Escape From L.A. (1996)

JOHN CARPENTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1996.  Paramount Pictures, Rysher Entertainment.  Story by John Carpenter, Nick Castle, Screenplay by John Carpenter, Debra Hill, Kurt Russell.  Cinematography by Gary B. Kibbe.  Produced by Debra Hill, Kurt Russell.  Music by John Carpenter, Shirley Walker.  Production Design by Lawrence G. Paull.  Costume Design by Robin Michel Bush.  Film Editing by Edward A. Warschilka.  John Carpenter returns to … More Escape From L.A. (1996)

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The Phantom

BB (out of 5) A shady New York City gangster (Treat Williams) is looking to gain possession of three skulls with mystical powers that will give him reign over the world.  Thankfully, there’s a superhero in the jungles of a fictional island nation who dresses entirely in purple tights (because that’s how you blend in to the … More The Phantom

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Carla’s Song (1996)

KEN LOACH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom/Spain/Germany, 1996.  Alta Films, Channel Four Films, Degeto Film, Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Institute of Culture, Parallax Pictures, Road Movies Dritte Produktionen, Television Espanola, The Glasgow Film Fund, Tornasol Films.  Screenplay by Paul Laverty.  Cinematography by Barry Ackroyd.  Produced by Sally Hibbin.  Music by George Fenton.  Production Design by Martin Johnson.  Costume Design by Daphne Dare, Lena … More Carla’s Song (1996)

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Fire

BBB.5 (out of 5) A household is crowded with loneliness and frustration as two brothers run their businesses downstairs while, upstairs, their neglected wives take care of their aging mother-in-law and each other.  Sita has just become wife to Jatin, her head full of movie romance before her reality is destroyed by the realization that … More Fire

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Drifting Clouds (Kauas Pilvet Karkaavat) (1996)

AKI KAURISMAKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   Finland, 1996.  Sputnik.  Screenplay by Aki Kaurismaki.  Cinematography by Timo Salminen.  Produced by Aki Kaurismaki.  Music by Shelley Fisher.  Production Design by Markku Peltola, Jukka Salmi.  Costume Design by Tuula Hilkamo.  Film Editing by Aki Kaurismaki.  Cannes Film Festival 1996.  Toronto International Film Festival 1996.  Kati Outinen and Kari Väänänen play a couple whose luck never seems to be very good; at … More Drifting Clouds (Kauas Pilvet Karkaavat) (1996)

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The Spitfire Grill

BB (out of 5) Sappy small town drama about an ex-convict (Alison Elliott) with a heart of gold who interrupts the lives of two women (Ellen Burstyn, Marcia Gay Harden) living in a rural Maine community. Elliott gets a job working at Burstyn’s diner and begins to turn the local attitudes upside down while bonding … More The Spitfire Grill

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