Eyes of Laura Mars (1978)

IRVIN KERSHNER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.    USA, 1978.  Columbia Pictures, Major Studio Partners.  Story by John Carpenter, Screenplay by John Carpenter, David Zelag Goodman.  Cinematography by Victor J. Kemper.   Produced by Jon Peters.   Music by  Artie Kane.   Production Design by Gene Callahan.   Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge.   Film Editing by Michael…

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Roger Corman’s Frankenstein Unbound (1990)

ROGER CORMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.   USA, 1990.  The Mount Company.  Screenplay by Roger Corman, F.X. Feeney, based on the novel by Brian Aldiss.  Cinematography by Armando Nannuzzi, Michael Scott.  Produced by Roger Corman, Kobi Jaeger, Thom Mount.  Music by Carl Davis.  Production Design by Enrico Tovaglieri.  Costume Design by Franca Zucchelli.  Film Editing by Mary Bauer, Jay Cassidy.   Roger Corman…

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Tequila Sunrise

ROBERT TOWNE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1988.  The Mount Company, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Robert Towne.  Cinematography by Conrad L. Hall.  Produced by Thom Mount.  Music by Dave Grusin.  Production Design by Richard Sylbert.  Costume Design by Julie Weiss.  Film Editing by Claire Simpson.  Academy Awards 1988.   The age-old tale of two best friends who go separate ways is not in any way a…

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The Addams Family (1991)

BARRY SONNENFELD Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  USA, 1991.  Orion Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Scott Rudin Productions.  Screenplay by Caroline Thompson, Larry Wilson, based on characters created by Charles Addams.  Cinematography by Owen Roizman.  Produced by Scott Rudin.  Music by Marc Shaiman.  Production Design by Richard Macdonald.  Costume Design by Ruth Myers.  Film Editing by Dede Allen, Jim Miller.  Academy Awards 1991.  Golden Globe Awards 1991.  …

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Addams Family Values (1993)

BARRY SONNENFELD Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1993.  Paramount Pictures, Scott Rudin Productions.  Screenplay by Paul Rudnick, based on characters created by Charles Addams.  Cinematography by Donald Peterman.  Produced by Scott Rudin.  Music by Marc Shaiman.  Production Design by Ken Adam.  Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge.  Film Editing by Jim Miller, Arthur Schmidt.  Academy Awards 1993.  Golden Globe Awards 1993.   In this…

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Compromising Positions (1985)

FRANK PERRY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1985.  Blackhawk Productions, C.P. Productions, Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Susan Isaacs, based on her novel.  Cinematography by Barry Sonnenfeld.  Produced by Frank Perry.  Music by Brad Fiedel.  Production Design by Peter S. Larkin.  Costume Design by Joseph G. Aulisi.  Film Editing by Peter C. Frank.   An adaptation of a Susan Isaacs novel that would suit…

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Presumed Innocent (1990)

ALAN J. PAKULA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1990.  Warner Bros., Mirage Enterprises.  Screenplay by Frank Pierson, Alan J. Pakula, based on the novel by Scott Turow.  Cinematography by Gordon Willis.  Produced by Sydney Pollack, Mark Rosenberg.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by George Jenkins.  Costume Design by John Boxer.  Film Editing by Evan A. Lottman.   Harrison Ford plays a well-respected…

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Tempest (1982)

PAUL MAZURSKY Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  USA, 1982.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Paul Mazursky, Leon Capetanos, based on the play by William Shakespeare.  Cinematography by Donald McAlpine.  Produced by Paul Mazursky.  Music by Stomu Yamashta.  Production Design by Pato Guzman.  Costume Design by Albert Wolsky.  Film Editing by Donn Cambern.  Golden Globe Awards 1982.   Bloated, self-important near-adaptation of Shakespeare’s play in…

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Moon Over Parador (1988)

PAUL MAZURSKY Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 1988.  Universal Pictures.  Story by Charles G. Booth, Screenplay by Paul Mazursky, Leon Capetanos.  Cinematography by Donald McAlpine.  Produced by Paul Mazursky.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by Pato Guzman.  Costume Design by Albert Wolsky.  Film Editing by Stuart H. Pappé.  Golden Globe Awards 1988.   This movie isn’t in any way difficult to watch,…

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Havana

BB.5 (out of 5) Modern reworking of Casablanca suffers from a complete lack of energy from both its director or its star. Robert Redford is a dud as an American in pre-Revolutionary Cuba who has a chance to escape Batista’s war but eventually throws it all away for a beautiful woman (Lena Olin). He helps save…

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The Morning After (1986)

SIDNEY LUMET Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1986.  American Filmworks, Lorimar Productions.  Screenplay by James Cresson.  Cinematography by Andrzej Bartkowiak.  Produced by Bruce Gilbert.  Music by Paul Chihara.  Production Design by Albert Brenner.  Costume Design by Ann Roth.  Film Editing by Joel Goodman.  Academy Awards 1986.   An alcoholic, once-famous actress (Jane Fonda) wakes up to find a murdered man lying next to her in…

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Street Fighter

BB (out of 5) The popular video game makes its way to the big screen with bizarrely terrible results. Jean-Claude Van Damme gives a weak performance (even by his standards) as a powerful soldier for a UN-esque security force that is trying to put down the terrible occupation of a fictional country being terrorized by a…

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