The Out Of Towners (1970)

ARTHUR HILLER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 1970. Jalem Productions. Screenplay by Neil Simon. Cinematography by Andrew Laszlo. Produced by Paul Nathan. Music by Quincy Jones. Production Design by Charles Bailey, Walter H. Tyler. Costume Design by Forrest T. Butler, Grace Harris. Film Editing by Fred A. Chulack. Jack Lemmon and Sandy Dennis…

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Other People (2016)

CHRIS KELLY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 2016.  Park Pictures, Gettin’ Rad Productions.  Screenplay by Chris Kelly.  Cinematography by Brian Burgoyne.  Produced by Sam Bisbee, Adam Scott, Naomi Scott.  Music by Julian Wass.  Production Design by Tracy Dishman.  Costume Design by Kerry Hennessy.  Film Editing by Patrick Colman.  Dorian Awards 2016.  Independent Spirit Awards 2016.  Washington Film Critics Awards 2016. Aspiring television writer…

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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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Clockwatchers (1997)

JILL SPRECHER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 1997.  Goldcrest Films International, John Flock Productions.  Screenplay by Jill Sprecher, Karen Sprecher.  Cinematography by Jim Denault.  Produced by Gina Resnick.  Music by Mader.  Production Design by Pamela Marcotte.  Costume Design by Edi Giguere.  Film Editing by Stephen Mirrone.   Parker Posey, Lisa Kudrow, Alanna Ubach and Toni Collette all give strong performances as four temps working mundane…

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Hairspray (2007)

ADAM SHANKMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/United Kingdom, 2007.  New Line Cinema, Ingenious Film Partners, Zadan / Meron Productions, Offspring Entertainment.  Screenplay by Leslie Dixon, based on the musical play by Mark O’Donnell, Thomas Meehan and the 1988 screenplay by John Waters.  Cinematography by Bojan Bazelli.  Produced by Neil Meron, Craig Zadan.  Music by Marc Shaiman.  Production Design by David…

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Insomnia (2002)

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA/Canada, 2002.  Alcon Entertainment, Witt/Thomas Productions, Section Eight, Insomnia Productions, Summit Entertainment.  Screenplay by Hillary Seitz, based on the 1997 screenplay by Nikolaj Frobenius, Erik Skjoldbjaerg.  Cinematography by Wally Pfister.  Produced by Broderick Johnson, Paul Junger Witt, Andrew A. Kosove, Edward McDonnell.  Music by David Julyan.  Production Design by Nathan Crowley.  Costume Design by Tish Monaghan.  Film…

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Runaway Bride (1999)

GARRY MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):   B.5.  USA, 1999.  Paramount Pictures, Touchstone Pictures, Interscope Communications, Lakeshore Entertainment.  Screenplay by Josann McGibbon, Sara Parriott.  Cinematography by Stuart Dryburgh.  Produced by Robert W. Cort, Ted Field, Scott Kroopf, Tom Rosenberg.  Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design by Mark Friedberg.  Costume Design by Albert Wolsky.  Film Editing by Bruce Green.   Idiotic romantic…

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Up The Sandbox (1972)

IRVIN KERSHNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1972.   Barwood Films, First Artists.   Screenplay by Paul Zindel, based on the novel by Anne Richardson Roiphe.   Cinematography by Gordon Willis.   Produced by Robert Chartoff, Irwin Winkler.   Music by Billy Goldenberg.   Production Design by Harry Horner.  Costume Design by Albert Wolsky.   Film Editing by Robert Lawrence.    Barbra…

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Happy, Texas (1999)

MARK ILLSLEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1999.  Marked Entertainment, Miramax.  Screenplay by Ed Stone, Mark Illsley, Phil Reeves.  Cinematography by Bruce Douglas Johnson.  Produced by Mark Illsley, Rick Montgomery, Ed Stone.  Music by Peter Harris.  Production Design by Maurin L. Scarlata.  Costume Design by Julia Schklair.  Film Editing by Norman Buckley.    Two escaped convicts (Jeremy Northam, Steve Zahn) steal a…

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Sixteen Candles (1984)

JOHN HUGHES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1984.  Universal Pictures, Channel Productions. Screenplay by John Hughes.  Cinematography by Bobby Byrne.  Produced by Hilton A. Green.  Music by Ira Newborn.  Production Design by John W. Corso.  Costume Design by Mark Peterson, Marla Denise Schlom.  Film Editing by Edward Warschilka.   While The Breakfast Club is the most intelligent and probing of John Hughes’s…

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A Dangerous Woman (1993)

STEPHEN GYLLENHAAL Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  USA, 1993.  Island World, Gramercy Pictures, Rollercoaster Productions, Amblin Entertainment.  Screenplay by Naomi Foner, based on the novel by Mary McGarry Morris.  Cinematography by Robert Elswit.  Produced by Naomi Foner.  Music by Carter Burwell.  Production Design by David Brisbin.  Costume Design by Susie DeSanto.  Film Editing by Angelo Corrao, Harvey Rosenstock.   A great deal of publicity…

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For Your Consideration

CHRISTOPHER GUEST Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   The loopy reality of Oscar buzz is explored in this light-hearted poke at the film industry. Director Christopher Guest has abandoned the mockumentary style that made films like This Is Spinal Tap, Waiting for Guffman and Best In Show such classics, instead making a straight comedy that follows the…

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