Domino (2019)

BRIAN DE PALMA Bil’s rating (out of 5): 0.5.  Denmark/France/Belgium/Italy/Netherlands/USA/United Kingdom, 2019.  Backup Media, Saban Films, Schønne Film, Zilvermeer Productions, N279 Entertainment, Action Brand, Recalcati Multimedia, Light Industry Motion Pictures, Beluga Tree, Proximus, Canal+, Cine+, Global Road Entertainment.  Screenplay by Petter Skavlan. Cinematography by Jose Luis Alcaine.  Produced by Michel Schønnemann, Els Vandevorst.  Music by…

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The Black Cat (1981)

LUCIO FULCI Bil’s rating (out of 5):   B.5.  Original title:  Gatto Nero Italy, 1981.  Italian International Film, Selenia Cinematografica.  Story by Biagio Proietti, Screenplay by Lucio Fulci, Biagio Proietti, based on the story by Edgar Allan Poe.  Cinematography by Sergio Salvati.  Produced by Giulio Sbarigia.  Music by Pino Donaggio.  Production Design by Franco Calabrese.  Costume Design by Massimo Lentini.  Film Editing by Vincenzo Tomassi.   One…

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Appointment With Death (1988)

MICHAEL WINNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  USA, 1988.  Golan-Globus Productions.  Screenplay by Anthony Shaffer, Peter Buckman, Michael Winner, based on the novel by Agatha Christie.  Cinematography by David Garfinkel.  Produced by Michael Winner.  Music by Pino Donaggio.  Production Design by John Blezard.  Costume Design by John Bloomfield.  Film Editing by Michael Winner. After such enjoyably droll outings with Agatha Christie’s Murder On The Orient Express, Death…

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Never Talk To Strangers

BB (out of 5) Positively ludicrous sex thriller about a criminal psychologist (Rebecca De Mornay) who hooks up with a hunky Latin lover (Antonio Banderas) after he picks her up at the grocery story and she indulges in endless kinky sex with him. Once he starts getting a bit too attached, however, funny things start…

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Up At The Villa

BBB (out of 5) Not the liveliest film around, this is a handsome and elegant adaptation of W. Somerset Maugham’s novel. It stars Kristin Scott Thomas as a woman caught in one dangerous relationship with Sean Penn and nearly ruined by a fleeting encounter with Jeremy Davies.   Anne Bancroft stands out as one of the grand…

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Don’t Look Now

BBBB (out of 5) Supercool psychic thriller from the often imitated, never duplicated imagination of Nicolas Roeg. Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie play a couple who survive a tragedy when their little girl drowns in the river near their house. Some time later, they’re living in Venice while he works on the restoration of a cathedral and…

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Body Double (1984)

BRIAN DE PALMA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1984.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Delphi II Productions.  Story by Brian De Palma, Screenplay by Robert J. Avrech, Brian De Palma.  Cinematography by Stephen H. Burum.  Produced by Brian De Palma.  Music by Pino Donaggio.  Production Design by Ida Random.  Costume Design by Gloria Gresham.  Film Editing by Gerald B. Greenberg, Bill Pankow.  Golden Globe…

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Blow Out (1981)

BRIAN DE PALMA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1981.  Cinema 77, Geria Productions, Filmways Pictures, Viscount Associates.  Screenplay by Brian De Palma.  Cinematography by Vilmos Zsigmond.  Produced by George Litto.  Music by Pino Donaggio.  Production Design by Paul Sylbert.  Costume Design by Vicki Sanchez.  Film Editing by Paul Hirsch.  John Travolta is excellent as a movie sound mixer who is…

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Dressed To Kill (1980)

BRIAN DE PALMA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1980.  Filmways Pictures, Cinema 77.  Screenplay by Brian De Palma.  Cinematography by Ralf D. Bode.  Produced by George Litto.  Music by Pino Donaggio.  Production Design by Gary Weist.  Costume Design by Gary Jones, Ann Roth.  Film Editing by Gerald B. Greenberg.  The Criterion Collection.   Of all the films that Brian DeHitchcock has made…

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Carrie (1976)

BRIAN DE PALMA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1976.  Red Bank Films.  Screenplay by Lawrence D. Cohen, based on the novel by Stephen King.  Cinematography by Mario Tosi.  Produced by Paul Monash.  Music by Pino Donaggio.  Production Design by Jack Fisk, Bill Kenney.  Costume Design by Rosanna Norton.  Film Editing by Paul Hirsch.  Academy Awards 1976.  Golden Globe Awards 1976.   The first Stephen King…

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