JOHN G. AVILDSEN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB. USA, 1973. Filmways Pictures, Cirandinha Productions, Jalem Productions. Screenplay by Steve Shagan. Cinematography by James Crabe. Produced by Martin Ransohoff, Steve Shagan. Music by Marvin Hamlisch. Production Design by Jack T. Collis. Costume Design by John A. Anderson. Film Editing by David Bretherton. Academy Awards 1973. Golden Globe Awards 1973. Screenwriter Steve Shagan barely conceals his contempt … More Save The Tiger (1973)
BBB.5 (out of 5) Walter Matthau enjoys his days in charge of his beloved grandson, but his son and daughter-in-law eventually feel he is being asked to do too much and hire the child a nanny (a marvelous Deborah Winters). This allows Matthau to make more of a nuisance of himself than usual, prompting the … More Kotch
ALAN J. PAKULA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5. USA, 1979. Paramount Pictures. Screenplay by James L. Brooks, based on the novel by Dan Wakefield. Cinematography by Sven Nykvist. Produced by James L. Brooks, Alan J. Pakula. Music by Marvin Hamlisch. Production Design by George Jenkins. Costume Design by John Boxer. Film Editing by Marion Rothman. Academy Awards 1979. Golden Globe Awards 1979. Candice Bergen is … More Starting Over (1979)
BB (out of 5) Kids might enjoy this one, but adults will be bored silly. A family takes in a lost boy they find wandering in the wilderness with no recollection of his identity or his family. They start to notice that he has superb abilities for driving cars, flying jets and getting to REALLY high … More D.A.R.Y.L.
BBB (out of 5) Barbra Streisand spends two and a half hours trying to get Jeff Bridges to tell her she’s pretty. Should we care? Actually, it’s a passable movie, easily enjoyable and lightly charming, but one whose central message is flawed and vain. Streisand plays a dorky Columbia University professor who answers an ad by skirt-chaser … More The Mirror Has Two Faces
BBBB.5 (out of 5) Casting against type is what’s best about this family drama, one of the first to start the 80s trend of sober films where people talk about their myriad of problems. Mary Tyler Moore is so good she’s scary as the hard-edge suburban mother who refuses to see the problems facing her and … More Ordinary People
BB.5 (out of 5) Kate Hudson plays a journalist whose Cosmopolitan-esque magazine constantly has her finding new ways to tell the same stories about romance and personal grooming in the Big Apple. When her editor (Bebe Neuwirth) assigns her a story on how to lose a guy in ten days, she picks an unwitting advertising … More How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days