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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Body And Soul

1981 Cannon Film Distributors Directed by George Bowers Produced by Yoram Globus and Menahem Golan Written by Leon Isaac Kennedy Based on the 1947 United Artists film “Body and Soul” directed by Robert Rossen and written by Abraham Polonsky Music by Webster Lewis Cinematography by James Forrest Edited by Samuel D. Pollard/Skip Schoolnik There’s a […]

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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 Music by Franz Waxman Cinematography by James Wong Howe Edited by Owen Marks “A type of crime film featuring cynical malevolent characters in a sleazy setting and an ominous atmosphere that is conveyed by […]

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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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Silver Linings Playbook

2012 The Weinstein Company Screenplay and Directed by David O. Russell Executive Producer: Jonathan Gordon Produced by Bruce Cohen and Donna Gigliotti Based on the novel “The Silver Linings Playbook” by Matthew Quick The first twenty minutes or so into SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK I fidgeted, I admit it. But that’s because I couldn’t tell which […]

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Excalibur

1981 Orion Pictures/Warner Bros. Produced and Directed by John Boorman Screenplay by John Boorman and Rospo Pallenberg Based on “Le Morte d’Arthur” by Thomas Malory Cinematography by Alex Thomson Edited by John Merritt Music by Trevor Jones The 1980’s was a rich and fertile time for heroic fantasy/sword and sorcery films. The original “Clash of […]

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