California Split (1974)

ROBERT ALTMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1974.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Spelling Goldberg, Won World.  Screenplay by Joseph Walsh.  Cinematography by Paul Lohmann.  Produced by Robert Altman, Joseph Walsh.  Production Design by Leon Ericksen.  Costume Design by Hugh McFarland.  Film Editing by O. Nicholas Brown, Lou Lombardo.  Compulsive gambler George Segal plays poker at a gaming venue where he meets motormouthed…

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Private Life

TAMARA JENKINS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.   USA, 2018.  Likely Story, Netflix.  Screenplay by Tamara Jenkins.  Cinematography by Christos Voudouris.  Produced by Stefanie Azpiazu, Anthony Bregman, Tamara Jenkins.  Production Design by Ford Wheeler.  Costume Design by Leah Katznelson.  Film Editing by Brian A. Kates.  Toronto International Film Festival 2018. Tamara Jenkins returns to filmmaking eleven years after her masterful The Savages, directing Kathryn Hahn and…

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Transit (2018)

CHRISTIAN PETZOLD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  Germany/France, 2018.  Schramm Film, Neon Productions, Arte France Cinéma, ZDF/Arte, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Beauftragter der Bundesregierung für Angelegenheiten der Kultur und der Medien, Filmförderungsanstalt, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur.  Screenplay by Christian Petzold, based on the novel by Anna Seghers.  Cinematography by Hans Fromm.  Produced by Antonin Dedet, Florian Koerner…

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Beautiful Boy (2018)

FELIX VAN GROENINGEN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 2018.  Amazon Studios, Big Indie Pictures, Plan B Entertainment.  Screenplay by Luke Davies, Felix van Groeningen, based on the book Beautiful Boy by David Sheff and Tweak by Nic Sheff.  Cinematography by Ruben Impens.  Produced by Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Brad Pitt.  Music by Gabe Hilfer.  Production Design by Ethan Tobman.   Costume Design…

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Under The Cherry Moon (1986)

PRINCE Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.  USA, 1986.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Becky Johnston.  Cinematography by Michael Ballhaus.  Produced by Robert Cavallo, Steven Fargnoli, Joseph Ruffalo.  Music by Prince and the Revolution.  Production Design by Richard Sylbert.  Costume Design by Marie France.  Film Editing by Éva Gárdos, Rebecca Ross.   The success of Purple Rain, which included an Oscar for its star and composer Prince,…

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The Sea of Grass (1947)

ELIA KAZAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1947.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Marguerite Roberts, Vincent Lawrence, based on the novel by Conrad Richter.  Cinematography by Harry Stradling Sr..    Produced by Pandro S. Berman.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Paul Groesse.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett, Valles.  Film Editing by Robert Kern.   Katharine Hepburn leaves the bustling city of…

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Stepping Out (1991)

LEWIS GILBERT Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.   USA, 1991.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Richard Harris, based on his play.  Cinematography by Alan Hume.  Produced by Lewis Gilbert.  Music by Peter Matz.  Production Design by Alicia Keywan.  Costume Design by Candy Paterson.  Film Editing by Humphrey Dixon.  Richard Harris’ community theatre favourite gets its shot at the big screen, and the results are…

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Bye Bye Braverman (1968)

SIDNEY LUMET Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1968.  Warner Brothers/Seven Arts.  Screenplay by Herbert Sargent, based on the novel To An Early Grave by Wallace Markfield.  Cinematography by Boris Kaufman.   Produced by Sidney Lumet.  Music by Peter Matz.  Production Design by Ben Kasazkow.  Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone.  Film Editing by Gerald B. Greenberg.  George Segal is fighting with wife…

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Bully (2001)

LARRY CLARK Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA/France/United Kingdom, 2001.  StudioCanal, Lions Gate Films, Muse Productions, Blacklist Films, Gravity Entertainment.  Screenplay by David McKenna, Roger Pullis, based on the book by Jim Schutze.  Cinematography by Steve Gainer.  Produced by Chris Hanley, Don Murphy, Fernando Sulichin.  Production Design by Linda Burton.  Costume Design by Carleen Ileana Rosado.  Film Editing by Andrew Hafitz.  Larry…

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Taekwondo (2016)

MARCO BERGER, MARTIN FARINA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  Argentina, 2016.  Oh My Gomez! Films.  Screenplay by Marco Berger.  Cinematography by Martín Farina.  Produced by Verónica Argencio, Marco Berger, Martín Farina.  Music by Pedro Irusta.  Production Design by Marco Berger.  Film Editing by Marco Berger. Marco Berger, co-directing with Martin Farina, once again takes us into the cinematic realm of gorgeous young…

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Dalida Pour Toujours (1977)

MICHEL DUMOULIN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  France, 1977.  Productions Orlando.  Produced by Orlando.   Among the most popular singers of her day, and reportedly the most celebrated in France’s music history, Dalida (born Iolanda Gigliotti in Cairo to Italian parents) is still beloved by many a music fan (you can still hear remixes of her songs on a…

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Walk A Mile In My Pradas (2011)

JOEY SYLVESTER Bil’s rating (out of 5): 0.  USA, 2011.  Walk A Mile Productions, Dream It Productions, FROST Pictures.  Screenplay by Rick Karatas, Tom Archdeacon.  Cinematography by Aaron Moorhead.  Produced by Tom Archdeacon, Rick Karatas, Joey Sylvester.  Music by Andrew Markus.   Production Design by Michelle Leroy.  Costume Design by Stephanie Strate.  Film Editing by Jeffrey Reid.  Podcast:  Bad Gay Movies Concept comedy when performed…

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