Bamboozled (2000)

SPIKE LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.   USA, 2000.  New Line Cinema, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks.  Screenplay by Spike Lee.  Cinematography by Ellen Kuras.  Produced by Jon Kilik, Spike Lee.  Music by Terence Blanchard.  Production Design by Victor Kempster.  Costume Design by Ruth E. Carter.  Film Editing by Samuel D. Pollard.   National Board of Review Awards 2000.  Toronto International Film Festival 2000.  …

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One Last Thing… (2005)

ALEX STEYERMARK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2005.  2929 Productions, HDNet Films, Headquarters.  Screenplay by Barry Stringfellow.  Cinematography by Chris Norr.  Produced by Jason Kliot, Susan A. Stover, Joana Vicente.  Music by Anton Sanko.  Production Design by Stephen Beatrice.  Costume Design by Jill Newell.  Film Editing by Michael Berenbaum.  Toronto International Film Festival 2005.   Michael Angarano plays a sixteen year-old boy who is dying of cancer. A…

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Serving Sara (2002)

REGINALD HUDLIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  Germany/USA, 2002.  FTM Productions, Halsted Pictures, Illusion Entertainment, KC Medien, MP Movies Management, MPS Studios, Mandalay Pictures.  Screenplay by Jay Scherick, David Ronn.  Cinematography by Robert Brinkmann.  Produced by Dan Halsted.  Music by Marcus Miller.  Production Design by Rusty Smith.  Costume Design by Francine Jamison-Tanchuck.  Film Editing by Jim Miller. Matthew Perry plays a hapless process server (which is…

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On The Road (2012)

WALTER SALLES Bil’s rating (out of 5):    BBB.  France/USA/United Kingdom/Brazil/Canada, 2012.  MK2 Productions, American Zoetrope, Jerry Leider Company, Vanguard Films, Film4, France 2 Cinema, France Televisions, Canal+, Cine+, VideoFilmes.  Screenplay by Jose Rivera, based on the novel by Jack Kerouac.  Cinematography by Eric Gautier.  Produced by Roman Coppola, Charles Gillibert, Nathanael Karmitz, Rebecca Yeldham.  Music by Gustavo Santaolalla.  Production Design by…

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25th Hour (2002)

SPIKE LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 2002.  25th Hour Productions, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks, Gamut Films, Industry Entertainment, Touchstone Pictures.  Screenplay by David Benioff, based on his novel.  Cinematography by Rodrigo Prieto.  Produced by Julia Chasman, Jon Kilik, Spike Lee, Tobey Maguire.  Music by Terence Blanchard.  Production Design by James Chinlund.  Costume Design by Sandra Hernandez.  Film Editing by Barry…

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He Got Game (1998)

SPIKE LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 1998.  Touchstone Pictures, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks.  Screenplay by Spike Lee.  Cinematography by Ellen Kuras, Malik Hassan Sayeed.  Produced by Jon Kilik, Spike Lee.  Music by Alex Steyermark.  Production Design by Wynn Thomas.  Costume Design by Sandra Hernandez.  Film Editing by Barry Alexander Brown.   Director Spike Lee’s characters are always so richly drawn,…

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Girl 6 (1996)

SPIKE LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.   USA, 1996.  Fox Searchlight Pictures, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks.  Screenplay by  Suzan-Lori Parks.  Cinematography by Malik Hassan Sayeed.  Produced by Spike Lee.  Music by Alex Steyermark.  Production Design by Ina Mayhew.  Costume Design by Sandra Hernandez.  Film Editing by Samuel D. Pollard.  Independent Spirit Awards 1996.   Theresa Randle  plays a struggling actress who takes a…

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Sid And Nancy (1986)

ALEX COX Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1986.  Initial Pictures, U.K. Productions Entity, Zenith Entertainment.  Screenplay by Alex Cox, Abbe Wool.  Cinematography by Roger Deakins.  Produced by Eric Fellner.  Music by Dan Wool.  Production Design by Lynda Burbank, J. Rae Fox, Andrew McAlpine.  Costume Design by Catherine Cook.  Film Editing by David Martin.  One of the most famous romances in rock…

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Who’s That Girl (1987)

JAMES FOLEY Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.5.  USA, 1987.  The Guber-Peters Company, Warner Bros..  Story by Andrew Smith, Screenplay by Andrew Smith, Ken Finkleman.  Cinematography by Jan de Bont.  Produced by Rosilyn Heller, Bernard Williams.  Music by Stephen Bray.  Production Design by Ida Random.  Costume Design by Deborah Lynn Scott.  Film Editing by Pembroke J. Herring.  Golden Globe Awards 1987.   Madonna‘s surprisingly good comedic…

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54

BB (out of 5) Mark Christopher makes a valiant attempt to recapture the freewheeling world of drugs and sex that made up a good part of the Studio 54 experience in the seventies, but thanks to too many story cuts by Miramax honchos (and possibly other sources of disapproval) the end result is cowardly and…

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We Own The Night (2007)

JAMES GRAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.   USA, 2007.  Columbia Pictures, 2929 Productions, Industry Entertainment.  Screenplay by James Gray.  Cinematography by Joaquin Baca-Asay.  Produced by Marc Butan, Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Wahlberg, Nick Wechsler.  Music by Wojciech Kilar.  Production Design by Ford Wheeler.  Costume Design by Michael Clancy.  Film Editing by John Axelrad.  Film Festivals:  Cannes 2007. Excellent dramatic thriller treads familiar territory but feels…

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