Rollerball (1975)

NORMAN JEWISON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 1975.  Algonquin.  Screenplay by William Harrison, based on his short story Roller Ball Murder).  Cinematography by Douglas Slocombe.  Produced by Norman Jewison.  Music by Andre Previn.  Production Design by John Box.  Costume Design by Julie Harris.  Film Editing by Antony Gibbs.   In 2018, war has been abolished and so has any form of government, replaced by … More Rollerball (1975)

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Ill Met By Moonlight (1957)

MICHAEL POWELL, EMERIC PRESSBURGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1957.  The Rank Organisation, Vega Film Productions.  Screenplay by Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger, based on the book by W. Stanley Moss.  Cinematography by Christopher Challis.  Produced by Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger.  Music by Mikis Theodorakis.  Production Design by Alex Vetchinsky.  Costume Design by Nandi Routh.  Film Editing by Arthur Stevens.  True story of the … More Ill Met By Moonlight (1957)

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The Paper Chase

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Timothy Bottoms arrives for his first year of Harvard Law and is immediately made a target by a legendary professor (theatrical and film producer John Houseman in his first major film acting role), who treats him with both derision and admiration depending on what the day’s case studies bring. Bottoms makes friends and … More The Paper Chase

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Moonfleet (1955)

FRITZ LANG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1955.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Jan Lustig, Margaret Fitts, based on the novel by J. Meade Falkner.  Cinematography by Robert H. Planck.  Produced by John Houseman.  Music by Miklos Rozsa.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Hans Peters.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by Albert Akst. Having recently lost his mother, young and innocent Jon Whiteley follows her last spoken … More Moonfleet (1955)

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The Naked Gun: From The Files Of Police Squad

BBBB (out of 5) The first entry of the popular comedy series is definitely the best. Based on the television show Police Squad!, it actually achieved much more fame as a film series than it ever did on the small screen.  Leslie Nielsen is terrific as the deadpan policeman who somehow manages to solve cases without … More The Naked Gun: From The Files Of Police Squad

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Executive Suite (1954)

ROBERT WISE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1954.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Ernest Lehman, based on the play by Cameron Hawley.  Cinematography by George J. Folsey.  Produced by John Houseman.  Production Design by Edward C. Carfagno, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by Ralph E. Winters.  Academy Awards 1954.   The president of a furniture-making corporation drops dead of a heart attack on the streets … More Executive Suite (1954)

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Jane Eyre (1943)

BBBB.5 (out of 5) The best adaptation of Charlotte Bronte’s ever-popular novel is also the slimmest in terms of its story. Despite the fact that it edits Bronte’s source more than any other adaptation ever did, it is still the only version to really get the feel of it right until 2011.  Joan Fontaine is excellent … More Jane Eyre (1943)

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