Variety (1983)

BETTE GORDON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA/West Germany/United Kingdom, 1983. Variety Motion Pictures, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen, Channel Four Films, New York State Councils for the Arts and Humanities. Original Story by Bette Gordon, Screenplay by Kathy Acker, Jerry Delamater, Peter Koper, additional dialogue by Nancy Reilly. Cinematography by Tom DiCillo, John Foster. Produced…

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Bliss (1997)

LANCE YOUNG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1997.  Triumph Films, Stewart Pictures, Pacific Motion Pictures, Triumph Enterprises Inc..  Screenplay by Lance Young.  Cinematography by Mike Molloy.  Produced by Allyn Stewart.  Music by Jan A.P. Kaczmarek.  Production Design by David Fischer, John Willett.  Costume Design by Heidi Ross, Jori Woodman.  Film Editing by Allan Lee.   Erotic dramas are a dime a dozen, but good…

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Beaches (1988)

GARRY MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  USA, 1988.  All Girl Productions, Silver Screen Partners IV, Touchstone Pictures.  Screenplay by Mary Agnes Donoghue, based on the novel by Iris Rainer.  Cinematography by Dante Spinotti.  Produced by Bonnie Bruckheimer, Bette Midler, Margaret South.  Music by Georges Delerue.  Production Design by Albert Brenner.  Costume Design by Robert De Mora.  Film Editing by Richard Halsey.   Bette Midler‘s…

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Kate And Leopold (2001)

JAMES MANGOLD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2001.  Konrad Pictures, Miramax.  Story by Steven Rogers, Screenplay by James Mangold, Steven Rogers.  Cinematography by Stuart Dryburgh.  Produced by Cathy Konrad.  Music by Rolfe Kent.  Production Design by Mark Friedberg.  Costume Design by Donna Zakowska.  Film Editing by David Brenner.  You have to be quite the humbug not to enjoy this heartwarming romance…

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Straight Talk (1992)

BARNET KELLMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1992.  Hollywood Pictures, Sandollar Productions, Touchwood Pacific Partners 1.  Story by Craig Bolotin, Screenplay by Craig Bolotin, Patricia Resnick.  Cinematography by Peter Sova.  Produced by Fred Berner, Robert Chartoff.  Music by Brad Fiedel.  Production Design by Jeffrey Townsend.  Costume Design by Jodie Lynn Tillen.  Film Editing by Michael Tronick.   Dolly Parton brings her naturally fresh and fun personality…

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The Paper (1994)

RON HOWARD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1994.  Universal Pictures, Imagine Entertainment.  Screenplay by David Koepp, Stephen Koepp.  Cinematography by John Seale.  Produced by Brian Grazer, Frederick Zollo.  Music by Randy Newman.  Production Design by Todd Hallowell.  Costume Design by Rita Ryack.  Film Editing by Daniel P. Hanley, Mike Hill.   Michael Keaton is excellent as a tabloid reporter whose one twenty-four hour day is…

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The Killing Fields (1984)

ROLAND JOFFE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  United Kingdom, 1984.  Goldcrest Films International, International Film Investors, Enigma Productions.  Screenplay by Bruce Robinson.  Cinematography by Chris Menges.  Produced by David Puttnam.  Music by Mike Oldfield.  Production Design by Roy Walker.  Costume Design by Judy Moorcraft.  Film Editing by Jim Clark.   Right up there with Missing among the handful of brilliant political thrillers made in…

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How High (2001)

JESSE DYLAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   B.  USA, 2001.  Jersey Films, Native Pictures Productions.  Screenplay by Dustin Lee Abraham.  Cinematography by Francis Kenny.  Produced by Danny DeVito, James Ellis, Shauna Garr, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher.  Music by James Ellis, Shauna Garr.  Production Design by Clark Hunter.  Costume Design by Cindy Evans.  Film Editing by Larry Bock.   Maybe if this ridiculous reefer comedy…

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King Of The Hill (1993)

STEVEN SODERBERGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1993.  Wildwood Enterprises, Bona Fide Productions.  Screenplay by Steven Soderbergh, based on the memoir by A.E. Hotchner.  Cinematography by Elliot Davis.  Produced by Albert Berger, Barbara Maltby, Ron Yerxa.  Music by Cliff Martinez.  Production Design by Gary Frutkoff.  Costume Design by Susan Lyall.  Film Editing by Steven Soderbergh.   Subtle, beautifully-made Steven Soderbergh drama about two boys who…

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Drunks (1995)

PETER COHN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1995.  BMG Independents, Kardana Films, Northern Lights Entertainment, Seagoat Films, Shooting Gallery.  Screenplay by Garry Lennon, based on his play Blackout.  Cinematography by Peter Hawkins.  Produced by Peter Cohn, Burtt Harris, Shireen Meistrich.  Music by Joe Delia.  Production Design by Michael Shaw.  Costume Design by Kim Marie Druce.  Film Editing by Hughes Winborne.   More of an…

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Diabolique (1996)

JEREMIAH S. CHECHIK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1996.  ABC Productions, Marvin Worth Productions, Morgan Creek Entertainment, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Don Roos, based on the screenplay by Henri-Georges Clouzot, from the novel Celle Qui N’Etait Plus by Pierre Boileau, Thomas Narcejac.  Cinematography by Peter James.  Produced by James G. Robinson, Marvin Worth.  Music by Randy Edelman.  Production Design by…

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Beyond Rangoon (1995)

JOHN BOORMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 1995.  Castle Rock Entertainment, Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Alex Lasker, Bill Rubenstein.  Cinematography by John Seale.  Produced by John Boorman, Eric Pleskow, Sean Ryerson, Barry Spikings.  Music by Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Anthony Pratt.  Costume Design by Deborah Kramer.  Film Editing by Ron Davis.   A lot of potential is wasted in this…

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