At Eternity’s Gate (2018)

JULIAN SCHNABEL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Switzerland/United Kingdom/France/USA, 2018.  Iconoclast, Riverstone Pictures, SPK Pictures.  Screenplay by Jean-Claude Carrière, Louise Kugelberg, Julian Schnabel.  Cinematography by Benoit Delhomme.  Produced by Jon Kilik.  Music by Tatiana Lisovkaia.  Production Design by Stéphane Cressend.  Costume Design by Cecile Vatelot.  Film Editing by Louise Kugelberg, Julian Schnabel.  Golden Globe Awards 2018. It seems incredible after almost forty films have…

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Almanac of Fall (Öszi almanach) (1984)

BELA TARR Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  Hungary, 1984.  Screenplay by Béla Tarr.  Cinematography by Buda Gulyás, Sándor Kardos, Ferenc Pap.  Music by Mihály Vig.  Production Design by Ágnes Hranitzky, Gyula Pauer.  Costume Design by Gyula Pauer.  Film Editing by Ágnes Hranitzky.   Bela Tarr takes us inside a magnificent but crumbling apartment and examines the intimate lives of the characters who…

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Across The Pacific (1942)

JOHN HUSTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1942.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Richard Macaulay, based on the serial by Robert Carson.  Cinematography by Arthur Edeson.  Produced by Jack Saper, Jerry Wald.  Music by Adolph Deutsch.  Production Design by Robert M. Haas, Hugh Reticker.  Costume Design by Milo Anderson.  Film Editing by Frank Magee.   Humphrey Bogart is mixed up in international intrigue in this passably enjoyable spy…

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Another Man’s Poison (1952)

IRVING RAPPER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom, 1952.  Angel Productions.  Screenplay by Val Guest, based on the play Deadlock by Leslie Sands.  Cinematography by Robert Krasker.  Produced by Daniel M. Angel.  Music by John Greenwood.  Production Design by Cedric Dawe.  Costume Design by Julie Harris.  Film Editing by Gordon Hales. Bette Davis co-stars with real-life husband Gary Merrill in this enjoyably noir-ish drama.  She plays…

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Annie Oakley (1935)

GEORGE STEVENS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1935.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by Joel Sayre, John Twist, from a story by Joseph Fields, Ewart Adamson.  Cinematography by J. Roy Hunt.  Produced by Cliff Reid.  Music by Alberto Colombo.  Production Design by Van Nest Polglase.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by Jack Hively.   The legendary gunslinging gal of the Wild West has her tale…

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Anna Karenina (1935)

CLARENCE BROWN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1935.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Clemence Dane, Salka Viertel, dialogue adaptation by S.N. Behrman, based on the novel by Leo Tolstoy.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.  Produced by David O. Selznick.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian.  Film Editing by Robert Kern.   Strongest film version of Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel,…

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Anna Christie (English Version) (1930)

CLARENCE BROWN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1930.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Frances Marion, based on the play by Eugene O’Neill.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.  Produced by Paul Bern, Clarence Brown, Irving Thalberg.  Music by William Axt.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian.  Film Editing by Hugh Wynn.  Academy Awards 1929/1930.   Garbo talks! The great actress’s first talkie is a bit of…

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Aileen Wuornos: The Selling Of A Serial Killer (1992)

NICK BROOMFIELD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom, 1992.  Channel 4 Television Corporation, Lafayette Films.  Screenplay by Nick Broomfield.  Cinematography by Barry Ackroyd.  Produced by Nick Broomfield.  Music by David Bergeaud.  Film Editing by Richard M. Lewis, Rick Vick.   Nine years before the release of Monster, the film version of Aileen Wuornos’ story starring Charlize Theron in the lead role, documentary…

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Arthur And The Invisibles (Arthur Et Les Minimoys) (2006)

LUC BESSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  France, 2006.  EuropaCorp, Avalanche Productions, Canal+, Sofica Europacorp.  Created by Patrice Garcia, Georges Bouchelagem, Philippe Rouchier, Nicolas Fructus,Screenplay by Celine Garcia, Luc Besson, based on the book by Luc Besson.  Cinematography by Thierry Arbogast.  Produced by Luc Besson.  Music by Eric Serra.  Production Design by Hugues Tissandier.  Costume Design by Olivier Beriot.  Film Editing by Karim Benhammouda,…

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Alice Adams (1935)

GEORGE STEVENS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1935.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by Dorothy Yost, Mortimer Offner, Jane Murfin, based on the novel by Booth Tarkington.  Cinematography by Robert De Grasse.  Produced by Pandro S. Berman.  Music by Roy Webb.  Production Design by Van Nest Polglase.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by Jane Loring.  Academy Awards 1935.   Katharine Hepburn plays a working-class girl in a…

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The African Queen (1951)

JOHN HUSTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 1951.  Romulus Films, Horizon Pictures.  Screenplay by James Agee, John Huston, based on the novel by C.S. Forester.  Cinematography by Jack Cardiff.  Produced by Sam Spiegel.  Music by Allan Gray.  Production Design by Wilfred Shingleton.  Costume Design by Connie De Pinna, Doris Langley Moore.  Film Editing by Ralph Kemplen.  Academy Awards 1951.  Exceptional World War I adventure…

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Anything Else (2003)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA/France/United Kingdom, 2003.  DreamWorks, Gravier Productions, Canal+, Granada Film Productions, Perdido Productions.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Darius Khondji.  Produced by Letty Aronson.  Production Design by Santo Loquasto.  Costume Design by Regina Graves.  Film Editing by Alisa Lepselter.   Woody Allen has hit an all-time career low with this absolutely despicable comedy. Jason Biggs stars as a fledgling…

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