Smooth Talk (1985)

JOYCE CHOPRA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB United Kingdom/USA, 1985. American Playhouse, Goldcrest Films International, Nepenthe Productions, Palmyra Films. Screenplay by Tom Cole, based on the story Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been by Joyce Carol Oates. Cinematography by James Glennon. Produced by Martin Rosen. Music by Russ Kunkel, George Massenburg, Bill…

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The Prom (2020)

RYAN MURPHY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB USA, 2020. Dramatic Forces, Storykey, Netflix. Screenplay by Bob Martin, Chad Beguelin, based on the Broadway musical by Bob Martin, Chad Beguelin, Matthew Sklar, from an original concept by Jack Viertel. Cinematography by Matthew Libatique. Produced by Adam Anders, Dori Berinstein, Bill Damaschke, Alexis Martin Woodall, Ryan…

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Bound For Glory (1976)

HAL ASHBY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1976.  Bound for Glory.  Screenplay by Robert Getchell, based on the autobiography by Woody Guthrie.  Cinematography by Haskell Wexler.  Produced by Robert F. Blumofe, Harold Leventhal.  Music by Leonard Rosenman.  Production Design by Michael D. Haller.  Costume Design by William Ware Theiss.  Film Editing by Pembroke…

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I’ll See You In My Dreams (2015)

BRETT HALEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2015.  Two Flints, Jeff Rice Films, Northern Lights Films.  Screenplay by Marc Basch, Brett Haley.  Cinematography by Rob Givens.  Produced by Rebecca Green, Brett Haley, Laura D. Smith.  Music by Keegan DeWitt.  Production Design by Eric J. Archer.  Costume Design by Mirren Gordon-Crozier.  Film Editing by David Dean, Brett Haley.  Gotham Awards 2015. Blythe Danner…

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The Intern (2015)

NANCY MEYERS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2015.  Waverly Films.  Screenplay by Nancy Meyers.  Cinematography by Stephen Goldblatt.  Produced by Suzanne McNeill Farwell, Nancy Meyers.  Music by Theodore Shapiro.  Production Design by Kristi Zea.  Costume Design by Jacqueline Demeterio.  Film Editing by Robert Leighton Robert De Niro has reached seventy, a retired widower who hasn’t lost the desire to stay  busy or…

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Starting Over (1979)

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.   Candice Bergen is tired of being upper-middle-class housewife…

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Pecker (1998)

JOHN WATERS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1998.  Polar Entertainment.  Screenplay by John Waters.  Cinematography by Robert M. Stevens.  Produced by John Fiedler, Mark Tarlov.  Music by Stewart Copeland.  Production Design by Vincent Perani.  Costume Design by Van Smith.  Film Editing by Janice Hampton.  Toronto International Film Festival 1998.   Funny little film from John Waters is one of his most modest films, about a…

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The Safety Of Objects (2001)

ROSE TROCHE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  United Kingdom/USA, 2001.  Renaissance Films, Vulcan Productions, Infilm, Killer Films, Ontario Film Development Corporation.  Screenplay by Rose Troche, based on the stories by A.M. Homes.  Cinematography by Enrique Chediak.  Produced by Dorothy Berwin, Christine Vachon.  Music by Barb Morrison, Charles Nieland, Nance Nieland.  Production Design by Andrea Stanley.  Costume Design by Laura Jean Shannon.  Film Editing by Geraldine…

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Sweet Home Alabama (2002)

ANDY TENNANT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2002.  Touchstone Pictures, Original Film, D&D Films, Pigeon Creek Films.  Story by Douglas J. Eboch, Screenplay by C. Jay Cox.  Cinematography by Andrew Dunn.  Produced by Stokely Chaffin, Neal H. Moritz.  Music by George Fenton.  Production Design by Clay A. Griffith.  Costume Design by Sophie De Rakoff.  Film Editing by Troy Takaki, Tracey Wadmore-Smith.   Even those who…

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Nobody Knows Anything (2003)

WILLIAM TANNEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  0.  USA, 2003.  Echelon Entertainment, West Wind Entertainment.  Screenplay by David Pasquesi.  Cinematography by Irek Hartowicz.  Produced by Brad Korzen, Wayne Rogers.  Production Design by John Birmingham.  Costume Design by Michelle Martini.  Film Editing by Peter Cohen, Michael Chambliss.   Alanna Ubach graduates film school and longs desperately to make a movie based on her observations of her errant cousin….

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Citizen Ruth (1996)

ALEXANDER PAYNE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1996.  Independent Pictures, Miramax.  Screenplay by Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor.  Cinematography by James Glennon.  Produced by Cathy Konrad, Cary Woods.  Music by Rolfe Kent.  Production Design by Jane Ann Stewart.  Costume Design by Tom McKinley.  Film Editing by Kevin Tent. Alexander Payne made a brilliant debut with this wonderful black comedy that deals with a real political…

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It’s Complicated (2009)

NANCY MEYERS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2009.  Universal Pictures, Relativity Media, Waverly Films, Scott Rudin Productions, Dentsu.  Screenplay by Nancy Meyers.  Cinematography by John Toll.  Produced by Nancy Meyers, Scott Rudin.  Music by Heitor Pereira, Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Jon Hutman.  Costume Design by Sonia Grande.  Film Editing by Joe Hutshing, David Moritz.  Golden Globe Awards 2009.  National Board of Review Awards…

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