Fatal Attraction (1987)

ADRIAN LYNE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1987.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by James Dearden, based on his short film.  Cinematography by Howard Atherton.  Produced by Sherry Lansing, Stanley R. Jaffe.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by Mel Bourne.  Costume Design by Ellen Mirojnick.  Film Editing by Peter E. Berger, Michael Kahn.  Academy Awards 1987.  Golden Globe Awards 1987.   Michael Douglas plays a hapless married man who is left…

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Jacob’s Ladder (1990)

ADRIAN LYNE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1990.  Carolco Pictures.  Screenplay by Bruce Joel Rubin.  Cinematography by Jeffrey L. Kimball.  Produced by Alan Marshall.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by Brian Morris.  Costume Design by Ellen Mirojnick.  Film Editing by Tom Rolf.   Years after he served in Vietnam, Tim Robbins is trying to put his life together while at the same time outrunning…

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A Kiss Before Dying

BBB (out of 5) Sometimes Ira Levin novels make terrific films (Rosemary’s Baby), and sometimes they really, really don’t (Sliver, though Levin can’t be faulted for Joe Eszterhas’ removing his entire original plotline and substituting an inferior one of his own). Like The Boys From Brazil, A Kiss Before Dying rests slightly in the middle…

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Friends And Family

BB (out of 5) A hilarious plot is wasted on a hackneyed screenplay and lazy direction. Committed boyfriends Steven and Danny are terrified when Danny’s parents announce that they are coming to New York to visit them and stay at their apartment. The problem isn’t that Steven and Danny are gay, since Danny’s parents already…

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Blue Steel (1990)

KATHRYN BIGELOW Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1990.  Lightning Pictures, Precision Films, Mack-Taylor Productions, Vestron Pictures.  Screenplay by Kathryn Bigelow, Eric Red.  Cinematography by Amir Mokri. Produced by Edward R. Pressman, Oliver Stone.  Music by Brad Fiedel.  Production Design by Toby Corbett.  Costume Design by Richard Shissler.  Film Editing by Lee Percy. Kathryn Bigelow had the right idea in making an action film with a…

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Saturday Night Fever

BBBB (out of 5) There’s no one out there like Tony Manero to chase your blues away. He talks tough, struts even tougher, and disco-dances like a mofo on a fiery Soul Train-spotlit floor. John Travolta deservedly catapulted to stardom with the success of this dramatic musical, playing a rebel from Brooklyn who finds escape from his…

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