The Quiet Family (1998)

JEE-WOON KIM Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB Original Title: Choyonghan kajok South Korea, 1998. Myung Film Company Ltd.. Screenplay by Jee-woon Kim. Cinematography by Kwang-Seok Jeong. Produced by Eun Lee. Music by Yeong-wook Jo. Film Editing by Im-Pyo Ko.   A couple with a son and two daughters move with their brother to a country…

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Lenny Bruce: Swear To Tell The Truth (1998)

ROBERT B. WEIDE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1998.  HBO Documentary, Whyaduck Productions.  Screenplay by Robert B. Weide.  Cinematography by Biff Bracht. Produced by Robert B. Weide.  Film Editing by Geof Bartz, Claire Scanlon, Robert B. Weide.  Academy Awards 1998.   Robert Weide directs a loving tribute to the work of one of the founding fathers of stand-up comedy….

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Earth (1998)

DEEPA MEHTA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  India/Canada, 1998.  Cracking the Earth Films Inc., Jhamu Sughand Productions.  Screenplay by Deepa Mehta, based on the novel Cracking India by Bapsi Sidhwa.  Cinematography by Giles Nuttgens.  Produced by Anne Masson, Deepa Mehta.  Music by A.R. Rahman.  Production Design by Aradhana Seth.  Costume Design by Dolly Ahluwalia.  Film Editing by Barry Farrell.  Toronto International Film Festival 1998. Beautifully…

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Show Me Love (1998)

LUKAS MOODYSSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Fucking Amal Sweden/Denmark, 1998.  Memfis Film, Det Danske Filminstitut, Film i Väst, SVT Drama, Göteborg, Svenska Filminstitutet, Sveriges Television, Trollywood AB, Zentropa Entertainments. Screenplay by Lukas Moodysson.  Cinematography by Ulf Brantas.  Produced by Lars Jonsson.  Production Design by Heidi Saikkonen, Lina Strand.  Costume Design by Maria Swenson.  Film Editing by Michal Leszczylowski, Bernhard…

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Flowers Of Shanghai (1998)

HSIAO-HSIEN HOU Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Original title:  Hai shang Hua Taiwan/Japan, 1998.  3H Productions, Shochiku Company.  Screenplay by Eileen Chang, T’ien-wen Chu, Bangqing Han.  Cinematography by Ping Bin Lee.  Produced by Shozo Ichiyama, Teng-Kuei Yang.  Music by Yoshihiro Hanno, Duu-Chih Tu.  Production Design by Wen-Ying Huang.  Film Editing by Ching-Song Liao.  Cannes Film Festival 1998.  Toronto International Film Festival 1998.   Four brothels in late nineteenth-century…

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The Power of Kangwon Province (1998)

SANG-SOO HONG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   Original title:  Kangwon-do ui Him South Korea, 1998.  Miracin Korea Film Company. Screenplay by Sang-soo Hong.  Cinematography by Yeong-cheol Kim.  Film Editing by Sung-Won Hahm. A young woman goes on vacation with two girlfriends to the region named in the title, hoping to forget an ill-advised love affair with a professor.  While…

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The Dreamlife Of Angels (1998)

ERICK ZONCA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  La Vie Revee Des Anges France, 1998.  Diaphana Films, Les Productions Bagheera, France 3 Cinéma, Canal+, Centre National de la Cinématographie, La Fondation Gan pour le Cinéma, Procirep.  Screenplay by Pierre Chosson, Erick Zonca, Roger Bohbot, Artistic Collaboration by Virginie Wagon.  Cinematography by Agnes Godard, Dominique Le Rigoleur.  Produced by Francois Marquis.  Music by Yann Tiersen….

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Hope Floats (1998)

FOREST WHITAKER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1998.  Twentieth Century Fox, Fortis Films.  Screenplay by Steven Rogers.  Cinematography by Caleb Deschanel.  Produced by Lynda Obst.  Music by Dave Grusin.  Production Design by Larry Fulton.  Costume Design by Susie DeSanto.  Film Editing by Richard Chew.   Nice little drama about a Texan beauty queen (Sandra Bullock) who returns home to her mother after her best friend…

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A Civil Action (1998)

STEVEN ZAILLIAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1998.  Touchstone Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Wildwood Enterprises, Scott Rudin Productions.  Screenplay by Steven Zaillian, based on the book by Jonathan Harr.  Cinematography by Conrad L. Hall.  Produced by Rachel Pfeffer, Robert Redford, Scott Rudin.  Music by Danny Elfman.  Production Design by David Gropman.  Costume Design by Shay Cunliffe.  Film Editing by Wayne Wahrman.  Academy Awards 1998.  Golden Globe…

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Pecker (1998)

JOHN WATERS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1998.  Polar Entertainment.  Screenplay by John Waters.  Cinematography by Robert M. Stevens.  Produced by John Fiedler, Mark Tarlov.  Music by Stewart Copeland.  Production Design by Vincent Perani.  Costume Design by Van Smith.  Film Editing by Janice Hampton.  Toronto International Film Festival 1998.   Funny little film from John Waters is one of his most modest films, about a…

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What Dreams May Come (1998)

VINCENT WARD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  USA/New Zealand, 1998.  PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, Interscope Communications, Metafilmics.  Screenplay by Ronald Bass, based on the novel by Richard Matheson. Cinematography by Eduardo Serra.  Produced by Barnet Bain.  Music by Michael Kamen.  Production Design by Eugenio Zanetti.  Costume Design by Yvonne Blake.  Film Editing by David Brenner, Maysie Hoy.  Academy Awards 1998.   Robin Williams plays a happy family…

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The Man In The Iron Mask (1998)

RANDALL WALLACE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 1998.  United Artists.  Screenplay by Randall Wallace, based on the books Vingt Ans Apres and Le Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas pere. Cinematography by Peter Suschitzky.  Produced by Russell Smith, Randall Wallace.  Music by Nick Glennie-Smith.  Production Design by Anthony Pratt.  Costume Design by James Acheson.  Film Editing by William Hoy.   Leonardo DiCaprio‘s first film…

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