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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Battlestar Galactica (1978)

RICHARD A. COLLA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.   USA, 1978.  Glen A. Larson Productions, Universal Television.  Screenplay by Glen A. Larson.  Cinematography by Ben Colman.  Produced by John Dykstra.  Music by Stu Phillips.  Production Design by John E. Chilberg II.  Costume Design by Jean-Pierre Dorleac.  Film Editing by Robert L. Kimble, Leon Ortiz-Gil, Larry Strong. Universal responded to the success of Star Wars with…

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Flame Over India (1959)

J. LEE THOMPSON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.  Alternate title:  North West Frontier United Kingdom, 1959.  The Rank Organisation.  Original Story by Patrick Ford, Will Price, Screenplay by Robin Estridge, based on a screenplay by Frank S. Nugent.  Cinematography by Geoffrey Unsworth.  Produced by Marcel Hellman.  Music by Mischa Spoliansky.  Production Design by Alec Vetchinsky.  Costume Design by Yvonne Caffin.  Film Editing by Frederick Wilson.   This…

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Conspirator (1949)

VICTOR SAVILLE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  United Kingdom, 1949.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Sally Benson, adaptation by Sally Benson, Gerard Fairlie, based on the novel by Humphrey Slater.  Cinematography by Freddie Young.  Produced by Arthur Hornblow Jr..  Music by John Wooldridge.  Production Design by Alfred Junge.  Film Editing by Frank Clarke. American Elizabeth Taylor visits her friend Honor Blackman in London and is immediately swept…

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The Third Man (1949)

CAROL REED Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  United Kingdom, 1949.  London Film Productions.  Screenplay by Graham Greene.  Cinematography by Robert Krasker.  Produced by Carol Reed.  Music by Anton Karas.  Production Design by Dario Simoni.  Costume Design by Ivy Baker.  Film Editing by Oswald Hafenrichter.  Podcast:  My Criterions.   Joseph Cotten arrives in Vienna to attend the funeral of a childhood friend who has recently passed away….

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Elephant Boy (1937)

ROBERT J. FLAHERTY, ZOLTAN KORDA Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1937.  London Film Productions.  Screenplay by John Collier, collaboration with Ákos Tolnay, Marcia De Silva, based on the story Toomai Of The Elephants by Rudyard Kipling.  Cinematography by Osmond Borradaile.  Produced by Alexander Korda.  Music by John Greenwood.  Production Design by William Hutchinson.  Film Editing by Charles Crichton.   Sabu deservedly became…

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Tarzan, The Ape Man (1981)

JOHN DEREK Bil’s rating (out of 5):   B.  USA, 1981.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Svengali Productions.  Screenplay by Tom Rowe, Gary Goddard, based on characters created by Edgar Rice Burroughs.  Cinematography by John Derek.  Produced by Bo Derek.  Music by Perry Botkin Jr..  Production Design by Alan Roderick-Jones.  Costume Design by Patricia Edwards.  Film Editing by Jimmy Ling.   Tarzan meets Barbie in this hilariously bad, completely…

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Let’s Make Love (1960)

GEORGE CUKOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1960.  Jerry Wald Productions.  Screenplay by Norman Krasna, additional material by Hal Kanter.  Cinematography by Daniel L. Fapp.  Produced by Jerry Wald.  Music by Lionel Newman.  Production Design by Gene Allen, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Dorothy Jeakins.  Film Editing by David Bretherton.   The last musical Marilyn Monroe ever appeared in was this so-so…

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My Fair Lady (1964)

GEORGE CUKOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1964.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Alan Jay Lerner, based on his musical play adapted from the play Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw.  Cinematography by Harry Stradling Sr..  Produced by Jack L. Warner.  Music by Andre Previn.  Production Design by Cecil Beaton.  Costume Design by Cecil Beaton.  Film Editing by William H. Ziegler.   Audrey Hepburn does…

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The Browning Version (1951)

ANTHONY ASQUITH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1951.  Javelin Films.  Screenplay by Terence Rattigan, based on his play.  Cinematography by Desmond Dickinson.  Produced by Teddy Baird.  Production Design by Carmen Dillon.  Costume Design by Yvonne Caffin.  Film Editing by John D. Guthridge.   Immensely intelligent but at the same entertaining adaptation by Terence Rattigan of his own one-act play, lifted…

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