Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese (2019)

MARTIN SCORSESE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 2019.  Grey Water Park Productions, Sikelia Productions.  Cinematography by Howard Alk, Paul Goldsmith, Ellen Kuras, David Myers.  Produced by Margaret Bodde, Jeff Rosen.  Film Editing by Damian Rodriguez, David Tedeschi.  In 1975, as America was undertaking preparations for the bicentennial celebrations, Bob Dylan changed his mind…

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Transamerica (2005)

DUNCAN TUCKER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB. USA, 2005.  Belladonna Productions.  Screenplay by Duncan Tucker.  Cinematography by Stephen Kazmierski.  Produced by Rene Bastian, Sebastian Dungan, Linda Moran.  Music by David Mansfield.  Production Design by Mark White.  Costume Design by Danny Glicker.  Film Editing by Pam Wise.  Academy Awards 2005.  Golden Globe Awards 2005. Screen Actors Guild Awards 2005.   Toronto International Film Festival 2005.   Felicity Huffman plays a…

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Miss Firecracker (1989)

THOMAS SCHLAMME Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1989.  Corsair Pictures, Firecracker Company, Guadalupe Productions.   Screenplay by Beth Henley, based on her play The Miss Firecracker Contest.  Cinematography by Arthur Albert.  Produced by Fred Berner.  Music by David Mansfield.  Production Design by Kristi Zea.  Costume Design by Molly Maginnis.  Film Editing by Peter C. Frank.   Holly Hunter makes you care deeply about her…

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Tumbleweeds (1999)

GAVIN O’CONNOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5 USA, 1999.  Spanky Pictures, Solaris, River One Films.  Story by Angela Shelton, Screenplay by Gavin O’Connor, Angela Shelton.  Cinematography by Dan Stoloff.  Produced by Greg O’Connor.  Music by David Mansfield.  Production Design by Bryce Holtshousen.  Costume Design by Mimi Maxmen.  Film Editing by John Gilroy.  Academy Awards 1999.  Golden Globe Awards 1999.  Screen Actors Guild Awards 1999.  Toronto…

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Divine Secrets Of The Ya-Ya Sisterhood

CALLIE KHOURI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2002.  All Girl Productions, Gaylord Films.  Screenplay by Callie Khouri, adaptation by Mark Andrus, based on the novels Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and Little Altars Everywhere by Rebecca Wells.  Cinematography by John Bailey.  Produced by Bonnie Bruckheimer, Hunt Lowry.  Music by T Bone Burnett, David Mansfield.  Production Design by David J. Bomba.  Costume…

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Then She Found Me (2007)

HELEN HUNT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2007.  Odyssey Entertainment, Killer Films, John Wells Productions, Blue Rider Pictures, Black Watch Productions, Less Is More Pictures, Blue Rider Pictures.  Screenplay by Alice Arlen, Victor Levin, Helen Hunt, based on the novel by Elinor Lipman.  Cinematography by Peter Donahue.  Produced by Monica H. Anderson, Helen Hunt, Pamela Koffler, Katie Roumel, Connie Tavel, Christine…

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Songcatcher

BBBB (out of 5) Fascinating story directed by Maggie Greenwald (The Ballad of Little Jo) about a tight-laced musicologist (Janet McTeer) in the early twentieth century who is tired of being passed over for the full professorship that she has been working hard to earn for many years. Realizing that she’ll never get her due…

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The Apostle

BBBB (out of 5) Powerful film about religious fanaticism that focuses on Robert Duvall (who also wrote and directed) as a rousing Southern Baptist preacher who avoids bettering his own life by placing his efforts on saving the souls of those around him. After seriously attacking his ex-wife’s (Farrah Fawcett) new husband, Duvall finds himself on…

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Heaven’s Gate (1980)

MICHAEL CIMINO Bil’s rating (out of 5):   B.5.  USA, 1980.  Partisan Productions.  Screenplay by Michael Cimino.  Cinematography by Vilmos Zsigmond.  Produced by Joann Carelli.  Music by David Mansfield.  Production Design by Tambi Larsen.  Costume Design by J. Allen Highfill.  Film Editing by Lisa Fruchtman, Gerald B. Greenberg, William Reynolds, Tom Rolf.   Bleeding heart sentimentality has led many critics to hail this as a…

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Stephanie Daley (2006)

HILARY BROUGHER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2006.   RedBone Films, Silverwood Films.   Screenplay by Hilary Brougher.   Cinematography by David Rush Morrison.   Produced by Sean Costello, Samara Koffler, Jen Roskind, Lynette Howell Taylor.   Music by David Mansfield.   Production Design by Sharon Lomofsky.   Costume Design by Kurt and Bart.   Film Editing by Keith Reamer.   Independent…

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