What A Way To Go (1964)

J. LEE THOMPSON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 USA, 1964. Apjac-Orchard Productions. Screenplay by Betty Comden, Adolph Green. Cinematography by Leon Shamroy. Produced by Arthur P. Jacobs. Music by Nelson Riddle. Production Design by Ted Haworth, Jack Martin Smith. Costume Design by Edith Head. Film Editing by Marjorie Fowler. Shirley MacLaine is a delight…

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The Silver Chalice (1954)

VICTOR SAVILLE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1954.  Victor Saville Productions. Screenplay by Lesser Samuels, based on the novel by Thomas B. Costain. Cinematography by William V. Skall. Produced by Victor Saville. Music by Franz Waxman. Production Design by Rolf Gerard. Costume Design by Marjorie Best, Rolf Gerard. Film Editing by George White….

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The Towering Inferno (1974)

JOHN GUILLERMIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1974.  Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Warner Bros., Irwin Allen Productions.  Screenplay by Stirling Silliphant, based on the novels The Glass Inferno by Thomas N. Scortia, Frank M. Robinson, and The Tower by Richard Martin Stern.  Cinematography by Fred J. Koenekamp.  Produced by Irwin Allen.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by…

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When Time Ran Out… (1980)

JAMES GOLDSTONE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   Canada/USA, 1980.  International Cinema, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Carl Foreman, Stirling Silliphant, based on the novel The Day The World Ended by Gordon Thomas, Max Morgan Witts.  Cinematography by Fred J. Koenekamp.  Produced by Irwin Allen.  Music by  Lalo Schifrin.  Production Design by Philip M. Jefferies.  Costume Design by Paul Zastupnevich.  Film Editing by Edward A….

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Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956)

ROBERT WISE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   USA, 1956.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Ernest Lehman, based on the autobiography of Rocky Graziano with Rowland Barber.  Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg.  Produced by Charles Schnee.  Music by Bronislau Kaper.  Production Design by Malcolm Brown, Cedric Gibbons.  Film Editing by Albert Akst.   Scintillating biography of Rocky Graziano, a prizefighter who grow up in the rough neighbourhoods of New York…

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A New Kind Of Love (1963)

MELVILLE SHAVELSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1963.  Llenroc Productions, Paramount Pictures. Screenplay by Melville Shavelson.  Cinematography by Daniel L. Fapp.  Produced by Melville Shavelson.  Music by Erroll Garner, Leith Stevens.  Production Design by Arthur Lonergan, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Frank Bracht.   Definitely not a new kind of movie.  Joanne Woodward plays a dowdy fashion…

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The Hustler (1961)

ROBERT ROSSEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  USA, 1961.  Rossen Films, Twentieth Century Fox. Screenplay by Sidney Carroll, Robert Rossen, based on the novel by Walter Tevis.  Cinematography by Eugen Schufftan.  Produced by Robert Rossen.  Music by Kenyon Hopkins.  Production Design by Harry Horner.  Costume Design by Ruth Morley.  Film Editing by Dede Allen.   Paul Newman solidified his already established status with this perennial…

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Exodus (1960)

OTTO PREMINGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1960.  Otto Preminger Films.  Screenplay by Dalton Trumbo, based on the novel by Leon Uris.  Cinematography by Sam Leavitt.  Produced by Otto Preminger.  Music by Ernest Gold.  Production Design by Richard Day.  Costume Design by Rudi Gernreich, Hope Bryce.  Film Editing by Louis R. Loeffler.   Otto Preminger’s three hour-plus presentation of the forming of the…

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Message In A Bottle (1999)

LUIS MANDOKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1999.  Bel Air Entertainment, DiNovi Pictures, Tig Productions.  Screenplay by Gerald Di Pego, based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks.  Cinematography by Caleb Deschanel.  Produced by Kevin Costner, Denise Di Novi, Jim Wilson.  Music by Gabriel Yared.  Production Design by Jeffrey Beecroft.  Costume Design by Bernie Pollack.  Film Editing by Steven Weisberg.   Poetic cinematography and an unapologetically…

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Cool Hand Luke (1967)

STUART ROSENBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1967.  Jalem Productions.  Screenplay by Donn Pearce, Frank Pierson, based on the novel by Donn Pearce.  Cinematography by Conrad L. Hall.  Produced by Gordon Carroll.  Music by Lalo Schifrin.  Production Design by Cary Odell.  Costume Design by Howard Shoup.  Film Editing by Sam O’Steen.   Paul Newman plays the title character, a man so named because…

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Rachel, Rachel (1968)

PAUL NEWMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1968.  Kayos Productions.  Screenplay by Stewart Stern, based on the novel by Margaret Laurence.  Cinematography by Gayne Rescher.  Produced by Paul Newman.  Music by Jerome Moross.  Production Design by Robert Gundlach.  Costume Design by Domingo A. Rodriguez.  Film Editing by Dede Allen.   Fascinating film that was shocking for the sixties and is deep, absorbing viewing…

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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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