The Panic In Needle Park (1971)

JERRY SCHATZBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 1971. Gadd Productions Corp., Didion-Dunne. Screenplay by Joan Didion, John Gregory Dunne, based on the book by James Mills. Cinematography by Adam Holender. Produced by Dominick Dunne. Production Design by Murray P. Stern. Costume Design by Jo Ynocencio. Film Editing by Evan A. Lottman. A film…

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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 (1988)

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.   The age-old tale of two best friends who go separate ways is not in any way a new…

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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.     Of the many retro…

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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.   In this superior sequel to the 1991…

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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.   Bloated, self-important near-adaptation of Shakespeare’s play in a modern setting,…

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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.   This movie isn’t in any way difficult to watch, and the performances…

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Havana (1990)

SYDNEY POLLACK Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 1990.  Mirage Enterprises, Universal Pictures.  Story by Judith Rascoe, Screenplay by Judith Rascoe, David Rayfiel.  Cinematography by Owen Roizman.  Produced by Sydney Pollack, Richard Roth.  Music by Dave Grusin.  Production Design by Terence Marsh.  Costume Design by Bernie Pollack.  Film Editing by Fredric Steinkamp, William Steinkamp.   Modern reworking of Casablanca suffers from a complete lack of…

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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.   An alcoholic, once-famous actress (Jane Fonda) wakes up to find a murdered man lying next to her in bed. Naturally,…

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