Short Eyes (1977)

ROBERT M. YOUNG Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1977.  Screenplay by Miguel Pinero, based on his play. Cinematography by Peter Sova. Produced by Lewis Harris, Robert M. Young. Music by Curtis Mayfield.  Production Design by Joe Babas. Costume Design by Paul Martino. Film Editing by Edward Beyer. Miguel Pineyro’s Tony-nominated play, based on his own experiences behind bars, is adapted to…

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The Pope Of Greenwich Village

BBB.5 (out of 5) Great character study whose shoddy plotting and weak direction is overcome by two sterling performances. Mickey Rourke and Eric Roberts are terrific as New York City tough guys who desperately want to be worthy of a Martin Scorsese gangster epic but can only manage to barely make an impression on their…

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Analyze This

BBB.5 (out of 5) Strong comedy directed by Harold Ramis about a mobster (Robert De Niro) who decides that the best way to overcome his overwhelming feelings of anxiety when performing gangland hits is to consult a psychiatrist (Billy Crystal) and work his feelings out. Eventually, they become friends, and the hilarity from two completely…

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Splash

BBBB.5 (out of 5) One of Ron Howard’s best movies and a wonderful opportunity to see Daryl Hannah at her most charming. She plays a mermaid who wanders out of the sea and straight into the life of New York City businessman Tom Hanks.  At first not knowing the language, she learns English from television and…

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Someone To Watch Over Me (1987)

RIDLEY SCOTT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1987.  Columbia Pictures.  Screenplay by Howard Franklin.  Cinematography by Steven Poster.  Produced by Thierry de Ganay, Harold Schneider.  Music by Michael Kamen.  Production Design by James D. Bissell.  Costume Design by Colleen Atwood.  Film Editing by Claire Simpson. Above-average thriller that benefits from great chemistry between its stars and the visual ingenuity of director Ridley Scott….

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Gloria (1999)

BBB (out of 5) Sharon Stone‘s gutsy performance is the best reason to watch this adequately done but premature remake of John Cassavetes’ 1980 gangster film (that starred his wife Gena Rowlands, who also starred with Stone a year earlier than this film in The Mighty).  She plays a hit woman for the mob who…

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Deathtrap

BBB.5 (out of 5) Stagebound adaptation of Ira Levin’s play fails to open the plot up for film but is still an enjoyably claustrophobic experience. Christopher Reeve plays a young playwright whose latest opus has caught the eye of his mentor (Michael Caine). Caine has invited Reeve over to talk about his play, but he’s let…

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My Favourite Year

BBBB (out of 5) Mark Linn-Baker stars as a young writer on a 1950s talk show who is recruited to babysit an alcoholic, once-famous Errol Flynn-esque movie star (Peter O’Toole at his most outlandish) until he appears on their program as a guest. Excited to finally meet his movie idol, our young hero is thrown into a…

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