God Told Me To (1976)

LARRY COHEN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB USA, 1976. Larco Productions. Screenplay by Larry Cohen. Cinematography by Paul Glickman. Produced by Larry Cohen. Music by Frank Cordell. Costume Design by Halston. Film Editing by Michael D. Corey, Arthur Mandelberg, William J. Waters. Larry Cohen’s follow-up to his cult classic It’s Alive starts with a…

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Official Secrets (2019)

GAVIN HOOD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 2019.  Classified Films, Clear Pictures Entertainment, Screen Yorkshire, The Gordon Company.  Screenplay by Gregory Bernstein, Sara Bernstein, Gavin Hood, based on the book The Spy Who Tried To Stop A War: Katharine Gun and the Secret Plot to Sanction the Iraq Invasion by Marcia Mitchell, Thomas Mitchell. …

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The Sting (1973)

GEORGE ROY HILL Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  USA, 1973.  Zanuck/Brown Productions, Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by David S. Ward.  Cinematography by Robert Surtees.  Produced by Tony Bill, Julia Phillips, Michael Phillips.  Music by Marvin Hamlisch.  Production Design by Henry Bumstead.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by William Reynolds.   Robert Redford plays a con man who seeks revenge after his partner is killed…

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The Fisher King (1991)

TERRY GILLIAM Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1991.  TriStar Pictures, Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Richard LaGravenese.  Cinematography by Roger Pratt.  Produced by Debra Hill, Lynda Obst.  Music by George Fenton.  Production Design by Mel Bourne.  Costume Design by Beatrix Aruna Pasztor.  Film Editing by Lesley Walker.   Jeff Bridges plays a talk radio host who is devastated when a listener misinterprets his advice…

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1492: Conquest Of Paradise (1992)

RIDLEY SCOTT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.   France/Spain, 1992.  Gaumont, Légende Films, France 3 Cinéma, Due West, Cyrkfilms, Ministère de la Culture, Spanish Ministry of Culture.  Screenplay by Rose Bosch.  Cinematography by Adrian Biddle.  Produced by Alain Goldman, Ridley Scott.  Music by Vangelis.  Production Design by Norris Spencer.  Costume Design by Charles Knode, Barbara Rutter.  Film Editing by William M. Anderson, Francoise…

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Gloria (1999)

SIDNEY LUMET Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1999.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Eagle Point Production, Mandalay Entertainment.  Screenplay by Steve Antin, based on the screenplay by John Cassavetes.  Cinematography by David Watkin.  Produced by Gary Foster, Lee Rich.  Music by Howard Shore.  Production Design by Mel Bourne.  Costume Design by Dona Granata.  Film Editing by Tom Swartwout.   Sharon Stone‘s gutsy performance is the…

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Snakes On A Plane (2006)

DAVID R. ELLIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  Germany/USA/Canada, 2006.  New Line Cinema, Mutual Film Company, Meradin Zweite Productions, Eyetronics.  Story by David Dalessandro, John Heffernan, Screenplay by John Heffernan, Sebastian Gutierrez.  Cinematography by Adam Greenberg.  Produced by Craig Berenson, Don Granger, Gary Levinsohn.  Music by Trevor Rabin.  Production Design by Jaymes Hinkle.  Costume Design by Karen L. Matthews.  Film Editing by Howard E. Smith.   An…

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Bringing Out The Dead (1999)

MARTIN SCORSESE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1999.  De Fina-Cappa, Paramount Pictures, Touchstone Pictures.  Screenplay by Paul Schrader, based on the novel by Joe Connelly. Cinematography by Robert Richardson.  Produced by Barbara De Fina, Scott Rudin.  Music by Elmer Bernstein.  Production Design by Dante Ferretti.  Costume Design by Rita Ryack.  Film Editing by Thelma Schoonmaker.   Martin Scorsese returns to the harrowing themes of…

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Extreme Measures (1996)

MICHAEL APTED Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1996.  Castle Rock Entertainment, Simian Films. Screenplay by Tony Gilroy, based on the book by Michael Palmer.  Cinematography by John Bailey.  Produced by Elizabeth Hurley.  Music by Danny Elfman.  Production Design by Doug Kraner.  Costume Design by Susan Lyall.  Film Editing by Rick Shaine.   This unusual thriller starts off murky and interesting but ends…

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