I Am a Promise: The Children of Stanton Elementary School (1991)

SUSAN RAYMOND Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1991.  Cinematography by Alan Raymond.  Produced by Alan Raymond, Susan Raymond.  Music by Tom Verlaine.  Film Editing by Alan Raymond.  Academy Awards 1993. An elementary school in a rough Philadelphia neighbourhood is, in this heartfelt documentary, the voice of all underfunded inner-city schools in America. Filmmakers…

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Beethoven’s 2nd (1993)

ROD DANIEL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1993.  Northern Lights Entertainment, Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Len Blum, based on characters created by John Hughes, Amy Holden Jones.  Cinematography by Bill Butler.  Produced by Michael C. Gross, Joe Medjuck.  Music by Randy Edelman.  Production Design by Lawrence Miller.  Costume Design by April Ferry.  Film…

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Geronimo: An American Legend (1993)

WALTER HILL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1993.  Columbia Pictures.  Story by John Milius, Screenplay by John Milius, Larry Gross.  Cinematography by Lloyd Ahern II.  Produced by Neil Canton, Walter Hill.  Music by Ry Cooder.  Production Design by Joe Alves.  Costume Design by Dan Moore.  Film Editing by Donn Aron, Carmel Davies, Freeman…

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Searching For Bobby Fischer (1993)

STEVEN ZAILLIAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1993.  Mirage Enterprises.  Screenplay by Steven Zaillian, based on the book by Fred Waitzkin.  Cinematography by Conrad L. Hall.  Produced by William Horberg, Scott Rudin.  Music by James Horner.  Production Design by David Gropman.  Costume Design by Julie Weiss.  Film Editing by Wayne Wahrman.  Academy Awards 1993.   Young Josh Waitzin (Max Pomeranc) feels only passably amused by the…

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Hedd Wyn (1992)

PAUL TURNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1992.  Pendefig Ty Cefn, Sianel 4 Cymru.  Screenplay by Alan Llwyd.  Cinematography by Ray Orton.  Produced by Shan Davies.  Music by John E.R. Hardy.  Production Design by Phil Rawsthorne.  Costume Design by Celia Pye.  Film Editing by Chris Lawrence.  Academy Awards 1993.   A famous Welsh poet lies wounded on the battlefield at Passchendaele and contemplates his life, remembering his…

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Belle Epoque (1992)

FERNANDO TRUEBA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Spain/Portugal/France, 1992.  Animatógrafo, Eurimages, Fernando Trueba Producciones Cinematográficas, Lolafilms, Sogepaq.  Story by Rafael Azcona, Jose Luis Garcia Sanchez, Fernando Trueba, Screenplay by Rafael Azcona.  Cinematography by Jose Luis Alcaine.  Music by Antoine Duhamel.  Production Design by Juan Botella.  Costume Design by Lala Huete.  Film Editing by Carmen Frias.  Academy Awards 1993.   An army deserter happens upon…

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Poetic Justice (1993)

JOHN SINGLETON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1993.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, New Deal Productions, Nickel.  Screenplay by John Singleton.  Cinematography by Peter Lyons Collister.  Produced by Steve Nicolaides, John Singleton.  Music by Stanley Clarke.  Production Design by Keith Brian Burns.  Costume Design by Darryle Johnson.  Film Editing by Bruce Cannon.  Academy Awards 1993.  Golden Globe Awards 1993.   John Singleton made history by becoming, at the…

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In The Name Of The Father (1993)

JIM SHERIDAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Ireland/United Kingdom, 1993.  Hell’s Kitchen Films, Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Terry George, Jim Sheridan, based on the book Proved Innocent by Gerry Conlon.  Cinematography by Peter Biziou.  Produced by Jim Sheridan.  Music by Trevor Jones.  Production Design by Caroline Amies.  Costume Design by Joan Bergin.  Film Editing by Gerry Hambling.  Academy Awards 1993.  Boston Film Critics Awards 1993.  Golden Globe Awards…

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The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

HENRY SELICK Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1993.  Touchstone Pictures.  Story by Tim Burton, Screenplay by Caroline Thompson, adaptation by Michael McDowell.  Cinematography by Pete Kozachik.  Produced by Tim Burton, Denise Di Novi.  Music by Danny Elfman.  Production Design by Deane Taylor.  Film Editing by Stan Webb.  Academy Awards 1993.  Golden Globe Awards 1993.   Awe-inspiring animation is the highlight of this excellent musical that…

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Six Degrees Of Separation (1993)

FRED SCHEPISI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1993.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Maiden Movies, New Regency Pictures.  Screenplay by John Guare, based on his play.  Cinematography by Ian Baker.  Produced by Arnon Milchan, Fred Schepisi.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.  Production Design by Patrizia von Brandenstein.  Costume Design by Judianna Makovsky.  Film Editing by Peter Honess.  Academy Awards 1993.  Golden Globe Awards 1993.   John Guare adapts his excellent play…

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Dave (1993)

IVAN REITMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1993.  Warner Bros., Northern Lights Entertainment, Donner/Shuler-Donner Productions.  Screenplay by Gary Ross.  Cinematography by Adam Greenberg.  Produced by Ivan Reitman, Lauren Shuler Donner.  Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design by J. Michael Riva.  Costume Design by Richard Hornung.  Film Editing by Sheldon Kahn.  Academy Awards 1993.  Golden Globe Awards 1993.   Delightful political comedy, featuring a brilliant screenplay…

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The Broadcast Tapes Of Dr. Peter

DAVID PAPERNY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Canada, 1993.  Paperny Films.  Screenplay by Peter Jepson-Young.  Produced by Arthur Ginsberg, David Paperny.  Film Editing by Arthur Ginsberg, Paul Hartley.  Academy Awards 1993.   After Peter Jepson-Young, a Canadian doctor, discovered he was terminally ill with AIDS, he began a weekly program on CBC where he spoke to viewers about the progression of…

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