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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Lisa And The Devil (Lisa e il diavolo) (1973)

MARIO BAVA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Italy/West Germany/Spain/USA, 1973.  Leone International.  Screenplay by Mario Bava, Alfredo Leone.  Cinematography by Cecilio Paniagua.  Produced by Alfredo Leone.  Music by Carlo Savina.  Production Design by Nedo Azzini.  Film Editing by Carlo Reali.   Elke Sommer is terrific as a tourist visiting Spain who is distracted from her walking tour after seeing a fresco depicting the…

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Hermia & Helena (2016)

MATIAS PINEIRO Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  Argentina/USA, 2016.  Trapecio Cine, Ravenser Odd, Cinema Conservancy.  Screenplay by Matías Piñeiro.  Cinematography by Fernando Lockett.  Produced by Andrew Adair, Jake Perlin, Melanie Schapiro, Graham Swon.   Film Editing by Sebastián Schjaer.  Toronto International Film Festival 2016.   The curious and clever mind of Matias Pineiro creates a short and whimsical film about a young…

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Go For Sisters (2013)

JOHN SAYLES Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.   USA, 2013.  Anarchist’s Convention Films, Olmos Productions, Go For Films.   Screenplay by John Sayles.  Cinematography by Kat Westergaard.  Produced by Peter Bobrow, Edward James Olmos, Alejandro Springall.  Music by Mason Daring.  Production Design by Mara A. Spear.  Costume Design by Dana R. Woods.  Film Editing by John Sayles. John Sayles is in top form…

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The Queen of Spain (La reina de España) (2016)

FERNANDO TRUEBA Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.5.  Spain, 2016.  Atresmedia Cine, Atresmedia, Crea SGR, Fernando Trueba Producciones Cinematográficas, Instituto de la Cinematografía y de las Artes Audiovisuales, Movistar+, The Queen Picture.  Screenplay by Fernando Trueba.  Cinematography by José Luis Alcaine.  Produced by Anne Deluz, Mercedes Gamero, Cristina Huete, Mikel Lejarza.  Music by Zbigniew Preisner.  Production Design by Juan Pedro de Gaspar. …

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Remembering The Man (2015)

NICKOLAS BIRD, ELEANOR SHARPE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Australia, 2015.  Screenplay by Nickolas Bird, Eleanor Sharpe, Dennis K. Smith.  Cinematography by Ellery Ryan.  Produced by Nickolas Bird, Eleanor Sharpe.  Music by Dale Cornelius.  Production Design by Kirsten O’Loughlin.  Costume Design by Oriana Merullo.  Film Editing by Nickolas Bird, Eleanor Sharpe, Tony Stevens. The love story of Timothy Conigrave and John Caleo…

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Before We Vanish (Sanpo suru shinryakusha) (2017)

KIYOSHI KUROSAWA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  Japan, 2017.  Django Film, Nikkatsu.  Screenplay by Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Sachiko Tanaka, based on the play by Tomohiro Maekawa.  Cinematography by Akiko Ashizawa.  Music by Yûsuke Hayashi.  Film Editing by Kôichi Takahashi.  Cannes Film Festival 2017.   Three aliens come to Earth and take over human bodies, sent here on a scouting mission to get to…

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The Other Side of the Wind (2018)

ORSON WELLES Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  France/Iran/USA, 2018.  Royal Road Entertainment, Les Films de l’Astrophore, SACI, Americas Film Conservancy.  Screenplay by Oja Kodar, Orson Welles.  Cinematography by Gary Graver.  Produced by Frank Marshall, Filip Jan Rymsza.  Music by Michel Legrand.  Production Design by Polly Platt.  Film Editing by Bob Murawski, Orson Welles.  Orson Welles filmed roughly one hundred hours of footage…

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Crime + Punishment (2018)

STEPHEN MAING Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.   USA, 2018.  Hulu.  Cinematography by Stephen Maing.  Produced by Stephen Maing, Eric Daniel Metzgar, Ross Tuttle.  Music by Brendon Anderegg, Andrew Lafkas.  Film Editing by Stephen Maing, Eric Daniel Metzgar.   New York City has an impressive police force to service its boroughs, numbering around 36,000 officers, and some years ago the organization…

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Shirkers (2018)

SANDI TAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.  USA, 2018.  Cinereach, Doc Society, Shirkers.  Screenplay by Sandi Tan.  Cinematography by Iris Ng.  Produced by Jessica Levin, Maya Rudolph, Sandi Tan.  Music by Ishai Adar.  Film Editing by Lucas Celler, Kimberley Hassett, Sandi Tan.   In 1992, Sandi Tan is a nineteen year-old student and film lover who is determined to make her first…

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California Split (1974)

ROBERT ALTMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1974.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Spelling Goldberg, Won World.  Screenplay by Joseph Walsh.  Cinematography by Paul Lohmann.  Produced by Robert Altman, Joseph Walsh.  Production Design by Leon Ericksen.  Costume Design by Hugh McFarland.  Film Editing by O. Nicholas Brown, Lou Lombardo.  Compulsive gambler George Segal plays poker at a gaming venue where he meets motormouthed…

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Private Life (2018)

TAMARA JENKINS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.   USA, 2018.  Likely Story, Netflix.  Screenplay by Tamara Jenkins.  Cinematography by Christos Voudouris.  Produced by Stefanie Azpiazu, Anthony Bregman, Tamara Jenkins.  Production Design by Ford Wheeler.  Costume Design by Leah Katznelson.  Film Editing by Brian A. Kates.  Toronto International Film Festival 2018. Tamara Jenkins returns to filmmaking eleven years after her masterful The Savages, directing Kathryn Hahn and…

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