If Lucy Fell

0 (out of 5) Romantic comedies don’t ever get any more charmless than this one; despite the efforts of the always excellent Sarah Jessica Parker, this film is a complete waste of time. Parker and Eric Schaeffer (who also wrote and directed) play New York City singletons and best friends who have made a pact…

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Oscar

JOHN LANDIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1991.  Joseph S. Vecchio Entertainment, Silver Screen Partners IV, Touchstone Pictures.  Screenplay by Michael Barrie, Jim Mulholland, based on the play by Claude Magnier.  Cinematography by Mac Ahlberg.  Produced by Leslie Belzberg.  Music by Elmer Bernstein.  Production Design by Bill Kenney.  Costume Design by Deborah Nadoolman.  Film Editing by Dale Beldin Sylvester Stallone tried to take a…

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Henry Fool

BBB (out of 5) Hal Hartley’s comedy-drama about hidden genius isn’t as richly enjoyable as Amateur but has much to recommend it. James Urbaniak plays a meek garbage man who finds his talents as writer blossom when new room mate Thomas Jay Ryan moves into his basement and starts writing his own inferior confessionals. Intrigued by Ryan’s work,…

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‘Crocodile’ Dundee

BBBB (out of 5) Beloved comedy that still has the same spark that it had in 1986.  Linda Kozlowski plays a photojournalist who travels to Australia to meet and interview an outbacker (Paul Hogan) who runs a safari business and has just survived a nasty fight with a crocodile.  Initially surprised by the foreign environment, Kozlowski…

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The Last Temptation Of Christ

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Extremely negative (and in some cases dangerous) publicity destroyed the reception to an intelligent and beautiful film. Based on Nikos Kazantzakis’ equally controversial novel, it tells the story of Christ (Willem Dafoe) from before the Bible records his adulthood, showing him a confused individual who awaits enlightenment from God before taking…

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Broadway Danny Rose (1984)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1984.  Orion Pictures, Jack Rollins & Charles H. Joffe Productions.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Gordon Willis.  Produced by Robert Greenhut.  Production Design by Mel Bourne.  Costume Design by Jeffrey Kurland.  Film Editing by Susan E. Morse.  Academy Awards 1984.  Golden Globe Awards 1984.   This wonderful comedy by Woody Allen finds the great director smack dab…

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