New York, New York (1977)

MARTIN SCORSESE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1977.  Chartoff-Winkler Productions.  Story by Earl Mac Rauch, Screenplay by Earl Mac Rauch, Mardik Martin.  Cinematography by Laszlo Kovacs.  Produced by Robert Chartoff, Irwin Winkler.  Music by Ralph Burns, John Neal.  Production Design by Boris Leven.  Costume Design by Theadora Van Runkle.  Film Editing by Bert Lovitt, David Ramirez, Tom Rolf.  Golden Globe Awards 1977….

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Taxi Driver (1976)

MARTIN SCORSESE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1976.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Columbia Pictures, Bill/Phillips, Italo/Judeo Productions.  Screenplay by Paul Schrader.  Cinematography by Michael Chapman.  Produced by Julia Phillips, Michael Phillips.  Music by Bernard Herrmann.  Production Design by Charles Rosen.  Costume Design by Ruth Morley.  Film Editing by Tom Rolf, Melvin Shapiro.  Academy Awards 1976.  Cannes Film Festival 1976.  Golden Globe Awards 1976.  New York Film…

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Heaven’s Gate

B.5 (out of 5) Bleeding heart sentimentality has led many critics to hail this as a misunderstood masterpiece in recent years, but the truth is (and yes, I know better than anyone else) it’s a big, long, boring piece of crap. That’s the most professional and articulate way that I could possibly put it. One…

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Ghost Story

B (out of 5) Toothless thriller that features some great actors of yore in their last roles. Fred Astaire, John Houseman, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Melvyn Douglas are part of a secret society that get together in their small eastern town to frighten each other with ghost stories. One of their members loses their son in a…

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Stakeout (1987)

JOHN BADHAM Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1987.  Touchstone Pictures, Silver Screen Partners II, Cinderella.  Screenplay by Jim Kouf.  Cinematography by John Seale.  Produced by Jim Kouf, Cathleen Summers.  Music by Arthur B. Rubinstein.  Production Design by Philip Harrison.  Costume Design by Mary E. Vogt.  Film Editing by Michael Ripps, Tom Rolf.   Fun action film stars perfectly cast Richard Dreyfuss and Emilio…

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WarGames (1983)

JOHN BADHAM Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1983.  United Artists, Sherwood Productions. Screenplay by Lawrence Lasker, Walter F. Parkes.  Cinematography by William A. Fraker.  Produced by Harold Schneider.  Music by Arthur B. Rubinstein.  Production Design by Angelo P. Graham.  Costume Design by Barry Francis Delaney.  Film Editing by Tom Rolf.  Academy Awards 1983.   Despite the fact that it plays like a…

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