The Shape of Water

2017 TSG Entertainment/Double Dare You Productions/Fox Searchlight Pictures  Directed by Guillermo del Toro Produced by Guillermo del Toro/J. Miles Dale Screenplay by Guillermo del Toro/Vanessa Taylor Story by Guillermo del Toro So we’re out shopping, Patricia and I. Not really for anything special, mind you. More to get out of the house than anything else. […]

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The Mountain Between Us

2017 Chernin Entertainment/Fox2000 Pictures/20th Century Fox Directed by Hany Abu-Assad Produced by Peter Chernin/Dylan Clark/David Ready/Jenno Topping Screenplay by Chris Weitz/J. Mills Goodloe Based on the novel “The Mountain Between Us” by Charles Martin Why is that Idris Elba makes a movie with Taraji P. Henson and he spends the entire running time of that […]

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Nora Prentiss

1947  Warner Bros.  Directed by Vincent Sherman Produced by William Jacobs Screenplay by N. Richard Nash Story by Paul Webster/Jack Sobell “A type of crime film featuring cynical malevolent characters in a sleazy setting and an ominous atmosphere that is conveyed by shadowy photography, dark shadows and lighting to show the complicated moral nature of […]

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Top Five

2014 Written and Directed by Chris Rock Produced by Eli Bush, Barry Diller and Scott Rudin IAC films/Scott Rudin Productions/Paramount Pictures “Sometimes it’s just a movie” “It’s never just a movie.” Those lines of dialog are spoken by the two main characters in one of the first scenes of TOP FIVE: The first line is spoken […]

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Love & Sex

2000 Lions Gate Directed and Written by Valerie Breiman Produced by Martin J. Barab, Darris Hatch and Brad Wyman Music by Pierpaolo Tiano/Billy White Acre Cinematography by Adam Kane Edited by Martin Apelbaum Either I’m getting old, soft in the head or just downright developing a conscience. That’s the only thing that can explain my […]

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China Girl

1987 Vestron Pictures Directed by Abel Ferrara Produced by Michael Nozik Written by Nicholas St. John Cinematography by Bojan Bazelli Edited by Anthony Redman Music by Joe Delia Here’s a bit of advice for all you aspiring directors: if you’re going to have scenes in your movies where the main characters dance it’s a good […]

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Same Time, Next Year

1978                            Universal Pictures Directed by Robert Mulligan Produced by Walter Mirisch and Morton Gottlieb Written by Bernard Slade based on his play Cinematography by Robert Surtees Edited by Sheldon Kahn Music by Marvin Hamlisch Romantic comedies are most definitely not my favorite genre […]

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