Citizen Ruth (1996)

ALEXANDER PAYNE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1996.  Independent Pictures, Miramax.  Screenplay by Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor.  Cinematography by James Glennon.  Produced by Cathy Konrad, Cary Woods.  Music by Rolfe Kent.  Production Design by Jane Ann Stewart.  Costume Design by Tom McKinley.  Film Editing by Kevin Tent. Alexander Payne made a brilliant debut with this wonderful black comedy that deals with a real political…

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Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid (1969)

GEORGE ROY HILL Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  USA, 1969.  Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Campanile Productions, Newman-Foreman Company.  Screenplay by William Goldman.  Cinematography by Conrad L. Hall.  Produced by John Foreman.  Music by Burt Bacharach.  Production Design by Philip M. Jefferies, Jack Martin Smith.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by John C. Howard, Richard C. Meyer.  Academy Awards 1969.  Golden Globe…

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Protocol (1984)

HERBERT ROSS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1984.  Hawn/Sylbert Movie Company, Warner Bros..  Story by Charles Shyer, Nancy Meyers, Harvey Miller, Screenplay by Buck Henry.  Cinematography by William A. Fraker.  Produced by Anthea Sylbert.  Music by Basil Poledouris.  Production Design by Bill Malley.  Costume Design by Wayne A. Finkelman.  Film Editing by Paul Hirsch. Goldie Hawn tries to recreate her success from…

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The Parallax View (1974)

ALAN J. PAKULA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1974.  Doubleday Productions, Gus, Harbor Productions.  Screenplay by David Giler, Lorenzo Semple Jr., based on the novel by Loren Singer.  Cinematography by Gordon Willis.  Produced by Alan J. Pakula.  Music by Michael Small.  Production Design by George Jenkins.  Costume Design by Frank L. Thompson.  Film Editing by John W. Wheeler.   Terrific paranoid thriller in…

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The Little Mermaid (1989)

RON CLEMENTS, JOHN MUSKER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.  USA, 1989.  Walt Disney Pictures, Silver Screen Partners IV.  Directed by Ron Clements, John Musker.  Screenplay by Ron Clements, John Musker, additional dialogue by Howard Ashman, Gerrit Graham, Sam Graham, Chris Hubbell, based on the fairy tale by Hans Christian Anderson.  Produced by Howard Ashman, John Musker.  Music by Alan…

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Young Frankenstein (1974)

MEL BROOKS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1974.   Gruskoff/Venture Films, Crossbow Productions, Jouer Limited.   Screenplay by Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder, based on the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.   Cinematography by Gerald Hirschfeld.   Produced by Michael Gruskoff.   Music by John Morris.   Production Design by Dale Hennesy.   Costume Design by Dorothy Jeakins.   Film Editing by John C. Howard. …

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The Producers (1967)

MEL BROOKS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1967.   Crossbow Productions, Springtime Productions, U-M Productions.   Screenplay by Mel Brooks.   Cinematography by Joseph F. Coffey.   Produced by Sidney Glazier.   Music by John Morris.   Production Design by Charles Rosen.   Costume Design by Gene Coffin.   Film Editing by Ralph Rosenblum.   Academy Awards 1968.   Golden Globe Awards 1968.   …

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What’s Up Doc? (1972)

PETER BOGDANOVICH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1972.  Warner Bros., Saticoy Productions.  Story by Peter Bogdanovich, Screenplay by Buck Henry, David Newman, Robert Benton.  Cinematography by Laszlo Kovacs.  Produced by Peter Bogdanovich.  Music by Artie Butler.  Production Design by Polly Platt.  Costume Design by Nancy McArdle, Ray Phelps.  Film Editing by Verna Fields.   The hysterical gags in this comedy have made sure…

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Radio Days (1987)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   USA, 1987.  Jack Rollins & Charles H. Joffe Productions, Orion Pictures.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Carlo Di Palma.  Produced by Robert Greenhut.  Production Design by Santo Loquasto.  Costume Design by Jeffrey Kurland.  Film Editing by Susan E. Morse.  Academy Awards 1987.   Woody Allen‘s beautiful bit of semi-autobiographical nostalgia follows the life of a Jewish…

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Shadows And Fog (1991)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.   USA, 1991.  Orion Pictures.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Carlo Di Palma.  Produced by Robert Greenhut.  Production Design by Santo Loquasto.  Costume Design by Jeffrey Kurland.  Film Editing by Susan E. Morse. Woody Allen really misfires in this Kafka-esque comedy that only his diehard fans will truly enjoy (and even then they’ll have to…

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