The Chase (1966)

ARTHUR PENN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 USA, 1966. Horizon Pictures. Screenplay by Lillian Hellman, based on the novel and play by Horton Foote. Cinematography by Joseph LaShelle. Produced by Sam Spiegel. Music by John Barry. Production Design by Richard Day. Costume Design by Donfeld. Film Editing by Gene Milford. A small, tightknit town…

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The Loveless (1981)

KATHRYN BIGELOW, MONTY MONTGOMERY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1981.  Pioneer Films.  Screenplay by Kathryn Bigelow, Monty Montgomery.  Cinematography by Doyle Smith.  Produced by A. Kitman Ho, Grafton Nunes. Music by Robert Gordon.  Production Design by Lilly Kilvert.  Film Editing by Nancy Kanter. Kathryn Bigelow makes her feature debut co-directing this stylish cult…

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Georgia Rule (2007)

GARRY MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5): B USA, 2007.  Morgan Creek Entertainment, Trust Me.  Screenplay by Mark Andrus.   Cinematography by Karl Walter Lindenlaub.   Produced by David Robinson, James G. Robinson.   Music by John Debney.   Production Design by Albert Brenner.   Costume Design by Gary Jones.   Film Editing by Bruce Green, Tara Timpone. Rebellious and irreverent,…

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Bugsy Malone (1976)

ALAN PARKER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.   United Kingdom, 1976.  The Rank Organisation, Goodtimes Enterprises, Bugsy Malone Productions, National Film Finance Consortium.  Screenplay by Alan Parker.  Cinematography by Peter Biziou, Michael Seresin.  Produced by Alan Marshall.  Music by Paul Williams.  Production Design by Geoffrey Kirkland.  Costume Design by Monica Howe.  Film Editing by Gerry Hambling.   It’s the kind of thing that only…

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Baby Driver (2017)

EDGAR WRIGHT Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.    United Kingdom/USA, 2017.  TriStar Pictures, Media Rights Capital, Double Negative, Big Talk Productions, Working Title Films.  Screenplay by Edgar Wright.  Cinematography by Bill Pope.  Produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Nira Park.  Music by Steven Price.  Production Design by Marcus Rowland.  Costume Design by Courtney Hoffman.  Film Editing by Jonathan Amos, Paul Machliss.  Academy…

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Smokey and the Bandit (1977)

HAL NEEDHAM Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1977.  Universal Pictures, Rastar Pictures.  Story by Hal Needham, Robert L. Levy, Screenplay by James Lee Barrett, Charles Shyer, Alan Mandel.  Cinematography by Bobby Byrne.  Produced by Mort Engelberg.  Music by Bill Justis, Jerry Reed.  Production Design by Mark W. Mansbridge.  Film Editing by Mark W. Mansbridge, Angelo Ross.  Academy Awards 1977.  Golden Globe Awards 1977.  …

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Battle For The Planet Of The Apes (1973)

J. LEE THOMPSON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1973.  Apjac International, Twentieth Century Fox.  Story by Paul Dehn, Screenplay by John William Corrington, Joyce Hooper Corrington, based on characters created by Pierre Boulle.  Cinematography by Richard H. Kline.  Produced by Arthur P. Jacobs.  Music by Leonard Rosenman.  Production Design by Dale Hennesy.  Film Editing by John C. Horger, Alan Jaggs. Enjoyable conclusion to…

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The Cheap Detective

BBB.5 (out of 5) Neil Simon wrote two hilarious spoofs of traditional murder mysteries, and both are equally funny and worth watching. The first, Murder By Death, was a clever takeoff on classic mysteries of the Agatha Christie vein. The Cheap Detective takes on the genre of forties film noir as private eye Peter Falk…

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Valentine’s Day (2010)

GARRY MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  USA, 2010.  New Line Cinema, Rice Films, Karz Entertainment. Story by Katherine Fugate, Abby Kohn, Marc Silverstein, Screenplay by Katherine Fugate.  Cinematography by Charles Minsky.  Produced by Mike Karz, Wayne Allan Rice.  Music by John Debney.  Production Design by Albert Brenner.  Costume Design by Gary Jones.  Film Editing by Bruce Green.   Garry Marshall…

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The Muppet Movie

BBBB (out of 5) The first of many big screen adventures that would bring Jim Henson’s loveably furry creations to the big screen, and possibly still the best of them. Fans of The Muppet Show will have a wonderful time finding out the origins of their favourite vaudeville revue, which begins with a banjo-slinging Kermit…

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The Doors (1991)

OLIVER STONE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 1991.  Bill Graham Films, Carolco International N.V., Carolco Pictures, Imagine Entertainment, Ixtlan.  Screenplay by Randall Johnson, Oliver Stone.  Cinematography by Robert Richardson.  Produced by Bill Graham, Sasha Harari, A. Kitman Ho.  Production Design by Barbara Ling.  Costume Design by Marlene Stewart.  Film Editing by David Brenner, Joe Hutshing.   Oliver Stone turns from his…

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The Rules Of Attraction

B (out of 5) Yet another Bret Easton Ellis novel has been made a terrible film (Less Than Zero and American Psycho being the other pristine examples).  James Van Der Beek plays a drug-loving college student who is in trouble with his dealers and in love with Shannyn Sossamon.  Sossamon likes him too, but she’s also…

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