Save The Tiger (1973)

JOHN G. AVILDSEN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 1973.  Filmways Pictures, Cirandinha Productions, Jalem Productions.  Screenplay by Steve Shagan.  Cinematography by James Crabe.  Produced by Martin Ransohoff, Steve Shagan.  Music by Marvin Hamlisch.  Production Design by Jack T. Collis.  Costume Design by John A. Anderson.  Film Editing by David Bretherton.  Academy Awards 1973.  Golden Globe Awards 1973. Screenwriter Steve Shagan barely conceals his contempt…

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Up The Sandbox

BBBB (out of 5) Barbra Streisand is great as a New York housewife who is constantly indulging in odd daydreams, some pleasant and some paranoid, about all aspects of her life. Is her husband faithful? What do people think about when they stare at her? Is there something about the crisis in Cuba that she…

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Barfly

BBB (out of 5) Faye Dunaway made a brilliant post-Mommie Dearest comeback with this searing look at two alcoholics (the other being Mickey Rourke) who have nothing but each other and a bottle. The script by Charles Bukowski is based on his own experiences, and in his role we watch Rourke spend time in bars with…

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High Anxiety

BB.5 (out of 5) After his terrific success with Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein, Mel Brooks’ sometimes funny, mostly boring riff on Hitchcockian melodrama is a severe disappointment. Brooks plays a psychiatrist who begins work at the Psychoneurotic Institute for the Very, VERY Nervous and is immediately framed for murder. His attempts to clear his…

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My Favourite Year

BBBB (out of 5) Mark Linn-Baker stars as a young writer on a 1950s talk show who is recruited to babysit an alcoholic, once-famous Errol Flynn-esque movie star (Peter O’Toole at his most outlandish) until he appears on their program as a guest. Excited to finally meet his movie idol, our young hero is thrown into a…

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