Stepping Out (1991)

LEWIS GILBERT Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.   USA, 1991.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Richard Harris, based on his play.  Cinematography by Alan Hume.  Produced by Lewis Gilbert.  Music by Peter Matz.  Production Design by Alicia Keywan.  Costume Design by Candy Paterson.  Film Editing by Humphrey Dixon.  Richard Harris’ community theatre favourite gets its shot at the big screen, and the results are…

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Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018)

CHRISTOPHER McQUARRIE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   USA, 2018.  Bad Robot, Paramount Pictures,  Skydance Media, TC Productions. Screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie, based on the television series created by Bruce Geller.  Cinematography by Rob Hardy.  Produced by J.J. Abrams, Raphael Benoliel, Tom Cruise, Christopher McQuarrie, Jake Myers.  Music by Lorne Balfe.  Production Design by Peter Wenham.  Costume Design by Jeffrey Kurland.  Film…

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Alive (1993)

FRANK MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA/Canada, 1993.  Film Andes S.A., The Kennedy/Marshall Company, Paramount Pictures, Touchstone Pictures.  Screenplay by John Patrick Shanley, based on the book by Piers Paul Read.  Cinematography by Peter James.  Produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Robert Watts.  Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design by Norman Reynolds.  Costume Design by Jennifer L. Parsons.  Film Editing by William Goldenberg, Michael…

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The Emperor Waltz (1948)

BILLY WILDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1948.  Paramount Pictures.  Directed by Billy Wilder.  Screenplay by Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder.  Cinematography by George Barnes.  Produced by Charles Brackett.  Music by Victor Young.  Production Design by Franz Bachelin, Hans Dreier.  Costume Design by Edith Head, Gile Steele.  Film Editing by Doane Harrison.  Academy Awards 1948.   Corny nonsense that marks a rare misfire for director Billy Wilder and…

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Flashdance (1983)

ADRIAN LYNE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1983.  Paramount Pictures, Polygram Filmed Entertainment, Don Simpson/Jerry Bruckheimer Films.  Story by Thomas Hedley Jr., Screenplay by Thomas Hedley Jr., Joe Eszterhas.  Cinematography by Donald Peterman.  Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, Don Simpson.  Music by Giorgio Moroder.  Production Design by Charles Rosen.  Costume Design by Michael Kaplan.  Film Editing by Walt Mulconery, Bud S. Smith.  Academy Awards 1983.  Golden Globe…

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Annihilation (2018)

ALEX GARLAND Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 2018.  DNA Films, Paramount Pictures,  Scott Rudin Productions, Skydance Media.  Screenplay by Alex Garland, based on the novel by Jeff VanderMeer.  Cinematography by Rob Hardy.  Produced by Eli Bush, Andrew Macdonald, Allon Reich, Scott Rudin.  Music by Geoff Barrow, Ben Salisbury.  Production Design by Mark Digby.  Costume Design by Sammy Sheldon.  Film Editing by Barney Pilling.   A…

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Islands In The Stream (1977)

FRANKLIN J. SCHAFFNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1977. Paramount Pictures, Zeeuwse Maatschappij N.V..  Screenplay by Denne Part Petitclerc, based on the novel by Ernest Hemingway.  Cinematography by Fred J. Koenekamp.  Produced by Peter Bart, Max Palevsky.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.  Production Design by William J. Creber.  Film Editing by Robert Swink.  Academy Awards 1977. Ernest Hemingway’s posthumously published final novel is the basis…

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The Last Outpost (1935)

CHARLES BARTON, LOUIS J. GASNIER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   B.  USA, 1935.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Philip MacDonald, adaptation by Charles Brackett, Frank Partos, based on the short story The Drum by F. Britten Austin.  Cinematography by Theodor Sparkuhl.  Produced by E. Lloyd Sheldon.  Music by Bernard Kaun, William E. Lynch, Milan Roder, Heinz Roemheld.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, A….

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Friday The 13th Part III (1982)

STEVE MINER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 1982.  Paramount Pictures, Georgetown Productions Inc., Jason Productions, Sean S. Cunningham Films.  Screenplay by Martin Kitrosser, Carol Watson, based on characters created by Victor Miller, Ron Kurz, Sean S. Cunningham.  Cinematography by Gerald Feil.  Produced by Frank Mancuso Jr..  Music by Harry Manfredini.  Production Design by Robb Wilson King.  Costume Design by Sandi Love.  Film Editing by…

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The Major And The Minor (1942)

BILLY WILDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1942.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder, suggested by a play by Edward Childs Carpenter, from a story by Fanny Kilbourne.  Cinematography by Leo Tover.  Produced by Arthur Hornblow Jr..  Music by Robert Emmett Dolan.  Production Design by Roland Anderson, Hans Dreier.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Doane Harrison.   Tired of…

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Baywatch

B (out of 5) Eleven seasons on television saving lives, stopping crime and running on the sand in slow motion was an impressive feat for a show written off as an excuse to ogle hot young bodies in skimpy swimwear, and the success of the 21 Jump Street comedies could only lead to a big-screen parody adaptation.  Somewhere between…

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The Eagle and the Hawk

BBBB (out of 5) Tragic drama made in the shadow of popular hits like Wings and Hell’s Angels.   Cary Grant and Fredric March play army buddies whose friendship is ruined when March recommends Grant not be given the opportunity to fly planes in World War I because he is a danger to himself and his unit.  Grant never forgives…

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