A Gathering of Eagles (1963)

DELBERT MANN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.   USA, 1963.  Universal International Pictures.  Story by Sy Bartlett, Screenplay by Robert Pirosh.  Cinematography by Russell Harlan.  Produced by Sy Bartlett.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.  Production Design by Henry Bumstead, Alexander Golitzen.  Costume Design by Irene.  Film Editing by Russell F. Schoengarth. You know a movie isn’t going to be very exciting when it spends most…

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The Glass Bottom Boat (1966)

FRANK TASHLIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1966.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Arwin Productions, Reame Productions.  Screenplay by Everett Freeman. Cinematography by Leon Shamroy.  Produced by Everett Freeman, Martin Melcher.  Music by Frank De Vol.  Production Design by Edward C. Carfagno, George W. Davis. Costume Design by Ray Aghayan.  Film Editing by John McSweeney Jr..   The Doris Day formula is tired but still has its…

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The Time Machine (1960)

GEORGE PAL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1960.  George Pal Productions, Galaxy Films Inc..  Screenplay by David Duncan, based on the novel by H.G. Wells.  Cinematography by Paul Vogel.  Produced by George Pal.  Music by Russell Garcia.  Production Design by George W. Davis, William Ferrari.  Film Editing by George Tomasini.   After the success of Journey To The Center Of The Earth,…

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Separate Tables (1958)

DELBERT MANN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1958.   Hill-Hecht-Lancaster Productions, Clifton Productions.   Screenplay by Terence Rattigan, John Gay, based on a play by Terence Rattigan.   Cinematography by Charles Lang.   Produced by Harold Hecht.   Music by David Raksin.   Production Design by Harry Horner.   Costume Design by Mary Grant, Edith Head.   Film Editing by Charles Ennis, Marjorie…

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Do Not Disturb (1965)

RALPH LEVY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1965.  Melcher-Arcola Productions.  Screenplay by Milt Rosen, Richard L. Breen, based on the play by William Fairchild.  Cinematography by Leon Shamroy.  Produced by Martin Melcher, Aaron Rosenberg.  Music by Lionel Newman.  Production Design by Robert F. Boyle, Jack Martin Smith.  Costume Design by Ray Aghayan.  Film Editing by Robert L. Simpson.   Lesser effort from the…

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Giant (1956)

GEORGE STEVENS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1956.  George Stevens Productions.  Screenplay by Fred Guiol, Ivan Moffat, based on the novel by Edna Ferber.  Cinematography by William C. Mellor.  Produced by Henry Ginsberg, George Stevens.  Music by Dimitri Tiomkin. Production Design by Boris Leven.  Costume Design by Marjorie Best.  Film Editing by William Hornbeck.   One of the greatest-ever Hollywood epics…

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101 Dalmatians (1961)

CLYDE GERONIMI, HAMILTON LUSKE, WOLFGANG REITHERMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1961.  Walt Disney Productions.  Screenplay by Bill Peet, based on the novel The One Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith.  Produced by Walt Disney.  Music by George Bruns.  Production Design by Ken Anderson.  Film Editing by Roy M. Brewer Jr., Donald Halliday.   One look at this film…

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Raintree County (1957)

EDWARD DMYTRYK Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB. USA, 1957.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Millard Kaufman, based on the novel by Ross Lockridge Jr..  Cinematography by Robert Surtees. Produced by David Lewis.  Music by Johnny Green.  Production Design by William A. Horning, Urie McCleary.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by John D. Dunning.   Almost twenty years after Gone With the Wind, another attempt…

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The Birds (1963)

ALFRED HITCHCOCK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1963.  Alfred J. Hitchcock Productions.  Screenplay by Evan Hunter, based on the story by Daphne Du Maurier.  Cinematography by Robert Burks.  Produced by Alfred Hitchcock.  Production Design by Robert F. Boyle.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by George Tomasini.   Tippi Hedren plays a rich young woman with expensive habits and wild…

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Inglourious Basterds (2009)

QUENTIN TARANTINO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA/Germany, 2009.  Universal Pictures, The Weinstein Company, A Band Apart, Studio Babelsberg, Visiona Romantica.  Screenplay by Quentin Tarantino.  Cinematography by Robert Richardson.  Produced by Lawrence Bender.  Production Design by David Wasco.  Costume Design by Anna B. Sheppard.  Film Editing by Sally Menke.  Academy Awards 2009.  Boston Film Critics Awards 2009.  Cannes Film Festival 2009.  Golden Globe Awards 2009. …

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World Without End (1956)

EDWARDS BERNDS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1956.  Allied Artists Pictures.  Screenplay by Edward Bernds.  Cinematography by Ellsworth Fredericks.  Produced by Richard V. Heermance.  Music by Leith Stevens.  Production Design by Dave Milton.  Film Editing by Eda Warren. This is the kind of hilarious science-fiction B-picture that features giant spiders made of foam attacking innocent bystanders. A spaceship crash-lands on…

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The V.I.P.s (1963)

ANTHONY ASQUITH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1963.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, De Grunwald Productions.  Screenplay by Terence Rattigan.  Cinematography by Jack Hildyard.  Produced by Anatole de Grunwald. Music by Miklos Rozsa.  Production Design by William Kellner.  Costume Design by Pierre Cardin.  Film Editing by Frank Clarke.   Jolly, multi-casted romp about the jet set that transcends its Sidney Sheldon-esque trappings by featuring…

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