Xanadu (1980)

ROBERT GREENWALD Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.5.  USA, 1980.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Richard Christian Danus, Marc Reid Rubel.  Cinematography by Victor J. Kemper.  Produced by Lawrence Gordon.  Music by Barry De Vorzon.   Production Design by John W. Corso.  Costume Design by Bobbie Mannix.  Film Editing by Dennis Virkler. One of the most famous…

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Partners (1982)

JAMES BURROWS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB .  USA, 1982.  Paramount Pictures, Aaron Russo Productions.  Screenplay by Francis Veber.  Cinematography by Victor J. Kemper.  Produced by Aaron Russo.  Music by Georges Delerue.  Production Design by Richard Sylbert.  Costume Design by Wayne A. Finkelman.  Film Editing by Danford B. Greene, Stephen Lovejoy.  Podcast:  Bad Gay Movies.  …

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Eyes of Laura Mars (1978)

IRVIN KERSHNER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.    USA, 1978.  Columbia Pictures, Major Studio Partners.  Story by John Carpenter, Screenplay by John Carpenter, David Zelag Goodman.  Cinematography by Victor J. Kemper.   Produced by Jon Peters.   Music by  Artie Kane.   Production Design by Gene Callahan.   Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge.   Film Editing by Michael…

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Beethoven (1992)

BRIAN LEVANT Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.    USA, 1992.  Universal Pictures, Northern Lights Entertainment.  Screenplay by John Hughes, Amy Holden Jones.  Cinematography by Victor J. Kemper.  Produced by Michael C. Gross, Joe Medjuck.  Music by Randy Edelman.  Production Design by Alex Tavoularis.  Costume Design by Gloria Gresham.  Film Editing by William D. Gordean,…

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The Hospital (1971)

ARTHUR HILLER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.   USA, 1971.  Simcha Productions.   Screenplay by Paddy Chayefsky.  Cinematography by Victor J. Kemper.  Produced by Howard Gottfried.  Music by Morris Surdin.  Production Design by Gene Rudolf.  Costume Design by Frank L. Thompson.  Film Editing by Eric Albertson.  Academy Awards 1971.  Golden Globe Awards 1971. George C. Scott dominates this fascinating black comedy that seeks to tear a…

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The Last Tycoon (1976)

ELIA KAZAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.   USA, 1976.  Academy Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Harold Pinter, based on the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald.  Cinematography by Victor J. Kemper.  Produced by Sam Spiegel.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by Gene Callahan.  Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone, Anthea Sylbert.  Film Editing by Richard Marks.  Academy Awards 1976.  National Board of Review Awards…

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The Candidate (1972)

MICHAEL RITCHIE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1972.  Redford-Ritchie Productions, Wildwood Enterprises.  Screenplay by Jeremy Larner.  Cinematography by Victor J. Kemper.  Produced by Walter Coblenz.  Music by John Rubinstein.  Production Design by Gene Callahan.  Costume Design by Patricia Norris.  Film Editing by Robert Estrin, Richard A. Harris.  Academy Awards 1972.  National Board of Review Awards 1972.   Terrific political satire that takes place…

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The Four Seasons (1981)

ALAN ALDA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1981.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Alan Alda.  Cinematography by Victor J. Kemper.  Produced by Martin Bregman.  Production Design by Jack T. Collis.  Costume Design by Jane Greenwood.  Film Editing by Michael Economou.  Golden Globe Awards 1981.   Three couples get together for vacations four times, one in each season, and we watch as their relationships with…

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Mikey and Nicky (1976)

ELAINE MAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1976.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Elaine May.  Cinematography by Bernie Abramson, Lucien Ballard, Jack Cooperman, Jerry File, Victor J. Kemper.  Produced by Michael Hausman.  Music by John Strauss.  Production Design by Paul Sylbert.  Costume Design by Richard Bruno.  Film Editing by John Carter, Sheldon Kahn. John Cassavetes is going a little nuts holed up in…

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Clue (1985)

JONATHAN LYNN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 1985.  Paramount Pictures, The Guber-Peters Company, Polygram Filmed Entertainment, Debra Hill Productions.  Story by John Landis, Jonathan Lynn, Screenplay by Jonathan Lynn, based on the board game Cluedo by Anthony E. Pratt.  Cinematography by Victor J. Kemper.  Produced by Debra Hill.  Music by John Morris.  Production Design by John Robert Lloyd.  Costume Design…

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Married To It (1991)

ARTHUR HILLER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1991.  Screenplay by Janet Kovalcik.  Cinematography by Victor J. Kemper.  Produced by Thomas Baer.  Music by Henry Mancini.  Production Design by Robert Gundlach.  Costume Design by Julie Weiss.  Film Editing by Robert C. Jones.   In the tradition of Grand Canyon and The Big Chill, here’s yet another ensemble cast drama about adults making their…

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Visions Of Light

BBBB (out of 5) Movies about movies are always entertaining, and this beautiful film about the art of cinematography is no exception. The filmmakers have interviewed a group of cinematographers from recent decades as they talk about the films that have influenced their work and the experiences that they went through on the projects they…

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