The Image Book (2018)

JEAN-LUC GODARD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  Switzerland/France, 2018.  Casa Azul Films, Ecran Noir productions.  Screenplay by Jean-Luc Godard.  Cinematography by Fabrice Aragno.  Produced by Fabrice Aragno, Mitra Farahani.  Production Design by Jean-Paul Battaggia.  Film Editing by Jean-Luc Godard.  Cannes Film Festival 2018.  Toronto International Film Festival 2018. Jean-Luc Godard whittles away at his editing machine to once again come up with a visual…

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If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)

BARRY JENKINS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 2018.  Annapurna Pictures, PASTEL, Plan B Entertainment.  Screenplay by Barry Jenkins, based on the novel by James Baldwin.  Cinematography by James Laxton.  Produced by Megan Ellison, Dede Gardner, Barry Jenkins, Jeremy Kleiner, Sara Murphy, Adele Romanski. Music by Nicholas Britell.   Production Design by Mark Friedberg.  Costume Design by Caroline Eselin.  Film Editing by Joi…

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Is It Just Me? (2010)

J.C. CALCIANO Bil’s rating (out of 5):   0.  USA, 2010.  Cinema 175, Whitestone Acquisitions.  Screenplay by J.C. Calciano.  Cinematography by Joshua W. Smith.  Produced by Michael Amato, J.C. Calciano.  Music by Christopher Farrell.  Production Design by Noah C. Haeussner.  Costume Design by Noah C. Haeussner.  Film Editing by Cynthia Ludwig.  Podcasts:  Bad Gay Movies.   Flat romantic comedy beset on all sides by bad writing, acting…

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The Insult (L’Insulte) (2017)

ZIAD DOUEIRI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Lebanon/Belgium/Cyprus/France/USA, 2017.  Rouge International, Tessalit Productions, Ezekiel Films, Scope Pictures, Douri Films, Cohen Media Group, Canal+, Cine+, L’Aide aux Cinemas du Monde, Centre National De La Cinematographie, Ministere des Affaires Etrangeres et du Developpement International.  Screenplay by Ziad Doueiri, Joelle Touma.  Cinematography by Tommaso Fiorilli.  Produced by Rachid Bouchareb, Jean Brehat, Julie Gayet,…

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Islands In The Stream (1977)

FRANKLIN J. SCHAFFNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1977. Paramount Pictures, Zeeuwse Maatschappij N.V..  Screenplay by Denne Part Petitclerc, based on the novel by Ernest Hemingway.  Cinematography by Fred J. Koenekamp.  Produced by Peter Bart, Max Palevsky.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.  Production Design by William J. Creber.  Film Editing by Robert Swink.  Academy Awards 1977. Ernest Hemingway’s posthumously published final novel is the basis…

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Imitation of Life (1934)

JOHN M. STAHL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1934.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by William Hurlbut, based on the novel by Fannie Hurst.  Cinematography by Merritt B. Gerstad.  Produced by Carl Laemmle Jr..  Music by Heinz Roemheld.  Production Design by Charles D. Hall.  Costume Design by Travis Banton.  Film Editing by Philip Cahn, Maurice Wright.  Academy Awards 1934. The Douglas Sirk remake of 1959 is better…

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In The Fade (Aus Dem Nichts) (2017)

FATIH AKIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Germany/France, 2017.  Bombero International, Macassar Productions.  Screenplay by Fatih Akin, Hark Bohm.  Cinematography by Rainer Klausmann.  Produced by Fatih Akin, Ann-Kristin Hofmann, Nurham Sekerci-Porst, Herman Weigel.  Music by Josh Homme.  Production Design by Tamo Kunz.  Costume Design by Katrin Aschendorf.  Film Editing by Andrew Bird.  Cannes Film Festival 2017.  Golden Globe Awards 2017.  Toronto International Film Festival 2017.   Diane Kruger is…

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Inherent Vice (2014)

PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2014.  Ghoulardi Film Company, Warner Bros., IAC Films, RatPac-Dune Entertainment.  Screenplay by Paul Thomas Anderson, based on the novel by Thomas Pynchon.  inematography by Robert Elswit.  Produced by Paul Thomas Anderson, Daniel Lupi, JoAnne Sellar.  Music by Jonny Greenwood.  Production Design by David Crank.  Costume Design by Mark Bridges.  Film Editing by Leslie Jones.  Academy Awards 2014.  Golden Globe…

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The Invisible War (2012)

KIRBY DICK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 2012.  Chain Camera Pictures, Rise Films, ITVS, Fork Films, Cuomo Cole Productions, Canal Plus.  Screenplay by Kirby Dick, Amy Ziering, Douglas Blush.  Cinematography by Kirsten Johnson, Thaddeus Wadleigh. Produced by Tanner King Barklow, Amy Ziering.  Film Editing by Douglas Blush, Derek Boonstra.  Academy Awards 2012.   Gotham Awards 2012 An eye-opener of a documentary whose testimonies will ravage…

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Incendies (2010)

DENIS VILLENEUVE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  Canada/France, 2010.  micro_scope, TS Productions, Phi Group.  Screenplay by Denis Villeneuve, Script consultant Valerie Beaugrand-Champagne, based on the play by Wajdi Mouawad.  Cinematography by Andre Turpin.  Produced by Luc Dery, Kim McGraw.  Music by Gregoire Hetzel.  Production Design by Andre-Line Beaupariant.  Costume Design by Sophie Lefebvre.  Film Editing by Monique Dartonne.  Academy Awards 2010.  Toronto International Film Festival 2010.   Twin brother and…

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In The House (Dans La Maison) (2012)

FRANCOIS OZON Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  France, 2012.  Mandarin Films, Mars Films, France 2 Cinema, FOZ, Canal+, Cine@, France Televisions, La Banque Postale Images 5, Cofimage 23, Palatine Étoile 9, Region Ile-de-France.  Screenplay by Francois Ozon, based on the play El Chico De La Ultima Fila by Juan Mayorga.  Cinematography by Jerome Almeras.  Produced by Eric Altmayer, Nicolas…

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Indecent Proposal (1993)

ADRIAN LYNE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 1993.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Amy Holden Jones, based on the novel by Jack Engelhard.  Cinematography by Howard Atherton.  Produced by Sherry Lansing.  Music by John Barry.  Production Design by Mel Bourne.  Costume Design by Beatrix Aruna Pasztor, Bernie Pollack, Bobbie Read.  Film Editing by Joe Hutshing.   Demi Moore and Woody Harrelson play a couple whose plans to get ahead…

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