Uptown Girls (2003)

BOAZ YAKIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2003.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, GreeneStreet Films.  Story by Allison Jacobs, Screenplay by Julia Dahl, Mo Ogrodnik, Lisa Davidowitz.  Cinematography by Michael Ballhaus.  Produced by Allison Jacobs, John Penotti, Fisher Stevens.  Music by Joel McNeely.  Production Design by Kalina Ivanov.  Costume Design by Sarah Edwards.  Film Editing by David Ray.   Brittany Murphy plays the daughter of a famous rock star who…

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Trixie (2000)

ALAN RUDOLPH Bil’s rating (out of 5):    BB.  USA, 2000.  Pandora Cinema, Sandcastle 5 Productions, Sony Pictures Classics.  Story by Alan Rudolph, John Binder, Screenplay by Alan Rudolph.  Cinematography by Jan Kiesser.  Produced by Robert Altman.  Music by Mark Isham, Roger Neill.  Production Design by Linda Del Rosario, Richard Paris.  Costume Design by Monique Prudhomme.  Film Editing by John Helde, Michael Ruscio.   Dull, uneventful…

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Happy Feet (2006)

GEORGE MILLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Australia/USA, 2006.  Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, Kennedy Miller Productions, Animal Logic, Kingdom Feature Productions.  Screenplay by George Miller, John Collee, Judy Morris, Warren Coleman.  Cinematography by David Peers.  Produced by Bill Miller, George Miller, Doug Mitchell.  Music by John Powell.  Production Design by Mark Sexton.  Film Editing by Christian Gazal, Margaret Sixel.   Cutting loose…

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Riding In Cars With Boys (2001)

PENNY MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2001.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Gracie Films, Parkway Productions.  Screenplay by Morgan Ward, based on the book by Beverly D’Onofrio.  Cinematography by Miroslav Ondricek.  Produced by Julie Ansell, James L. Brooks, Sara Colleton, Laurence Mark,Richard Sakai.  Music by Heitor Pereira, Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Bill Groom.  Costume Design by Cynthia Flynt.  Film Editing by Lawrence…

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Girl, Interrupted (1999)

JAMES MANGOLD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Germany/USA, 1999.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Red Wagon Entertainment, Global Entertainment Productions GmbH & Company Medien KG.  Screenplay by James Mangold, Lisa Loomer, Anna Hamilton Phelan, based on the book by Susanna Kaysen.  Cinematography by Jack N. Green.  Produced by Cathy Konrad, Douglas Wick.  Music by Mychael Danna.  Production Design by Richard Hoover.  Costume Design by Arianne…

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Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999)

MICHAEL PATRICK JANN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA/Germany, 1999.  New Line Cinema, Capella International, KC Medien.  Screenplay by Lona Williams.  Cinematography by Michael Spiller.  Produced by Judy Hofflund, Gavin Polone.  Music by Mark Mothersbaugh.  Production Design by Ruth Ammon.  Costume Design by Mimi Melgaard.  Film Editing by David Codron, Janice Hampton.   Hysterical black comedy about a beauty contest in a tiny town…

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Clueless (1995)

AMY HECKERLING Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1995.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Amy Heckerling.  Cinematography by Bill Pope.  Produced by Robert Lawrence, Scott Rudin.  Music by David Kitay.  Production Design by Steven J. Jordan.  Costume Design by Mona May.  Film Editing by Debra Chiate.   I’d say that this is probably the Citizen Kane of movies about teenagers. Loosely adapted from Jane Austen’s Emma, Amy…

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8 Mile (2002)

CURTIS HANSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/Germany, 2002.  Imagine Entertainment, Mikona Productions GmbH & Co. KG.  Screenplay by Scott Silver.  Cinematography by Rodrigo Prieto.  Produced by Brian Grazer, Curtis Hanson, Jimmy Iovine.  Music by Carol Fenelon.  Production Design by Philip Messina.  Costume Design by Mark Bridges.  Film Editing by Craig Kitson, Jay Rabinowitz.   Producer Brian Grazer saw the potential of acting charisma in rap…

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Don’t Say A Word (2001)

GARY FLEDER Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.5.  USA/Australia, 2001.  Regency Enterprises, Village Roadshow Pictures, NPV Entertainment, Epsilon Motion Pictures, Kopelson Entertainment, New Regency Pictures, Furthur Films.  Screenplay by Anthony Peckham, Patrick Smith Kelly, based on the novel by Andrew Klavan.  Cinematography by Amir Mokri.  Produced by Anne Kopelson, Arnold Kopelson, Arnon Milchan.  Music by Mark Isham.  Production Design by Nelson Coates.  Costume Design by…

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Phoenix (1998)

DANNY CANNON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1998.  Trimark Pictures, Lakeshore Entertainment, Graham / Nevinny Productions.  Screenplay by Eddie Richey.  Cinematography by James L. Carter.  Produced by Tracie Graham-Rice, Victoria Nevinny.  Music by Graeme Revell.  Production Design by Charles William Breen.  Costume Design by Alexandra Welker.  Film Editing by Zach Staenberg.   Thoroughly satisfying entry in the film noir genre stars Ray Liotta as…

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Sin City (2005)

QUENTIN TARANTINO, ROBERT RODRIGUEZ, FRANK MILLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2005.  Dimension Films, Troublemaker Studios.  Screenplay by Frank Miller, based on his graphic novels.  Cinematography by Robert Rodriguez.  Produced by Elizabeth Avellan.  Music by John Debney, Graeme Revell, Robert Rodriguez.  Production Design by Steve Joyner, Jeanette Scott.  Costume Design by Nina Procter.  Film Editing by Robert Rodriguez.   “Walk down the…

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