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 … More Save The Tiger (1973)

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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 … More Up The Sandbox

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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 … More Barfly

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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 … More High Anxiety

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My Favourite Year

RICHARD BENJAMIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1982.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Brooksfilms.  Story by Dennis Palumbo, Screenplay by Dennis Palumbo, Norman Steinberg.  Cinematography by Gerald Hirschfeld.  Produced by Michael Gruskoff.  Music by Ralph Burns.  Production Design by Charles Rosen.  Costume Design by May Routh.  Film Editing by Richard Chew.  Academy Awards 1982.  Golden Globe Awards 1982.   Mark Linn-Baker stars as a young writer on a 1950s talk show … More My Favourite Year

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