures.  Screenplay by James Toback.  Cinematography by David M. Ferrara.  Produced by Daniel Bigel, Michael Mailer, Ron Rotholz.  Music by American Cream Team, Oliver ‘Power’ Grant.  Production Design by Anne Ross.  Costume Design by Jacki Roach.  Film Editing by Myron I. Kerstein.   Exploitative and depressingly awful film by James Toback about…

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La Bamba (1987)

LUIS VALDEZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1987.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, New Visions.  Screenplay by Luis Valdez.  Cinematography by Adam Greenberg.  Produced by Bill Borden, Taylor Hackford.  Music by Miles Goodman, Carlos Santana.  Production Design by Vincent M. Cresciman.  Costume Design by Sylvia Vega-Vasquez.  Film Editing by Don Brochu, Sheldon Kahn.   Touching, energetic film biography of pop singer Richie Vallens, who was among the…

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Zandalee (1991)

SAM PILLSBURY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1991.  Incorporated Television Company.  Screenplay by Mari Kornhauser.  Cinematography by Walt Lloyd.  Produced by Eyal Rimmon.  Music by Dan Wool.  Production Design by Michael Corenblith.  Costume Design by Deena Appel.  Film Editing by Michael Horton.   More Wild Orchid ridiculousness. A bored housewife (Erika Anderson) finds she can no longer connect sexually with her poet-turned-executive husband…

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Memento (2000)

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   USA, 2000.  Newmarket Capital Group, Team Todd, I Remember Productions, Summit Entertainment.  Screenplay by Christopher Nolan, based on the short story Memento Mori by Jonathan Nolan.  Cinematography by Wally Pfister.  Produced by Jennifer Todd, Suzanne Todd.  Music by David Julyan.  Production Design by Patti Podesta.  Costume Design by Cindy Evans.  Film Editing by Dody Dorn.   An…

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Used People (1992)

BEEBAN KIDRON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA/Japan, 1992.  JVC Entertainment Networks, Largo Entertainment.  Screenplay by Todd Graff, based on his plays The Grandma Plays.  Produced by Peggy Rajski.  Music by Rachel Portman.  Production Design by Stuart Wurtzel.  Costume Design by Marilyn Vance.  Film Editing by John Tintori.  Cinematography by David Watkin.   Delightful romantic comedy by Beeban Kidron, about love among the senior set. On…

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Daredevil (2003)

MARK STEVEN JOHNSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 2003.  Marvel Enterprises, New Regency Pictures, Horseshoe Bay Productions, Epsilon Motion Pictures, Regency Enterprises, Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Mark Steven Johnson.  Cinematography by Ericson Core.  Produced by Avi Arad, Gary Foster, Arnon Milchan.  Music by Graeme Revell.  Production Design by Barry Chusid.  Costume Design by James Acheson.  Film Editing by Armen Minasian,…

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Empire Of The Sun (1987)

STEVEN SPIELBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1987.  Amblin Entertainment, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Tom Stoppard, based on the novel by J.G. Ballard.  Cinematography by Allen Daviau.  Produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, Steven Spielberg.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by Norman Reynolds.  Costume Design by Bob Ringwood.  Film Editing by Michael Kahn.   Christian Bale stars as a British boy living in…

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Monsignor (1982)

FRANK PERRY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  USA, 1982.  Frank Yablans Presentations.  Screenplay by Abraham Polonsky, Wendell Mayes, based on the novel by Jack-Alain Leger. Cinematography by Billy Williams.  Produced by David Niven Jr., Frank Yablans.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by John DeCuir Jr..  Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge.  Film Editing by Peter E. Berger.   Failed attempt to get inside…

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