Short Eyes (1977)

ROBERT M. YOUNG Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.   USA, 1977.  Screenplay by Miguel Pinero, based on his play. Cinematography by Peter Sova. Produced by Lewis Harris, Robert M. Young. Music by Curtis Mayfield.  Production Design by Joe Babas. Costume Design by Paul Martino. Film Editing by Edward Beyer. Miguel Pineyro’s Tony-nominated play, based on his own experiences behind bars, is adapted…

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Feast Of July (1995)

CHRISTOPHER MENAUL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA/United Kingdom, 1995.  Touchstone Pictures, Merchant Ivory Productions, Peregrine Productions.  Screenplay by Christopher Neame, based on the novel by H.E. Bates.  Cinematography by Peter Sova.  Produced by Henry Herbert, Christopher Neame.  Music by Zbigniew Preisner.  Production Design by Christopher Robilliard.  Costume Design by Phoebe De Gaye.  Film Editing by Chris Wimble.   Monumentally depressing Merchant Ivory drama…

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Straight Talk (1992)

BARNET KELLMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1992.  Hollywood Pictures, Sandollar Productions, Touchwood Pacific Partners 1.  Story by Craig Bolotin, Screenplay by Craig Bolotin, Patricia Resnick.  Cinematography by Peter Sova.  Produced by Fred Berner, Robert Chartoff.  Music by Brad Fiedel.  Production Design by Jeffrey Townsend.  Costume Design by Jodie Lynn Tillen.  Film Editing by Michael Tronick.   Dolly Parton brings her naturally fresh and fun personality…

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The Proposition (1998)

LESLI LINKA GLATTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   B.5.  USA, 1998.  Interscope Communications, Polygram Filmed Entertainment.  Screenplay by Rick Ramage.  Cinematography by Peter Sova.  Produced by Ted Field, Scott Kroopf, Diane Nabatoff.  Music by Stephen Endelman.  Production Design by David Brisbin.  Costume Design by Anna B. Sheppard.  Film Editing by Jacqueline Cambas.   William Hurt and Madeleine Stowe play a filthy rich, prominent society couple whose…

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Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)

BARRY LEVINSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1987.  Touchstone Pictures, Silver Screen Partners III.  Screenplay by Mitch Markowitz.  Cinematography by Peter Sova.  Produced by Larry Brezner, Mark Johnson.  Music by Alex North.  Production Design by Roy Walker.  Costume Design by Keith Denny.  Film Editing by Stu Linder.   Robin Williams rules this film with his alternately hilarious, witty and touching performance. He plays…

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Diner (1982)

BARRY LEVINSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1982.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, SLM Production Group.  Screenplay by Barry Levinson.  Cinematography by Peter Sova.  Produced by Jerry Weintraub.  Music by Bruce Brody, Ivan Kral.   Production Design by Leon Harris.  Costume Design by Gloria Gresham.  Film Editing by Stu Linder.   Keenly observed multi-character study about a group of friends in the late 1950s who are trying…

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Donnie Brasco (1997)

MIKE NEWELL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.  USA, 1997.   Mandalay Entertainment, Baltimore Pictures, Mark Johnson Productions.   Screenplay by Paul Attanasio, based on the book Donnie Brasco: My Undercover Life In The Mafia by Joseph D. Pistone, Richard Woodley.   Cinematography by Peter Sova.   Produced by Louis DiGiaimo, Mark Johnson, Barry Levinson, Gail Mutrux.   Music by Patrick…

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