The Hurricane (1937)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.  USA, 1937.  The Samuel Goldwyn Company.  Screenplay by Dudley Nichols, adaptation by Oliver H.P. Garrett, based on the novel by Charles Nordhoff, James Norman Hall.  Cinematography by Bert Glennon.  Produced by Samuel Goldwyn.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Richard Day.  Costume Design by Omar Kiam.  Film Editing by Lloyd Nosler.  Academy Awards 1937.  This excellent…

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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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Halloween 2 (1981)

RICK ROSENTHAL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1981.  Dino De Laurentiis Company, Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by John Carpenter, Debra Hill, based on characters created by John Carpenter and Debra Hill.  Cinematography by Dean Cundey.  Produced by John Carpenter, Debra Hill.  Music by John Carpenter, Alan Howarth.  Production Design by J. Michael Riva.  Costume Design by Jane Ruhm.  Film Editing by Mark Goldblatt,…

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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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The Hunting Ground (2015)

KIRBY DICK Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 2015.  Chain Camera Pictures.  Screenplay by Kirby Dick.  Cinematography by Aaron Kopp, Thaddeus Wadleigh.  Produced by Amy Ziering.  Music by Miriam Cutler.  Film Editing by Douglas Blush, Derek Boonstra, Kim Roberts.  Academy Awards 2015.   Kirby Dick follows his searing documentary on sexual assault in the military with a corresponding film that examines the issue as…

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The Human Comedy (1943)

CLARENCE BROWN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1943.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story by William Saroyan, Screenplay by Howard Estabrook.  Cinematography by Harry Stradling Sr..  Produced by Clarence Brown.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Irene.  Film Editing by Conrad A. Nervig.  Academy Awards 1943.   William Saroyan’s script, which he was also set to direct, was deemed too long and heavy…

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Happy End (2017)

MICHAEL HANEKE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  France/Austria/Germany, 2017.  Les Films du Losange, X-Filme Creative Pool, Wega Film, Arte France Cinema, France 3 Cinema, Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Bayerischer Rundfunk, ARTE G.E.I.E, Arte France, France Televisions, Canal+,  Cine+, ORF Film/Fernseh-Abkommen, Centre National De La Cinematographie, Pictanovo Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Région Hauts-de-France, Filmforderungsanstalt, CNC/FFA Mini-Traite, Österreichisches Filminstitut, Filmfonds Wien, Eurimages.  Cinematography by Christian Berger.  Produced by Margaret Menegoz.  Production Design…

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How The West Was Won (1962)

JOHN FORD, HENRY HATHAWAY, GEORGE MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1962.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Cinerama Productions Corp..  Screenplay by James R. Webb, suggested by his Life Magazine series “How The West Was Won”.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels, Milton R. Krasner, Charles Lang, Joseph LaShelle.  Produced by Bernard Smith.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by George W. Davis, William Ferrari, Addison…

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Hello, My Name Is Doris (2015)

MICHAEL SHOWALTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  Red Crown Productions, Haven Entertainment, Frame Switch.  USA, 2015.  Screenplay by Laura Terruso, Michael Showalter, based on the short film Doris & The Intern by Laura Terruso.  Cinematography by Brian Burgoyne.  Produced by Daniel Crown, Kevin Mann, Riva Marker, Jordana Mollick, Daniela Taplin Lundberg.  Music by Brian H. Kim.  Production Design by Melanie Jones.  Costume…

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Hook (1991)

STEVEN SPIELBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1991.  Amblin Entertainment, TriStar Pictures. Screen story by James V. Hart, Nick Castle, Screenplay by James V. Hart, Malia Scotch Marmo, based on the play and books by J.M. Barrie.  Cinematography by Dean Cundey.  Produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, Gerald R. Molen.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by Norman Garwood.  Costume Design…

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How Green Was My Valley (1941)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1941.  Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.  Screenplay by Philip Dunne, based on the novel by Richard Llewellyn.  Cinematography by Arthur C. Miller.  Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Richard Day, Nathan Juran.  Costume Design by Gwen Wakeling.  Film Editing by James B. Clark.  Academy Awards 1941.   Wonderful Oscar-winner undeservedly beat Citizen Kane for the…

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He Got Game (1998)

SPIKE LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1998.  Touchstone Pictures, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks.  Screenplay by Spike Lee.  Cinematography by Ellen Kuras, Malik Hassan Sayeed.  Produced by Jon Kilik, Spike Lee.  Music by Alex Steyermark.  Production Design by Wynn Thomas.  Costume Design by Sandra Hernandez.  Film Editing by Barry Alexander Brown.   Director Spike Lee’s characters are always so richly drawn, his…

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