Oriane (1985)

FINA TORRES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Oriana Venezuela/France, 1985.  Arion Productions, Pandora Films.  Screenplay by Fina Torres, Antoine Lacomblez, additional dialogue by Paul Gegauff, Catherine Philippe-Gerard.  Cinematography by Jean-Claude Larrieu.  Produced by Patrick Sandrin, Fina Torres.  Music by Eduardo Marturet.  Film Editing by Christiane Lack.   Fina Torres makes a notable debut with this deeply felt and passion-saturated film….

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Plenty (1985)

FRED SCHEPISI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.   United Kingdom/USA, 1985.  Pressman Productions, RKO Pictures.  Screenplay by David Hare, based on his play.  Cinematography by Ian Baker.  Produced by Joseph Papp, Edward R. Pressman.  Music by Bruce Smeaton.  Production Design by Richard Macdonald. Costume Design by Ruth Myers.  Film Editing by Peter Honess.  New York Film Critics Awards 1985.   Meryl Streep‘s riveting performance…

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Always (1985)

HENRY JAGLOM Bil’s rating (out of 5):   B.  USA, 1985.  International Rainbow, Jagfilms, The Rainbow Film Company.  Screenplay by Henry Jaglom.  Cinematography by Hanania Baer.  Produced by Henry Jaglom.  Music by Miles Kreuger.  Film Editing by Henry Jaglom.   Henry Jaglom films an autobiographically-inspired exploration of his break-up from his real-life wife Patrice Townsend. He plays a fictionalized version of himself, who narrates…

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Tampopo

BBBB (out of 5) Alternate title:  Dandelion A cowboy (Tsutomu Yamazaki) walks into a noodle restaurant and informs its owner (Nobuko Miyamoto) that her noodles leave a lot to be desired. He then takes weeks to teach her how to reinvent the look of her establishment, the quality of its food, and, eventually, the quality of…

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Dona Herlinda And Her Son

BBBB (out of 5) Original title:  Dona Herlinda Y Su Hijo Delightful comedy of eros in which a Mexican doctor keeps his relationship with his music student boyfriend secret from his domineering mother. When mother tells her son that he needs to get married, he goes along with the idea to avoid conflict despite his loved…

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Jagged Edge

BBB.5 (out of 5) While this film doesn’t offer a murder mystery much different from any popular paperback novel, the experience of going through the colour-by-numbers plot is fun.   Glenn Close is excellent as a criminal lawyer (in criminally tight miniskirts) who hasn’t handled a murder case in years when a desperate man (Jeff Bridges)…

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My Life As A Dog (1985)

LASSE HALLSTROM Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.   Original title:  Mitt liv som hund Sweden, 1985.  FilmTeknik, Svensk Filmindustri.  Screenplay by Lasse Hallstrom, Reidar Jonsson, Brasse Brannstrom, Per Berglund, based on the novel by Reidar Jonsson. Cinematography by Jorgen Persson.  Produced by Waldemar Bergendahl.  Music by Bjorn Isfalt.  Production Design by Lasse Westfelt.  Costume Design by Susanne Falck, Inger Pehrsson.  Film Editing by Christer…

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The Official Story

BBBBB (out of 5) Original title:  La Historia Oficial The cream of the crop when it comes to South American cinema, this Argentinian masterpiece is probably the greatest politically motivated film of the eighties. Norma Aleandro is outstanding as a history teacher whose understanding of her country’s past is impersonal and strictly related to the events documented…

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My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)

STEPHEN FREARS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1985.  Working Title Films, SAF Productions, Channel Four Films.  Screenplay by Hanif Kureishi.  Cinematography by Oliver Stapleton.  Produced by Tim Bevan, Sarah Radcylffe.  Music by Ludus Tonalis.  Production Design by Hugo Luczyc-Wyhowski.  Costume Design by Lindy Hemming.  Film Editing by Mick Audsley.  Academy Awards 1986.  Independent Spirit Awards 1986.  National Board of Review Awards 1986.   New…

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Maxie

BB.5 (out of 5) Glenn Close has a marvelous time clowning around in this forgettable comedy. She and her husband (Mandy Patinkin) move into an apartment once owned by an aspiring silent film actress who died in a car accident the morning of her screen test. Living in this place, Close fails to realize that the…

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