The Onion Field (1979)

HAROLD BECKER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 1979. Black Marble Productions. Screenplay by Joseph Wambaugh, based on his book. Cinematography by Charles Rosher Jr.. Produced by Walter Coblenz. Music by Eumir Deodato. Production Design by Brian Eatwell. Costume Design by Sharon Swenson. Film Editing by John W. Wheeler. The events of one night…

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Inside Moves (1980)

RICHARD DONNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1980.  Goodmark Productions Inc..  Screenplay by Valerie Curtin, Barry Levinson, based on the novel by Todd Walton.  Cinematography by Laszlo Kovacs.  Produced by R.W. Goodwin, Mark M. Tanz.  Music by John Barry.  Production Design by Charles Rosen.  Costume Design by Ron Talsky.  Film Editing by Frank Morriss.   John Savage attempts suicide by throwing himself off a…

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The Crossing Guard (1995)

SEAN PENN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1995.  Miramax.  Screenplay by Sean Penn. Cinematography by Vilmos Zsigmond.  Produced by David Hamburger, Sean Penn.  Music by Jack Nitzsche.  Production Design by Michael D. Haller.  Costume Design by Jill M. Ohanneson.  Film Editing by Jay Cassidy.   Powerful drama from director Sean Penn about a grieving father (Jack Nicholson) who is caught in a moral…

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Beautiful Thing (1996)

HATTIE MacDONALD Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1996.   Channel Four Films, World Productions.  Screenplay by Jonathan Harvey, based on his play.   Cinematography by Chris Seager.   Produced by Tony Garnett, Bill Shapter.   Music by John Altman.   Production Design by Mark Stevenson.  Costume Design by Pam Tait.   Film Editing by Don Fairservice.    Wonderful,…

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The New World (2005)

TERRENCE MALICK Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA/United Kingdom, 2005.  New Line Cinema, Sunflower Productions, Sarah Green Film, First Foot Films, The Virginia Company LLC.  Screenplay by Terrence Malick.  Cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki.  Produced by Sarah Green.  Music by James Horner.  Production Design by Jack Fisk.  Costume Design by Jacqueline West.  Film Editing by Richard Chew, Hank Corwin, Saar Klein, Mark Yoshikawa.  …

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Message In A Bottle (1999)

LUIS MANDOKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1999.  Bel Air Entertainment, DiNovi Pictures, Tig Productions.  Screenplay by Gerald Di Pego, based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks.  Cinematography by Caleb Deschanel.  Produced by Kevin Costner, Denise Di Novi, Jim Wilson.  Music by Gabriel Yared.  Production Design by Jeffrey Beecroft.  Costume Design by Bernie Pollack.  Film Editing by Steven Weisberg.   Poetic cinematography and an unapologetically…

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White Squall (1996)

RIDLEY SCOTT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 1996.  Hollywood Pictures, Largo Entertainment, Scott Free Productions.  Screenplay by Todd Robinson, based on the book The Last Voyage Of The Albatross by Charles Gieg Jr., Felix Sutton.  Cinematography by Hugh Johnson.  Produced by Mimi Polk Gitlin, Rocky Lang.  Music by Jeff Rona.  Production Design by Peter J. Hampton, Leslie Tomkins.  Costume Design by Judianna…

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Salvador (1986)

OLIVER STONE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5. United Kingdom/USA, 1986.  Estudios Churubusco Azteca S.A., Hemdale.  Screenplay by Oliver Stone, Rick Boyle.  Cinematography by Robert Richardson.  Produced by Gerald Green, Oliver Stone.  Music by Georges Delerue.  Production Design by Bruno Rubeo.  Costume Design by Kathryn Morrison.  Film Editing by Claire Simpson.   Exceptional, invigorating film by Oliver Stone that is his best accomplishment after…

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Hair (1979)

MILOS FORMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/West Germany, 1979.  CIP Filmproduktion GmbH.  Screenplay by Michael Weller, from the musical book by Gerome Ragni, James Rado.  Cinematography by Miroslav Ondricek.  Produced by Michael Butler, Lester Persky.  Music by Galt MacDermot.  Production Design by Stuart Wurtzel.  Costume Design by Ann Roth.  Film Editing by Alan Heim, Lynzee Klingman, Stanley Warnow.   The energy is tangible in…

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Summer Of Sam (1999)

SPIKE LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.   USA, 1999.  40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks, Touchstone Pictures, Hostage Productions.  Screenplay by Spike Lee, Victor Colicchio, Michael Imperioli.  Cinematography by Ellen Kuras.  Produced by Jon Kilik, Spike Lee.  Music by Terence Blanchard.  Production Design by Therese DePrez.  Costume Design by Ruth E. Carter.  Film Editing by Barry Alexander Brown.   Spike Lee directs this exploitative and…

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Do The Right Thing (1989)

SPIKE LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1989.  40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks.  Screenplay by Spike Lee.  Cinematography by Ernest R. Dickerson.  Produced by Spike Lee.  Music by Bill Lee.  Production Design by Wynn Thomas.  Costume Design by Ruth E. Carter.  Film Editing by Barry Alexander Brown.   Spike Lee’s best film is this explosive examination of racism in America, whittled…

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The Godfather Part III (1990)

FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1990.  Paramount Pictures, Zoetrope Studios. Screenplay by Francis Ford Coppola, Mario Puzo, based on characters created by Mario Puzo.  Cinematography by Gordon Willis.  Produced by Francis Ford Coppola.  Music by Carmine Coppola.  Production Design by Dean Tavoularis.  Costume Design by Milena Canonero.  Film Editing by Lisa Fruchtman, Barry Malkin, Walter Murch.   Sixteen years after…

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