The Great Caruso (1951)

RICHARD THORPE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1951.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Sonya Levien, William Ludwig, suggested by the biography of Enrico Caruso by Dorothy Caruso.  Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg.  Produced by Joe Pasternak.  Music by Johnny Green, Peter Herman Adler.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Gabriel Scognamillo.  Costume Design by Helen Rose, Gile Steele.  Film Editing by Gene Ruggiero.  Academy Awards 1951.  …

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Quicksand (1950)

IRVING PICHEL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1950.  Samuel H. Stiefel Productions.  Screenplay by Robert Smith.  Cinematography by Lionel Lindon.  Produced by Mort Briskin.  Music by Louis Gruenberg.  Production Design by Boris Leven.  Costume Design by Joan Joseff.  Film Editing by Walter Thompson.   Mickey Rooney plays an auto mechanic who is out drinking with the boys when he spots a dangerous blonde…

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The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

ETHAN COEN, JOEL COEN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 2018.  Annapurna Pictures, Annapurna Television, Mike Zoss Productions.  Screenplay by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, segment All Gold Canyon based on a story by Jack London, segment The Gal Who Got Rattled inspired by a story by Stewart Edward White.  Cinematography by Bruno Delbonnel.  Produced by Ethan Coen, Joel Coen,…

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Happy As Lazzaro (Lazzaro felice) (2018)

ALICE ROHRWACHER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  Italy/Switzerland/France/Germany, 2018.  Tempesta, Amka Films Productions, Ad Vitam Production, Pola Pandora Filmproduktions, Rai Cinema, RSI-Radiotelevisione Svizzera, Arte France, Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali e del Turismo, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Regione Lazio, Office Fédéral de la Culture, Fonds Eurimages du Conseil de l’Europe.  Screenplay by…

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Mary Poppins Returns (2018)

ROB MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 2018.  Lucamar Productions, Marc Platt Productions, Walt Disney Pictures.  Screen story by David Magee, Rob Marshall, John DeLuca, Screenplay by David Magee, based on the Mary Poppins stories by P.L. Travers.  Cinematography by Dion Beebe.  Produced by John DeLuca, Rob Marshall, Marc Platt.  Music by Marc Shaiman.   Production Design by John Myhre.  Costume…

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Green Book (2018)

PETER FARRELLY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 2018.  Participant Media, DreamWorks, Amblin Partners, Innisfree Pictures, Wessler Entertainment.  Screenplay by Nick Vallelonga, Brian Hayes Currie, Peter Farrelly.  Cinematography by Sean Porter.  Produced by Jim Burke, Brian Hayes Currie, Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga, Charles B. Wessler.  Music by Kris Bowers.  Production Design by Tim Galvin.  Costume Design by Betsy Heimann.  Film Editing by Patrick J….

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Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018)

HIROKAZU KOREEDA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  Japan, 2018.  AOI Promotion, Fuji Television Network, GAGA.  Screenplay by Hirokazu Koreeda.  Cinematography by Ryûto Kondô.  Music by Haruomi Hosono.  Production Design by Keiko Mitsumatsu. Costume Design by Kazuko Kurosawa.  Film Editing by Hirokazu Koreeda.  Cannes Film Festival 2018.  Toronto International Film Festival 2018.  Golden Globe Awards 2018. Hirokazu Kore-eda revisits the dynamics of Still Walking but set within…

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First Man (2018)

DAMIEN CHAZELLE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA/Japan, 2018.  Universal Pictures, DreamWorks, Perfect World Pictures, Temple Hill Entertainment, Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office, Dentsu, Fuji Television Network.  Screenplay by Josh Singer, based on the book by James R. Hansen.  Cinematography by Linus Sandgren.  Produced by Marty Bowen, Damien Chazelle, Wyck Godfrey, Isaac Klausner.  Music by Justin Hurwitz.  Production Design by…

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Hermia & Helena (2016)

MATIAS PINEIRO Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  Argentina/USA, 2016.  Trapecio Cine, Ravenser Odd, Cinema Conservancy.  Screenplay by Matías Piñeiro.  Cinematography by Fernando Lockett.  Produced by Andrew Adair, Jake Perlin, Melanie Schapiro, Graham Swon.   Film Editing by Sebastián Schjaer.  Toronto International Film Festival 2016.   The curious and clever mind of Matias Pineiro creates a short and whimsical film about a young…

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The Other Side of the Wind (2018)

ORSON WELLES Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  France/Iran/USA, 2018.  Royal Road Entertainment, Les Films de l’Astrophore, SACI, Americas Film Conservancy.  Screenplay by Oja Kodar, Orson Welles.  Cinematography by Gary Graver.  Produced by Frank Marshall, Filip Jan Rymsza.  Music by Michel Legrand.  Production Design by Polly Platt.  Film Editing by Bob Murawski, Orson Welles.  Orson Welles filmed roughly one hundred hours of footage…

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Taekwondo (2016)

MARCO BERGER, MARTIN FARINA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  Argentina, 2016.  Oh My Gomez! Films.  Screenplay by Marco Berger.  Cinematography by Martín Farina.  Produced by Verónica Argencio, Marco Berger, Martín Farina.  Music by Pedro Irusta.  Production Design by Marco Berger.  Film Editing by Marco Berger. Marco Berger, co-directing with Martin Farina, once again takes us into the cinematic realm of gorgeous young…

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Colette (2018)

WASH WESTMORELAND Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 2018.  Number 9 Films, Killer Films, Bold Films, BFI Film Fund.  Story by Richard Glatzer, Screenplay by Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland, Rebecca Lenkiewicz.  Cinematography by Giles Nuttgens.  Produced by Elizabeth Karlsen, Pamela Koffler, Michel Litvak, Christine Vachon, Gary Michael Walters, Stephen Woolley.  Music by Thomas Adès.  Production Design by Michael Carlin.  Costume Design by…

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