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 Dreyer … More Juha (1999)

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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 … More Ghost Dog: The Way Of The Samurai (1999)

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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 … More Desert Heat (Inferno) (1999)

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Models

BB.5 (out of 5) 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 their lives. Relationship troubles, long days of shooting, constant sexual harassment and endless late-night parties are thrown into a miserable mix as the women have … More Models

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Shower (Xi zao)

BBBB (out of 5) Funny and touching drama about an emotionally repressed businessman who mistakes a letter from his brother to be a notice about their father’s death, and travels back to his home town for the funeral. Upon arrival, he discovers the misunderstanding but stays on to have a visit with his family and … More Shower (Xi zao)

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Tea With Mussolini

BBB (out of 5) Lovely period piece by Franco Zeffirelli, based on his autobiographical novel about growing up among four British women living in Italy. Abandoned by his father who never married his mother and never claimed his son for his own, young Luca is thrown at the mercy of his father’s kindly secretary (Joan Plowright), … More Tea With Mussolini

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