I Shot Andy Warhol

BB (out of 5) Lili Taylor‘s performance as Valerie Solanas starts out riveting and soon grows tiresome, as does this film.  It chronicles Solanas’ unstable life up until her date with destiny, when she shot pop culture icon Andy Warhol (the wound was eventually responsible for taking his life many years later). Director Mary Harron…

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The Bedroom Window (1987)

CURTIS HANSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1987.  De Laurentiis Entertainment Group.  Screenplay by Curtis Hanson, based on the novel by Anne Holden.  Cinematography by Gilbert Taylor.  Produced by Martha De Laurentiis, Robert Towne.  Music by Patrick Gleeson, Michael Shrieve.  Production Design by Ron Foreman.  Costume Design by Clifford Capone.  Film Editing by Scott Conrad.   Steve Guttenberg takes his boss’s wife (Isabelle Huppert) home…

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Diner (1982)

BARRY LEVINSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1982.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, SLM Production Group.  Screenplay by Barry Levinson.  Cinematography by Peter Sova.  Produced by Jerry Weintraub.  Music by Bruce Brody, Ivan Kral.   Production Design by Leon Harris.  Costume Design by Gloria Gresham.  Film Editing by Stu Linder.  Academy Awards 1982.  Golden Globe Awards 1982. Keenly observed multi-character study about a group of friends in the…

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Hannibal (2001)

RIDLEY SCOTT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 2001.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Universal Pictures, Dino De Laurentiis Company, Scott Free Productions.  Screenplay by David Mamet, Steven Zaillian, based on the novel by Thomas Harris.  Cinematography by John Mathieson.  Produced by Dino De Laurentiis, Martha De Laurentiis, Ridley Scott.  Music by Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Diego Loreggian, Norris Spencer.  Costume Design by Janty Yates.  Film…

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1492: Conquest Of Paradise (1992)

RIDLEY SCOTT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  France/Spain, 1992.  Gaumont, Légende Films, France 3 Cinéma, Due West, Cyrkfilms, Ministère de la Culture, Spanish Ministry of Culture.  Screenplay by Rose Bosch.  Cinematography by Adrian Biddle.  Produced by Alain Goldman, Ridley Scott.  Music by Vangelis.  Production Design by Norris Spencer.  Costume Design by Charles Knode, Barbara Rutter.  Film Editing by William M. Anderson, Francoise Bonnot, Les…

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The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)

JOHN McTIERNAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBBB.  USA, 1999.  United Artists, Irish DreamTime, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story by Alan Trustman, Screenplay by Leslie Dixon, Kurt Wimmer.  Cinematography by Tom Priestley Jr..  Produced by Pierce Brosnan, Beau St. Clair.  Music by Bill Conti.  Production Design by Bruno Rubeo.  Costume Design by Kate Harrington, Mark Zunino.  Film Editing by John Wright.   Superior remake of Norman Jewison’s…

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Scarface (1983)

BRIAN DE PALMA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1983.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Oliver Stone, based on the screenplay by Howard Hawks, Ben Hecht and the novel by Armitage Trail.  Cinematography by John A. Alonzo.  Produced by Martin Bregman.  Music by Giorgio Moroder.  Production Design by Edward Richardson.  Costume Design by Patricia Norris.  Film Editing by Gerald B. Greenberg, David Ray.  Golden Globe Awards 1983.  …

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Absolute Power (1997)

CLINT EASTWOOD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1997.  Castle Rock Entertainment, Malpaso Productions.  Screenplay by William Goldman, based on the book by David Baldacci.  Cinematography by Jack N. Green.  Produced by Clint Eastwood, Karen S. Spiegel.  Music by Lennie Niehaus.  Production Design by Henry Bumstead.  Costume Design by Deborah Hopper.  Film Editing by Joel Cox. Solid thriller features director Clint Eastwood at the top…

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The Tailor Of Panama (2001)

JOHN BOORMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  USA/Ireland, 2001.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Merlin Films.  Screenplay by Andrew Davies, John Le Carre, John Boorman, based on the novel by John le Carre.  Cinematography by Philippe Rousselot.  Produced by John Boorman.  Music by Shaun Davey.  Production Design by Derek Wallace.  Costume Design by Maeve Paterson.  Film Editing by Ron Davis.   Mind-numbing bore that hardly ever raises…

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Black Swan (2010)

DARREN ARONOFSKY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   USA, 2010.  Fox Searchlight Pictures, Cross Creek Pictures, Protozoa Pictures, Phoenix Pictures, Dune Entertainment.  Story by Andres Heinz, Screenplay by Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz, John J. McLaughlin.  Cinematography by Matthew Libatique.  Produced by Scott Franklin, Mike Medavoy, Arnold Messer, Brian Oliver.  Music by Clint Mansell.  Production Design by Therese DePrez.  Costume Design by Amy Westcott.  Film…

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The Wrestler (2008)

DARREN ARONOFSKY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA/France, 2008.  Wild Bunch, Protozoa Pictures, Saturn Films, Top Rope.  Screenplay by Robert D. Siegel.  Cinematography by Maryse Alberti.  Produced by Darren Aronofsky, Scott Franklin.  Music by Clint Mansell.  Production Design by Tim Grimes.  Costume Design by Amy Westcott.  Film Editing by Andrew Weisblum.  Academy Awards 2008.  American Film Institute 2008.  Boston Film Critics Awards 2008.  Golden Globe Awards…

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The Fountain (2006)

DARREN ARONOFSKY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.   USA, 2006.  Warner Bros., Regency Enterprises, Protozoa Pictures, New Regency Pictures, Muse Entertainment Enterprises.  Story by Darren Aronofsky, Ari Handel, Screenplay by Darren Aronofsky.  Cinematography by Matthew Libatique.  Produced by Arnon Milchan, Iain Smith, Eric Watson.  Music by Clint Mansell.  Production Design by James Chinlund.  Costume Design by Renee April.  Film Editing by Jay Rabinowitz.  Golden Globe…

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