‘Round Midnight (1986)

BERTRAND TAVERNIER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/France, 1986.  Little Bear, PECF.  Screenplay by David Rayfiel, Bertrand Tavernier, French translation by Colo Tavernier.  Cinematography by Bruno de Keyzer.  Produced by Irwin Winkler.  Music by Herbie Hancock.  Production Design by Alexandre Trauner.  Costume Design by Jacqueline Moreau.  Film Editing by Armand Psenny.   Fictional biography of a jazz musician that could easily be compared…

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Men Of Honor (2000)

GEORGE TILLMAN JR. Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2000.  Fox 2000 Pictures, State Street Pictures.  Screenplay Scott Marshall Smith.  Cinematography by Anthony B. Richmond. Produced by Bill Badalato, Robert Teitel.  Music by Mark Isham.  Production Design by Leslie Dilley.  Costume Design by Salvador Perez Jr..  Film Editing by John Carter, Dirk Westervelt.   Exceptionally well-made movie about Carl Brashear, the very first…

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Sparkle (1976)

SAM O’STEEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1976.  Robert Stigwood Organization, Warner Bros..  Story by Howard Rosenman, Screenplay by Joel Schumacher.  Cinematography by Bruce Surtees.  Produced by Howard Rosenman.  Music by Curtis Mayfield.  Production Design by Peter Wooley.  Costume Design by Daniel Paredes.  Film Editing by Gordon Scott.   There’s an honest and unassuming quality about this tale of family and ambition that overrides its…

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He Got Game (1998)

SPIKE LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 1998.  Touchstone Pictures, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks.  Screenplay by Spike Lee.  Cinematography by Ellen Kuras, Malik Hassan Sayeed.  Produced by Jon Kilik, Spike Lee.  Music by Alex Steyermark.  Production Design by Wynn Thomas.  Costume Design by Sandra Hernandez.  Film Editing by Barry Alexander Brown.   Director Spike Lee’s characters are always so richly drawn,…

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Malcolm X (1992)

SPIKE LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA/Japan, 1992.  Largo International N.V., JVC Entertainment Networks, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks.  Screenplay by Arnold Perl, Spike Lee, based on the book The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X, Alex Haley.  Cinematography by Ernest R. Dickerson.  Produced by Spike Lee, Ahmed Murad, Marvin Worth.  Music by Terence Blanchard.  Production Design by Wynn Thomas.  Costume…

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Jungle Fever (1991)

SPIKE LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1991.  Universal Pictures, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks.  Screenplay by Spike Lee.  Cinematography by Ernest R. Dickerson.  Produced by Spike Lee.  Music by Terence Blanchard.  Production Design by Wynn Thomas.  Costume Design by Ruth E. Carter.  Film Editing by Samuel D. Pollard.   Even when Spike Lee makes a less-than-perfect movie it’s still incredibly watchable for many…

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Gardens Of Stone (1987)

FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 1987.  ML Delphi Premier Productions, TriStar Pictures, Zoetrope Studios.  Screenplay by Ronald Bass, based on the novel by Nicholas Proffitt. Cinematography by Jordan Cronenweth.  Produced by Francis Ford Coppola, Michael I. Levy.  Music by Carmine Coppola.  Production Design by Dean Tavoularis.  Costume Design by Willa Kim, Judianna Makovsky.  Film Editing by Barry…

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The Cotton Club (1984)

FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1984.  Zoetrope Studios, Producers Sales Organization, Totally Independent, Robert Evans Company.  Story by William Kennedy, Francis Ford Coppola, Mario Puzo, Screenplay by William Kennedy, Francis Ford Coppola, inspired by the pictorial history by Jim Haskins.  Cinematography by Stephen Goldblatt.  Produced by Robert Evans.  Music by John Barry.  Production Design by Richard Sylbert.  Costume…

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