My Name Is Modesty: A Modesty Blaise Adventure (2004)

SCOTT SPIEGEL Bil’s rating (out of 5):   B.  USA, 2004.  Miramax.  Screenplay by Lee Batchler, Janet Scott Batchler.  Cinematography by Vivi Dragan Vasile.  Produced by Marcelo Anciano, Michael Barrow, Ted Nicolaou.  Music by Deborah Lurie.  Production Design by Christian Niculescu.  Costume Design by Oana Paunescu.  Film Editing by Michelle Harrison.   Weak, unsatisfying adaptation of Peter O’Donnell’s spy novels that serves more as a…

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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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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.   Another…

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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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