Mr. Holland’s Opus

BB (out of 5) Pure schmaltz.  Richard Dreyfuss devotes his life to being the best possible music teacher he can be at the high school he teaches at, while ignoring his responsibilities to his ever-patient wife (Glenne Headly) and his deaf son. When the school board threatens to cut the music program entirely, he finds himself…

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Passion Fish (1992)

JOHN SAYLES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1992.  Atchafalaya.  Screenplay by John Sayles.  Cinematography by Roger Deakins.  Produced by Sarah Green, Maggie Renzi.  Music by Mason Daring.  Production Design by Dan Bishop, Dianna Freas.  Costume Design by Cynthia Flynt.  Film Editing by John Sayles.  Academy Awards 1992.  Golden Globe Awards 1992.  Independent Spirit Awards 1992.  New York Film Critics Awards 1992. John Sayles’ masterpiece is…

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Porky’s (1981)

BOB CLARK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  Canada/USA, 1981.  Melvin Simon Productions, Astral Bellevue Pathé.  Screenplay by Bob Clark.  Cinematography by Reginald H. Morris.  Produced by Don Carmody, Bob Clark.  Music by Paul Zaza, Carl Zittrer.  Production Design by Reuben Freed.  Costume Design by Mary E. McLeod, Larry S. Wells.  Film Editing by Stan Cole.   At an average American high school in the…

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