The Panic In Needle Park (1971)

JERRY SCHATZBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 1971. Gadd Productions Corp., Didion-Dunne. Screenplay by Joan Didion, John Gregory Dunne, based on the book by James Mills. Cinematography by Adam Holender. Produced by Dominick Dunne. Production Design by Murray P. Stern. Costume Design by Jo Ynocencio. Film Editing by Evan A. Lottman. A film…

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Where’s Poppa? (1970)

CARL REINER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   B.  USA, 1970.  The Where’s Poppa Company.  Screenplay by Robert Klane, based on his novel.  Cinematography by Jack Priestley.  Produced by Jerry Tokofsky, Marvin Worth.  Music by Jack Elliott.  Production Design by Warren Clymer.  Costume Design by Albert Wolsky.  Film Editing by Anthony Ciccolini, Bud Molin.   George Segal made a promise to his dying father that…

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William Shakespeare’s Romeo And Juliet (1996)

BAZ LUHRMANN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 1996.  Bazmark Films, Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Baz Luhrmann, Craig Pearce, based on the play by William Shakespeare.  Cinematography by Donald McAlpine.  Produced by Baz Luhrmann, Gabriella Martinelli.  Music by Nellee Hooper.  Production Design by Catherine Martin.  Costume Design by Kym Barrett.  Film Editing by Jill Bilcock.  European Film Awards 1997.   Baz Luhrmann…

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The Cooler (2003)

WAYNE KRAMER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2003.  ContentFilm, Pierce/Williams Entertainment, Furst Films, Gryphon Films, Dog Pond Productions, Visionbox Pictures, Zero Gravity Management.  Screenplay by Frank Hannah, Wayne Kramer.  Cinematography by Jim Whitaker.  Produced by Sean Furst, Michael A. Pierce.  Music by Mark Isham.  Production Design by Toby Corbett.  Costume Design by Kristin M. Burke.  Film Editing by Arthur Coburn.   Bust out the…

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Mambo Italiano

EMILE GAUDREAULT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   Luke Kirby is excellent as Angelo, a young Montrealer whose Italian-born parents (Paul Sorvino and a terrific Ginette Reno) have no idea that he is gay. They also don’t know that he’s living with Nino (Peter Miller), a boy from the neighbourhood whose mother (Mary Walsh, who is surprisingly convincing…

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Cruising (1980)

WILLIAM FRIEDKIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA/West Germany, 1980.  CiP – Europaische Treuhand AG, Lorimar Film Entertainment.  Screenplay by William Friedkin, based on the novel by Gerald Walker.  Cinematography by James A. Contner.  Produced by Jerry Weintraub.  Music by Jack Nitzsche.  Production Design by Bruce Weintraub.  Costume Design by Robert De Mora.  Film Editing by Bud S. Smith.  Podcast:  Bad Gay Movies….

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Nixon (1995)

OLIVER STONE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 1995.  Cinergi Pictures Entertainment, Hollywood Pictures, Illusion Entertainment.  Screenplay by Oliver Stone, Stephen J. Rivele, Christopher Wilkinson.  Cinematography by Robert Richardson.  Produced by Oliver Stone, Clayton Townsend, Andrew G. Vajna.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by Victor Kempster.  Costume Design by Richard Hornung.  Film Editing by Brian Berdan, Hank Corwin.   Oliver Stone, who previously…

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The Day Of The Dolphin (1973)

MIKE NICHOLS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1973.   AVCO Embassy Pictures.   Screenplay by Buck Henry, based on the novel Un Animal Doue de Raison by Robert Merle.   Cinematography by William A. Fraker.   Produced by Robert E. Relyea.   Music by Georges Delerue.   Production Design by Richard Sylbert.   Costume Design by Anthea Sylbert.   Film Editing by Sam…

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Goodfellas (1990)

MARTIN SCORSESE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1990.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Nicholas Pileggi, Martin Scorsese, based on the novel Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi.  Cinematography by Michael Ballhaus.  Produced by Irwin Winkler.  Production Design by Kristi Zea.  Costume Design by Richard Bruno.  Film Editing by James Y. Kwei, Thelma Schoonmaker.   Martin Scorsese’s greatest achievement among his Tough Guys movies. Featuring…

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A Touch Of Class (1973)

MELVIN FRANK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  United Kingdom, 1973.  Brut Productions, Gordon Film Productions, Joseph E. Levine Productions.  Screenplay by Melvin Frank, Jack Rose, based on the story She Loves Me, She Told Me So Last Night by Marvin Frank.  Cinematography by Austin Dempster.  Produced by Melvin Frank.  Music by John Cameron.  Production Design by Terence Marsh.  Costume Design by…

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Bulworth (1998)

WARREN BEATTY Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBBB.  USA, 1998.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Story by Warren Beatty, Screenplay by Warren Beatty, Jeremy Pikser.  Cinematography by Vittorio Storaro.  Produced by Warren Beatty, Pieter Jan Brugge.  Music by Ennio Morricone.  Production Design by Dean Tavoularis.  Costume Design by Milena Canonero.  Film Editing by Robert C. Jones, Billy Weber.   Warren Beatty plays Jay Billington Bulworth, an unhappy conservative Senator…

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Dick Tracy (1990)

WARREN BEATTY Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1990.  Touchstone Pictures, Silver Screen Partners IV.  Screenplay by Jim Cash, Jack Epps Jr., based on characters created by Chester Gould.  Cinematography by Vittorio Storaro.  Produced by Warren Beatty.  Music by Danny Elfman.  Production Design by Richard Sylbert.  Costume Design by Milena Canonero.  Film Editing by Richard Marks.   Warren Beatty‘s recreation of Chester Gould’s…

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