Old Enough (1984)

MARISA SILVER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5 USA, 1984. Silver Films. Screenplay by Marisa Silver. Cinematography by Michael Ballhaus. Produced by Dina Silver. Music by Julian Marshall. Production Design by Jeffrey Townsend. Costume Design by Teri Kane. Film Editing by Mark Burns. Lonnie (Sarah Boyd) is approaching her teens and lives in a fancy…

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Under The Cherry Moon (1986)

PRINCE Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.   USA, 1986.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Becky Johnston.  Cinematography by Michael Ballhaus.  Produced by Robert Cavallo, Steven Fargnoli, Joseph Ruffalo.  Music by Prince and the Revolution.  Production Design by Richard Sylbert.  Costume Design by Marie France.  Film Editing by Éva Gárdos, Rebecca Ross.   The success of Purple Rain, which included an Oscar for its star and composer…

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Uptown Girls (2003)

BOAZ YAKIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2003.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, GreeneStreet Films.  Story by Allison Jacobs, Screenplay by Julia Dahl, Mo Ogrodnik, Lisa Davidowitz.  Cinematography by Michael Ballhaus.  Produced by Allison Jacobs, John Penotti, Fisher Stevens.  Music by Joel McNeely.  Production Design by Kalina Ivanov.  Costume Design by Sarah Edwards.  Film Editing by David Ray.   Brittany Murphy plays the daughter of a famous rock star who…

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Wild Wild West (1999)

BARRY SONNENFELD Bil’s rating (out of 5):   B.  USA, 1999.  Peters Entertainment, Sonnenfeld Josephson Worldwide Entertainment, Todman Simon LeMasters Productions, Warner Bros..  Story by Jim Thomas, John Thomas, Screenplay by S.S. Wilson, Brent Maddock, Jeffrey Price, Peter S. Seaman.  Cinematography by Michael Ballhaus.  Produced by Jon Peters, Barry Sonnenfeld.  Music by Elmer Bernstein.  Production Design by Bo Welch.  Costume Design by Deborah Lynn Scott.  Film…

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Quiz Show (1994)

ROBERT REDFORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1994.  Baltimore Pictures, Hollywood Pictures, Wildwood Enterprises.  Screenplay by Paul Attanasio, based on the book Remembering America: A Voice From The Sixties by Richard N. Goodwin.  Cinematography by Michael Ballhaus.   Produced by Michael Jacobs, Julian Krainin, Michael Nozik, Robert Redford. Music by Mark Isham.  Production Design by Jon Hutman.  Costume Design by Kathy O’Rear.  Film…

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I Don’t Just Want You To Love Me (1993)

HANS GUNTHER PFLAUM Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5 Original title:  Ich Will Nur, Dass Ihr Mich Liebt – Der Filmemacher Rainer Werner Fassbinder Germany, 1993.  Pro-ject Filmproduktion.  Screenplay by Hans Gunther Pflaum.  Cinematography by Manfred Burkle, Werner Kurz.Produced by Theo Hinz.  Film Editing by Ingrid Wolff.   Intelligent, thorough documentary that covers the career of German filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder, the…

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What About Bob? (1991)

FRANK OZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.    USA, 1991.  Touchstone Pictures, Touchwood Pacific Partners 1.  Story by Alvin Sargent, Laura Ziskin, Screenplay by Tom Schulman. Cinematography by Michael Ballhaus.  Produced by Laura Ziskin.  Music by Miles Goodman.  Production Design by Leslie Dilley.  Costume Design by Bernie Pollack.  Film Editing by Anne V. Coates.   A psychiatrist will be criticized by…

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)

FRANK OZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1988.  Orion Pictures.  Screenplay by Dale Launer, Stanley Shapiro, Paul Henning.  Cinematography by Michael Ballhaus.  Produced by Bernard Williams.  Music by Miles Goodman.  Production Design by Roy Walker.  Costume Design by Marit Allen.  Film Editing by Stephen A. Rotter, William S. Scharf.   Comedic romp through the world of con artists is the lighter sibling…

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Something’s Gotta Give (2003)

NANCY MEYERS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2003.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Warner Bros., Waverly Films.  Screenplay by Nancy Meyers.  Cinematography by Michael Ballhaus.  Produced by Bruce A. Block.  Music by Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Jon Hutman.  Costume Design by Suzanne McCabe.  Film Editing by Joe Hutshing.   Jack Nicholson is vacationing with much younger girlfriend Amanda Peet at her Hamptons home when he collapses…

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Sleepers (1996)

BARRY SONNENFELD Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1996.  Astoria Films, Baltimore Pictures, PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, Propaganda Films, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Barry Levinson, based on the book by Lorenzo Carcaterra.  Cinematography by Michael Ballhaus. Produced by Steve Golin, Barry Levinson.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by Kristi Zea.  Costume Design by Gloria Gresham.  Film Editing by Stu Linder.   Four…

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The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989)

STEVE KLOVES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1989.  Gladden Entertainment, Mirage, Tobis.  Screenplay by Steve Kloves.  Cinematography by Michael Ballhaus.  Produced by Mark Rosenberg, Paula Weinstein, Courtney Silberberg.  Music by Dave Grusin.  Production Design by Jeffrey Townsend.  Costume Design by Lisa Jensen.  Film Editing by William Steinkamp.   Wonderful character-driven drama has very little plot but is laden with atmosphere. Beau and Jeff Bridges play fraternal…

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The Glass Menagerie (1987)

PAUL NEWMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1987.  Cineplex-Odeon Films.  Based on the play by Tennessee Williams.  Cinematography by Michael Ballhaus.  Produced by Burtt Harris.  Music by Henry Mancini.  Production Design by Tony Walton.  Costume Design by Tony Walton.  Film Editing by David Ray.   After years of playing the leads in a number of Tennessee Williams adaptations for the screen, who better…

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