The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother (1975)

GENE WILDER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB. Alternate title: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother United Kingdom/USA, 1975.  Jouer Films, Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Gene Wilder, based on characters created by Arthur Conan Doyle.  Cinematography by Gerry Fisher.  Produced by Richard A. Roth.   Music by John Morris.  Production Design by Terence Marsh. …

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At Long Last Love (1975)

PETER BOGDANOVICH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.   USA, 1975.  Copa del Oro, Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Peter Bogdanovich.  Cinematography by Laszlo Kovacs.  Produced by Peter Bogdanovich, Frank Marshall.  Music by Artie Butler, Lionel Newman.   Production Design by Gene Allen.  Costume Design by Bobbie Mannix.  Film Editing by Douglas Robertson.   Peter Bogdanovich followed his successful run of hits (The Last Picture Show,…

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Happy Birthday, Gemini (1980)

RICHARD BENNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 1980.  King-Hitzig Productions.  Screenplay by Richard Benner, based on the play by Albert Innaurato.  Cinematography by James B. Kelly.  Produced by Rupert Hitzig.  Music by Cathy Chamberlain, Rich Look.  Production Design by Edwin Watkins.  Costume Design by Lynne MacKay.  Film Editing by Stephan Fanfara.  Podcast:  Bad Gay Movies. Albert Innaurato’s off-Broadway play Gemini is adapted to the…

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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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Judy Berlin (1999)

ERIC MENDELSOHN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1999.  Caruso / Mendelsohn Productions, Shooting Gallery, Starz! Encore Entertainment, Tsg Pictures.  Screenplay by Eric Mendelsohn. Cinematography by Jeffrey Seckendorf.  Produced by Rocco Caruso.  Music by Michael Nicholas.  Production Design by Charles Kulsziski.  Costume Design by Sue Gandy.  Film Editing by Eric Mendelsohn.  Gotham Awards 1999.  Independent Spirit Awards 1999.  Toronto International Film Festival 1999.   There’s…

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Clue (1985)

JONATHAN LYNN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 1985.  Paramount Pictures, The Guber-Peters Company, Polygram Filmed Entertainment, Debra Hill Productions.  Story by John Landis, Jonathan Lynn, Screenplay by Jonathan Lynn, based on the board game Cluedo by Anthony E. Pratt.  Cinematography by Victor J. Kemper.  Produced by Debra Hill.  Music by John Morris.  Production Design by John Robert Lloyd.  Costume Design…

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The Muppet Movie

BBBB (out of 5) The first of many big screen adventures that would bring Jim Henson’s loveably furry creations to the big screen, and possibly still the best of them. Fans of The Muppet Show will have a wonderful time finding out the origins of their favourite vaudeville revue, which begins with a banjo-slinging Kermit…

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Nixon (1995)

OLIVER STONE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 1995.  Cinergi Pictures Entertainment, Hollywood Pictures, Illusion Entertainment.  Screenplay by Oliver Stone, Stephen J. Rivele, Christopher Wilkinson.  Cinematography by Robert Richardson.  Produced by Oliver Stone, Clayton Townsend, Andrew G. Vajna.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by Victor Kempster.  Costume Design by Richard Hornung.  Film Editing by Brian Berdan, Hank Corwin.  Academy Awards 1995.  Boston Film Critics…

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The Hideaways (1973)

FIELDER COOK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Alternate title:  From The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler USA, 1973.  Cinema 5, Westfall Productions.  Screenplay by Blanche Hanalis, based on the novel by E.L. Konigsburg.  Cinematography by Victor J. Kemper.  Produced by Charles G. Mortimer Jr..  Music by Donald Devor.  Production Design by Philip Rosenberg.  Costume Design by Linda Wayne Howard.  Film Editing by…

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History Of The World, Part I (1981)

MEL BROOKS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.   USA, 1981.  Brooksfilms.  Screenplay by Mel Brooks.  Cinematography by Woody Omens.  Produced by Mel Brooks.  Music by John Morris.  Production Design by Harold Michelson.  Costume Design by Patricia Norris.  Film Editing by John C. Howard. Mel Brooks hits rock bottom with this terrible spoof of ancient epic movies. It incorporates parodies of films like The Robe,…

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High Anxiety (1977)

MEL BROOKS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1977.   Crossbow Productions.   Screenplay by Mel Brooks, Ron Clark, Rudy De Luca, Barry Levinson.   Cinematography by Paul Lohmann.   Produced by Mel Brooks.   Music by John Morris.   Production Design by Peter Wooley.   Costume Design by Patricia Norris.   Film Editing by John C. Howard.   Golden Globe Awards 1977.   …

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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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