Coogan’s Bluff (1968)

DON SIEGEL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1968.  Universal Pictures, The Malpaso Company.  Story by Herman Miller, Screenplay by Herman Miller, Dean Riesner, Howard Rodman.  Cinematography by Bud Thackery.  Produced by Don Siegel.   Music by Lalo Schifrin.  Production Design by Alexander Golitzen, Robert MacKichan.  Costume Design by Helen Colvig.  Film Editing by Sam…

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The Last Tycoon (1976)

ELIA KAZAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.   USA, 1976.  Academy Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Harold Pinter, based on the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald.  Cinematography by Victor J. Kemper.  Produced by Sam Spiegel.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by Gene Callahan.  Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone, Anthea Sylbert.  Film Editing by Richard Marks.  F. Scott Fitzgerald’s stories frequently take place…

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The Killers (1964)

DON SIEGEL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1964.  Revue Studios.  Screenplay by Gene L. Coon, based on the story by Ernest Hemingway.  Cinematography by Richard L. Rawlings.  Produced by Don Siegel.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by Frank Arrigo, George B. Chan.  Costume Design by Helen Colvig.  Film Editing by Richard Belding. Don Siegel excitingly remakes the Robert Siodmak classic using…

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The Burial Society (2002)

NICHOLAS RACZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  Canada/USA, 2002.  Astral Films, British Columbia Film Commission, CITY-TV, CanWest Global Communications, Davis Entertainment Filmworks, The Big Little Picture Company Ltd., Téléfilm Canada.  Screenplay by Nicholas Racz. Cinematography by Danny Nowak.  Produced by Richard Baumgartel, Howard Dancyger.  Music by George Blondheim.  Production Design by James Hazell.  Costume Design by Katia Stano.  Film Editing by Jeremy…

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Indecent Proposal (1993)

ADRIAN LYNE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.   USA, 1993.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Amy Holden Jones, based on the novel by Jack Engelhard.  Cinematography by Howard Atherton.  Produced by Sherry Lansing.  Music by John Barry.  Production Design by Mel Bourne.  Costume Design by Beatrix Aruna Pasztor, Bernie Pollack, Bobbie Read.  Film Editing by Joe Hutshing.   Demi Moore and Woody Harrelson play a couple whose plans to…

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Passionada (2002)

DAN IRELAND Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.    USA, 2002.  Command Performance Productions, Sandyo Productions.  Story by David Bakalar, Screenplay by Jim Jermanok, Steve Jermanok. Cinematography by Claudio Rocha.  Produced by David Bakalar.  Music by Harry Gregson-Williams.  Production Design by John Frick.  Costume Design by Rudy Dillon.  Film Editing by Luis Colina.   The cliches are exhausting in this poorly made romantic comedy….

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Stuck On You (2003)

BOBBY FARRELLY, PETER FARRELLY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2003.  Twentieth Century Fox, Conundrum Entertainment.  Story by Charles B. Wessler, Bennett Yellin, Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly, Screenplay by Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly.  Cinematography by Daniel Mindel.  Produced by Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly, Bradley Thomas, Charles B. Wessler.  Music by Charlie Gartner.  Production Design by Sydney J. Bartholomew Jr..  Costume Design…

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The Crew

BBB (out of 5) Diverting geriatric comedy about aging gangsters that was penned by one of the original writers of the hit television show The Golden Girls.  The guys get themselves into some trouble with the mafia and need to pull off one last great job to get out of it. Richard Dreyfuss, Burt Reynolds,…

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Dream For An Insomniac

BB.5 (out of 5) This enjoyable romance about love in the Big Apple isn’t good enough to go beyond its straight-to-video trappings, but isn’t horrible either.  Ione Skye is a sleepless cafe waitress who decides that when customer Mackenzie Astin drops by to get a cup of coffee, she has met the man of her…

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Wicked Stepmother (1989)

LARRY COHEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   B.  USA, 1989.  Larco Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Larry Cohen.  Cinematography by Bryan England.  Produced by Robert Littman.  Music by Robert Folk.  Production Design by Gene Abel.   Costume Design by Julie Weiss.  Film Editing by David Kern.   This forgettable piece of crap is only worth mentioning because it was the last film role performed by…

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Opening Night (1977)

JOHN CASSAVETES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1977.  Faces Distribution.  Screenplay by John Cassavetes.  Cinematography by Al Ruban.  Produced by Al Ruban.  Music by Bo Harwood.  Production Design by Bryan Ryman.  Costume Design by Aleka Corwin.  Film Editing by Tom Cornwell.  Podcast:  My Criterions.   A celebrated Broadway actress (Gena Rowlands) is accosted by an obsessed fan before a performance during her latest show’s…

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The Killing Of A Chinese Bookie (1976)

JOHN CASSAVETES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1976.  Faces Distribution.  Screenplay by John Cassavetes.  Cinematography by Mitch Breit, Al Ruban.  Produced by Al Ruban.  Music by Bo Harwood.  Production Design by Sam Shaw.  Costume Design by Mary Herne.  Film Editing by Tom Cornwell. Fans of John Cassavetes’ open-ended approach to filmmaking will delight in seeing him tackle the genre of film…

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