Baby Boom (1987)

CHARLES SHYER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1987.  United Artists, Meyers/Shyer.  Screenplay by Nancy Meyers, Charles Shyer.  Cinematography by William A. Fraker.  Produced by Nancy Meyers.  Music by Bill Conti.  Production Design by Jeffrey Howard.  Costume Design by Susan Becker.  Film Editing by Lynzee Klingman.  Golden Globe Awards 1987.   Diane Keaton is a riot in this charming comedy about a businesswoman who suddenly finds…

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I’ve Heard The Mermaids Singing (1987)

PATRICIA ROZEMA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  Canada, 1987.  National Film Board of Canada, Ontario Arts Council, Ontario Film Development Corporation, The Canada Council, Téléfilm Canada.  Screenplay by Patricia Rozema.  Cinematography by Douglas Koch.  Produced by Alexandra Raffe, Patricia Rozema.  Music by Mark Korven.  Production Design by Valanne Ridgeway.  Costume Design by Beth Pasternak.  Film Editing by Patricia Rozema.   Sheila McCarthy has difficulty making a…

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Gaby: A True Story (1987)

LUIS MANDOKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA/Mexico, 1987.  G. Brimmer Productions, TriStar Pictures.  Developed by Luis Mandoki, Screenplay by Michael Love, Martin Salinas.  Cinematography by Lajos Koltai.  Produced by Pinchas Perry.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by Alejandro Luna.  Costume Design by Lucile Donay, Tolita Figueroa.  Film Editing by Garth Craven.  Academy Awards 1987.  Golden Globe Awards 1987.  National Board of Review Awards…

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The Glass Menagerie

BBB (out of 5) After years of playing the leads in a number of Tennessee Williams adaptations for the screen, who better to direct a film version of one of the southern scribe’s less turgid pieces than Paul Newman? He directs real-life wife Joanne Woodward as the domineering mother who lords over her shy, physically…

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Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock ‘N’ Roll

BBBB (out of 5) Terrific concert film that gives viewers a personal glimpse of the man behind so much great music, Chuck Berry.  At first featuring interviews with his friends and colleagues (including Bruce Springsteen and Jerry Lee Lewis), plus fantastic footage of Berry himself on the stage and off, Taylor Hackford’s superb documentary veers strictly…

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The Princess Bride

BBBB (out of 5) This magical film is a rare charmer, one that actually lives inside of a storybook.   A young boy (Fred Savage) is home from school with a bad cold, not the least bit pleased when his grandfather (Peter Falk) shows up and announces that he’s going to read him a story….

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Barfly (1987)

BARBET SCHROEDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1987.  Golan-Globus Productions, Zoetrope Studios.  Screenplay by Charles Bukowski.  Cinematography by Robby Muller.  Produced by Tom Luddy, Fred Roos, Barbet Schroeder.  Music by Jack Baran.  Production Design by Bob Ziembicki.  Costume Design by Milena Canonero.  Film Editing by Eva Eva Gardos.  Cannes Film Festival 1987.  Golden Globe Awards 1987.  Independent Spirit Awards 1987.   Faye Dunaway made a brilliant post-Mommie…

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Maurice (1987)

JAMES IVORY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom, 1987.   Merchant Ivory Productions, Cinecom Pictures, Film Four International.   Screenplay by Kit Hesketh-Harvey, James Ivory, based on the novel by E.M. Forster.   Cinematography by Pierre Lhomme.   Produced by Ismail Merchant.   Music by Richard Robbins.   Production Design by Brian Ackland-Snow.   Costume Design by Jenny Beavan, John…

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Yeelen (Brightness)

BBB.5 (out of 5) This stunning film’s title, which means brightness, refers to the hot African sun that lords over the wide open expanses of desert. It’s a tale of a young man who goes in search of his uncle to help protect him and his mother from his father’s wrath. His father is following…

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Under The Sun of Satan (Sous Le Soleil De Satan)

BBB (out of 5) Deeply probing meditation on the nature of personal morality that is definitely not for all tastes, but offers some rewards to the devoted viewer all the same.  Gerard Depardieu plays a spiritually anguished priest who believes that God no longer prevails over the people of the world and Satan has won…

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Babette’s Feast (Babettes Gaestebud)

GABRIEL AXEL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   The achingly beautiful simplicity of this film, adapted from the story by Isak Dinesen (aka Karen Blixen), is merely where its charm begins. Two elderly, unmarried sisters, the daughters of the late revered minister of their Danish fishing village, take in Babette, a French woman (Stéphane Audran) who…

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Red Sorghum (Hong gao liang) (1987)

YIMOU ZHANG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  China, 1987.  Xi’an Film Studio.  Screenplay by Jianyu Chen, Wei Zhu, based on the books Red Sorghum and Sorghum Wine by Yan Mo.  Cinematography by Changwei Gu.  Produced by Tian-Ming Wu.  Music by Jiping Zhao.   The beginning of director Zhang Yimou’s brilliant career, and his first collaboration with the stunning Li Gong. She…

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