The Jungle Book (2016)

JON FAVREAU Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2016.  Fairview Entertainment, Moving Picture Company, Walt Disney Pictures.  Screenplay by Justin Marks, based on the book by Rudyard Kipling. Cinematography by Bill Pope.  Produced by Jon Favreau, Brigham Taylor.  Music by John Debney.  Production Design by Christopher Glass.  Costume Design by Laura Jean Shannon.  Film Editing by Mark Livolsi.  Academy Awards 2016.  Las…

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The Grudge (2004)

TAKASHI SHIMIZU Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA/Japan/Germany, 2004.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Ghost House Pictures.  Screenplay by Stephen Susco, based on the film Ju-On: The Grudge by Takashi Shimizu.  Cinematography by Hideo Yamamoto.  Produced by Takashige Ichise, Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert.  Music by Christopher Young.  Production Design by Iwao Saito.  Costume Design by Shawn Holly Cookson, Miyuki Taniguchi.  Film Editing by Jeff Betancourt.   An…

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The Gift (2000)

SAM RAIMI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2000.  Lakeshore Entertainment, Alphaville Films.  Screenplay by Billy Bob Thornton, Tom Epperson.  Cinematography by Jamie Anderson.  Produced by James Jacks, Gary Lucchesi, Tom Rosenberg.  Music by Christopher Young.  Production Design by Neil Spisak.  Costume Design by Julie Weiss.  Film Editing by Arthur Coburn, Bob Murawski.  Independent Spirit Awards 2000.  Phoenix Film Critics Awards 2000. Cate Blanchett is…

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For Love Of The Game (1999)

SAM RAIMI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1999.  Universal Pictures, Beacon Pictures, Tig Productions, Mirage Enterprises.  Screenplay by Dana Stevens, based on the novel by Michael Shaara.  Cinematography by John Bailey.  Produced by Armyan Bernstein, Amy Robinson.  Music by Basil Poledouris.  Production Design by Neil Spisak.  Costume Design by Judianna Makovsky.  Film Editing by Eric L. Beason, Arthur Coburn.   Moody love story that…

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Spider-Man 2 (2004)

SAM RAIMI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.    USA, 2004.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Marvel Enterprises, Laura Ziskin Productions.  Story by Alfred Gough, Miles Millar, Michael Chabon, Screenplay by Alvin Sargent, based on the comic book by Stan Lee, Steve Ditko.  Cinematography by Bill Pope.  Produced by Avi Arad, Lorne Orleans, Laura Ziskin.  Music by Danny Elfman.  Production Design by Neil Spisak.  Costume Design by…

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Evil Dead II (1987)

SAM RAIMI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.    USA, 1987.  De Laurentiis Entertainment Group, Renaissance Pictures.   Screenplay by Sam Raimi, Scott Spiegel.  Cinematography by Peter Deming. Produced by Rob Tapert.  Music by Joseph LoDuca.  Production Design by Randy Bennett, Philip Duffin.  Costume Design by Vicki Graef.  Film Editing by Kaye Davis.   More a remake than a sequel, this cult favourite by Sam Raimi takes…

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A Simple Plan (1998)

SAM RAIMI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  United Kingdom/Germany/France/USA/Japan, 1998. British Broadcasting Corporation, Mutual Film Company, Paramount Pictures, Savoy Pictures, Tele München Fernseh Produktionsgesellschaft, Toho Company, Towa Video, Union Générale Cinématographique.  Screenplay by Scott B. Smith, based on the novel. Cinematography by Alar Kivilo.  Produced by James Jacks, Adam Schroeder.  Music by Danny Elfman.  Production Design by Patrizia von…

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Spider-Man 3 (2007)

SAM RAIMI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.    USA, 2007.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Marvel Studios, Laura Ziskin Productions.  Screen story by Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi, Screenplay by Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi, Alvin Sargent, based on the Marvel comic book by Stan Lee, Steve Ditko.  Cinematography by Bill Pope.  Produced by Avi Arad, Grant Curtis, Laura Ziskin.  Music by Christopher Young.  Production Design by…

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The Quick And The Dead (1995)

SAM RAIMI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/Japan, 1995.  TriStar Pictures, Japan Satellite Broadcasting, IndieProd Company Productions.  Screenplay by Simon Moore. Cinematography by Dante Spinotti.  Produced by Joshua Donen, Patrick Markey, Allen Shapiro.  Music by Alan Silvestri.  Production Design by Patrizia von Brandenstein. Costume Design by Judianna Makovksy.  Film Editing by Pietro Scalia.   Sharon Stone has a great time parading around this western…

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Spider-Man (2002)

SAM RAIMI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.    USA, 2002.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Marvel Enterprises, Laura Ziskin Productions.  Screenplay by David Koepp, based on the Marvel comic book by Stan Lee, Steve Ditko.  Cinematography by Don Burgess.  Produced by Ian Bryce, Laura Ziskin.  Music by Danny Elfman.  Production Design by Neil Spisak.  Costume Design by James Acheson.  Film Editing by Arthur Coburn, Bob Murawski.  Academy Awards…

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The Evil Dead (1981)

SAM RAIMI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1981.  Renaissance Pictures.  Screenplay by Sam Raimi.  Cinematography by Tim Philo.  Produced by Rob Tapert.  Music by Joseph LoDuca.  Production Design by Steve Frankel.  Film Editing by Edna Ruth Paul.   Considering it spawned countless imitators, a sequel (which was essentially the same movie but with a budget) and even a stage musical, it stands to…

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The Flintstones (1994)

BRIAN LEVANT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 1994.  Universal Pictures, Amblin Entertainment, Hanna-Barbera Productions.  Screenplay by Tom S. Parker, Jim Jennewein, Steven E. de Souza.  Cinematography by Dean Cundey.  Produced by Bruce Cohen.  Music by David Newman.  Production Design by Eloy Lobato, William Sandell.  Costume Design by Rosanna Norton.  Film Editing by Kent Beyda. Brian Levant does absolutely nothing interesting with…

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