Smooth Talk (1985)

JOYCE CHOPRA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB United Kingdom/USA, 1985. American Playhouse, Goldcrest Films International, Nepenthe Productions, Palmyra Films. Screenplay by Tom Cole, based on the story Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been by Joyce Carol Oates. Cinematography by James Glennon. Produced by Martin Rosen. Music by Russ Kunkel, George Massenburg, Bill…

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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. Meryl Streep‘s riveting performance is the only thing worth taking…

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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 (1985)

JUZO ITAMI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB Alternate title:  Dandelion Japan, 1985.  Itami Productions, New Century Productions.  Screenplay by Juzo Itami.  Cinematography by Masaki Tamura.  Produced by Seigo Hosogoe, Juzo Itami, Yasushi Tamaoki.  Music by Kunihiko Murai.  Production Design by Takeo Kimura.  Costume Design by Emiko Kogo.  Film Editing by Akira Suzuki.   A cowboy (Tsutomu Yamazaki) walks into a noodle restaurant and informs its…

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Dona Herlinda And Her Son (1985)

JAIME HUMBERTO HERMOSILLO Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB Original title:  Dona Herlinda Y Su Hijo Mexico, 1985.  Clasa Films Mundiales.  Screenplay by Jaime Humberto Hermosillo, based on the novel by Jorge Lopez Paez.  Cinematography by Miguel Ehrenberg.  Produced by Manuel Barbachano Ponce.  Production Design by Daniel Varela.  Film Editing by Luis Kelly.   Delightful comedy of eros in which a Mexican doctor…

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Jagged Edge (1985)

RICHARD MARQUAND Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  USA, 1985.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Delphi IV Productions.  Screenplay by Joe Eszterhas.  Cinematography by Matthew F. Leonetti.  Produced by Martin Ransohoff.  Music by John Barry.  Production Design by Gene Callahan.  Costume Design by Ann Roth.  Film Editing by Sean Barton, Conrad Buff IV.   While this film doesn’t offer a murder mystery much different from any…

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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 (1985)

LUIS PUENZO Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBBB Original title:  La Historia Oficial Argentina, 1985.  Historias Cinematograficas Cinemania, Progress Communications.  Screenplay by Aida Bortnik, Luis Puenzo.  Cinematography by Felix Monti.  Produced by Marcelo Pineyro.  Music by Atilio Stampone.  Production Design by Abel Facello.  Costume Design by Ticky Garcia Estevez.  Film Editing by Juan Carlos Macias.   The cream of the crop when it comes to…

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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.  Omar (Gordon Warnecke) stays home and takes care of his alcoholic, disillusioned…

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Maxie (1985)

PAUL AARON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1985.  Aurora, Elsboy Entertainment, Orion Pictures.  Screenplay by Patricia Resnick, based on the novel Marions Wall by Jack Finney.  Cinematography by Fred Schuler.  Produced by Carter DeHaven.  Music by Georges Delerue.  Production Design by John J. Lloyd.  Costume Design by Ann Roth.  Film Editing by Lynzee Klingman.   Glenn Close has a marvelous time clowning around in…

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