My Old Addiction

Movie Reviews By Bil Antoniou

Sorcerer (1977)

WILLIAM FRIEDKIN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1977.  Film Properties International N.V., Paramount Pictures, Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Walon Green, based on the novel The Wages of Fear by Georges Arnaud.  Cinematography by … Continue reading

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May 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

Jaws 2 (1978)

JEANNOT SZWARC Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1978.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Carl Gottlieb, Howard Sackler, based on characters created by Peter Benchley.  Cinematography by Michael C. Butler.  Produced by David Brown, Richard D. Zanuck.  Music … Continue reading

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January 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Russia House

BB (out of 5) Sean Connery plays a British professor who is also a Russophile and lives in the U.S.S.R. because of how much he loves the culture. When the friend of … Continue reading

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January 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

2010 (1984)

PETER HYAMS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1984.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Peter Hyams, based on the novel by Arthur C. Clarke.  Cinematography by Peter Hyams.  Produced by Peter Hyams.  Music by David Shire.  Production Design by … Continue reading

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November 8, 2013 · 1 Comment

The Punisher

BBBB (out of 5) Extremely entertaining action film that is also a very satisfying revenge story (ahem, not that I believe in revenge, but let’s face it, in movies it’s … Continue reading

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October 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

Marathon Man

BBBB (out of 5) John Schlesinger’s thriller about paranoia and fear is a great way to entertain yourself: at the same time gripping and yet also ridiculous, it’s a taut … Continue reading

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September 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

Romeo Is Bleeding

BB (out of 5) Unattractively violent film has a crooked cop (Gary Oldman) meet his match in a sexy hit woman (Lena Olin). It’s nonsense, and I can hardly remember … Continue reading

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September 4, 2013 · Leave a comment


BBBBB (out of 5) The other fantastic thriller made in 1971 is the perfect feminine companion to The French Connection (and Roy Scheider is in both of them).  Jane Fonda gives … Continue reading

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August 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

The French Connection

BBBBB (out of 5) Superb example of a top-notch police thriller, one of the most exciting movies of the seventies.  Gene Hackman is brilliant as ‘Popeye’ Doyle, a hard-edged New York … Continue reading

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July 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Myth Of Fingerprints

BBB.5 (out of 5) Absorbing but icy drama about a family whose dysfunctions appear impossible to untangle. Blythe Danner and Roy Scheider are the parents whose children all seem to be … Continue reading

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July 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

All That Jazz

BBBB (out of 5) Bob Fosse takes the cinematic spectacle of big-budget musicals and uses them to look inward, creating his own 8 1/2 in which Roy Scheider, as a fictionalized … Continue reading

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July 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

A Decade Under The Influence (2003)

TED DEMME, RICHARD LaGRAVENESE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2003.  Constant Communication, Written in Stone.  Cinematography by Tony C. Jannelli, Clyde W. Smith.  Produced by Ted Demme, Jerry Kupfer, Richard LaGravenese, … Continue reading

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July 11, 2013 · Leave a comment