Permanent Vacation (1980)

JIM JARMUSCH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 1980.  Cinesthesia Productions.  Screenplay by Jim Jarmusch.  Cinematography by Tom DiCillo, James A. Lebovitz.  Produced by Jim Jarmusch.  Music by Jim Jarmusch, John Lurie.  Film Editing by Jim Jarmusch.  Jim Jarmusch debuts with an esoteric indie made soon after his dropping out of film school.  Chris Parker stars as an aimless young…

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Caged Heat (1974)

JONATHAN DEMME Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 1974.  Artists Entertainment Complex, Renegade Women Company.  Screenplay by Jonathan Demme.  Cinematography by Tak Fujimoto.  Produced by Samuel W. Gelfman, Evelyn Purcell.  Music by John Cale.  Production Design by Eric Thiermann.  Costume Design by Deborah Paul.  Film Editing by Johanna Demetrakas, Michal Goldman, Carolyn Hicks. Jonathan Demme makes his directorial debut with this shameless exploitation…

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Vice (2018)

ADAM McKAY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 2018.  Annapurna Pictures, Gary Sanchez Productions, Plan B Entertainment.  Screenplay by Adam McKay.  Cinematography by Greig Fraser.  Produced by Megan Ellison, Will Ferrell, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adam McKay, Kevin J. Messick, Brad Pitt.  Music by Nicholas Britell.  Production Design by Patrice Vermette.  Costume Design by Susan Matheson.  Film Editing by Hank Corwin.  Golden Globe…

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Postcards From London (2018)

STEVE McLEAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  United Kingdom, 2018.  Diablo Films, BFI Film Fund, Creativity Capital.  Screenplay by Steve McLean.  Cinematography by Annika Summerson.  Produced by Soledad Gatti-Pascual.  Music by Julian Bayliss.  Production Design by Ollie Tiong.  Costume Design by Kate Forbes.  Film Editing by Stephen Boucher. Harris Dickinson, once again playing gay bait dipped in body oil, is a young man…

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Nancy (2018)

CHRISTINA CHOE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 2018.  Mental Pictures, EON Productions, Gamechanger Films, XS Media.  Screenplay by Christina Choe.   Cinematography by Zoe White.  Produced by Michelle Cameron, Amy Lo, Andrea Riseborough.  Music by Peter Raeburn.  Production Design by Charlotte Royer.  Costume Design by Tere Duncan.  Film Editing by David Gutnik. Andrea Riseborough gives a committed performance as a thoroughly unappealing…

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Career Girls (1997)

MIKE LEIGH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  United Kingdom/France, 1997.  Channel Four Films, Thin Man Films, Matrix Films, Channel 4 Television Corporation.  Screenplay by Mike Leigh.   Cinematography by Dick Pope.  Produced by Simon Channing Williams.  Music by Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Tony Remy.  Production Design by Eve Stewart.  Film Editing by Robin Sales. Mike Leigh scores a rare misfire with this drab story…

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The Exorcist III (1990)

WILLIAM PETER BLATTY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 1990.  Morgan Creek Entertainment.  Screenplay by William Peter Blatty, based on his novel Legion.  Cinematography by Gerry Fisher.  Produced by Carter deHaven.  Music by Barry De Vorzon.  Production Design by Leslie Dilley.  Costume Design by Dana Lyman.  Film Editing by Peter Lee-Thompson, Todd C. Ramsay.  William Peter Blatty takes the franchise over as both…

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Roger Corman’s Frankenstein Unbound (1990)

ROGER CORMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 1990.  The Mount Company.  Screenplay by Roger Corman, F.X. Feeney, based on the novel by Brian Aldiss.  Cinematography by Armando Nannuzzi, Michael Scott.  Produced by Roger Corman, Kobi Jaeger, Thom Mount.  Music by Carl Davis.  Production Design by Enrico Tovaglieri.  Costume Design by Franca Zucchelli.  Film Editing by Mary Bauer, Jay Cassidy.   Roger Corman returns…

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Dumplin’ (2018)

ANNE FLETCHER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 2018.  COTA Films, Echo Films.  Screenplay by Kristin Hahn, based on the novel by Julie Murphy.  Cinematography by Elliot Davis.  Produced by Mohamed AlRafi, Michael Costigan, Kristin Hahn, Trish Hofmann.  Music by Jake Monaco.  Production Design by Elizabeth J. Jones.   Costume Design by Bina Daigeler.  Film Editing by Emma E. Hickox.  Golden Globe Awards 2018….

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Bromance (Como una novia sin sexo) (2016)

LUCAS SANTA ANA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.   Argentina, 2016.  Sombracine Producciones.  Screenplay by Diego Mina, Lucas Santa Ana.  Cinematography by Mariana Russo.  Produced by Alberto Masliah.  Music by Coiffeur.  Production Design by Augusto Latorraca.  Costume Design by Ramiro Sorrequieta.  Three best friends go camping in rural Argentina, bringing their handycam (it’s 1996) to record their adventures as they spend their…

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Hadewijch (2009)

BRUNO DUMONT Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  France, 2009.  3B Productions, Arte France Cinéma, C.R.R.A.V. Nord Pas de Calais, Le Fresnoy Studio National des Arts Contemporains, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen, X-Filme Creative Pool, Cofinova 5, Canal+, CinéCinéma, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Contact Film, Cofinova 4, Soficapital, Région Ile-de-France, Région Nord-Pas-de-Calais.  Screenplay by Bruno Dumont.  Cinematography by Yves Cape. …

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Radiance (Hikari) (2017)

NAOMI KAWASE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  Japan/France, 2017.  Comme des Cinémas, Kino Films, Kumie, MK2 Productions.  Screenplay by Naomi Kawase.  Produced by Naoya Kinoshita, Masa Sawada, Yumiko Takebe.  Music by Ibrahim Maalouf.  Film Editing by Tina Baz.  Cannes Film Festival 2017.  Toronto International Film Festival 2017. Ayame Misaki is excellent as a woman who has been assigned the task of writing…

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