The Deep (1977)

BB.5 (out of 5) The success of Jaws meant that Peter Benchley’s follow-up novel would also find its way to the big screen, another adventure story with plenty of excuses to get characters into treacherous waters. Nick Nolte and Jacqueline Bisset play a married couple on vacation in Bermuda who enjoy scuba diving and, on one particular…

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Raise The Titanic (1980)

JERRY JAMESON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  United Kingdom/USA, 1980.  ITC Films.  Screenplay by Adam Kennedy, adaptation by Eric Hughes, based on the novel by Clive Cussler.  Cinematography by Matthew F. Leonetti.  Produced by William Frye.  Music by John Barry.  Production Design by John DeCuir.  Costume Design by John A. Anderson.  Film Editing by Robert F. Shugrue, J. Terry Williams. An adventure so dull, you…

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The Whisperers

BBB.5 (out of 5) Edith Evans is excellent as a woman who is slowly losing touch with reality thanks to the decay of age and her perpetual loneliness.  Among her many delusions are her belief that she has a high class background that has been humbled by bad luck, waiting daily for the arrival of an…

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Saturn 3

B (out of 5) Earth is overcrowded and harvesting food has been outsourced to other celestial bodies manned by small crews, including a moon of Saturn where Kirk Douglas and Farrah Fawcett live completely alone while growing hydroponic plants (how that food stays fresh on its way to Earth is anyone’s guess). Harvey Keitel (with a speaking voice dubbed…

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The Black Hole

BB (out of 5) Disney enters the space race after the success of Star Wars has studios scrambling to get their own intergalactic projects into theatres and take advantage of the genre’s popularity.  A crew aboard a spaceship encounter a craft long thought lost that is parked somewhere near a massive black hole.  When they go aboard they…

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Boom

BB.5 (out of 5) You’ll wonder if perhaps the stars and crew of this film were vacationing on Capri and had to improvise a movie to justify making someone else pay the bills. Richard Burton plays a poor poet who shows up at the private island villa of an ornery, wealthy woman (Elizabeth Taylor) who spits nails just…

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The Day Of The Locust

BBB (out of 5) William Atherton begins to work as an art director at a movie studio during the Golden Age of Hollywood, taking up residence at a crummy apartment complex. The San Bernardino Arms (or “San Berdoo”) also houses a peroxided blond (Karen Black) who hopes to be a star, her faded vaudevillian father…

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Inside Moves

BBBB (out of 5) John Savage attempts suicide by throwing himself off a building and miraculously survives, permanently disabled due to the injuries he sustains.  His rehab is followed by him discovering a bar frequented by other compromised souls, where David Morse, a once hopeful athlete whose basketball career was thwarted by a knee injury, serves…

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Thunderball

BBB (out of 5) James Bond is on the scene once again when the diabolical SPECTRE organization steals a test-model airplane loaded with dangerous nuclear weapons. The company holds the entire world hostage and demands two hundred million dollars, or else they will turn the nukes on a major world city and cause all sorts…

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From Russia With Love

BBBBB (out of 5) James Bond’s adventures continue, just as fast and fantastic as they were the first time around.  In this second installment, Bond (Sean Connery) is sent to Istanbul to recover a Russian decoder machine that a defecting agent plans on giving to the British government. Is the agent for real, or is…

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Somewhere In Time

BBBB (out of 5) I call this one the Gone With The Wind of Harlequin romances. Christopher Reeve is wonderful as a hunky playwright who is approached after one of his plays by an old woman, giving him an odd gift and begging him to return to her. Years later, he is staying at a…

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Indecent Proposal (1993)

ADRIAN LYNE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 1993.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Amy Holden Jones, based on the novel by Jack Engelhard.  Cinematography by Howard Atherton.  Produced by Sherry Lansing.  Music by John Barry.  Production Design by Mel Bourne.  Costume Design by Beatrix Aruna Pasztor, Bernie Pollack, Bobbie Read.  Film Editing by Joe Hutshing.   Demi Moore and Woody Harrelson play a couple whose plans to get ahead…

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