Buddy (1997)

CAROLINE THOMPSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1997.  Jim Henson Pictures, American Zoetrope, Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Story by William Joyce, Caroline Thompson, Screenplay by Caroline Thompson, based on the book Animals Are My Hobby by Gertrude Davies Lintz.  Cinematography by Steve Mason.  Produced by Fred Fuchs, Steve Nicolaides.  Music by Elmer Bernstein.  Production Design by Daniel A. Lomino, David Nichols.  Costume Design by…

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Return To Oz

WALTER MURCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 1985.  BMI (No. 9) Ltd., Oz Productions Ltd., Silver Screen Partners II, Walt Disney Pictures, Walt Disney Productions.  Screenplay by Gill Dennis, Walter Murch, based on the novels Ozma of Oz and The Land of Oz by L. Frank Baum.  Cinematography by David Watkin.  Produced by Paul Maslansky.  Music by…

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Congo (1995)

FRANK MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1995.  Paramount Pictures, The Kennedy/Marshall Company.   Screenplay by John Patrick Shanley, based on the novel by Michael Crichton. Cinematography by Allen Daviau.  Produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Sam Mercer.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.  Production Design by J. Michael Riva.  Costume Design by Marilyn Matthews.  Film Editing by Anne V. Coates.   Michael Crichton’s…

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Greystoke: The Legend Of Tarzan, Lord Of The Apes

HUGH HUDSON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.   I haven’t seen enough Tarzan movies to say for sure that this one is the best, but it should definitely rank in the top five. Christopher Lambert plays the man who grew up in the jungles of Africa after losing his nobly-born British parents in the events following a…

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The Island Of Dr. Moreau (1996)

JOHN FRANKENHEIMER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1996.  New Line Cinema.  Screenplay by Richard Stanley, Ron Hutchinson, based on the novel by H.G. Wells.  Cinematography by William A. Fraker.  Produced by Skip Steloff, John Temple-Smith.  Music by Laurence Rosenthal.  Production Design by Philip M. Jefferies.  Costume Design by Richard La Motte.  Film Editing by Marion Rothman. John Frankenheimer’s adaptation of…

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Spider (2002)

DAVID CRONENBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Canada/United Kingdom, 2002.  Odeon Films, Capitol Films, Artists Independent Network, Grosvenor Park Productions, Catherine Bailey Ltd., Téléfilm Canada, Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, Metropolitan Films.  Screenplay by Patrick McGrath, based on his novel.  Cinematography by Peter Suschitzky.  Produced by Catherine Bailey, David Cronenberg, Samuel Hadida.  Music by Howard Shore.  Production Design by…

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Heavenly Creatures (1994)

PETER JACKSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  United Kingdom/Germany/New Zealand, 1994.  WingNut Films, Fontana Productions, New Zealand Film Commission.  Screenplay by Fran Walsh, Peter Jackson.  Cinematography by Alun Bollinger.  Produced by Jim Booth.  Music by Peter Dasent.  Production Design by Grant Major.  Costume Design by Ngila Dickson.  Film Editing by Jamie Selkirk.  Academy Awards 1994.  National Board of Review Awards 1994.   Awe-inspiring thriller from…

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Gorillas In The Mist (1988)

MICHAEL APTED Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1988.  Universal Pictures, Warner Bros., The Guber-Peters Company.  Story by Anna Hamilton Phelan, Tab Murphy, Screenplay by Anna Hamilton Phelan, based on the article by Harold T.P. Hayes, and the work of Dian Fossey.  Cinematography by John Seale.  Produced by Terence A. Clegg, Arne Glimcher.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by John…

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Quest For Fire (1981)

JEAN-JACQUES ANNAUD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Original title:  La Guerre Du Feu Canada/France/USA, 1981.  International Cinema Corporation, Ciné Trail, Belstar Productions, Stéphan Films, Gruskoff Film Organization, Royal Bank of Canada, Famous Players Limited.  Screenplay by Gerard Brach, based on the novel by J.H. Rosny Sr..  Cinematography by Claude Agostini.  Produced by Denis Heroux, John Kemeny.  Music by Philippe Sarde.  Costume Design…

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