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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Sabotage (1936)

ALFRED HITCHCOCK Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB United Kingdom, 1936. Gaumont British Picture Corporation. Screenplay by Charles Bennett, dialogue by Ian Hay, Helen Simpson, additional dialogue by E.V.H. Emmett, based on the novel Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad. Cinematography by Bernard Knowles. Produced by Michael Balcon. Music by Hubert Bath, Jack Beaver, Louis Levy….

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Merrily We Go To Hell (1932)

DOROTHY ARZNER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 1932. Paramount Pictures. Screenplay by Edwin Justus Mayer, based on the story I, Jerry, Take Thee, Joan by Cleo Lucas. Cinematography by David Abel. Music by Rudolph G. Kopp, John Leipold. Film Editing by Jane Loring. Pre-code sophistication of the finest order, a film often cited…

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Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams (1973)

GILBERT CATES Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1973.  Rastar Pictures, Bright-Persky Associates.  Screenplay by Stewart Stern.  Cinematography by Gerald Hirschfeld.  Produced by Jack Brodsky, Gilbert Cates.  Music by Johnny Mandel.  Production Design by Peter Dohanos.  Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone.   Film Editing by Sidney Katz.  Joanne Woodward plays a posh New York…

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Dead End (1937)

WILLIAM WYLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   USA, 1937.  The Samuel Goldwyn Company.  Screenplay by Lillian Hellman, based on the play by Sidney Kingsley.  Cinematography by Gregg Toland.  Produced by Samuel Goldwyn.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Richard Day.  Costume Design by Omar Kiam.  Film Editing by Daniel Mandell.  Compelling adaptation of the play by Sidney Kingsley, with most of the…

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You And Me (1938)

FRITZ LANG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.   USA, 1938.  Paramount Pictures.  Story by Norman Krasna, Screenplay by Virginia Van Upp.  Cinematography by Charles Lang.  Produced by Fritz Lang.  Music by Kurt Weill.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, Ernst Fegte.  Film Editing by Paul Weatherwax. Early Hollywood project by the recently-arrived Fritz Lang shows him off at his corniest. George Raft and Sylvia Sidney play employees…

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Used People (1992)

BEEBAN KIDRON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA/Japan, 1992.  JVC Entertainment Networks, Largo Entertainment.  Screenplay by Todd Graff, based on his plays The Grandma Plays.  Produced by Peggy Rajski.  Music by Rachel Portman.  Production Design by Stuart Wurtzel.  Costume Design by Marilyn Vance.  Film Editing by John Tintori.  Cinematography by David Watkin.   Delightful romantic comedy by Beeban Kidron, about love among the senior set. On…

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Beetlejuice (1988)

TIM BURTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1988.  The Geffen Company.  Story by Michael McDowell, Larry Wilson, Screenplay by Michael McDowell, Warren Skaaren.  Cinematography by Thomas E. Ackerman.  Produced by Michael Bender, Richard Hashimoto, Larry Wilson.  Music by Danny Elfman.  Production Design by Bo Welch.  Costume Design by Aggie Guerard Rodgers.  Film Editing by Jane Kurson.   Younger audiences will delight in…

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Mars Attacks! (1996)

TIM BURTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1996.  Tim Burton Productions, Warner Bros..  Screen story and Screenplay by Jonathan Gems, based on the trading card series by Len Brown, Woody Gelman, Wally Wood, Bob Powell, Norman Saunders.  Cinematography by Peter Suschitzky.  Produced by Tim Burton, Larry J. Franco.  Music by Danny Elfman.  Production Design by Wynn Thoma.  Costume Design by Colleen Atwood.  Film…

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