Elijah’s Ashes (2017)

RYAN BARTON-GRIMLEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.   RBG Films, Loaded Image Entertainment, Clumsy Tiger Productions.  USA, 2017.  Screenplay by Ryan Barton-Grimley, Ari Schneider.  Cinematography by Sean Ayers.  Produced by Ryan Barton-Grimley, A.J. Gordon, Ari Schneider.  Music by Robby Elfman.  Production Design by Audrey Haworth.  Film Editing by Ryan Barton-Grimley.  Podcasts:  Bad Gay Movies.   A young advertising executive (Ari Schneider) is called home when…

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Hawaii (2013)

MARCO BERGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   Argentina, 2013.  La Noria Cine, Universidad del Cine.  Screenplay by Marco Berger.  Cinematography by Tomás Pérez Silva.  Produced by Marco Berger, Pedro Irusta.  Music by Pedro Irusta.  Production Design by Marco Berger.  Film Editing by Marco Berger.   The sensuality drips so hard it practically drools all over this gorgeous, muted romantic drama.  Martin has…

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Mrs. Hyde (2017)

SERGE BOZON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  France/Belgium, 2017.   Original title:  Madame Hyde Les Films Pelléas, Arte France Cinéma, Auvergne Rhône-Alpes Cinéma, Frakas Productions, Canal+, Ciné+, Arte France, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Haut et Court Distribution, Cinémage 11, Indéfilms 5, Soficinéma 13, Région Ile-de-France, Le Tax Shelter du Gouvernement Fédéral de Belgique, Casa Kafka…

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Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2016)

STEVE JAMES Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.   USA, 2016.  Blue Ice Films, Kartemquin Films, Mitten Media, Motto Pictures.  Cinematography by Tom Bergmann.  Produced by Julie Goldman, Mark Mitten.  Music by Joshua Abrams.  Production Design by Christine Cornell, Matthew Taylor.  Film Editing by John Farbrother, David E. Simpson.  Academy Awards 2017.  National Board of Review Awards 2017. North Carolina Film Critics Awards…

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The Gleaners and I (2000)

AGNES VARDA Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.   Original title:  Les glaneurs et la glaneuse France, 2000.  Ciné Tamaris.  Screenplay by Agnès Varda.  Cinematography by Didier Doussin, Stephane Krausz, Didier Rouget, Pascal Sautelet, Agnès Varda.  Music by Joanna Bruzdowicz, Isabelle Olivier.  Film Editing by Jean-Baptiste Morin, Laurent Pineau, Agnès Varda.  European Film Awards 2000.  Toronto International Film Festival 2000.   Agnes Varda…

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First Period (2013)

CHARLIE VAUGHN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.   USA, 2013.  Falling Anvil Productions, Delicious Mayhem Productions.  Screenplay by Brandon Alexander III.  Cinematography by Olivia Kuan.  Produced by Brandon Alexander III, Dudley Beene, Charlie Vaughn.  Music by Matthew Carrier.  Production Design by Dudley Beene, Michael Lorre.  Costume Design by Michael Mullen.  Film Editing by Corey Ziemniak.  Podcasts:  Bad Gay Movies.   Well-intentioned but ultimately unsuccessful…

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Frontier of Dawn (2008)

PHILIPPE GARREL Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.   Original title:  La Frontiere de l’Aube France, 2008.  Cofinova 4, Rectangle Productions, StudioUrania.  Screenplay by Philippe Garrel, Marc Cholodenko, Arlette Langmann.  Cinematography by William Lubtchansky.  Produced by Edouard Weil.  Music by Jean-Claude Vannier.  Production Design by Sophie Quiedeville.  Costume Design by Justine Pearce.  Film Editing by Yann Dedet.  Cannes Film Festival 2008. Louis Garrel plays a photographer who…

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Formula 17 (2004)

YIN-JUNG CHEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB. Original title:  17 sui de tian kong Taiwan, 2004.  Three Dots Entertainment Company.  Screenplay by Rady Fu.  Cinematography by Hui-Sheng Chen.  Produced by Aileen Li, Michelle Yeh.  Music by George Chen, Tze-li Hung.  Production Design by Zac Gu.  Film Editing by Hsiao-Tong Chen. Handsome Tien comes to the big city of Taipei to escape the…

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Last Men In Aleppo (2017)

FERAS FAYYAD, STEEN JOHANNESSEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   Original title:  De sidste mænd i Aleppo Denmark/Syria, 2017.  Aleppo Media Center, Larm Film, Kloos & Co. Medien GmbH, Danish Film Institute, AFAC – The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, Cinereach, IDFA BERTHA Fund, International Documentary Association, Sundance Institute Documentary Fund.  Screenplay by Feras Fayyad.  Cinematography by Mujahed About Al…

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Go Go G-Boys (2006)

JONG-JONG YU Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.   Original title:  Dang wo men tong zai yi qi Taiwan, 2006.  Times Entertainment, Sky Digi Entertainment.  Cinematography by Yi-Mao Su. Incomprehensible nonsense about a young man who needs money to pay off his girlfriend’s debts.  He sees the perfect opportunity in a reality TV beauty and music contest for gay men…

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Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party (2015)

STEPHEN CONE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.   USA, 2015.  Cone Arts.  Screenplay by Stephen Cone.  Cinematography by Jason Chiu.  Produced by Stephen Cone, Bryan Hart, Laura Klein, Michael A. Leppen, Shane Simmons.  Music by Page Campbell, Daniel Donahue, Heather McIntosh.  Production Design by Caity Birmingham.  Costume Design by Chelsey Batson.  Film Editing by Stephen Cone.   Podcast:  Bad Gay Movies. Henry is the son…

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Kissing Darkness (2014)

JAMES TOWNSEND Bil’s rating (out of 5):  0.   USA, 2014.  In the Pink Productions, Kerwi, Kissing Darkness. Screenplay by James Townsend.  Cinematography by Steven Vasquez.  Produced by James Townsend.  Production Design by Jessica Bazan.  Costume Design by Donna Olds.  Film Editing by Steven Vasquez.  Podcast:  Bad Gay Movies.  Silly indulgence that barely passes muster as soft-core trash let alone any kind of horror…

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