Greetings (1968)

BRIAN DE PALMA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1968.  West End Films.   Screenplay by Charles Hirsch, Brian De Palma.  Cinematography by Robert Fiore.  Produced by Charles Hirsch.  Music by Eric Kaz, J. Stephen Soles, Artie Traum.  Film Editing by Brian De Palma.   Brian De Palma’s first feature Murder A La Mod was an…

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The Hospital (1971)

ARTHUR HILLER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.   USA, 1971.  Simcha Productions.   Screenplay by Paddy Chayefsky.  Cinematography by Victor J. Kemper.  Produced by Howard Gottfried.  Music by Morris Surdin.  Production Design by Gene Rudolf.  Costume Design by Frank L. Thompson.  Film Editing by Eric Albertson.   George C. Scott dominates this fascinating black comedy that seeks to tear a strip off the medical establishment’s…

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Men In Black (1997)

BARRY SONNENFELD Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  USA, 1997.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Amblin Entertainment, Parkes+MacDonald Image Nation.  Story and screenplay by Ed Solomon, based on the comic by Lowell Cunningham. Cinematography by Donald Peterman.  Produced by Laurie MacDonald, Walter F. Parkes.  Music by Danny Elfman.  Production Design by Bo Welch.  Costume Design by Mary E. Vogt.  Film Editing by Jim Miller.  …

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Message In A Bottle (1999)

LUIS MANDOKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1999.  Bel Air Entertainment, DiNovi Pictures, Tig Productions.  Screenplay by Gerald Di Pego, based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks.  Cinematography by Caleb Deschanel.  Produced by Kevin Costner, Denise Di Novi, Jim Wilson.  Music by Gabriel Yared.  Production Design by Jeffrey Beecroft.  Costume Design by Bernie Pollack.  Film Editing by Steven Weisberg.   Poetic cinematography and an unapologetically…

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Protocol (1984)

HERBERT ROSS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1984.  Hawn/Sylbert Movie Company, Warner Bros..  Story by Charles Shyer, Nancy Meyers, Harvey Miller, Screenplay by Buck Henry.  Cinematography by William A. Fraker.  Produced by Anthea Sylbert.  Music by Basil Poledouris.  Production Design by Bill Malley.  Costume Design by Wayne A. Finkelman.  Film Editing by Paul Hirsch. Goldie Hawn tries to recreate her success from…

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Resurrection (1980)

DANIEL PETRIE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1980.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by  Lewis John Carlino.  Cinematography by Mario Tosi.  Produced by Renee Missel, Howard Rosenman.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by Paul Sylbert.  Costume Design by Margo Baxley, Lorry Richter.  Film Editing by Rita Roland.   Following a near-death experience in a car accident, one which claims the life of her husband, Ellen…

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Arthur (1981)

STEVE GORDON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB USA, 1981.  Orion Pictures, Jack Rollins & Charles H. Joffe Productions.  Screenplay by Steve Gordon.  Cinematography by Fred Schuler.  Produced by Robert Greenhut.  Music by Burt Bacharach.  Production Design by Stephen Hendrickson.  Costume Design by Jane Greenwood.  Film Editing by Susan E. Morse.   Dudley Moore is terrific as the spoiled heir to a vast fortune who is…

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Death To Smoochy (2002)

DANNY DEVITO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA/United Kingdom/Germany, 2002.  Warner Bros., FilmFour, Senator Film Produktion, Mad Chance, Jersey Films.  Screenplay by Adam Resnick. Cinematography by Anastas N. Michos.  Produced by Andrew Lazar, Peter Macgregor-Scott.  Music by David Newman.  Production Design by Howard Cummings.  Costume Design by Jane Ruhm.  Film Editing by Jon Poll.   It’s hard to imagine movies sinking lower…

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In Country (1989)

NORMAN JEWISON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.   USA, 1989.  Warner Bros., Yorktown Productions.  Screenplay by Frank Pierson, Cynthia Cidre, based on the novel by Bobbie Ann Mason.  Cinematography by Russell Boyd.  Produced by Norman Jewison, Richard Roth.  Music by James Horner.  Production Design by Jackson De Govia.  Costume Design by Aggie Guerard Rodgers.  Film Editing by Antony Gibbs, Lou Lombardo.   Emily Lloyd plays…

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Silkwood (1983)

MIKE NICHOLS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1983.   ABC Motion Pictures.   Screenplay by Nora Ephron, Alice Arlen.   Cinematography by Miroslav Ondricek.   Produced by Michael Hausman, Mike Nichols.   Music by Georges Delerue.   Production Design by Patrizia von Brandenstein.   Costume Design by Ann Roth.   Film Editing by Sam O’Steen.    Meryl Streep proved that elegant period pieces…

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Ironweed (1987)

HECTOR BABENCO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1987.  Home Box Office, Keith Barish Productions, TAFT Entertainment Pictures.  Screenplay by William Kennedy, based on his novel.  Cinematography by Lauro Escorel.  Produced by Keith Barish, Marcia Nasatir.  Music by John Morris.   Production Design by Jeannine Oppewall.  Costume Design by Joseph G. Aulisi.  Film Editing by Anne Goursaud.  Although it’s a difficult story that doesn’t make…

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Sommersby (1993)

JON AMIEL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  France/USA, 1993.  Canal+, Regency Enterprises, Alcor Films.  Story by Nicholas Meyer, Anthony Shaffer, Screenplay by Nicholas Meyer, Sarah Kernochan, based on the film The Return of Martin Guerre by Daniel Vigne, Jean-Claude Carriere.  Cinematography by Philippe Rousselot.  Produced by Arnon Milchan, Steven Reuther.  Music by Danny Elfman.  Production Design by Bruno Rubeo.  Costume Design by…

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