Bill Scurry

Bill Scurry

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Born, died, made little difference in between.

Favorite films

  • Chinatown
  • Dune
  • Aguirre, the Wrath of God
  • Sideways

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  • Hollywood Vice Squad

    ★★½

  • The Men's Club

    ★★★

  • Milk Money

    ★★½

  • The Connection

    ★★★

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  • The Amateur

    The Amateur

    ★★★

    Charles Jarrott adds to the crowded field of Cold War thrillers with this little-seen delight, touching on everything from Baader-Meinhof to CIA backchannels. Considering this was MOSTLY shot in Toronto standing in for the Czech winter it looks and feels on the level -- sometimes a difficult feat for Ontario-made movies. John Savage plays a CIA cypher expert whose government employee wife is murdered on-camera in Munich by a red German faction, and he's so driven with grief that he…

  • Batman: Mask of the Phantasm

    Batman: Mask of the Phantasm

    ★★★½

    I can see why people think this might be the best version of Batman committed to the film medium -- it covers the character from Bruce Wayne outwards more than any other adaptation, getting to the Batman stuff by watching how the millionaire tortures himself without relent by prostrating in front of his parents' headstone. At least this has the good sense to not replay the murders once again, but instead it flashes back to a great early love in…

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  • Uncut Gems

    Uncut Gems

    ★★★★★

    We're gonna be talking about this movie for years to come: Benny and Josh Safdie have outdone their previous effort, "Good Time," with this amped-up take on Jimmy Toback's "The Gambler." Sandler is a total degenerate, wagering anything he can get his hands on laying the seeds for his downfall with each risky parlay bet made on the flimsiest of hunches. The Safdies get tremendous supporting turns from Kevin Garnett, Lakeith Stanfield, Eric Bogosian, and Julia Fox among others, mixing…

  • Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood

    Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood

    ★★★½

    The Golden Age of Hollywood was lined with shame and secrets, and people have been spilling the tea continually since then. (Kenneth Anger's seminal "Hollywood Babylon" is nearing its sixtieth anniversary, in fact.) It's common knowledge that many directors and actors lived double lived in the spotlight, to better adhere to post-Hays Code morality clauses laid down by the studio mandarins. But for as many Rock Hudsons as we knew about, there are still more people who went to their…