A Gathering of Eagles (1963)

DELBERT MANN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.   USA, 1963.  Universal International Pictures.  Story by Sy Bartlett, Screenplay by Robert Pirosh.  Cinematography by Russell Harlan.  Produced by Sy Bartlett.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.  Production Design by Henry Bumstead, Alexander Golitzen.  Costume Design by Irene.  Film Editing by Russell F. Schoengarth. You know a movie isn’t going to be very exciting when it spends most…

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The Cheap Detective

BBB.5 (out of 5) Neil Simon wrote two hilarious spoofs of traditional murder mysteries, and both are equally funny and worth watching. The first, Murder By Death, was a clever takeoff on classic mysteries of the Agatha Christie vein. The Cheap Detective takes on the genre of forties film noir as private eye Peter Falk…

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Firestarter (1984)

MARK L. LESTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1984.  Dino De Laurentiis Company, Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Stanley Mann, based on the novel by Stephen King.  Cinematography by Giuseppe Ruzzolini.  Produced by Frank Capra Jr..  Music by Tangerine Dream.  Production Design by Giorgio Postiglione.  Costume Design by Michael Butler.  Film Editing by David Rawlins, Ronald Sanders.   Drew Barrymore has mysterious powers of…

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Cruel Intentions (1999)

ROGER KUMBLE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 1999.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Cruel Productions LLC, Newmarket Capital Group, Original Film.  Screenplay by Roger Kumble, based on the novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Choderlos de Laclos.  Cinematography by Theo van de Sande.  Produced by Neal H. Moritz.  Music by Ed Shearmur.  Production Design by Jon Gary Steele.  Costume Design by Denise Wingate.  Film Editing by…

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2 Days In The Valley (1996)

JOHN HERZFELD Bil’s rating (out of 5):   B.  USA, 1996.  Rysher Entertainment, Redemption Productions.  Screenplay by John Herzfeld.  Cinematography by Oliver Wood.Produced by Herb Nanas, Jeff Wald.  Music by Anthony Marinelli.  Production Design by Catherine Hardwicke.  Costume Design by Betsy Heimann.  Film Editing by Jim Miller, Wayne Wahrman.  Toronto International Film Festival 1996.   Awkward rehash of Pulp Fiction has lame-brained characters running around sunny…

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One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

MILOS FORMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1975.  Fantasy Films.  Screenplay by Lawrence Hauben, Bo Goldman, based on the play by Dale Wasserman, from the novel by Ken Kesey.  Cinematography by Haskell Wexler.  Produced by Michael Douglas, Saul Zaentz.  Music by Jack Nitzsche.  Production Design by Paul Sylbert.  Costume Design by Aggie Guerard Rodgers.  Film Editing by Sheldon Kahn, Lynzee Klingman.  Academy Awards…

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A Map Of The World

BBB.5 (out of 5) Compelling drama based on Jane Hamilton’s esteemed novel, about a city woman turned farm wife (Sigourney Weaver) who is bested by the law of the land. Weaver is also the local school nurse who is torn apart when her best friend’s child drowns in the pond behind her house while she…

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A Decade Under The Influence (2003)

TED DEMME, RICHARD LaGRAVENESE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2003.  Constant Communication, Written in Stone.  Cinematography by Tony C. Jannelli, Clyde W. Smith.  Produced by Ted Demme, Jerry Kupfer, Richard LaGravenese, Gini Reticker.  Music by John Kimbrough.  Film Editing by Meg Reticker. National Board of Review Awards 2003.  The clips alone are reason enough to watch this invigorating…

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The Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977)

JOHN BOORMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 1977.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by William Goodhart.  Cinematography by William A. Fraker.  Produced by John Boorman, Richard Lederer.  Music by Ennio Morricone.  Production Design by Richard Macdonald.  Costume Design by Robert De Mora.  Film Editing by Tom Priestley.   Laughably bad sequel to the most famous horror movie of all time (right after Psycho, I suppose)….

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Blue Steel (1990)

KATHRYN BIGELOW Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.   USA, 1990.  Lightning Pictures, Precision Films, Mack-Taylor Productions, Vestron Pictures.  Screenplay by Kathryn Bigelow, Eric Red.  Cinematography by Amir Mokri. Produced by Edward R. Pressman, Oliver Stone.  Music by Brad Fiedel.  Production Design by Toby Corbett.  Costume Design by Richard Shissler.  Film Editing by Lee Percy. Kathryn Bigelow had the right idea in making an action film…

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Big Eden

BB (out of 5) Henry Hart (Arye Gross) is enjoying burgeoning success as a New York artist but is held back by the loneliness that comes from having no love in his life. The complicated relationships he left behind in his small town of Big Eden, Montana are reignited when he finds out that his…

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The Player (1992)

ROBERT ALTMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1992.  Avenue Pictures, Spelling Entertainment, Addis Wechsler Pictures.  Screenplay by Michael Tolkin, based on his novel.  Cinematography by Jean Lepine.  Produced by David Brown, Michael Tolkin, Nick Wechsler.  Music by Thomas Newman.  Production Design by Stephen Altman.  Costume Design by Alexander Julian.  Film Editing by Maysie Hoy, Geraldine Peroni.  Academy Awards 1992.  Boston Film Critics Awards…

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