Sparkle (1976)

SAM O’STEEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1976.  Robert Stigwood Organization, Warner Bros..  Story by Howard Rosenman, Screenplay by Joel Schumacher.  Cinematography by Bruce Surtees.  Produced by Howard Rosenman.  Music by Curtis Mayfield.  Production Design by Peter Wooley.  Costume Design by Daniel Paredes.  Film Editing by Gordon Scott.   There’s an honest and unassuming quality about this tale of family and ambition that overrides its…

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American Hot Wax (1978)

FLOYD MUTRUX Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  USA, 1978.  Paramount Pictures.  Story by John Kaye, Art Linson, Screenplay by John Kaye.  Cinematography by William A. Fraker.  Produced by Art Linson.  Music by Kenny Vance.  Production Design by Elayne Barbara Ceder.  Costume Design by Robert De Mora.  Film Editing by Ronald J. Fagan, Melvin Shapiro.   Along with American Graffiti and The Hollywood Knights,…

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The Hot Spot (1990)

DENNIS HOPPER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1990.  Orion Pictures.  Screenplay by Nona Tyson, Charles Williams, based on the book Hell Hath No Fury by Charles Williams. Cinematography by Ueli Steiger.  Produced by Paul Lewis.  Music by Jack Nitzsche.  Production Design by Cary White.  Costume Design by Mary Kay Stolz.  Film Editing by Wende Phifer Mate.   Enjoyable throwback to the good old…

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California Suite (1978)

HERBERT ROSS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1978.  Columbia Pictures, Rastar Films.  Screenplay by Neil Simon.  Cinematography by David M. Walsh.  Produced by Ray Stark.  Music by Claude Bolling.  Production Design by Albert Brenner.  Costume Design by Patricia Norris.  Film Editing by Michael A. Stevenson.   A collection of Neil Simon characters are gathered into one hotel for a multihued look at life…

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’10’ (1979)

BLAKE EDWARDS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1979.  Geoffrey Productions, Orion Pictures.  Screenplay by Blake Edwards.  Cinematography by Frank Stanley.  Produced by Tony Adams, Blake Edwards.  Music by Henry Mancini.  Production Design by Rodger Maus.  Costume Design by Patricia Edwards.  Film Editing by Ralph E. Winters.   Pleasantly enjoyable sex comedy by Blake Edwards that never really amounts to much. Successful songwriter Dudley…

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A Woman Under The Influence (1974)

JOHN CASSAVETES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1974.  Faces.  Screenplay by John Cassavetes.  Cinematography by Mitch Breit, Al Ruban.   The magnificent performance by Gena Rowlands in the title role is the main reason to watch this difficult but rewarding drama. She plays a housewife, married to Peter Falk and mother to their children, who is coming undone…

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