King Lear (1987)

JEAN-LUC GODARD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB USA/Bahamas/France/Switzerland, 1987. The Cannon Group, Golan-Globus Productions. Screenplay by Richard Debuisne, Jean-Luc Godard, Norman Mailer, Peter Sellars. Cinematography by Sophie Maintigneux. Produced by Yoram Globus, Menahem Golan. Film Editing by Jean-Luc Godard. Toronto International Film Festival 1987. If you show up thinking that the likes of Jean-Luc…

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What’s Up, Tiger Lily? (1966)

WOODY ALLEN, SENKICHI TANIGUCHI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5 Japan/USA, 1966. American International Pictures, Toho Company. Screenplay by Woody Allen, Frank Buxton, Louise Lasser, Julie Bennett, Len Maxwell, Mickey Rose, Bryna Wilson, Hideo Andô, Ben Shapiro. Cinematography by Kazuo Yamada. Produced by Reuben Bercovitch, Shin Morita, Tomoyuki Tanaka, Henry G. Saperstein. Music by The…

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A Rainy Day In New York (2019)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 2019.  Gravier Productions, Perdido Productions.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Vittorio Storaro.  Produced by Erika Aronson, Letty Aronson.  Production Design by Santo Loquasto.  Costume Design by Marco Piemontese.  Film Editing by Alisa Lepselter.  Online Film Critics Awards 2019.    Woody Allen returns to New York…

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Wonder Wheel (2017)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 2017.  Amazon Studios, Gravier Productions.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Vittorio Storaro.  Produced by Erika Aronson, Letty Aronson, Edward Walson.  Production Design by Santo Loquasto.  Costume Design by Suzy Benzinger.  Film Editing by Alisa Lepselter.   It’s Coney Island in the 1950s, and while all of New York gathers in crowds on the beach…

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Cafe Society (2016)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.   USA, 2016.  FilmNation Entertainment, Gravier Productions, Perdido Productions.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Vittorio Storaro.  Produced by Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum, Edward Walson.  Production Design by Santo Loquasto.  Costume Design by Suzy Benzinger.  Film Editing by Alisa Lepselter. Woody Allen reaches a career low with this tired and charmless period piece. Jesse Eisenberg heads out to Los…

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Irrational Man (2015)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.    USA, 2015.  Gravier Productions.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Darius Khondji.  Produced by Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum, Edward Walson.  Production Design by Carl Sprague.  Costume Design by Suzy Benzinger.  Film Editing by Alisa Lepselter.   Woody Allen returns to the landscape of dubious moral conundrums that he covered so well in Crimes And Misdemeanors…

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Magic In The Moonlight (2014)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA, 2014.  Gravier Productions, Dippermouth Productions, Perdido Productions, Ske-Dat-De-Dat Productions, Cinéfrance 1888.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Darius Khondji.  Produced by Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum, Edward Walson.  Production Design by Anne Seibel.  Costume Design by Sonia Grande.  Film Editing by Alisa Lepselter. Woody Allen has such a good time lazing in the bright sunshine of…

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Fading Gigolo (2013)

JOHN TURTURRO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  USA, 2013.  Antidote Films, Covert Media.  Screenplay by John Turturro.  Cinematography by Marco Pontecorvo.  Produced by Bill Block, Paul Hanson, Jeffrey Kusama-Hinte.  Production Design by Lester Cohen.  Costume Design by Donna Zakowska.  Film Editing by Simona Paggi.  Toronto International Film Festival 2013.   Packing up the last inventory while closing his book store, impending retiree Woody Allen tells friend…

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The Impostors (1998)

STANLEY TUCCI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1998.  First Cold Piece, Fox Searchlight Pictures.  Screenplay by Stanley Tucci.  Cinematography by Ken Kelsch.  Produced by Elizabeth W. Alexander, Stanley Tucci.  Music by Gary DeMichele.  Production Design by Andrew Jackness.  Costume Design by Juliet Polcsa.  Film Editing by Suzy Elmiger.  Toronto International Film Festival 1998.   Stanley Tucci’s tribute to silent-era filmmaking is an art-deco delight, one that…

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Charlie: The Life and Art Of Charles Chaplin (2003)

RICHARD SCHICKEL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2003.  Lorac Productions.  Screenplay by Richard Schickel.  Cinematography by Thomas Albrecht, Kris Denton, Simon Fanthorpe, Rob Goldie, John Halliday, Ross Keith, Graham Smith.  Produced by Bryan McKenzie, Richard Schickel.  Film Editing by Bryan McKenzie.  Cannes Film Festival 2003.   Those disappointed in Richard Attenborough’s film Chaplin should definitely take a look at this excellent documentary,…

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Play It Again, Sam (1972)

HERBERT ROSS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1972.  Paramount Pictures, Rollins-Joffe Productions, APJAC Productions.  Screenplay by Woody Allen, based on his play.  Cinematography by Owen Roizman.  Produced by Arthur P. Jacobs.  Music by Billy Goldenberg.  Production Design by Ed Wittstein.  Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone.  Film Editing by Marion Rothman. Hysterical comedy, adapted by Woody Allen from his own play. He plays a…

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Scenes From A Mall (1991)

PAUL MAZURSKY Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 1991.  Touchstone Pictures, Silver Screen Partners IV.  Screenplay by Paul Mazursky, Roger L. Simon.  Cinematography by Fred Murphy.  Produced by Paul Mazursky.  Music by Marc Shaiman.  Production Design by Pato Guzman.  Costume Design by Albert Wolsky.  Film Editing by Stuart H. Pappé.   Paul Mazursky continues to make humorous reinterpretations of famous foreign films, here…

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