The Heartbreak Kid (1972)

ELAINE MAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1972.  Palomar Pictures.  Story by Bruce Jay Friedman, Screenplay by Neil Simon.  Cinematography by Owen Roizman.  Produced by Edgar J. Scherick.  Music by Garry Sherman.  Production Design by Richard Sylbert.  Costume Design by Anthea Sylbert.  Film Editing by John Carter.   Without a doubt one of the funniest movies ever made. Charles Grodin is magnificent as…

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The Addams Family (1991)

BARRY SONNENFELD Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  USA, 1991.  Orion Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Scott Rudin Productions.  Screenplay by Caroline Thompson, Larry Wilson, based on characters created by Charles Addams.  Cinematography by Owen Roizman.  Produced by Scott Rudin.  Music by Marc Shaiman.  Production Design by Richard Macdonald.  Costume Design by Ruth Myers.  Film Editing by Dede Allen, Jim Miller.     Of the many retro…

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Play It Again, Sam (1972)

HERBERT ROSS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1972.  Paramount Pictures, Rollins-Joffe Productions, APJAC Productions.  Screenplay by Woody Allen, based on his play.  Cinematography by Owen Roizman.  Produced by Arthur P. Jacobs.  Music by Billy Goldenberg.  Production Design by Ed Wittstein.  Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone.  Film Editing by Marion Rothman. Hysterical comedy, adapted by Woody Allen from his own play. He plays a…

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Visions Of Light (1992)

ARNOLD GLASSMAN, TODD McCARTHY, STUART SAMUELS Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA/Japan, 1992.  American Film Institute, NHK.  Screenplay by Todd McCarthy.  Cinematography by Nancy Schreiber.  Produced by Stuart Samuels.  Film Editing by Arnold Glassman.   Movies about movies are always entertaining, and this beautiful film about the art of cinematography is no exception. The filmmakers have interviewed a group of…

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Havana (1990)

SYDNEY POLLACK Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 1990.  Mirage Enterprises, Universal Pictures.  Story by Judith Rascoe, Screenplay by Judith Rascoe, David Rayfiel.  Cinematography by Owen Roizman.  Produced by Sydney Pollack, Richard Roth.  Music by Dave Grusin.  Production Design by Terence Marsh.  Costume Design by Bernie Pollack.  Film Editing by Fredric Steinkamp, William Steinkamp.   Modern reworking of Casablanca suffers from a complete lack of…

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Absence Of Malice (1981)

SYDNEY POLLACK Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBBB.  USA, 1981.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Mirage Enterprises.  Screenplay by Kurt Luedtke.  Cinematography by Owen Roizman.  Produced by Sydney Pollack.  Music by Dave Grusin.  Production Design by Terence Marsh.  Costume Design by Bernie Pollack.  Film Editing by Sheldon Kahn.   Excellent drama about the world of journalism. Sally Field gives her best performance after Norma Rae as…

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The Electric Horseman (1979)

SYDNEY POLLACK Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 1979.  Wildwood Enterprises.  Screen story by Paul Gaer, Robert Garland, Screenplay by Robert Garland, from a story by Shelly Burton.  Cinematography by Owen Roizman.  Produced by Ray Stark.  Music by Dave Grusin.  Production Design by Stephen B. Grimes.  Costume Design by Bernie Pollack.  Film Editing by Sheldon Kahn.   Enjoyable drama that succeeds mostly because…

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Three Days Of The Condor (1975)

SYDNEY POLLACK Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 1975.  Wildwood Enterprises.  Screenplay by Lorenzo Semple Jr., David Rayfiel, based on the novel Six Days Of The Condor by James Grady.  Cinematography by Owen Roizman.  Produced by Stanley Schneider.  Music by Dave Grusin.  Production Design by Stephen B. Grimes.  Costume Design by Joseph G. Aulisi.  Film Editing by Don Guidice.   Robert Redford plays a…

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Tootsie (1982)

SYDNEY POLLACK Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBBB.  USA, 1982.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Mirage Enterprises, Punch Productions, Delphi Films.  Story by Don McGuire, Larry Gelbart, Screenplay by Larry Gelbart, Murray Schisgal.  Cinematography by Owen Roizman.  Produced by Sydney Pollack, Dick Richards, Ronald L. Schwary.  Music by Dave Grusin.  Production Design by Peter S. Larkin.  Costume Design by Ruth Morley.  Film Editing by Fredric Steinkamp,…

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The Exorcist (1973)

WILLIAM FRIEDKIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1973.  Warner Bros., Hoya Productions.  Screenplay by William Peter Blatty, based on his novel.  Cinematography by Owen Roizman.  Produced by William Peter Blatty.  Music by Jack Nitzsche.  Production Design by Bill Malley.  Costume Design by Joseph Fretwell III.  Film Editing by Norman Gay, Evan A. Lottman.   Ellen Burstyn plays a single mother and movie star whose…

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The French Connection (1971)

WILLIAM FRIEDKIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1971.  Philip D’Antoni Productions, Schine-Moore Productions, D’Antoni Productions.  Screenplay by Ernest Tidyman, based on the novel by Robin Moore.  Cinematography by Owen Roizman.  Produced by Philip D’Antoni.  Music by Don Ellis.  Production Design by Ben Kasazkow.  Costume Design by Joseph Fretwell III.  Film Editing by Gerald B. Greenberg.   Superb example of a top-notch police thriller,…

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The Stepford Wives (1975)

BRYAN FORBES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1975.  Palomar Pictures, Fadsin Cinema Associates.  Screenplay by William Goldman, based on the novel by Ira Levin.  Cinematography by Owen Roizman.  Produced by Edgar J. Scherick.  Music by Michael Small.  Production Design by Gene Callahan.  Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone.  Film Editing by Timothy Gee. Ira Levin’s creepy novel reaches the screen with mixed…

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