Nowhere To Hide (1999)

MYUNG-SE LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB Original Title: Injeong sajeong bol geot eobtda South Korea, 1999. Cinema Service, Fox Video Korea, Kookmin Venture Capital, Samboo Finance Entertainment, Taewon Entertainment. Screenplay by Myung-se Lee. Cinematography by Kwang-Seok Jeong, Haeng-Ki Song. Music by Sung-woo Jo. Film Editing by Im-Pyo Ko. A standard police thriller plot…

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Taboo (1999)

NAGISA OSHIMA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB Original Title: Gohatto Japan/France/United Kingdom, 1999. Oshima Productions, Shochiku, Kadokawa Shoten Publishing Co., Imagica Corp., BS Asahi, Eisei Gekijo, Bac Films, Le Studio Canal+, Recorded Picture Company.  Screenplay by Nagisa Oshima, based on the novel by Ryôtarô Shiba.  Cinematography by Toyomichi Kurita.  Produced by Shigehiro Nishimura, Eiko…

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Juha (1999)

AKI KAURISMAKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   Finland, 1999.  Sputnik.  Screenplay by Aki Kaurismaki, based on the novel by Juhani Aho.  Cinematography by Timo Salminen.  Produced by Aki Kaurismaki.  Music by Anssi Tikanmäki.  Production Design by Markku Pätilä.  Costume Design by Marja-Leena Hukkanen.  Film Editing by Aki Kaurismaki.  Toronto International Film Festival 1999.  Aki Kaurismaki films a Postman Always Rings Twice-type story in the vein of a…

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Ghost Dog: The Way Of The Samurai (1999)

JIM JARMUSCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  France/Germany/USA/Japan, 1999.  Pandora Filmproduktion, Arbeitsgemeinschaft der öffentlich-rechtlichen Rundfunkanstalten der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Degeto Film, Plywood Productions, Bac Films, Canal+, JVC Entertainment Networks.  Screenplay by Jim Jarmusch.  Cinematography by Robby Muller.  Produced by Richard Guay, Jim Jarmusch.  Music by RZA.  Production Design by Ted Berner.  Costume Design by John Dunn.  Film Editing by Jay Rabinowitz.  Cannes Film Festival…

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Desert Heat (Inferno) (1999)

JOHN G. AVILDSEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/France, 1999.  Long Road Productions, KPI Productions, Lomax Productions, PM Entertainment Group.  Screenplay by Tom O’Rourke.  Cinematography by Ross A. Maehl.  Produced by Evzen Kolar, Lawrence Levy, Jean-Claude Van Damme.  Music by Bill Conti.  Production Design by Michael Novotny.  Costume Design by Mayes C. Rubeo.  Film Editing by J. Douglas Seelig.   Jean-Claude Van Damme stops…

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Models (1999)

ULRICH SEIDL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  Austria, 1999.  MR Filmproduktion.  Screenplay by Ulrich Seidl.  Cinematography by Ortrun Bauer, Jerzy Palacz, Hans Selikovsky.  Produced by Kurt J. Mrkwicka.  Film Editing by Christof Schertenleib. Ulrich Seidl’s career-long fascination with exploitation continues as he enlists four women who work in the field of modeling to perform in a fictionalized version of…

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Skin Flick (1999)

BRUCE LA BRUCE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  Alternate title:  Skin Gang Germany/Canada/United Kingdom/Japan, 1999.  CAZZO Film Berlin.  Screenplay by Bruce La Bruce.  Cinematography by James Carman.  Produced by Luis Hoyos.  Music by Gavin Brown.  Production Design by Peter Armstrong.  Costume Design by Edgar Langer.  Film Editing by Jorg Andreas, Manfred Mancini. It’s hard to know where Bruce La Bruce is going with this 67-minute…

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Shower (1999)

YANG ZHANG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Xi zao China, 1999.  Imar Film, Xi’an Film Studio.  Screenplay by Shangjun Cai, Yi’nan Diao, Xin Huo, Fendou Liu, Yang Zhang.  Cinematography by Jian Zhang.  Produced by Peter Loehr.  Music by Xiaogang Ye.  Production Design by Meng Tian.  Film Editing by Hongyu Yang.  National Board of Review Awards 2000.  Online Film Critics Awards 2000.  Toronto…

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Tea With Mussolini (1999)

FRANCO ZEFFIRELLI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Italy/United Kingdom, 1999.  Cattleya, Cineritmo, Medusa Film, Film and General Productions.  Screenplay by John Mortimer, based on the autobiography by Franco Zeffirelli.  Cinematography by David Watkin.  Produced by Clive Parsons, Riccardo Tozzi, Giovannella Zannoni.  Music by Stefano Arnaldi, Alessio Vlad.  Production Design by Carlo Centolavigna, Biagio Fersini, Fiorella Mariani.  Costume Design by Anna Anni, Jenny…

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Dudley-Do-Right (1999)

HUGH WILSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1999.  Universal Pictures, Davis Entertainment, Joseph Singer Entertainment.  Screenplay by Hugh Wilson, based on characters created by Jay Ward.  Cinematography by Donald E. Thorin.  Produced by John Davis, J. Todd Harris, Joseph Singer.  Music by Steve Dorff.  Production Design by Bob Ziembicki.  Costume Design by Lisa Jensen.  Film Editing by Don Brochu.   Boring, uneventful adaptation of the…

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Teaching Mrs. Tingle (1999)

KEVIN WILLIAMSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1999.  Miramax, Konrad Pictures, Interscope Communications.  Screenplay by Kevin Williamson.  Cinematography by Jerzy Zielinski.  Produced by Cathy Konrad.  Music by John Frizzell.  Production Design by Naomi Shohan.  Costume Design by Susie DeSanto.  Film Editing by Debra Neil-Fisher.   A group of students take their mean-ass teacher (Helen Mirren) hostage in her own home when she won’t negotiate with…

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The General’s Daughter (1999)

SIMON WEST Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.   USA/Germany, 1999.  Paramount Pictures, Neufeld Rehme Productions, MFP Munich Film Partners GmbH & Company I. Produktions KG, Hollywood Licensing Group, Mace Neufeld Productions.  Screenplay by Christopher Bertolini, William Goldman, based on the novel by Nelson DeMille.  Cinematography by Peter Menzies Jr..  Produced by Mace Neufeld.  Music by Carter Burwell.  Production Design by J. Dennis Washington.  Costume Design by…

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