What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015)

LIZ GARBUS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2015.  Moxie Firecracker Films, Netflix, RadicalMedia.  Cinematography by Igor Martinovic.  Produced by Liz Garbus, Amy Hobby, Jayson Jackson, Justin Wilkes.  Production Design by Markus Kirschner.  Film Editing by Joshua L. Pearson.  Academy Awards 2015.  Dorian Awards 2015. After having given the world the best documentary ever made on Marilyn Monroe, Liz Garbus turns…

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Lucky Them (2013)

MEGAN GRIFFITHS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2013.  Mymy Productions, Tangerine Entertainment.  Screenplay by Huck Botko, Emily Wachtel, based on an idea by Caroline Sherman.  Cinematography by Ben Kutchins. Produced by Adam Gibbs, Amy Hobby, Emily Wachtel.  Music by Craig Wedren.  Production Design by John Lavin.  Costume Design by Rebecca Luke.  Film Editing by Meg Reticker.  Toronto International Film Festival 2013.   Toni Collette plays a…

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Gayby (2012)

JONATHAN LISECKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2012.  Hubbhobb.  Screenplay by Jonathan Lisecki.  Cinematography by Clay Liford.  Produced by Amy Hobby, Anne Hubbell.  Music by Giancarlo Vulcano.  Production Design by Cat Navarro.  Costume Design by David Tabbert.  Film Editing by Ann Husaini.   Dorian Awards 2012.   Independent Spirit Awards 2012.  Podcast:  Bay Gay Movies.   A low-budget, independent, gay-themed comedy whose characters are appealing and…

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Secretary (2002)

STEVEN SHAINBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2002.  Slough Pond, TwoPoundBag Productions, double A Films.  Screenplay by Erin Cressida Wilson, adapted by Steven Shainberg, Erin Cressida Wilson from the short story by Mary Gaitskill.  Cinematography by Steven Fierberg.  Produced by Andrew Fierberg, Amy Hobby, Steven Shainberg.  Music by Angelo Badalamenti.  Production Design by Amy Danger.  Costume Design by Marjorie Bowers.  Film Editing by Pam…

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Spy Games (1999)

ILKKA JARVI-LATURI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB Original title:  History Is Made At Night United Kingdom/France/Germany/Finland, 1999.  Scala Productions, IMA Productions, Smile Entertainment, Helkon Media, Upstream Pictures.  Story by Jean-Pierre Gorin, Patrick Amos, Screenplay by Patrick Amos.  Cinematography by Michel Amathieu.  Produced by Amy Hobby, Jonathan Karlsen, Kerry Rock.  Music by Courtney Pine.  Production Design by Zoe MacLeod, Anna Rackard.  Costume Design…

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Love, Marilyn

BBBBB (out of 5) She became a superstar in 1952 and a decade later was no more. The short life of Marilyn Monroe has had one of the greatest impacts on popular culture of any superstar in Hollywood, fifty years deceased and still a far more famous cinematic icon than some of the biggest stars to…

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Hamlet (2000)

MICHAEL ALMEREYDA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 2000.  double A Films.  Screen adaptation by Michael Almereyda, based on the play by William Shakespeare.  Cinematography by John de Borman.  Produced by Andrew Fierberg, Amy Hobby.  Music by Carter Burwell.  Production Design by Gideon Ponte.  Costume Design by Marco Cattoretti, Luca Mosca.  Film Editing by Kristina Boden.   Following the trend of placing Shakespeare in…

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