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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Romance (1930)

CLARENCE BROWN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  USA, 1930.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Bess Meredyth, Edwin Justus Mayer, from the play by Edward Sheldon.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.  Produced by Clarence Brown.  Music by William Axt.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian.  Film Editing by Hugh Wynn.  Academy Awards 1929/1930.   Unwatchable cornfest that captures Greta Garbo between stages of development as a…

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Regular Lovers (Les Amants Reguliers) (2005)

PHILIPPE GARREL Bil’s rating (out of 5):   0.  France, 2005.  Maïa Films, Arte France Cinema, MEDIA Programme of the European Union, Centre National De La Cinematographie.  Scenario and dialogue by Philippe Garrel, scenario collaborators Arlette Langmann, Marc Cholodenko.  Cinematography by William Lubtchansky.  Produced by Gilles Sandoz.  Music by Jean-Claude Vannier.  Production Design by Nikos Meletopoulos, Mathieu Menut.  Costume Design by Cecile Berges, Justine Pearce.  Film Editing…

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Reflections In A Golden Eye (1967)

JOHN HUSTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1967.  Warner Brothers/Seven Arts.  Screenplay by Chapman Mortimer, Gladys Hill, based on the novel by Carson McCullers.  Cinematography by Aldo Tonti.  Produced by John Huston, Ray Stark.  Music by Toshiro Mayuzumi.  Production Design by Stephen B. Grimes.  Costume Design by Dorothy Jeakins.  Film Editing by Russell Lloyd.  Podcast:  Bad Gay Movies.   One of the absolute strangest experiences…

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The Rains Came (1939)

CLARENCE BROWN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  USA, 1939.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Philip Dunne, Julien Josephson, based on the novel by Louis Bromfield.  Cinematography by Arthur C. Miller, Bert Glennon.  Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by William S. Darling, George Dudley.  Costume Design by Gwen Wakeling.  Film Editing by Barbara McLean.  Academy Awards 1939.   Myrna Loy‘s glamour and…

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Robin Hood: Men In Tights (1993)

MEL BROOKS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  France/USA, 1993.  Brooksfilms, Gaumont.  Story by J.D. Shapiro, Evan Chandler, Screenplay by Mel Brooks, Evan Chandler, J.D. Shapiro.  Cinematography by Michael D. O’Shea.  Produced by Mel Brooks.  Music by Hummie Mann.  Production Design by Roy Forge Smith.  Costume Design by Dodie Shepard.  Film Editing by Stephen E. Rivkin.   Mel Brooks continues in his quest to make a…

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Requiem For A Dream (2000)

DARREN ARONOFSKY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 2000.  Artisan Entertainment, Thousand Words, Sibling Productions, Protozoa Pictures, Industry Entertainment, Bandeira Entertainment, Requiem for a Dream, Truth and Soul Pictures.  Screenplay by Hubert Selby Jr., Darren Aronofsky, based on the book by Hubert Selby Jr..  Cinematography by Matthew Libatique.  Produced by Eric Watson, Palmer West.  Music by Clint Mansell.  Production Design by James Chinlund.  Costume…

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Radio Days (1987)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1987.  Jack Rollins & Charles H. Joffe Productions, Orion Pictures.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Carlo Di Palma.  Produced by Robert Greenhut.  Production Design by Santo Loquasto.  Costume Design by Jeffrey Kurland.  Film Editing by Susan E. Morse.  Academy Awards 1987.   Woody Allen’s beautiful bit of semi-autobiographical nostalgia follows the life of a Jewish family…

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