Rhapsody In August (1991)

AKIRA KUROSAWA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  Original title:  Hachi-gatsu no Kyoshikiyoku Japan, 1991.  Feature Film Enterprise II, Kurosawa Production Co., Shôchiku Eiga.  Screenplay by Akira Kurosawa, based on the novel Nabe no Naka by Kiyoko Murata.  Cinematography by Takao Saito, Shoji Ueda.  Produced by Hisao Kurosawa.  Music by Shinichiro Ikebe.  Production Design by Yoshiro Muraki.  Costume Design by Kazuko Kurosawa.  Film…

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The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015)

JOHN MADDEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   United Kingdom/USA, 2015.  Babieka, Blueprint Pictures.  Screenplay by Ol Parker.  Cinematography by Ben Smithard.  Produced by Graham Broadbent, Peter Czernin.  Music by Thomas Newman.  Production Design by Martin Childs.  Costume Design by Riyaz Ali Merchant.  Film Editing by Victoria Boydell The surprise runaway box office success of the first film draws the entire cast back to India for…

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First Knight (1995)

JERRY ZUCKER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  USA, 1995.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, First Knight Productions.  Story by Lorne Cameron, David Hoselton, William Nicholson, Screenplay by William Nicholson.  Cinematography by Adam Greenberg.  Produced by Hunt Lowry, Jerry Zucker.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.  Production Design by John Box.  Costume Design by Nanà Cecchi.  Film Editing by Walter Murch.   Just in case anyone thought that Lerner and Loewe’s…

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American Gigolo (1980)

PAUL SCHRADER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1980.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Paul Schrader.  Cinematography by John Bailey.  Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.  Music by Giorgio Moroder.  Production Design by Edward Richardson.  Costume Design by Giorgio Armani.  Film Editing by Richard Halsey.   Richard Gere made an icon of himself in this supposedly groundbreaking film, one that is only memorable because for once it is a…

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Intersection (1994)

MARK RYDELL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 1994.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by David Rayfiel, Marshall Brickman, based on a screenplay by Paul Guimard, Jean-Loup Dabadie, Claude Sautet, and the novel by Paul Guimard.  Cinematography by Vilmos Zsigmond.  Produced by Mark Rydell, Bud Yorkin.  Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design by Harold Michelson.  Costume Design by Ellen Mirojnick.  Film Editing by Mark Warner.  …

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The Mothman Prophecies (2002)

MARK PELLINGTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2002.  Lakeshore Entertainment.  Screenplay by Richard Hatem.  Cinematography by Fred Murphy.  Produced by Gary W. Goldstein, Gary Lucchesi, Tom Rosenberg.  Music by tomandandy.  Production Design by Richard Hoover.  Costume Design by Susan Lyall.  Film Editing by Brian Berdan.   Richard Gere plays a reporter for the Washington Post who is involved in a tragic accident when his wife (Debra…

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Amelia (2009)

MIRA NAIR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2009.  Fox Searchlight Pictures, Avalon Pictures, AE Electra Productions.  Screenplay by Ronald Bass, Anna Hamilton Phelan, based on the books East To The Dawn: The Life of Amelia Earhart by Susan Butler and The Sound of Wings: The Life of Amelia Earhart by Mary S. Lovell.  Cinematography by Stuart Dryburgh.  Produced…

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Bee Season (2005)

SCOTT McGEHEE, DAVID SIEGEL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  USA, 2005.  Bee Season Productions Inc., Fox Searchlight Pictures, Bona Fide Productions, i5 Films, Epsilon Motion Pictures, Fox Searchlab, Major Studio Partners, Merkel Verwaltungsgesellschaft Filmproduktions, Regency Enterprises.  Screenplay by Naomi Foner, based on the novel by Myla Goldberg.  Cinematography by Giles Nuttgens.  Produced by Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa.  Music by Peter…

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Breathless (1983)

JIM McBRIDE Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.  USA, 1983.  Breathless Associates, Miko Productions.  Screenplay by L.M. Kit Carson, Jim McBride, based on A Bout De Souffle, Story by Francois Truffaut, Screenplay by Jean-Luc Godard.  Cinematography by Richard H. Kline.  Produced by Martin Erlichman.  Music by Jack Nitzsche.  Production Design by Richard Sylbert.  Costume Design by J. Allen Highfill.  Film Editing by Robert Estrin.  …

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Unfaithful (2002)

ADRIAN LYNE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA/Germany/France, 2002.  Fox 2000 Pictures, Regency Enterprises, Epsilon Motion Pictures, Unfaithful Filmproduktion GmbH & Co. KG.  Screenplay by Alvin Sargent, William Broyles Jr., based on the film La Femme Infidele by Claude Chabrol.  Cinematography by Peter Biziou.  Produced by G. Mac Brown, Adrian Lyne.  Music by Jan A.P. Kaczmarek.  Production Design by Brian Morris,…

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Pretty Woman (1990)

GARRY MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 1990.  Touchstone Pictures, Silver Screen Partners IV.  Screenplay by J.F. Lawton.  Cinematography by Charles Minsky.  Produced by Arnon Milchan, Steven Reuther.  Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design by Albert Brenner.  Costume Design by Marilyn Vance.  Film Editing by Raja Gosnell, Priscilla Nedd-Friendly.   After you have finished enjoying the adorably plucky Julia Roberts, don’t you…

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Runaway Bride (1999)

GARRY MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):   B.5.  USA, 1999.  Paramount Pictures, Touchstone Pictures, Interscope Communications, Lakeshore Entertainment.  Screenplay by Josann McGibbon, Sara Parriott.  Cinematography by Stuart Dryburgh.  Produced by Robert W. Cort, Ted Field, Scott Kroopf, Tom Rosenberg.  Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design by Mark Friedberg.  Costume Design by Albert Wolsky.  Film Editing by Bruce Green.   Idiotic romantic…

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