Xanadu (1980)

ROBERT GREENWALD Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.5.  USA, 1980.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Richard Christian Danus, Marc Reid Rubel.  Cinematography by Victor J. Kemper.  Produced by Lawrence Gordon.  Music by Barry De Vorzon.   Production Design by John W. Corso.  Costume Design by Bobbie Mannix.  Film Editing by Dennis Virkler. One of the most famous…

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Sixteen Candles (1984)

JOHN HUGHES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1984.  Universal Pictures, Channel Productions. Screenplay by John Hughes.  Cinematography by Bobby Byrne.  Produced by Hilton A. Green.  Music by Ira Newborn.  Production Design by John W. Corso.  Costume Design by Mark Peterson, Marla Denise Schlom.  Film Editing by Edward Warschilka.   While The Breakfast Club is the most intelligent and probing of John Hughes’s…

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The Breakfast Club (1985)

JOHN HUGHES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1985.  Universal Pictures, A&M Films, Channel Productions.  Screenplay by John Hughes.  Cinematography by Thomas Del Ruth.  Produced by John Hughes, Ned Tanen.  Music by Keith Forsey.  Production Design by John W. Corso.  Costume Design by Marilyn Vance.  Film Editing by Dede Allen.   John Hughes scored big points with teenagers with this excellent drama, which continues to…

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Weird Science (1985)

JOHN HUGHES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1985.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by John Hughes.  Cinematography by Matthew F. Leonetti.  Produced by Joel Silver.  Music by Ira Newborn.  Production Design by John W. Corso.  Costume Design by Marilyn Vance.  Film Editing by Chris Lebenzon, Scott K. Wallace, Mark Warner.   Two teenage geeks (Anthony Michael Hall, Ilan Mitchell-Smith) grow tired of being the butt of…

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Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

JOHN HUGHES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1986.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by John Hughes.  Cinematography by Tak Fujimoto.  Produced by John Hughes, Tom Jacobson.  Music by Arthur Baker, Ira Newborn, John Robie.  Production Design by John W. Corso.  Costume Design by Marilyn Vance.  Film Editing by Paul Hirsch.   Teenagers have always been huge fans of this John Hughes comedy, and those who were…

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Planes, Trains And Automobiles (1987)

JOHN HUGHES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1987.  Paramount Pictures, Hughes Entertainment. Screenplay by John Hughes.  Cinematography by Donald Peterman.  Produced by John Hughes.  Music by Ira Newborn.  Production Design by John W. Corso.  Costume Design by April Ferry.  Film Editing by Paul Hirsch.   Steve Martin is trying to get home for Thanksgiving but is delayed when weather conditions force his plane…

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Pretty In Pink (1986)

HOWARD DEUTCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  USA, 1986.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by John Hughes.  Cinematography by Tak Fujimoto.  Produced by Lauren Shuler Donner.  Music by Michael Gore.  Production Design by John W. Corso.  Costume Design by Marilyn Vance.  Film Editing by Richard Marks.   John Hughes shows his softer side in this tender romance starring Molly Ringwald.  She plays a high school…

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Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980)

MICHAEL APTED Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1980.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Thomas Rickman, based on the autobiography by Loretta Lynn, George Vecsey.  Cinematography by Ralf D. Bode.  Produced by Bernard Schwartz.  Production Design by John W. Corso.  Costume Design by Joe I. Tompkins.  Film Editing by Arthur Schmidt.   Exceptional film biography that is one of the very best films ever made about…

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