9 Songs (2004)

MICHAEL WINTERBOTTOM Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  United Kingdom, 2004.  Revolution Films.  Screenplay by Michael Winterbottom.  Cinematography by Marcel Zyskind.  Produced by Andrew Eaton.  Film Editing by Mat Whitecross, Michael Winterbottom.  Toronto International Film Festival 2004. The complicated path of erotic connection is lightly explored in this short feature by filmmaker Michael Winterbottom, making one of his most provocative yet least … More 9 Songs (2004)

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The Intruder (L’Intrus) (2004)

CLAIRE DENIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  France, 2004.  Ognon Pictures, Arte France Cinema, Conseil Régional de Franche-Comté, Centre National De La Cinematographie, Pusan Film Commission.  Screenplay by Claire Denis, Jean-Pol Fargeau, based on the novel by Jean-Luc Nancy.  Cinematography by Agnes Godard.  Produced by Humbert Balsan, Jerome Clement, Michel Reilhac.  Music by Stuart Staples.  Production Design by Arnaud de Moleron.  Costume Design by … More The Intruder (L’Intrus) (2004)

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Formula 17 (17 sui de tian kong) (2004)

YIN-JUNG CHEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  Taiwan, 2004.  Three Dots Entertainment Company.  Screenplay by Rady Fu.  Cinematography by Hui-Sheng Chen.  Produced by Aileen Li, Michelle Yeh.  Music by George Chen, Tze-li Hung.  Production Design by Zac Gu.  Film Editing by Hsiao-Tong Chen.   Handsome Tien comes to the big city of Taipei to escape the boredom of his small town and find … More Formula 17 (17 sui de tian kong) (2004)

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Triple Agent

BBB (out of 5) Eric Rohmer investigates the true story of a man trying to remain apolitical in highly political times.  Russian-born Fyodor lives in Paris with his Greek-born wife, retired from the Tsar’s army and now working for the Russian Military Union while, beyond their borders, Nazi power is brewing and the Spanish Civil … More Triple Agent

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Evolution Of A Filipino Family (Ebolusyon ng Isang Pamilyang Pilipino)

BB (out of 5) Intimate and interminable epic film by Lav Diaz, one of the first to establish his uncompromising devotion to mammoth running times (in this case, a whopping ten and a half hours) that effectively put one in the position of living someone else’s life along with them.  Atmospheric and delicate, the film … More Evolution Of A Filipino Family (Ebolusyon ng Isang Pamilyang Pilipino)

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Wake Of Death

B (out of 5) Jean-Claude Van Damme fans don’t need the most original plot in the world to enjoy their favourite fighter, and I don’t mean that as snobbishly as it sounds, but they will be disappointed by the low amount of actual man-on-man combat in this bland thriller. A little girl witnesses a powerful gangster … More Wake Of Death

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Hellbent

0 (out of 5) Two men having late-night sex in a car are beheaded by a mysterious giant with devil horns, which baffles West Hollywood police for clues but also piques the interest of Eddie and his friends.  Eddie is himself a cop, relegated to desk duties after an accident left him partially blind and … More Hellbent

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