God Told Me To (1976)

LARRY COHEN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB USA, 1976. Larco Productions. Screenplay by Larry Cohen. Cinematography by Paul Glickman. Produced by Larry Cohen. Music by Frank Cordell. Costume Design by Halston. Film Editing by Michael D. Corey, Arthur Mandelberg, William J. Waters. Larry Cohen’s follow-up to his cult classic It’s Alive starts with a…

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The Honeymoon Killers (1970)

LEONARD KASTLE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1970.  Roxanne.  Screenplay by Leonard Kastle.   Cinematography by Oliver Wood.   Produced by Warren Steibel.   Costume Design by Martha Fogg.   Film Editing by Richard Brophy, Stanley Warnow.   Terrific, low budget true-crime film that has deservedly become a cult classic in the years since its release. Shirley Stoler is wonderful as…

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The Juror (1996)

BRIAN GIBSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 1996.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Ted Tally, based on the novel by George Dawes Green.  Cinematography by Jamie Anderson.  Produced by Rob Cowan, Irwin Winkler.  Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design by Jan Roelfs.  Costume Design by Colleen Atwood.  Film Editing by Robert M. Reitano.   Demi Moore did a double-header turkey show when she followed…

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The French Connection (1971)

WILLIAM FRIEDKIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1971.  Philip D’Antoni Productions, Schine-Moore Productions, D’Antoni Productions.  Screenplay by Ernest Tidyman, based on the novel by Robin Moore.  Cinematography by Owen Roizman.  Produced by Philip D’Antoni.  Music by Don Ellis.  Production Design by Ben Kasazkow.  Costume Design by Joseph Fretwell III.  Film Editing by Gerald B. Greenberg.   Superb example of a top-notch police thriller,…

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Nixon (1995)

OLIVER STONE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 1995.  Cinergi Pictures Entertainment, Hollywood Pictures, Illusion Entertainment.  Screenplay by Oliver Stone, Stephen J. Rivele, Christopher Wilkinson.  Cinematography by Robert Richardson.  Produced by Oliver Stone, Clayton Townsend, Andrew G. Vajna.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by Victor Kempster.  Costume Design by Richard Hornung.  Film Editing by Brian Berdan, Hank Corwin.   Oliver Stone, who previously…

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Friends And Family

KRISTEN COURY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB A hilarious plot is wasted on a hackneyed screenplay and lazy direction. Committed boyfriends Steven and Danny are terrified when Danny’s parents announce that they are coming to New York to visit them and stay at their apartment. The problem isn’t that Steven and Danny are gay, since…

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City Of Hope (1991)

JOHN SAYLES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1991.  Esperanza Films Inc., The Samuel Goldwyn Company.  Screenplay by John Sayles.  Cinematography by Robert Richardson.  Produced by Sarah Green, Maggie Renzi.  Music by Mason Daring.  Production Design by Dan Bishop, Dianna Freas.  Costume Design by John Dunn.  Film Editing by John Sayles.   John Sayles’ tale of urban drama is a multi-casted tale that takes…

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