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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Christmas Evil (1980)

LEWIS JACKSON Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.  Alternate Title:  You Better Watch Out USA, 1980.  Edward R. Pressman Productions.  Screenplay by Lewis Jackson.  Cinematography by Ricardo Aronovich.  Produced by Pete Kameron, Burt Kleiner.  Music by Don Christensen, Joel Harris, Julia Heyward.  Production Design by Lorenzo Mans.  Costume Design by Deirdre N. Williams.  Film Editing by…

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The Fury (1978)

BRIAN DE PALMA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1978.  Twentieth Century Fox, Frank Yablans Presentations.  Screenplay by John Farris, based on his novel.  Cinematography by Richard H. Kline.  Produced by Frank Yablans.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by Bill Malley.  Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge.  Film Editing by Paul Hirsch. Kirk…

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Where Is Kyra? (2017)

ANDREW DOSUNMU Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.   United Kingdom/USA, 2017. Big Indie Pictures, Killer Films, Little Minx, Oldgarth Media.  Story by Andrew Dosunmu, Darci Picoult, Screenplay by Darci Picoult.  Cinematography by Bradford Young.  Produced by David Hinojosa, Rhea Scott, Christine Vachon.  Music by Philip Miller.  Production Design by Lucio Seixas.  Costume Design by Mobolaji Dawodu.  Film Editing by Oriana Soddu. Michelle…

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Leaving Normal (1992)

EDWARD ZWICK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1992.  Mirage Entertainment, Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Ed Solomon.  Cinematography by Ralf D. Bode.  Produced by Lindsay Doran.  Music by W.G. Snuffy Walden.  Production Design by Patricia Norris.  Costume Design by Patricia Norris.  Film Editing by Victor Du Bois.   I suppose coming out only a year after Thelma and Louise made it impossible to think of this…

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Scarecrow (1973)

JERRY SCHATZBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1973.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Garry Michael White.  Cinematography by Vilmos Zsigmond.  Produced by Robert M. Sherman.  Music by Fred Myrow.  Production Design by Albert Brenner.  Costume Design by Jo Ynocencio.  Film Editing by Evan A. Lottman.  Cannes Film Festival 1973.   Two top-notch performances are the biggest draw to this odd but satisfying drama. Gene Hackman has just…

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Mommie Dearest (1981)

FRANK PERRY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1981.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Frank Yablans, Frank Perry, Tracy Hotchner, Robert Getchell, based on the book by Christina Crawford.  Cinematography by Paul Lohmann.  Produced by Frank Yablans.  Music by Henry Mancini.  Production Design by Bill Malley.  Costume Design by Irene Sharaff.  Film Editing by Peter E. Berger.  New York Film Critics Awards 1981.  …

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Swashbuckler (1976)

JAMES GOLDSTONE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.   Alternate title:  Scarlet Buccaneer USA, 1976.  Universal Pictures.  Story by Paul Wheeler, Screenplay by Jeffrey Bloom.  Cinematography by Philip H. Lathrop.  Produced by Jennings Lang.  Music by John Addison.  Production Design by John Robert Lloyd.  Costume Design by Burton Miller.  Film Editing by Edward A. Biery. Moderately fun adventure film tries to recapture the glory days of Errol…

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The Ref

BBBB (out of 5) Hysterical comedy that features excellent performances from a great cast. Directed by Ted Demme (Jonathan’s nephew), it stars Denis Leary as a house burglar who breaks into the posh house of an unhappy couple (Judy Davis, Kevin Spacey). Although he succeeds in tying them up and making for the silverware, he…

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The Deer Hunter (1978)

MICHAEL CIMINO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 1978.   EMI Films, Universal Pictures.   Story by Michael Cimino, Deric Washburn, Louis Garfinkle, Quinn K. Redeker, Screenplay by Deric Washburn.   Cinematography by Vilmos Zsigmond.  Produced by Michael Cimino, Michael Deeley, John Peverall, Barry Spikings.   Music by Stanley Myers.   Production Design by Ron Hobbs, Kim Swados.   Costume Design by…

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The Long Goodbye (1973)

ROBERT ALTMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1973.  Lion’s Gate Films.  Screenplay by Leigh Brackett, based on the novel by Raymond Chandler.  Cinematography by Vilmos Zsigmond.  Produced by Jerry Bick.  Music by John Williams.  Costume Design by Kent James, Marjorie Wahl.  Film Editing by Lou Lombardo.   Another terrific example of what happens when you apply Robert Altman’s unique directorial…

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Safe Passage

BBB (out of 5) Susan Sarandon plays a mother of seven grown boys whose one son is fighting overseas in the Gulf War. She learns on the news that he has been involved in a dangerous mission that could have been fatal for him and his fellow soldiers, but no definite answers are available to…

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