Alex Strangelove (2018)

CRAIG JOHNSON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB. USA, 2018.  Netflix, Red Hour Films, Mighty Engine, STX Entertainment.  Screenplay by Craig Johnson.  Cinematography by Hillary Spera.  Produced by Jared Goldman, Ben Stiller, Nicholas Weinstock.  Music by Nathan Larson.  Production Design by Wynn Thomas.  Costume Design by David C. Robinson.  Film Editing by Jennifer Lee.   Alex Truelove (a wonderful Daniel Doheny) is succeeding in high … More Alex Strangelove (2018)

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The Meyerowitz Stories (New And Selected) (2017)

NOAH BAUMBACH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2017.  Gilded Halfwing, IAC Films, Netflix.   Screenplay by Noah Baumbach.   Cinematography by Robbie Ryan.  Produced by Noah Baumbach, Eli Bush, Scott Rudin, Lila Yacoub.  Music by Randy Newman.  Production Design by Gerald Sullivan.  Costume Design by Joseph G. Aulisi.  Film Editing by Jennifer Lame.  Cannes Film Festival 2017.  Gotham Awards 2017 Comedic drama that provides something of … More The Meyerowitz Stories (New And Selected) (2017)

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While We’re Young (2014)

NOAH BAUMBACH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2014.  Scott Rudin Productions.  Screenplay by Noah Baumbach.  Cinematography by Sam Levy.  Produced by Noah Baumbach, Eli Bush, Scott Rudin, Lila Yacoub.  Music by James Murphy.  Production Design by Adam Stockhausen.  Costume Design by Ann Roth.  Film Editing by Jennifer Lame.  Toronto International Film Festival 2014.  Gotham Awards 2015.   Ben Stiller is a documentary filmmaker who has been working on the … More While We’re Young (2014)

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Permanent Midnight

BB (out of 5) Forgettable recount of the turbulent battle with heroin addiction fought by Jerry Stahl, a television writer who contributed to shows like Alf and Thirtysomething before getting too strung out to work. Ben Stiller is strong in the lead but the film is too short and fails to build up any momentum. There’s … More Permanent Midnight

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Mystery Men

BBB (out of 5) A group of bumbling losers who want to be superheroes get their big chance when Champion City’s actual crime-fighting hero Captain Amazing (Greg Kinnear) is kidnapped by the evil Casanova Frankenstein (Geoffrey Rush) and held hostage. Stealing production design elements from Blade Runner and camera movements from Tim Burton, director Kinka … More Mystery Men

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Black And White

BB (out of 5) Exploitative and depressingly awful film by James Toback about rich white kids and their identity-seeking obsession with all things black. Toback proudly stated that most of the actors were improvising their scenes and dialogue, and the result is nothing impressive.  The performances are good, especially from Marla Maples and Claudia Schiffer, but … More Black And White

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Nobody Knows Anything

0 (out of 5) Alanna Ubach graduates film school and longs desperately to make a movie based on her observations of her errant cousin. Thankfully she has an uncle in the business, but this does nothing to help her as she navigates herself from one disastrous pitch meeting to another, the scenes of which are intercut … More Nobody Knows Anything

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