Lions, Love (…and Lies) (1969)

AGNES VARDA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  Alternate title:  Lions Love France/USA, 1969.  Max L. Raab Productions.  Screenplay by Agnès Varda.  Cinematography by Stevan Larner.  Produced by Agnès Varda.  Music by Joseph Byrd.  Production Design by Jack Wright III.  Film Editing by Robert Dalva, Carolyn Hicks. Agnès Varda came to Los Angeles with husband Jacques…

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Jumanji (1995)

JOE JOHNSTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  USA, 1995.  TriStar Pictures, Interscope Communications, Teitler Film.  Screen Story by Greg Taylor, Jim Strain, Chris Van Allsburg, Screenplay by Jonathan Hensleigh, Greg Taylor, Jim Strain, based on the book by Chris Van Allsburg.  Cinematography by Thomas E. Ackerman.  Produced by Scott Kroopf, William Teitler.  Music by James Horner.  Production Design by James…

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October Sky (1999)

JOE JOHNSTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1999.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Lewis Colick, based on the book by Homer H. Hickam Jr..  Cinematography by Fred Murphy.  Produced by Larry J. Franco, Charles Gordon.  Music by Mark Isham.  Production Design by Barry Robison.  Costume Design by Betsy Cox.  Film Editing by Robert Dalva.   Jake Gyllenhaal‘s impressive starring debut was in this excellent…

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Jurassic Park III (2001)

JOE JOHNSTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 2001.  Universal Pictures, Amblin Entertainment.  Screenplay by Peter Buchman, Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor, based on characters created by Michael Crichton.  Cinematography by Shelly Johnson.  Produced by Larry J. Franco, Kathleen Kennedy.  Music by Don Davis.  Production Design by Ed Verreaux.  Costume Design by Betsy Cox.  Film Editing by Robert Dalva.   Weak entry in the dinosaur saga…

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Hidalgo (2004)

JOE JOHNSTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 2004.  Touchstone Pictures, Casey Silver Productions, Dune Films.  Screenplay by John Fusco.  Cinematography by Shelly Johnson.  Produced by Casey Silver.    Music by James Newton Howard.   Production Design by Barry Robison.   Costume Design by Jeffrey Kurland.   Film Editing by Robert Dalva.   Inspired by the supposedly true story of Frank Hopkins (most…

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Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

JOE JOHNSTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 2011.  Paramount Pictures, Marvel Entertainment, Marvel Studios.  Screenplay by Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, based on the comic books by Joe Simon, Jack Kirby.  Cinematography by Shelly Johnson.  Produced by Kevin Feige.  Music by Alan Silvestri.  Production Design by Rick Heinrichs.  Costume Design by Anna B. Sheppard.  Film Editing by Robert Dalva, Jeffrey Ford.   More superhero fun…

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Conceiving Ada (1997)

LYNN HERSMAN-LEESON Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  USA/Germany, 1997.  Hotwire Productions, Outpost Studios.  Screenplay by Lynn Hershman-Leeson, Eileen Jones, based on the biography Ada, The Enchantress of Numbers, A Selection of Lord Byron’s Daughter and Her Description of the First Computer by Betty A. Toole.  Cinematography by Hiro Narita, Bill Zarchy.  Produced by Lynn Hershman-Leeson, Henry S. Rosenthal.  Music…

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Lovelace (2013)

JEFFREY FRIEDMAN, ROB EPSTEIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  USA, 2013.  Millennium Films, Eclectic Pictures, Untitled Entertainment, Animus Films, Telling Pictures.  Screenplay by Andy Bellin. Cinematography by Eric Alan Edwards.  Produced by Heidi Jo Markel, Miguel Menendez de Zubillaga, Laura Rister, Jason Weinberg, Jim Young.  Music by Stephen Trask.  Production Design by William Arnold.  Costume Design by Karyn Wagner.  Film Editing…

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The Black Stallion (1979)

CARROLL BALLARD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1979.  Omni Zoetrope.  Screenplay by Melissa Mathison, Jeanne Rosenberg, William D. Wittliff, based on the novel by Walter Farley.   Cinematography by Caleb Deschanel.  Produced by Fred Roos, Tom Sternberg.  Music by Carmine Coppola.  Production Design by Aurelio Crugnola, Earl G. Preston.  Film Editing by Robert Dalva.   Beautiful adaptation of the popular children’s novel and…

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