Endless Love (1981)

FRANCO ZEFFIRELLI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  0.  USA, 1981.  PolyGram Filmed Entertainment.  Screenplay by Judith Rascoe, based on the novel by Scott Spencer.  Cinematography by David Watkin.  Produced by Pamela Abdy, Stephanie Savage, Josh Schwartz, Scott Stuber.  Music by Christophe Beck.  Production Design by Clay A. Griffith.  Costume Design by Stacey Battat.  Film Editing by Maryann Brandon.  Academy Awards 1981.  Golden Globe…

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The Cheap Detective

BBB.5 (out of 5) Neil Simon wrote two hilarious spoofs of traditional murder mysteries, and both are equally funny and worth watching. The first, Murder By Death, was a clever takeoff on classic mysteries of the Agatha Christie vein. The Cheap Detective takes on the genre of forties film noir as private eye Peter Falk…

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Chapter Two (1979)

ROBERT MOORE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1979.  Rastar Films.  Screenplay by Neil Simon, based on his play.  Cinematography by David M. Walsh.  Produced by Ray Stark.  Music by Marvin Hamlisch.  Production Design by Gene Callahan.  Costume Design by Vicki Sanchez.  Film Editing by Michael A. Stevenson.  Academy Awards 1979.  Golden Globe Awards 1979.   Wonderful film based on a Neil Simon play is…

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Murder By Death

BBBB (out of 5) This film and The Cheap Detective make for a terrific pair of mystery spoofs, both filled with hilarious situations and spot-on imitations of the genres they are parodying. In this one, Agatha Christie’s style of murder mysteries are the target, with crazy old Truman Capote inviting a host of famous sleuths to…

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