God Told Me To (1976)

LARRY COHEN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB USA, 1976. Larco Productions. Screenplay by Larry Cohen. Cinematography by Paul Glickman. Produced by Larry Cohen. Music by Frank Cordell. Costume Design by Halston. Film Editing by Michael D. Corey, Arthur Mandelberg, William J. Waters. Larry Cohen’s follow-up to his cult classic It’s Alive starts with a…

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Brute Force (1947)

JULES DASSIN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1947.  Mark Hellinger Productions.  Story by Robert Patterson, Screenplay by Richard Brooks.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.  Produced by Mark Hellinger.  Music by Miklos Rozsa.  Production Design by John DeCuir, Bernard Herzbrun.  Costume Design by Rosemary Odell.  Film Editing by Edward Curtiss. Burt Lancaster played a…

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Designing Woman (1957)

VINCENTE MINNELLI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1957.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by George Wells, from a story by Helen Rose.  Cinematography by John Alton.  Produced by Dore Schary.  Music by Andre Previn. Production Design by E. Preston Ames, William A. Horning.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by Adrienne Fazan. Sports reporter Gregory…

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Crossfire (1947)

EDWARD DMYTRYK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1947.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by John Paxton, based on the novel The Brick Foxhole by Richard Brooks.  Cinematography by J. Roy Hunt.  Produced by Adrian Scott. Music by Roy Webb.  Production Design by Albert S. D’Agostino, Alfred Herman.  Film Editing by Harry W. Gerstad.   A man is murdered after leaving a bar…

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The Opposite Sex (1956)

DAVID MILLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1956.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Fay Kanin, Michael Kanin, based on the play The Women by Clare Boothe Luce.  Cinematography by Robert J. Bronner.  Produced by Joe Pasternak.  Music by George Stoll, Robert Van Eps.  Production Design by Daniel B. Cathcart, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by John McSweeney Jr..   Watered down remake…

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The Killers (1946)

ROBERT SIODMAK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1946.  Mark Hellinger Productions, Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Anthony Veiller, from the story by Ernest Hemingway.  Cinematography by Elwood Bredell.  Produced by Mark Hellinger.  Music by Miklos Rozsa.  Production Design by Martin Obzina, Jack Otterson.  Film Editing by Arthur Hilton.   Ernest Hemingway’s atmospheric, short story, basically a conversation between two bad men, is expanded…

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Sweet Smell Of Success (1957)

ALEXANDER MACKENDRICK Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  USA, 1957.  Norma Productions, Curtleigh Productions.  Screenplay by Clifford Odets, Ernest Lehman, based on the novella by Ernest Lehman.  Cinematography by James Wong Howe.  Produced by James Hill.  Music by Elmer Bernstein.  Production Design by Edward Carrere.  Costume Design by Mary Grant.  Film Editing by Alan Crosland Jr..   Combine fantastic on-location photography by James Wong…

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Boomerang! (1947)

ELIA KAZAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1947.  Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.  Screenplay by Richard Murphy, based on the article by Fulton Oursler.  Cinematography by Norbert Brodine.  Produced by Louis De Rochemont.  Music by David Buttolph.  Production Design by Richard Day, Chester Gore.  Costume Design by Kay Nelson.  Film Editing by Harmon Jones.   An elderly minister is about to…

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…And Justice For All (1979)

NORMAN JEWISON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1979.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Valerie Curtin, Barry Levinson.  Cinematography by Victor J. Kemper.  Produced by Norman Jewison, Patrick J. Palmer. Music by Dave Grusin.  Production Design by Richard Macdonald.  Costume Design by Ruth Myers.  Film Editing by John F. Burnett.   Explosive law film that mixes a healthy blend of comedy in with…

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After The Thin Man (1936)

W.S. VAN DYKE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1936.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, based on characters created by Dashiell Hammett.  Cinematography by Oliver T. Marsh.  Produced by Hunt Stromberg.  Music by Herbert Stothart, Edward Ward.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Dolly Tree.  Film Editing by Robert Kern.   Worthy sequel to The Thin Man has William Powell…

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Shadow Of The Thin Man (1941)

W.S. VAN DYKE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 1941.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story by Harry Kurnitz, Screenplay by Irving Brecher, Harry Kurnitz, based on characters created by Dashiell Hammett.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.  Produced by Hunt Stromberg.  Music by David Snell.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Robert Kalloch.  Film Editing by Robert Kern. Police are investigating yet another big-city homicide…

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