Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988)

TERENCE DAVIES Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.  United Kingdom/West Germany, 1988.  British Film Institute, Channel Four Films, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen.  Screenplay by Terence Davies.  Cinematography by William Diver, Patrick Duval.  Produced by Jennifer Howarth.  Production Design by Jocelyn James, Miki Van Zwanenberg.  Costume Design by Monica Howe.  Film Editing by William Diver.  Toronto International Film Festival 1988. Terence Davies follows three celebrated shorts that touched … More Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988)

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Black Eagle

ERIC KARSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1988.  Rotecon B.V., Magus.  Story by Shimon Arama, Screenplay by A.E. Peters, Michael Gonzales.  Cinematography by George Koblasa.  Produced by Shimon Arama.  Music by Terry Plumeri.  Production Design by Mike Higgins.  Costume Design by Rakefet Levy.  Film Editing by Michael Kelly.   An American plane carrying a nuclear device crashes into the Mediterranean and two superpowers are … More Black Eagle

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Damnation (Karhozat) (1988)

BELA TARR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Hungary, 1988.  Hungarian Film Institute, Hungarian Television, Mokép.  Screenplay by Laszlo Krasznahorkai, Bela Tarr.  Cinematography by Gabor Medvigy.  Produced by Jozsef Marx.  Music by Mihaly Vig.  Production Design by Gyula Pauer.  Costume Design by Gyula Pauer.  Film Editing by Agnes Hranitzky.  Toronto International Film Festival 1988.   Visionary filmmaker Bela Tarr applies his languid, seemingly formless style to a story … More Damnation (Karhozat) (1988)

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Vampire’s Kiss

BB (out of 5) Nicolas Cage plays a literary agent with a bad attitude towards everyone except his kindly and understanding therapist.  He cats around with Kasi Lemmons until their fun times are interrupted by the intrusion of a bat in their bedroom.  When his next conquest, Jennifer Beals, bites him on the neck, he begins to … More Vampire’s Kiss

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Let’s Get Lost

BBB.5 (out of 5) Bruce Weber spent months following Chet Baker, one of the most successful and venerated trumpet players in the history of jazz music, throughout a number of performances around the world for this slow-moving but thoughtful documentary.  Shot beautifully in black and white (likely dictating the style for Madonna’s Truth or Dare three years … More Let’s Get Lost

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Hanussen

BBBB (out of 5) Klaus Maria Brandauer is perfectly cast as a man who got all of Germanic Europe under his sway with his forceful personality and claims at clairvoyance.  Injured in battle during World War I, Klaus Schneider recovers and finds he has the ability to read thoughts, control others’ actions and predict the future. … More Hanussen

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