The Wedding Date (2005)

CLARE KILNER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB USA/United Kingdom, 2005. Gold Circle Films, 26 Films, Visionview Production. Screenplay by Dana Fox, based on the novel Asking For Trouble by Elizabeth Young. Cinematography by Oliver Curtis. Produced by Jessica Bendinger, Paul Brooks, Michelle Chydzik Sowa, Nathalie Marciano. Music by Blake Neely. Production Design by Tom…

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Lady Vengeance (2005)

CHAN-WOOK PARK Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 Original Title: Chinjeolhan Geumjassi Alternate Title:  Sympathy For Lady Vengeance South Korea, 2005. CJ Entertainment, CJ Capital Investment, Centurion Investment, Ilshin Capital Investments, Korea Capital Investment, Samsung Venture Capital, TSJ Entertainment, Moho Film, TMS Entertainment, TMS Comics, CJ E&M Film Financing & Investment Entertainment & Comics, Stone Comics…

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Crying Fist (2005)

SEUNG-WAN RYOO Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB Original Title: Jumeogi unda South Korea, 2005. Sio Film and Bravo Entertainment. Screenplay by Cheol-Hong Jeon, Seung-wan Ryoo. Produced by Jae-Duk Han, Dong-Joo Kim. Music by Jun-seok Bang. Costume Design by Seo-jin Lee. Film Editing by Na-young Nam. Melodramatic boxing movie cliches are given the twist of…

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Kinetta (2005)

YORGOS LANTHIMOS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  Greece, 2005.  Haos Film, Modiano Inc., Top cut, STEFI Cine & TV Productions, Kino.  Screenplay by Yorgos Kakanakis, Yorgos Lanthimos.  Cinematography by Thimios Bakatakis.  Produced by Athina Rachel Tsangari.  Production Design by Anna Georgiadou.  Costume Design by Marie-Christine Polymenacou.  Film Editing by Yorgos Mavropsaridis.  Toronto International Film…

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The White Countess (2005)

JAMES IVORY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  United Kingdom/Germany/China/USA, 2005.  Merchant Ivory Productions, Sony Pictures Classics, Shanghai Film Group, VIP 3 Medienfonds, Global Cinema Group, Rising Star, China Film Co-Production Corporation. Screenplay by Kazuo Ishiguro. Cinematography by Christopher Doyle. Produced by Ismail Merchant, Zhonglun Ren. Music by Richard Robbins. Production Design by Andrew Sanders….

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Manderlay (2005)

LARS VON TRIER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  Denmark/Sweden/Netherlands/France/Germany/United Kingdom/Italy, 2005.  Zentropa Entertainments, Isabella Films B.V., Manderlay, Sigma Films, Memfis Film, Ognon Pictures, Pain Unlimited GmbH Filmproduktion, Edith Film Oy, Invicta Capital, Film i Vast, Danmarks Radio, Arte France Cinema, Sveriges Television, Westdeutscher Rundfunk, ARTE, Nederlandse Programma Stichting, YLE Co-Productions, Canal+, Canal Television AB, Degeto…

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Oliver Twist (2005)

ROMAN POLANSKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom/Czech Republic/France/Italy, 2005.  R.P. Productions, Runteam II Ltd., ETIC Films.  Screenplay by Ronald Harwood, based on the novel by Charles Dickens.  Cinematography by Pawel Edelman.  Produced by Robert Benmussa, Roman Polanski, Alain Sarde.  Music by Rachel Portman.  Production Design by Allan Starski.  Costume Design by Anna B. Sheppard.  Film Editing by Herve de Luze.  Toronto…

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Battle In Heaven (2005)

CARLOS REYGADAS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  Original title:  Batalla En El Cielo Mexico/Belgium/France/Germany/Netherlands, 2005.  Coproduction Office, No Dream Cinema, Mantarraya Producciones, Tarantula, Arte France Cinema, Universidad de Guadalajara, ZDF/Arte, Essential Filmproduktion GmbH, Mackey Co., Hubert Bals Fund, Fonds Sud, Instituto Mexicano de Cinematografía, Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Lumière Productie.  Screenplay…

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The Masseur (2005)

BRILLANTE MENDOZA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Original title:  Masahista Philippines, 2005.  Gee Films International, Centerstage Productions.  Story by Brillante Mendoza, Boots Agbayani Pastor, Screenplay by Boots Agbayani Pastor, based on an original story by Ferdinand Lapuz.  Cinematography by Timmy Jimenez, Monchie Redoble.  Produced by Ihman Esturco.  Music by Jerrold Tarog.  Production Design by Benjamin Padero.  Film Editing by Herbert Navasca.  Toronto International Film…

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Vers Mathilde (2005)

CLAIRE DENIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.   Alternate title:  Towards Mathilde France, 2005.  Celluloid Dreams.  Cinematography by Agnes Godard, Helene Louvart.  Produced by Pascal Caucheteux.  Music by P.J. Harvey.  Film Editing by Anne Souriau.   Claire Denis applies her hypnotic style to the documentary format and proves to be as innovative as she is when making narrative films. Here she follows provocative…

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Mary (2005)

ABEL FERRARA Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  Italy/France/USA, 2005.  Wild Bunch, Associated Film, Central Films, De Nigris Productions, Surreel.  Screenplay by Abel Ferrara, Mario Isabella, Simone Lageoles, Scott Pardo.  Cinematography by Stefano Falivene.  Produced by Roberto De Nigris, Fernando Sulichin, David Hausen.  Music by Francis Kuipers.  Production Design by Frank DeCurtis.  Costume Design by Frank DeCurtis, Silvia Nebiolo.  Film Editing by Patrizio Marone,…

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The Shore (2005)

DIONYSIUS ZERVOS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2005.  Nile River Pictures Corporation, Ethos Cinema.  Screenplay by Dionysius Zervos.  Cinematography by Bud Gardner.  Produced by Nicole DeFalco, John Rainer Long, Joseph J. Talarico, Dionysius Zervos.  Music by Patrick De Caumette.  Production Design by Davida Roberts.  Costume Design by Maureen Conallen, Nicole Mayer.  Film Editing by Pete Mecchi.  Toronto International Film Festival 2005. This rip-off of Francois…

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