The Buddy Holly Story

BBBB (out of 5) The story of Buddy Holly’s overnight, runaway success and premature death are put on the screen with marvelous energy and efficiency in this bouncy biopic by Steve Rash. Gary Busey is terrific in the title role, a music-minded teenager who ignores the prudish reactions to his gyration-inducing music by conservative listeners, and gives…

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Down With Love

BBBB (out of 5) Renee Zellweger is delightful as a New York City writer whose new tome seeks to emancipate women from subservient roles and set them up as equals with their male counterparts. Essentially a remake combining Doris Day-Rock Hudson romantic comedies of the fifties and sixties and Sex And The Single Girl, this film…

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The Doors

BBB (out of 5) Oliver Stone turns from his Vietnam war epics to film the tale of The Doors’ lead musician Jim Morrison, an enigmatic rock icon who died young of a drug overdose. Val Kilmer‘s fearless portrayal of Morrison (not to mention his remarkable resemblance) is the film’s main attraction, while the rest is…

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Mr. Saturday Night

BBBB (out of 5) Touching fictional biopic that descends into sentimentality in its finale but not at great expense to the overall production. A show biz comedian (Billy Crystal, who also scripted and directed), reflects on his life while living out his senior days in middling obscurity, remembering the happy days (meeting his wife, having…

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Broadway Danny Rose (1984)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1984.  Orion Pictures, Jack Rollins & Charles H. Joffe Productions.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Gordon Willis.  Produced by Robert Greenhut.  Production Design by Mel Bourne.  Costume Design by Jeffrey Kurland.  Film Editing by Susan E. Morse.  Academy Awards 1984.  Golden Globe Awards 1984.   This wonderful comedy by Woody Allen finds the great director smack dab…

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