Stir Of Echoes (1999)

DAVID KOEPP Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1999.  Artisan Entertainment.  Screenplay by David Koepp, based on the novel by Richard Matheson.  Cinematography by Fred Murphy.  Produced by Judy Hofflund, Gavin Polone.  Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design by Nelson Coates.  Costume Design by Leesa Evans.  Film Editing by Jill Savitt.   Unfairly compared to The Sixth Sense, this low-key murder mystery…

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Standing In The Shadows Of Motown (2002)

PAUL JUSTMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2002.  Artisan Entertainment, Rimshot, Elliott Scott Productions.  Narration by Walter Dallas, Ntozake Shagne, based on the book by Alan Slutsky.  Cinematography by Douglas Milsome, Lon Stratton.  Produced by Paul Justman, Alan Slutsky.  Music by Alan Slutsky.  Production Design by Rolfe D. Bergsman.  Costume Design by Scarlett Jade.  Film Editing by Anne Erikson.   After years of…

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The Punisher (2004)

JONATHAN HENSLEIGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/Germany, 2004.  Lions Gate Films, Marvel Enterprises, Valhalla Motion Pictures, VIP 2 Medienfonds, VIP 3 Medienfonds, Artisan Entertainment, Columbia Pictures Corporation, Marvel Entertainment, St. Petersburg Clearwater Film Commission.  Screenplay by Jonathan Hensleigh, Michael France.  Cinematography by Conrad W. Hall.  Produced by Avi Arad, Gale Anne Hurd.  Music by Carlo Siliotto.  Production Design by Michael…

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Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights (2004)

GUY FERLAND Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 2004.  Lions Gate Films, Miramax, Lawrence Bender Productions, A Band Apart, Havana Nights LLC, Artisan Entertainment.  Story by Kate Gunzinger, Peter Sagal, Screenplay by Boaz Yakin, Victoria Arch.  Cinematography by Anthony B. Richmond.  Produced by Lawrence Bender, Sarah Green.  Music by Heitor Pereira.  Production Design by Hugo Luczyc-Wyhowski.  Costume Design by Isis Mussenden.  Film Editing…

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The Limey (1999)

STEVEN SODERBERGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1999.  Artisan Entertainment.  Screenplay by Lem Dobbs.  Cinematography by Edward Lachman.  Produced by John Hardy, Scott Kramer.  Music by Cliff Martinez.  Production Design by Gary Frutkoff.  Costume Design by Louise Frogley.  Film Editing by Sarah Flack.  Terence Stamp plays a British ex-con who flies to Los Angeles to find out what happened to his estranged…

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Vanilla Sky (2001)

CAMERON CROWE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2001.  Paramount Pictures, Cruise/Wagner Productions, Vinyl Films, Sogecine, Summit Entertainment, Artisan Entertainment.  Screenplay by Cameron Crowe, based on the film Abre Los Ojos by Alejandro Amenabar, Mateo Gil.  Cinematography by John Toll.  Produced by Cameron Crowe, Tom Cruise, Paula Wagner.  Music by Nancy Wilson.  Production Design by Catherine Hardwicke.  Costume Design by Betsy Heimann.  Film Editing…

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The Ninth Gate (1999)

ROMAN POLANSKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Spain/France/USA, 1999.  Artisan Entertainment, R.P. Productions, Orly Films, TF1 Films Production, Bac Films, Canal+, Kino Vision, Origen Producciones Cinematograficas S.A., Vía Digital, Canal+ España.  Screenplay by Roman Polanski, John Brownjohn, Enrique Urbizu, based on the novel El Club Dumas by Arthur Perez-Reverte.  Cinematography by Darius Khondji.  Produced by Roman Polanski.  Music by Wojciech…

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Book Of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 (2000)

JOE BERLINGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   0.  USA, 2000.  Artisan Entertainment, Haxan Films.  Screenplay by Dick Beebe, Joe Berlinger, based on characters created by Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sanchez.  Cinematography by Nancy Schreiber.  Produced by Bill Carraro.  Music by Carter Burwell.  Production Design by Vincent Peranio.  Costume Design by Melissa Toth.  Film Editing by Sarah Flack, Janice Hampton.   Horrid sequel to the frighteningly original…

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Novocaine (2001)

DAVID ATKINS Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 2001.  Artisan Entertainment, Numb Gums Productions Inc..  Story by Paul Felopulos, David Atkins, Screenplay by David Atkins.  Cinematography by Vilko Filac.  Produced by Paul Mones, Daniel M. Rosenberg.  Music by Steve Bartek.  Production Design by Sharon Seymour.  Costume Design by Denise Wingate.  Film Editing by Melody London.   A by-the-book dentist (Steve Martin, who excels…

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Chuck And Buck (2000)

MIGUEL ARTETA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2000.  Artisan Entertainment, Blow Up Pictures, Flan de Coco Films, Toga Productions.  Screenplay by Mike White.  Cinematography by Chuy Chavez.  Produced by Matthew Greenfield.  Music by Smokey Hormel, Tony Maxwell, Joey Waronker.  Production Design by Renee Davenport.  Costume Design by Elaine Montalvo.  Film Editing by Jeff Betancourt. Extremely annoying film about an undergrown imp who…

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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…

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Dr. T And The Women (2000)

ROBERT ALTMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/Germany, 2000.  Artisan Entertainment, Sandcastle 5 Productions.  Screenplay by Anne Rapp.  Cinematography by Jan Kiesser.  Produced by Robert Altman, James McLindon.  Music by Lyle Lovett.  Production Design by Stephen Altman.  Costume Design by Dona Granata.  Film Editing by Geraldine Peroni.   This film promises so much at the outset before boiling down to much ado about…

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